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March 3, 2007

Is your check in the mail?


I hope so, for your sake, as I've just decided to sell bookofjoe for its appraised value (above).

The funny thing is that yesterday I received an email from someone in Australia offering to buy bookojoe.com: I replied he could have it for $100,000, figuring that price was ridiculous enough that he'd laugh and then trash my email.

Looks like I was lowballing myself, what?

I discovered my price, along with much else of interest,


at dnscoop.com, which Brian Nelson just sent to me along with the message that "Even for a TechnoDolt™ this it too easy."


True — but not by much.

March 3, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Who will play Valerie Plame in the upcoming film?


Today's Washington Post Style section "Names and Faces" column by Korin Miller brings the news that the screenplay for Hollywood's version of the life story of once covert CIA agent Valerie Plame (above) is being written as you read these words.

It will be a Warner Bros. film based on Ms. Plame's memoir, "Fair Game" — itself not yet cleared for publication by the CIA.

This has to be the juiciest role out there: my money's on Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon or Nicole Kidman.



March 3, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: What's the correct order in which to load your washer with clothes, detergent, etc.?

1) Start with water, the amount you've selected for your load size, and wait until it's all in

2) Add detergent, fabric softener, and whatever else you like to put in (Febreze, etc.)

3) Last, put in the clothes (video demonstration above)

See how easy?

I never knew that back in the day.

Like many people, I threw in the clothes, added the detergent and turned on the machine, then walked away.

A good mnemonic: W.C. as in water closet.

Water, Detergent, Clothes — the D's gotta go in-between, see?

March 3, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Dream Mirror


By Belgium-based Hoet Design.

Click on "accessories," then click on the picture of the mirror.

Made of black powder-coated aluminum with a glass mirror.

22.3 cm W x 40.3 cm H (8.8" x 16").

£159 at Aram Store.

March 3, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

World's thinnest material unveiled — one carbon atom thick


Called graphene, it's a sheet of carbon atoms created by slicing atomically thin carbon off blocks of graphite.

That's one sharp knife.

Above, a photo of a transistor made from sheets of graphene.

Turns out that graphene, rather than simply being a flat two-dimensional sheet, is wavy instead (below),


giving it unexpected stabilty.

Here's a link to a story about the possible building blocks of the transistor of the future; the article follows.

    First graphene transistors may herald future of electronic chips

    UK researchers claim to have created the world's first practical transistors cut from ribbons of graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms. Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov, at the University of Manchester, include details of their breakthrough in a review article to be published in the March issue of Nature Materials, though their research has not yet been peer reviewed.

    Just one atom thick and less than fifty atoms (a few nanometres) wide, the tiny transistors pave the way for a new breed of computer chips smaller and faster than those based on silicon. The number of silicon transistors crammed onto a chip has so far doubled roughly every two years, as Intel co-founder Gordon Moore predicted in his eponymous 'law'. But there are fundamental limits to the capacity of silicon-based electronics, as components become so small that current begins to leak.

    Geim thinks his nanometre-sized transistors could go beyond those limits. Unlike silicon, his team have found, graphene is stable and conducts electricity when cut into strips of only a few nanometres wide. Strong carbon-carbon bonds hold the honeycomb structure together even at room temperature where silicon oxidises and decomposes.

    Taking advantage of this unusual stability, the Manchester team have created single-electron transistors, with two narrow ribbons of graphene (effectively acting as electrical leads) surrounding a central 'quantum dot' — a barrier that controls electron flow, which in this case is also made of graphene. These transistors, they claim, can be used to precisely switch current on and off at room temperature.

    Graphene transistors have been announced before, by teams led by Walt de Heer at the University of California, Berkeley, US, and Max Lemme at the electronics company AMO in Aachen, Germany. But the Manchester researchers say those transistors - based on ideas they themselves proposed when discovering graphene three years ago — were 'leaky': current continued to flow even when the transistor was supposedly switched off. Lemme told Chemistry World that he thought his team were the first to announce graphene transistors, when they used an electric field to control current flow through a sheet of graphene, but conceded that if the new transistors did indeed switch off sharply, they would represent another step forward.

    Leonid Ponomarenko, another member of the Manchester team, said that making the new transistors was not easy. 'At the present time no technology can cut individual elements with nanometre precision. We have to rely on chance by narrowing our ribbons to a few nanometres in width. Some of them were too wide and did not work properly whereas others were over-cut and broken,' he said. But he was optimistic that the proof-of-concept technique could be scaled up to make true nanometre-sized circuits. But it's still early days for the technology: Geim wouldn't expect graphene-based circuits to overcome silicon technology before 2025.

    The transistors' unveiling marks the latest development in the rapid rise of graphene, which has become one of the hottest materials in physics since its discovery in 2004. Electrons shoot through the carbon sheet with minimal resistance, while the material's strength has seen it mooted for use in tough lightweight polymer composites.

    One of graphene's simplest properties — that of being a perfectly flat 2D sheet — is the most mystifying of all, said Geim. In theory, thermal fluctuations should cause any perfect 2D crystal to vibrate out of the plane, with sufficient energy to break its bonds. Scientists had surmised that graphene could only appear both stable and perfectly flat because it was usually stabilised on a substrate,

    But in Nature this week, Geim's team also reveals that the supposedly flat sheet is in fact corrugated; tiny ripples of graphene crystallites make the sheets 3D when suspended in isolation. That's a relief for the theorists, and the suspended thin membranes the Manchester team have created could also add to graphene's lengthening list of applications, perhaps acting as atomic-scale sieves.

    But the most exciting applications remain in electronics, says Geim. Out of all the possible substitutes for silicon, he told Chemistry World, 'only graphene still stands a reasonable chance'.

March 3, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Java Wand — 'Eliminates the need for coffee makers and filters'


Tell us more.

From the website:

    Java Wand

    The Java Wand is a mini French Press filter attached to a hand-crafted glass straw that brews and filters coffee in the convenience of your mug.

    Simply add hot water to your medium-grind coffee, brew, build flavor and in seconds sip to the very last drop through your beautifully hand-crafted Java Wand ™.

    Your portable wand is packaged in an indestructible lightweight carrying case with a special compartment to transport your favorite coffee.




March 3, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Bizarro World Auction at bookofjoe — TechnoDolt™ to be sold to highest bidder


What a great name for a website (yo, Nick Denton, text your office, your newest creation is being born as you read these words... but I digress).

What's that?

You wouldn't pay one red cent for this dross?

I always said you were smart – but I digress yet again.

You win!

Congratulations — where would you like me to send your prize?

Wait a minute, joe — you don't send it to the winner: the winner uses it as is.


I wonder if, in the Bizarro World, they say "hoD" instead....

March 3, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Old-Fashioned Laundry Room Plaque


It seemed like a good idea at the time.





March 3, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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