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October 12, 2006

Daniel Rutter's World Premiere


Well, I'll be a blue-nosed gopher.

Daniel Rutter, one of my very favorite readers, has just opened for business right here.

He's got it all goin' on: AdSense bringing in cash via Google, a naming contest and much, much more, including a determination not to have a comment spambot that repels valid feedback while letting through people from wherever hawking mobile phones, et al.

And don't get your baggies in a twist thinking you've headed back to the future via some wormhole when you first espy Dan's initial post (below) —


the reason it's dated October 13, 2006 is because Dan lives on the other side of the International Date Line from me and it's already tomorrow there.

Welcome, camper Dan!


October 12, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Mini Travel Iron


Yes — that is an iron in my pocket....

From the website:

    Mini Travel Iron

    Mini Travel Iron is pocket-size, easy to store in suitcase or carry bag and a must for the avid traveler.

    Iron wherever you go and remove wrinkles with a flick of the wrist!

    Features travel cover, pouch and mini handle for control.

    Heats to 360º!

    AC powered.


    3-3/4" x 2-1/2" x 3".


October 12, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

G. K. Chesterton on the nature of life


"Life is not an illogicality; yet it is a trap for logicians. It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wildness lies in wait."

This observation should be written above the entrance to every hedge fund's headquarters.

In a nutshell Chesterton explains why it is that positions blow up.

My version, used to explain to anesthesiology residents why it is that I want them to focus on the patient in front of them rather than the bank of monitors to the side: "Machines will always break your heart."

You could do far worse with the next few minutes of your time and life than explore the website of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Dean's Professor in the Sciences of Uncertainty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, who understands just how fundamental are the forces that simply refuse to play by the rules.

October 12, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Brazil Nut Jewelry


From the mouths of babes — or, in this case, Rhonda, a card-carrying* joehead — comes the following comment, just in today at 12:31:02 p.m. ET, regarding the heart-shaped sugars featured in today's 11:01 a.m. post:

    These are too pretty to be in coffee or tea.

    I would think we could do something with them?

    Like pour something hard on them and make them into earrings or a nice huge bracelet of sorts??

    Maybe one hanging off a nicely-cut piece of black/chocolate-colored ribbon or cord for a one-of-a-kind necklace?

    Oh well, just a thought.

    Did you know they make jewelry out of nuts?

    Not just any old nuts either.

    Some of these nuts come all the way over from other countries even.

    We pay big bucks for them too?

    Yes, that is me, I would find the nut jewelry, almost like winning the Cracker Jack prize.



I hadn't planned on remarking on Frank Gehry's horrible new line of jewelry for Tiffany & Co., each piece uglier than the last, until Rhonda's comment, but the resemblance of some of Gehry's forms (above) to that of a Brazil nut is simply too striking not to note here.

Except that the nut (below)


is beautiful while Gehry's take, even under the rubric of "Fish," is esthetically appalling.

Frank, stick to museums and suchlike.

Scale matters, in your case.

I predict you won't be able to buy a piece of Tiffany Gehry jewelry three years from now except on eBay.

*What's that card look like, anyhow?




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

Priests On-Line


What's this?

I hope your Italian's better than mine, is all I have to say.

If it's not, Father Gianfranco Falgari explains it all for you here.

October 12, 2006 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Sugar Sugar


From the website:

    French Heart-Shaped Sugar

    Delicate molded hearts are notched to hang elegantly from the side of coffee and tea cups.

    Includes white, amber and ebony cane-sugar hearts.

    Product of France.

    9 oz. total weight.


You are so sweet.

A box of 64 is $24.95.

Official sugar of The Archies.

October 12, 2006 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Regulation USPS brown paper wrapping — free


It's in your kitchen.

In the place you keep your brown paper grocery bags.

Take these steps:

1) Remove a bag

2) Open it

3) Take a scissors and cut the bag along one of the long edges

4) Cut along the bottom all the way around

5) You now have piece of brown wrapping paper measuring 17" x 37.5"

Is your package too big to fit?

Then repeat steps 1-5 above as often as necessary until you have complete coverage.

Remember to wrap your package with the plain side out.

October 12, 2006 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack



It is what it says.

Toilet papers like you've never dreamed of.

Camouflage, Paw Prints, Penguins, Aliens, myriad others, they're all present and accounted for.


Nice logo.

Though I'm not sure it was all that necessary to show their true colors — as it were.

[via Marc Polish]

October 12, 2006 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

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