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October 2, 2006

PickyEatingAdults.com — 'Why didn't we grow out of it like most children?'


That's among the many questions asked — and answered — on this website.

Bob Krause, a 59-year-old Virginia Beach businessman, started the site four years ago.

About 300 people have registered during that time to exchange experiences and issues related to picky eating.

Might I suggest that you not share this post with children who happen to be picky eaters?

It's amazing how a little reinforcement can cement a behavior that's otherwise likely to disappear.

The site came to my attention via Annie Groer's front-page story in the September 26 Washington Post Health section.

Her article has a sidebar with three related features: "A Selective Glossary of Eaters"; Steering Kids Off the Picky Path"; and "A Few for the Etiquette Expert: Playing Host (Sanely) to a Picky Eater."

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MorphWorld: Tech gear blogger extraordinaire Judie Hughes into Jennifer Garner


Ms. Hughes (above, with a boa in Phuket, Thailand — hey, what can I say, the girl gets around), whose new website, geardiary.com, appeared seemingly out of the quantum foam this past Saturday, September 30, is one of the very best tech writers currently working.

Her greatest strength is an uncanny ability, in a world where TechnoDolts™ and TechnoDoofuses™ like me attempt to simply use a product without first destroying it — as I nearly did recently with my MoGo wireless mouse, having neglected to read Judie's review and instructions which quite clearly spelled out how to turn it on, something I didn't figure out on my own until after I'd driven myself mad looking for two tiny springs that exploded into my basement workshop hyperspace as I disassembled the thing in an effort to figure out how come I couldn't get it to start up, then reassembled the myriad tiny parts — is her patience and attention to detail as she deconstructs devices and then explains, in precise, plain English along with excellent photographs she takes as she goes along (nicely captioned so you can follow what's going on), how they work, what they can — and cannot — do, the pros and cons of the items and, finally, how she rates them compared to other similar devices.

Simply incomparable.

Below, Ms. Garner,


(who needs no introduction) before she got confused about her self-image and let the plastic surgeons loose.

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Urawaza — Japanese Secret Tricks


Lisa Katayama, in the current (October) issue of Wired magazine, wrote a nifty piece about a hit Japanese TV show, now in its ninth season, called "Ito-ke no shokutaku" (The Ito Family Dinner Table)."

It "combines the spirit of productivity blog Lifehacker with the manic energy of 'Deal or No Deal.'"

Katayama's article featured a sampling of seven tricks, including "How To Put On a Band-Aid (top).

Very kewl.

October 2, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Prada Ice


Now, isn't that better than "No-Slip Ice Treads?"

From the website:

    No-Slip Ice Treads

    Lets you walk safely on ice and snow.

    Heavy-duty rubber treads have sure-grip stainless-steel cleats that assure steady footing no matter how slippery the surface.

    Simply slip over shoes or boots — they stretch to fit entire foot.

    Fits women's sizes 5-10.

    Fold to carry in purse.


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'The place I am looking for is the place where I make something that could almost — but not quite — be understood by everyone' — Rei Kawakubo


I'm right behind her.

    More from the great designer:

    If I do something I think is new, it will be misunderstand, but if people like it, I will be disappointed because I haven't pushed them enough.

    The more people hate it, maybe the newer it is.

    Because the fundamental human problem is that people are afraid of change.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Stair Treads — Episode 2: Price Break


Back on August 1, 2006 these created quite a stir but some thought them a bit pricey at $39.95 for three.

That's $13.32 apiece.

I told the crack research team to get on it.

Took them two months but they succeeded.

From the website:

    Glow-in-the-Dark Stair Treads

    These non-slip stair treads are a step ahead of the rest!

    They glow in the dark so you can see the stairs and every step you take for safer, surer footing indoors or out.

    The textured, weatherproof, non-skid plastic surface provides traction to help prevent slips and falls.

    Open-work design allows dirt, snow and rain to drain.

    Easy to install with a self-adhesive peel-and-stick backing that keeps them securely in place.

    Each 15-1/2" x 7".


Four (4) for $12.99.

That's $4.25 each.

Nice job, team.

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'Imagine your tongue touching another person's opened eye'


That's how Kristen Hileman, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, described the work of Canadian husband-and-wife artists Sheila and Nick Pye (above and below).

Jessica Dawson wrote, in a brief September 30 Washington Post review of their new show, "Nicholas and Sheila Pye don't need marriage counseling, they need U.N. peacekeepers."

She continued, "The artmaking couple star in videos and large-scale color pictures based, we assume, on their real-life union. The result resembles two attractive people playing a pumped-up version of 'house.' Their macabre battles are fought with things such as jump-ropes, milk and burning fuses."

Kristen Hileman's exhibition brochure is here.

More pictures from the exhibition here.

The artists' website is nickandsheila.com.

On their site is a page that lets you watch seven of their videos.


The show runs through Saturday, October 28 at Curator's Office (1515 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-387-1008; www.curatorsoffice.com); Wednesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.

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Color-Coded Caller ID


Friend or foe?

If you had one of these, you wouldn't even have to look at the caller ID display before deciding if you wanted to answer the phone.

Just take green calls and let the rest stew in your voicemail's juices.


From the website:

Color-Call™ Caller ID System

Color-changing system tells you who's calling at a glance.

The Color-Call Caller ID System uses ColorSmart™ technology to assign one of four colors — red, green, blue or purple — to a particular phone number or group, so you can see who's calling from across the room.


• Scrolling colors indicate an unassigned, unknown or blocked call

• Missed-call log for 30 numbers, new call counter and total call counter

• Three-line LCD display shows telephone number and caller

• One-button operation to store numbers by color

• Features high/low dimmer

• Holds 100 numbers



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