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June 18, 2006

Flavor Spray Diet: 'Spray your pounds away'


What's this?

Aerosol liposuction?

No, not nearly that radical.

Rather, it's chef David Burke's program to help you lose weight.

From the website:

    David Burke Flavor Sprays™

    Flavor Sprays contain zero calories, zero fat, zero cholesterol, zero carbohydrates and FDA-approved Food flavoring.

    Whether you are on a low carb, no carb, low fat, no fat, no sugar, point system or counting calorie diet, the Flavor Spray is right for you!

    How the Flavor Sprays work....

    By eliminating your toppings, gravies, dressings, and sauces the flavor spray provides the flavor that most diets are missing.

    No longer when you diet will you crave the sweet taste or yearn for flavor when you count calories.

    Just spray our flavor spray and you will no longer need to satisfy your craving for flavor.

    Follow a low carb meal regimen and allow flavor spray to add the toppings and sauce to your meal.

The four basic Flavor Spray groups are Classic, Exotic, Sweet and Sinful, and Fruits, with the following flavors in each group:

The Classics:

Parmesan Cheese
Tomato Basil
Smoked Bacon
Caramelized Onion
Popcorn Butter
Bleu Cheese
Cheddar Cheese


Hot and Sour
Ice Blue Salt
Memphis BBQ
Pepper City

Sweet and Sinful:

Banana Split
Birthday Cake
Chocolate Fudge
Cookies & Cream
Raspberry Bubblegum
Root Beer Float
Strawberry Shortcake
Apple Pie
Raspberry Chocolate Truffle
Peach Melba



Do they work?

What, you're asking me?

Do I look like someone who has a clue?


Each two-ounce bottle is $5.95.


According to an item in the May 24 Washington Post Food section, Smoked Bacon (top) and Buttery are the No. 1 and No. 2 most popular flavors.

The Posts' writers also noted, "We especially like the mango (sprayed on popcorn)."

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Customizable Re-Usable Cable Ties


This seems like a huge step up from conventional one-size fits sometimes cable ties that, once used, have to be destroyed to be removed.

From the website:

    Heavy-Duty Poly Chain Lock

    Just slip through, twist, and lock — adjustable lock makes staking quick and easy — great for bracing overloaded fruit tree limbs.

    No waste — just cut off the amount you need!

    Convenient dispensing reel keeps it neat and under control.

    Black finish.

    Available in 250'-long medium weight or 100'-long heavy weight coil.

    Medium weight — 1/2"-wide — for small trees or plants up to 1-1/2" diameter.

    Heavy weight — 1"-wide — for larger trees.

The medium weight is $31.99 and the heavy weight $29.49.

June 18, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Astounding: A visit to North Korea with Artemii Lebedev


He's one of Russia's leading web designers.

He traveled to North Korea and took many photos where he wasn't supposed to.

Then he put them up on a website with a wonderful, informative narrative that was translated into English by a person named Koutch.

See what the road to nowhere looks like.

Up top it's lined with huge concrete blocks poised to be pushed into the roadway to trap enemy tanks in the event of an assault.

[via Judson Frondorf's ackackack.com]

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Official bookofjoe Cozies — 'Be more chill'


For champagne, wine or 12-oz beer and soda bottles, and 12-oz. cans.

From the website and catalog:

    Beverage Cozies

    Enjoying beverages at the beach just got more attractive

    A design exclusive, these Cozies employ contoured neoprene that not only looks great but also keeps liquids cooler longer.

    • Convenient zipper makes them easy to put on

    • Commercial-grade rubber on the bottom adds grip

    • Stainless-steel charm fastened to zipper pull adds bling


Also the official Cozie of the Ned Vizzini Fan Club.


Huh — maybe I better email Ned and let him know.

Ya think?

Nah — he's cool.

The Cozies also come in Aqua.


The champagne and wine iterations are $19.50 each; a set of four 12-oz. bottle or can Cozies is $24.50 — all here.


I see some serious money being left on the table.

Put college or pro sports team colors and logos on these, have the charm depict the team mascot or whatever, pump up the price 100% to 200% and watch them fly off websites and out of stadium gift shops and concession stands.


June 18, 2006 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Silence — by Marianne Moore

My father used to say,
"Superior people never make long visits,
have to be shown Longfellow's grave
or the glass flowers at Harvard.
Self-reliant like the cat—
that takes its prey to privacy,
the mouse's limp tail hanging like a shoelace from its mouth—
they sometimes enjoy solitude,
and can be robbed of speech
by speech which has delighted them.
The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence;
not in silence, but restraint."
Nor was he insincere in saying, "Make my house your inn."
Inns are not residences.

June 18, 2006 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Magnetic Bottle Opener with Lighter Capability


From the website:

    Stash Bottle Opener

    Designed by Josh Owen for kikkerland, the Stash bottle opener is a tool that brings three of life's most important elements together: the refrigerator, the beer bottle, and the cigarette lighter.

    This sturdy plastic bottle opener is magnetic


    for easy hanging on a refrigerator or other metal surface, and has a small storage compartment


    for a cigarette lighter.

    It's a durable, efficient all-in-one kitchen essential.

    Dimensions: 6.5" L.


$7.50 (lighter not included).

June 18, 2006 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Flora Gill Jacobs — The goddess of small things — is dead


Considered the foremost authority in the U.S. on antique dollhouses and their furniture, Mrs. Jacobs (above, at age 61 in 1980) died on May 31 at 87.

She opened her Washington Dolls' House and Toy Museum in 1975 and up to 20,000 visitors annually came from around the world to purchase a ticket — $3 for adults, $1 for children — to enter her alternate universe.

Here's an obituary written by Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb, as it appeared in the June 8 Washington Post.

    Writer and Collector Flora Jacobs; Founded, Ran Dollhouse Museum

    Flora Gill Jacobs, whose collection of antique miniatures became the Washington Dolls' House and Toy Museum and attracted visitors from around the world for nearly 30 years, died May 31 of congestive heat failure at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She was 87.

    Mrs. Jacobs was considered the country's foremost authority on antique dollhouses and their furniture. The author of five histories and four children's books, she wrote the first history of dolls' houses. Her latest work is the comprehensive "The Small World of Antique Dolls' Houses" (2005). Collectors called her museum, the first of its kind in this country, one of the finest in the world.

    The Washington museum, of which Mrs. Jacobs was founder, director and curator, was known for its miniature 19th- and early 20th-century architecture and decorative arts. Within the miniatures was much social history, Mrs. Jacobs often observed.

    Mrs. Jacobs's contribution to the hobby cannot be underestimated, said Noel Barrett, toy dealer and regular on PBS's "Antiques Roadshow." Barrett auctioned off a portion of the museum's contents when it closed in 2004.

    "Flora is one of the most famous names in dollhouse collecting of the postwar period," Barrett told The Washington Post in 2004. "There are other people, but she single-handedly put it on the map in America."

    A Washington native, Mrs. Jacobs began writing as a young girl at Alice Deal Junior High, covering sports for the Alice Deal Star. She graduated from Western High School and attended George Washington University, where she wrote movie and theater reviews for the old Washington Times-Herald.

    At 23, she was promoted to women's page and fashion editor at the paper. Later, she became one of three general assignment reporters for the women's pages at The Post.

    By 1945, however, her interests in writing had turned to books and the topic of dollhouses. "I'm a writer who became engulfed by a collection," Mrs. Jacobs once said.

    Her first book was published in 1953, "A History of Dolls' Houses," depicting the most famous European and American dollhouses from 1558 to the 1950s with more than 150 photographs.

    She found her first house in an old barn in southern New Jersey in 1945 and paid $35 for the post-Civil War mansion. It was such a "wreck" that it seem haunted, she once observed. Mrs. Jacobs restored it and filled it with early- to late-Victorian furniture, chandeliers and marble table tops. The house became the inspiration for her first children's book, "The Dolls' House Mystery" (1958).

    Her next book, "The Toy Shop Mystery" (1960), was based on another addition to her collection, a rare toy shop from Zurich, circa 1800.

    The more she collected and wrote, the more interest mounted in the Lilliputian houses, shops, dolls and toys she kept in her Chevy Chase Village home. "Friends, Brownie troops, people who had heard about it, all wanted to come see my personal collection," she told The Post in 2000. "I thought I had to find a way to share it with them."

    In 1975, she opened her museum at 5236 44th St. NW, behind Lord & Taylor, and people came from all over. Sometimes as many as 20,000 visitors a year bought the modestly priced tickets -- $3 for adults and $1 for children -- at the antique post office window.

    Mrs. Jacobs fussed over her "serious collection," as she often reminded those expecting a doll museum. Her museum included several houses adorned with late-Victorian gingerbread with a horse stable and fountain on Bliss Street, named for a famous dollhouse maker; a six-story Victorian hotel with furnished guest rooms; a German-made rendition of George Washington's farm; and an elaborate three-story Mexican mansion with a roof garden, aviary and elevator.

    Upstairs at the museum was the Edwardian Tea Room, where generations of children enjoyed birthday parties amid turn-of-the-century decor and service from a waitress in proper starched apron and cap. Youngsters also played with some of the antique wind-up toys, such as the merry-go-round and Ferris wheel.

    She was known for authoritative writing and lectures. Her other books include "A World of Dolls' Houses" (1965), a history for children; "A Book of Dolls and Doll Houses" (1967); "Doll Houses in America"(1974); "Victorian Dolls' Houses and Their Furnishings"(1978); and the children's' book "The Haunted Birdhouse" (1970).

    Mrs. Jacobs was a past president of the Children's Book Guild of Washington and a founding member of the Chevy Chase Historical Society.

    Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Ephraim Jacobs of Chevy Chase; and a daughter, Amanda Jacobs of Centreville, Md.

    For Mrs. Jacobs, the words of another dollhouse author rang true: "There is great beauty in smallness."


Mrs. Jacobs closed her museum in 2004 at age 85 due to high costs and advancing years.

Nearly the entire collection was sold at auction that summer.


Margalit Fox wrote an obituary for the New York Times which appeared on June 12.

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Old School Desk Bell




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