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February 2, 2007

Chocolate-Covered Parmigiano Reggiano — The apocalypse is nigh


That was my initial thought when I came upon this benighted combination.


But wait, there's more: a recipe.


I guess it could be even worse, though: they could've used milk chocolate.

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February 2, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

Picture Puzzles


Life magazine has reappeared yet again, another of its seemingly endless reincarnations.

This time it's a 20-page weekly supplement to Thursday's Washington Post.

Inside the back cover of the new Life is a Picture Puzzle, in which two nearly identical photos are shown one atop the other, with "sneaky changes" made in various details of the first (top) that you're invited to try and discover by comparing it with the second (below).


This is my kind of puzzle.

Yesterday I got all excited because I was able, for the very first time, to find all eight changes.

There are a total of 26 Picture Puzzles on the Life.com website: have fun.

February 2, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The Enemy The Wind — by Thomas Lux

Hand over hand and over the backs
of some humans it comes

as it does now, from the south, south-
east. It comes, beginning nowhere

and hauling all the expelled
breaths of millions, from nowhere,

a foot or a thousand feet above
the oceans, carrying and not

caring. It comes — an enormous zero
that encircles whatever objects

it whirls around. It's this wind
that touches me here and maybe

again some endless miles north,
or west, or . . . In the back

of my eye it's always there
dividing whatever leaf from whatever

tree — dull, unrelenting, dumb.
And also its sour taste rattling

across my tongue . . . . O immortal
and awful marriage between velvet

between velvet pliers and a velvet
noose: the wind, the enemy.

February 2, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sound-Activated Keyhole Light: Episode 2 — Shine your ever lovin' light on my key


Episode 1 back on June 2, 2006 featured a rather fussy looking and overwrought version of this item.

I told my crack research team to keep their eyes open for a better one and lo and behold they've turned such up.

From the website:

    Keyhole Light

    No Fumbling For The Keyhole

    Safely gain access to your home when it’s dark outside.

    Sound-activated sensor adheres instantly above a keyhole, illuminating at night when you go to put your key in.

    Super-bright LED lite.

    Uses 2 AAA batteries (not included).


Here's a bookofjoe MoneyMaker™ for you: a version in which the keyhole itself lights up from within as the key approaches.


February 2, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

'We all develop our personal styles by noticing what people like about us, and exaggerating it' — Peter Schjeldahl


The quotation above is from his review in the January 29, 2007 isssue of the New Yorker of the work (above) of outsider artist Martin Ramirez, currently on display in a retrospective at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City.

What a powerful observation and insight is Schjeldahl's.

At a minimum it suggests that each of us essentially performs a combination of Darwinian selection and Bayesian reiteration and refocusing until we arrive at what we feel is the person we "really" are.

I put the word "really" in quotes because no one is the person they really are: as Jerzy Grotowski put it, in an equally penetrating epigram, "Daily life involves endless pretexts."

You are what you need to be.

True, there are those who are more.

But that's another post entirely.

February 2, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Leather Belt Clip


Beats ripping the belt loops off your pants or skirt.

From the website:

    Leather Belt Clip

    Snap this stylish leather clip around your belt to hold keys, wallet, chain, even a cell phone.

    Designed in soft leather with handsome topstitching, it holds essentials conveniently at your side for easy access.

    Accommodates belt up to 1-1/2".

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


February 2, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The $100 laptop is already here


In fact, it came on the market in 2004.

The Zipit Wireless Messenger was designed to be "a cute pocket-sized instant messaging (IM) appliance that can connect to any wi-fi access point for on-the-go IM," wrote Dave Prochnow in MAKE magazine, Volume 7.

Prochnow then relates how an "unbelievable" hidden feature on the device's main circuit board can enable you to hack the machine and create "a usable Linux OS inside a half-pint portable wi-fi computer that costs less than $100."


Does Nick Negroponte know about this?

Here's Prochnow's article.

    Just Zipit, Zipit Good

    K-Byte's Zipit Wireless Messenger is a cute pocket-sized Instant Messaging (IM) appliance that can connect to any wi-fi access point for on-the-go IM. Just turn the Zipit on, sniff out a wireless network access point, and start messaging through your usual IM account (e.g., AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc.). The Zipit scans automatically for available wi-fi access points, which makes it useful for wardriving; I used it to locate a few WLANs walking around my neighborhood.

    That would be the end of the Zipit story if it were not for one unbelievable feature laying hidden on the device's main circuit board. Along with the 320 x 240 monochrome LCD, Agere wi-fi chip, stereo sound, and 16MB SDRAM is a 2MB Flash memory chip dedicated to storing the Zipit's Linux ARM 2.4.21 Kernel. Sing Hallelujah! That's a usable Linux OS inside a half-pint portable wi-fi computer that costs less than $100.

    Of course, to savor the full exciting potential of this Linux installation, you must hack the little Zipit. First, make sure that you fully understand and accept the possibility that you can "brick" the device or render it useless with just one boo-boo during the wi-fi reflashing procedure. Got that? OK, here is a short list of some of the best Zipit Wireless Messenger hacks, starting with the basics. YMMV. (Zipit programming is in its infancy, so more applications can be expected, and contributions are welcome.)


An earlier makezine item on Zipit hacking here.

In Pink Ice (top): $89.99.

In Carbon Charcoal (below): $89.99.


Okay, so it's not big enough to be a laptop — sue me.

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February 2, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

February 2, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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