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December 30, 2006

I'm IT! — Tagged by Judie Hughes


The doyenne of GearDiary just tagged me so I'm supposed to:

1) Tell you five (5) things you never knew about me, and

2) Tag five (5) other people

See, it's like a chain letter except you know up front you're never gonna get the envelopes full of cash you're told await you if only you keep the chain going.

In no particular order of importance, then, five (5) heretofore unknown things about moi:

1) In elementary school (either fifth or sixth grade) gym class, I was the only student who could traverse the length of a wooden balance beam while keeping three of my four limbs in contact with the beam — the so-called "catwalk." Try it — it ain't easy.

2) I was pathologically short as a boy (4'8" tall in seventh grade), so much so that serious consideration was given to (then-weekly) injections of cadaver-derived human growth hormone. Good thing I decided not to: a number of those who received such injections went on to develop Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). For what it's worth, I ended up 5'9" tall by the time I stopped growing at age 19.

3) My greatest dream was to become a major league baseball player. That crashed and burned at age 16 when I tried out for and failed to make my high school team.

4) Though I left Milwaukee for Los Angeles at age 18 to attend UCLA and continued to live in LA for many years, I didn't get my first car until I was nearly 28 years old. It was a giant used Buick convertible and cost $500. A friend nicknamed it "The Thrasher" after the driver's side was caved in by a little old lady who ran a stop sign in Santa Monica — and I decided not to get it repaired. Hey, it still ran, what's the big whoop? For the ten years I was without a car (or driver's license) I walked, rode my bicycle, took the bus, hitchhiked, and in general depended on the kindness of others.

5) I took the LSAT after medical school (and did okay), thinking I might become a high-powered medical-legal type. I even filled out law school applications. I decided not to mail them because I simply couldn't envision myself ever again sitting in a classroom all day long taking notes. Been there, done that during far too many endless hours/days/months/years. What was I thinking?

Okay, that's part one (1).

Here are the five (5) people I'm tagging:

1) Shawn Lea of everythingandnothing

2) Robyn Miller of tinselman

3) Megan Reardon of not martha

4) Paul Katcher of paulkatcher.com

5) Waldo Jaquith of waldo.jaquith.org

And that's all I have to say about that.

December 30, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Microwave Cool Hand


From the website:

    Micro Cool Handle

    Stop playing hot potato with dishes fresh from the microwave.

    No more spilling food, breaking plates or burning fingers.

    Micro Cool Handle grips plates with a non-slip, three-prong handle, preventing your hands from touching the hot surface.

    Ideal for arthritis sufferers.





I use a paper plate under bowls and plates I stick in the microwave, as much to capture excess as protect my hands from the hot crockery.

If spills and overflows and their ilk don't trouble you, this tool might be the ticket.


December 30, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze (Tech Division): How to unbrand your cellphone


Who wants to walk around flashing a Verizon or Cingular logo?

Not you.

Here's how to remove it:

1) Get a sugar cube

2) Tape over any openings near the logo

3) Use the sugar cube to erase the printed logo

Note: Under no circumstances allow the sugar cube to become wet, or it will become a sharp, scratch-inducing brick.

Note #2: Only works with metal — not plastic.

[via instructables.com and the January, 2007 issue of Popular Science]

December 30, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Ripple Chair — by Ron Arad and A-POC


Yesterday's "What is it?" was a detail from Moroso's Ripple Chair (above), designed by Ron Arad and A-POC (the acronym stands for A Piece of Cloth, created by Issey Miyake and Dai Fujiwara in 1998), who also collaborated to create the garment seen below adorning the chair.


Alternatively, the garment


can be worn.

One reviewer wrote,


"Arad creates an injection-moulded thermoplastic shell


whose continuous line curves and whirls, to create the symbol for infinity."

December 30, 2006 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Slide.com — 'Upload images and use them on your page, MySpace, Xanga or blog!'


That sounds interesting.


Long story short: This website lets you put scrolling photo slide shows on your computer and then do stuff with them.


Maybe you'll try it and let me know what you think.

December 30, 2006 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

USB Twister Hub — Lose the spaghetti


Look, ma — no more tangles!


From the website:

USB Twister Hub

USB Twister Hub, newly stylish, comes with 4 ports.

Port 1 and Port 2 can be revolved 180 degrees.


You can easily adjust the angle of the ports and connect any other USB devices conveniently.


• Supports high power consumption products such as printers

• Power out increases from 500mA to 2000mA

• Size: 106mm x 20mm x 20mm

• 180-degree revolving hub

• Aluminum case body

• Red LED indicator

• Weight: 46g



• Support OS: Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP, Mac OS X (USB 2.0 upgrade PCI card is required)

• Transfer Speed: 480Mbps (USB 2.0/HS), 12Mbps (USB 1.1/FS), 1.5Mbps (USB 1.1/LS)

• Interface: USB 2.0 and 1.1



December 30, 2006 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Blue Song — by Tennessee Williams

I am tired.
I am tired of speech and of action.
If you should meet me upon the
street do not question me for
I can tell you only my name
and the name of the town I was
born in—but that is enough.
It does not matter whether tomorrow
arrives anymore. If there is
only this night and after it is
morning it will not matter now.
I am tired. I am tired of speech
and of action. In the heart of me
you will find a tiny handful of
dust. Take it and blow it out
upon the wind. Let the wind have
it and it will find its way home.

December 30, 2006 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer this time tomorrow.

December 30, 2006 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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