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June 9, 2006

Is the New York Public Library the most tuned-in, turned-on library on the planet?

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I say yes.

Last year the library announced the debut of its free digital audio books program for all cardholders.

As of this past Wednesday, the library's taken it to the next level.

Wrote Lawrence Van Gelder in the New York Times, "Film classics like Fellini's "8-1/2," DeSica's "Bicycle Thief," filmed stage productions like "Hamlet" and "The Glass Menagerie" and music films starring James Brown, Cher and Tupac Shakur are now available for free downloading by anyone who holds a New York Public Library card."

The new service is called eVideo and joins eBooks, eAudio and eMusic in what the library calls its eCollection.

But wait — there's more.

If you live or work or attend school in New York State, you get your card absolutely free.

Anyone else in any country in the world can become a cardholder for $100 a year.

The library's eCollection website is at www.nypl.org.

June 9, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Instant Apron — 'Look ma, no ties!'

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I'm lovin' it.

From the website:

    Clip-On Apron

    Instant apron clips on and off in a second!

    Keep your clothes clean while you cook, garden, wash dishes and do other chores without fussing with strings.

    The spring clip fits comfortably around your waist.

    • One size fits all

    • Wipes clean

    • Polyester

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Lots of people have trouble with knots for any one of a number of reasons, be they age (young or advanced), injury, illness, etc.

This is a product with much wider application than I believe the inventor(s) imagined.

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Nice price, too: $5.98.

June 9, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Nice Ad

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For T-Mobile's new Color Pebl phones by Motorola.

It occupied the entirety of page eleven of this past Wednesday's New York Times.

You don't have to lust after the product to like the ad.

Too bad, that — for Motorola and T-Mobile.

June 9, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Vornado Zippi Kid-Safe Fan — Because style doesn't have to hurt™®

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The blades are made of soft, flexible nylon cloth so you can stick a finger or face into them without injury.

They unfurl and stiffen

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when you turn on the fan to provide a nice breeze.

Head adjusts to any angle.

From websites:

    Vornado Zippi Fan

    Contemporary.

    Compact.

    Chic.

    Zippi is the quintessential fan for the style conscious.

    With its sleek finish on the outside and powerful motor on the inside, Zippi fashionably moves a lot of air in any room.

    Zippi's space-saving size allows it the versatility to fit anywhere and travel everywhere.

    The innovative soft nylon blades quickly and quietly propel the air, but are safe to touch while the fan is in motion.

    Utilize the two speeds and adjustable fan head to create the perfect comfort level.

    Dimensions: 9"H x 4.75"W x 5.5"L

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In Black, Platinum,

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Yellow,

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Orange

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or Green.

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$19.99.

N.B. — Because style doesn't have to hurt™® is property of bookofjoe.

Any unauthorized use will result in — well, you don't want to go there.

cc: Apple lawyerbots

June 9, 2006 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Man In Stream — by Rosanna Warren

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You stand in the brook, mud smearing
your forearms, a bloodied mosquito on your brow,
your yellow T-shirt dampened to your chest
as the current flees between your legs,
amber, verdigris, unravelling
today's story, last night's travail...

You stare at the father beaver, eye to eye,
but he outstares you—you who trespass in his world,
who have, however unwilling, yanked out his fort,
stick by tooth-gnarled, mud-clabbered stick,
though you whistle vespers to the wood thrush
and trace flame-flicker in the grain of yellow birch.

Death outpaces us. Upended roots
of fallen trees still cling to moss-furred granite.
Lichen smolders on wood rot, fungus trails in wisps.
I wanted a day with cracks, to let the godlight in.
The forest is always a nocturne, but it gleams,
the birch tree tosses its change from palm to palm,

and we who unmake are ourselves unmade
if we know, if only we know
how to give ourselves in this untendered light.
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June 9, 2006 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

COPIC Manga Marker

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Anna Rögnvaldsdóttir emailed me from Iceland last evening:

    My son brought a lot of these when he came back from Japan... they're cool beyond belief....

    Cheers, Anna

N.B. — When an Icelandic woman says something is cool — it is.

Message received and understood, Anna — that's a big 10-4.

These markers come in 310 colors and various tip styles.

A basic boxed set of 12 is $53.55.

June 9, 2006 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

If it ain't got WiFi it ain't got ****

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Walt Mossberg, in this past Wednesday's Wall Street Journal, reviewed the newest smartphones: Motorola's Q and Palm's Treo 700p (above).

Buried deep within the detailed review was the following sentence, the only one that really mattered to me: "Neither phone has Wi-Fi wireless capability."

Say what?

From now on if a handheld device doesn't have WiFi it's a relic.

The future is connected.

Not making WiFi a default feature is like not having a screen: why bother?

Sure, you say: the shuffle has no screen.

And I say to you: go away.

The absence of WiFi in a device that's portable is like disabling it so that it only works on AC power: again, why bother?

Sure, AC power is everywhere: so does that mean you want to carry along a cord and look for an outlet every mobile waking minute?

The electronics people are so busy adding features they're missing the big picture: all of them are blind to the future.

Who's gonna twig first?

My money's on Apple.

Why do you think I haven't purchased an iPod Video yet?

Simple: no WiFi.

Just wait — but not for long....

Yo, Steve — please don't sue me.

June 9, 2006 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Official bookofjoe Cashmere Throw

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From the catalog and website:

    Cashmere Throw Blanket

    When you long to be wrapped up in your reading, wrap the warm luxury of cashmere around you.

    • Measures 51" x 71"

    • Weighs one pound

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Also in camel or fuchsia.

$198.

Funny, I was just thinking that I've completely messed up this whole blogging thing.

I mean, I push all this Official bookofjoe this and that and the only people making any money are the companies selling it.

Me, I get squat.

Everyone and her sister's got one of those on-line shops selling coffee mugs, clothes, stickers and what-not from which they get a percentage of the receipts.

Not mister peabrain here, no sirree.

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Not yet completely awake and oriented times three, it would appear.

June 9, 2006 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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