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February 5, 2007

Best. Halftime. Show. Ever. — The Master known as Prince

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A bookofjoe MoneyMaker™® for... Google?

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Talk about the Bizarro World.

But hey, that's what we're about, making things better and readers richer.

Even my option-laden compadres in Mountain View.

Yes, you — I'm talkin' to you.

But I digress.

So on to today's epiphany.

I was just sitting here minding my own business, doing something close 2 nothing (but different than the day before) when I espied Sarah Lyall's article in yesterday's (yes, I confess, I have fallen behind) New York Times about a huge Alcoa hydropower and aluminum smelter project (above) in pristine eastern Iceland that "has been the focus of the angriest and most divisive battle in recent Icelandic history."

Long story short: Iceland is rich in electric power, "derived from a vast network of rivers and from underground geothermal fields."

So heavy industry wants to tap it.

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Here's where Google comes in: you may or may not have read recently about the enormous investment the company is making in a giant server farm located in The Dalles, Oregon, primarily because of its access to cheap electricity.

Other locations in the U.S. and around the world are also receiving major capital infusions to create similar structures.

Microsoft and Yahoo are doing the same thing.

Which would you rather have?

The environmental destruction associated with a massive aluminum smelter complex or server farms, putting out nothing but bits?

Well?

Below,

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wild reindeer graze near a road leading to Alcoa's construction site.

February 5, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Neolog Watch — Beyond analog and digital

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Now comes a third way.

What time is it on the watch above?

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£149 (€226; $293).

February 5, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Date-In-A-Bag

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Andy Ihnatko, the technology columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, invented it.

In Volume 5 of MAKE magazine he wrote, in a tribute to the advantages of using a gunbelt and leg holster to hold your gear, "I keep a pouch containing iPod speakers, a canister of Pringles, and a thermos of frozen daquiris... or as I like to call it, the "Date-In-A-Bag" (top).

Bag that date.

February 5, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Wild Honey

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Alice Feiring went deep in Fez, Morocco, for yesterday's (February 4, 2007) New York Times Travel section story about "mythic, wild honey from feral bees, the really wild stuff."

Here's the article.

    Fez, Morocco: Wild Honey

    The car-free, donkey-full ancient medina in the Moroccan city of Fez is confusing, stark and exotic. It’s the kind of place where you find men squatting on stone streets tending bunches of mint, peeling wild artichokes, peddling bottles of fresh rose water and buckets of preserved lemons. They may even be balancing bouquets of goats’ legs — hair and all — bundled up for sale as if they were daffodils. Like street signs, price tags are optional.

    But honey? Unlike most items for sale in Fez, honey has both a price tag and signage. This isn’t just any honey, mind you. This is mythic, rare honey from feral bees, the really wild stuff.

    To find this wild honey paradise, enter the medina through Ain Zliten Square. Hang a right onto the Tala Kebira (the main drag leading into the market). Walk about four brisk minutes. Make another right just before Coin Berbère, an antiques store. There, through the arch, will be the sun-bleached courtyard of Fondouk Kaat Smen with three purveyors of honey.

    To my taste, the best merchant is baby-faced Nafis Hicham [top], who sells oil, butter and honey as his family has for three generations. In his blue-and-white Fezian-tiled stall, Mr. Hicham measures out his wares with ancient brass weights. If you don’t speak Arabic, he can accommodate you in French, and will happily escort you to the back of the store, which is packed with blue plastic urns of 17 varieties of honey. On a recent visit, I tried to persuade him to dole out tastes of his three wild varieties. He showed photos of his wild honey sources in the Atlas Mountains. Forget prissy little domesticated bee boxes. One of the photos depicted a hive that looked like a Cotswold thatched cottage and seemed almost as large.

    Mr. Hicham explained that very few people wear protective gear, as many hunters have developed immunity and can withstand 20 or 30 stings while harvesting. He added that wild honey is a miracle cure for just about anything. Carob honey helps digestion. Caper honey is good for colds and flu. He knows about the tamer honeys as well: Lavender? Good for stress. Thyme? Good for low blood pressure. Who knew?

    When he finally let me taste, I was crazy about the carob, which was gritty and intensely caramel-like. The cedar was earthy, the caper delicate and floral. Healthful or not, drizzled on plump figs, they were all delicious and at $10 a kilo a real global bargain.

    You can find Nafis Hicham at Tala Kebira, Fondouk Kaat Smen 81; (212) 35634-269.

February 5, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: — Arwen O'Reilly on the chemistry of stain removal

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Any article that begins, "Both absent-minded and a klutz, I..." is one I'm going to read closely.

Ms. O'Reilly is assistant editor at MAKE magazine, the source of this item.

The stain-removal links at the conclusion of her piece:

• Cornell's "Removing Stains at Home" PDF — www.makezine.com/go/cornellpdf

• FabricLink's stain removal site — www.makezine.com/go/stain2

• Butler's Guild stain removal site — www.makezine.com/go/stain3

• Makezine's stain removal tips — makezine.com/05/diy_stains

February 5, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Tsaya Leg Purse

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Men will please move on to the next post.

Come on, you heard me: move along.

From the website:

    Leg Purse

    Made of delectable black patent leather, the Tsaya is smooth against your clothes.

    Gription on the back ensures that it will stay comfortably in place.

    Engineered to automatically adjust for any mobile phone, the pocket expands only as much as necessary.

    A separate pocket for your ID, credit card or cash.

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Gription, huh?

You learn something new every day.

$79.

[via Jenna Phillips and makezine]

February 5, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Super Bowl XVI All-Name Team

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Muhsin Muhammad

Adewale Ogunleye

Jim Sorgi

Brandon Stokley

Cato June

Booger McFarland

Looks like the Colts won this one too.

February 5, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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