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February 23, 2007

When's the last time you broke a shoelace?


How about "I can't remember" — does that sound about right?

Yesterday, while I was lacing up my running shoes to go out for a run, it occurred to me that my laces looked perfect — no signs of wear or tear — even though I've had the shoes for a fairly long time.


Then I got to thinking about how as a kid it seemed a frequent occurrence, breaking a lace and having to create a makeshift repair or relace through fewer eyelets to make what remained functional.

What's changed in shoelaces?


Why don't they seem to break anymore?


Inquiring mind wants to know.

February 23, 2007 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Therma Neck Wrap


From the website:

    Therma™ Neck Wrap

    Therma Neck Wrap chills your entire body on hot summer days.

    Freeze a couple of hours for instant cooling comfort.

    Heat in microwave for warming therapeutic relief from aches and pains.

    Neoprene sleeve (28") keeps neck dry — adjustable Velcro closure.



19.98 (snowflakes not included).

February 23, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Lisa Schmeiser's Rage Diaries


Any blog where the writer uses "chap" as a verb is a blog worth reading.

"Lisa Schmeiser is a mild-mannered business reporter by day and a bilious TV critic by night. Her one-woman show, Virago-A-Go-Go, never opened Off-Off-Broadway, as Lisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area."

Also, she has a good eye for color.

February 23, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

iWoofer iPod Speaker System


From the website:

    iWoofer iPod Speaker System

    With its glowing blue lights and shiny exterior, the iWoofer is about as far removed from a dog as the iPod is from a hamster. But let's go with the alternative meaning of its name... a speaker!!

    The iWoofer pumps out a total of 12 watts of sound, from 2 tweeters and the eponymous woofer speaker. It features an FM tuner with auto-scan tuning and preset station memory, with a telescopic antenna for a super-clear signal.

    In the fashion of all good iPod speakers, it has a USB port to sync with your Mac or PC, charges when plugged into the mains and can be powered portably using 4 x AA batteries.

    And to top (or bottom) it off, the iWoofer has a blue spinning halo light on its undercarriage.

    There are 2 models — the iWoofer fits the iPod video and all other docking iPods, plus the iPod shuffle, and the iWoofer nano fits the iPod nano and iPod shuffle ONLY.


White or Black.


February 23, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

QuickTime/Mac Hack: How to make QuickTime 7 full-screen — without having to buy the Pro version


2) Save the script as an application.

3) Now open the movie you want to view in full-screen in QuickTime Player, then double-click the AppleScript application you just created and your movie will play full-screen.

Enjoy the $29.99 you just saved.

[via Jarrad Reiner]

February 23, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Zipper Pull Strobe Watch — Episode 2: New Colors


Lime, Red, Yellow or Blue were so 2005.

Now also in (from top to bottom) Gold, Cobalt, Ruby or Purple.

Still $12.

February 23, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tattered Cover Book Store Sculpture Model Charles Shugarts is Dead


Above, the realistic, life-size statue of Shugarts which at this very moment resides at the Tattered Cover book store in Denver.

He died at age 88 on January 31, 2007 at his Denver home.

Denver Post writer Virginia Culver's February 6, 2007 appreciation follows.

    Bookstore statue model loved acclaim

    Charles Shugarts loved being "Charlie" at the Tattered Cover Book Store.

    Shugarts, who was the model for the store's statue of a man seated, reading a newspaper, died Jan. 31 after a long illness. He was 88.

    But Charlie lives on, delighting some and startling others.

    Shugarts often visited the Cherry Creek Tattered Cover and, later, the new location on East Colfax Avenue. He would sit down next to the statue and assume the pose, said his wife, Beverly.

    Shugarts would say later: "People would look at me and not know whether I was dead or alive."

    Shugarts' outgoing personality and affability were the reasons his niece, Margaret Quinn, chose him for a project to put art on the downtown 16th Street Mall in 1988. She was working for developer David French, who wanted the art, and she came up with the idea of life figures. They hired college art students to make the casts of each person's body.

    "Who else but my Uncle Shug would sit there in his skivvies while he got cast, with straws up his nose (to breathe) and the material pulling the hair out of his arms?" Quinn asked.

    She bought him a bottle of Jack Daniels.

    When the cast was finished, a mold was made from Fiberglas and plastic, and then painted by Quang Ho, now an internationally known artist.

    Charlie and two other figures - a man and a woman - were on the mall for some time, but they didn't weather well. The other two were put in storage in the Daniels and Fisher Tower and were destroyed in a fire.

    Charlie was moved to the Tattered Cover in 1990. Owner Joyce Meskis calls him "one of the family. I fell in love with Charlie the first time I saw him."

    Charlie never fails to attract attention. Some poke at him or rub his head or argue: "He's real; he's not real," Meskis said.

    Meskis takes Charlie to big events, such as the opening of new Tattered Cover branches, and changes the newspaper he's reading. The family kept Charlie supplied in clean clothes that belonged to Shugarts, Beverly Shugarts said.

    Charles R. Shugarts was born Aug. 12, 1918, in Punxsutawney, Pa., "and he was always proud of his birthplace," said his wife, referring to the annual celebration of Ground Hog Day in Punxsutawney.

    After graduating from high school and serving in the Army Air Corps at Buckley, Shugarts married a young woman he met here, Beverly Sillstrop. His career was spent with Insurance Service Offices, and after retiring, he was a driver for the Colorado Baggage Co. He was given several awards for his decades of work with the Boy Scouts.

    In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Mark and Robert of Denver, John Paul of Westminster, David of Parker, Charles of Arvada and James of Thornton, and daughter Elizabeth Shugarts of Centennial. He was preceded in death by son Christopher.

February 23, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Experts' Expert: Teri Agins on her favorite walking shoe


Pictured above, it's Ferragamo's "Vara," introduced in 1978 and still the company's best-selling shoe.

There must be a reason why that's so, don't you think?

Ms. Agins is the fashion reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and her "Ask Teri" feature in yesterday's paper discussing the topic follows.

    Walkable Footwear

    Q. "When traveling I love to walk for a long time, but I hate to wear tennis shoes because they instantly identify me as a tourist. I dress in longer skirts instead of pants, and I prefer to wear black. What do you recommend?"

    A. More footwear makers have added an array of flats in recent years, so there's no reason you can't look reasonably chic while touring the streets of Rome or London. For serious walking, forget ballerina flats, which are too flimsy to support your feet. The same goes for flip-flops and most sandals, which expose your feet to too much urban grime.

    For many years, my own favorite footwear for tooling around Manhattan has been Vara, a round-toed, low-heeled bow pump, in black patent leather. Introduced in 1978, the sturdy and super-comfortable Vara, at $290 a pair, continues to be Ferragamo's best-selling shoe. I take mine to the shoe repairman, who adds a thin layer of rubber to the sole, which helps make my stride more sure-footed. While some women may hesitate over Vara's matronly image (most fans are over 50), take note that last year, Teen Vogue magazine dressed young models in leggings, minis and Varas. The advantage of patent leather — and not its cheaper cousin in stiff vinyl — is that shoes always look shiny and they repel rain.

    Other stylish, walkable footwear is available in a range of prices. Taryn Rose, developed by a former orthopedic surgeon, is popular, with sleek flats such as "Beda," a skimmer style for $428. Nike Inc.'s Cole Haan brand has a pretty black patent-leather flat for $170, while Merrell — which began as a brand for hikers — offers the thicker-soled "Spire Flex" for $80.

    The properties that the best walking shoes have in common are: arch supports or orthotics to help absorb shock, flexible rubber soles, round or broad toes, and heels or wedges that are an inch or less high. Try them on with the hosiery you will wear when you're walking.

    And once you find a pair that works, buy another pair or two, before the style is discontinued.


The Vara costs $250 in printed calfskin (below).


Patent leather in Eggplant or Cherry, also $250.

Black patent?

Call 888-400-2623.

February 23, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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