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March 10, 2007

The shape of things to come

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March 10, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Custom Brake Pedal Cover — Because it's hard to stand on it in high heels

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Elva Ramirez, in the February 22, 2007 Wall Street Journal, wrote about new automotive technology aimed at the female driver.

One of the items featured was Mr. Gasket's custom "no-slip brake pedals that make drivng in high heels easier."

The pad (above) has extra-deep treads to prevent getting your shoe caught under the brake pedal.

$7.25.

March 10, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Life Hack: How to decide quickly whether or not to purchase a book

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Apply "the McLuhan test, which is to read page 69 and, if you like it, buy the book." — Susan Elderkin, in the February 17, 2007 Financial Times.

March 10, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Portable Dip Snack Set — Party2Go

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From the website:

    Mini Cooler Cup

    This innovative snack cup has a leakproof, compartmentalized design that separates veggies from dip or dressing, plus its own mini ice pack to keep the whole shebang crisp and fresh.

    Great for small salads, fruits, veggies, GORP, yogurt, cereal, pretzels, whatever!

    Removable/reusable central ice pack cools contents up to 8 hours.

    Closes securely and easily clips onto purse, pack or gym bag.

    Bottom section holds two cups of food; top holds one cup.

    Assembled container measures 8"H x 3" Diam.

    Top-shelf dishwasher-safe.

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$8.95 (Yes — it comes filled with crispy veggies and ranch dip, just like in the picture. What do you think?).

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

Chandra Views Perseus

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The Chandra x-ray observatory, sent into orbit on July 23, 1999, continues to provide extraordinary data about our universe.

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Here you will find a number of links to animated and enhanced graphics of some of the wonderments abounding in deep space.

March 10, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Instant Marinater

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Reminds me of a poem* I once read... but I digress.

From the website:

    Instant Marinater

    Speed up marinating time and tenderize too with this unique container.

    It works by creating a vacuum, which opens up the pores and fibers of the food.

    Perfect for meat, fish, chicken and vegetables, adding delicious flavors and retaining juiciness.

    What used to take hours to marinate is now done in just minutes.

    48 page recipe book included.

    10.5" x 10.5" x 4.75" deep.

$39.99.

* The Rind in the Instant Marinator — obviously.

Download the audio eBook free.

March 10, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Nonsense — by E.M. Cioran

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When the ticking of a watch breaks the silence of eternity, arousing you out of serene contemplation, how can you help resenting the absurdity of time, its march into the future, and all the nonsense about evolution and progress? Why go forward, why live in time? The sudden revelation of time at such moments, conferring upon it a crushing preeminence otherwise nonexistent, is the fruit of a strong contempt for life, an unwillingness to go on. If this revelation happens at night, the sensation of unutterable loneliness is added to the absurdity of time, because then, far from the crowd, you face time alone, the two of you caught in an irreducible duality. Time, in this nocturnal desolation, is no longer populated with actions and objects: it becomes an evergrowing nothingness, a dilating void, a threat from beyond. Silence resounds then with a mournful clamor of bells knelling for a dead universe. Only he who has separated time from existence lives this drama: fleeing the latter, he is crushed by the former. And he feels how time, like death, gains ground.
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March 10, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'Au Hasard Balthazar' — 'The universe in 90 minutes'

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Above, Jean-Luc Godard's characterization of Robert Bresson's 1966 film starring a donkey named Balthazar (above).

After watching it last evening I find it hard to disagree.

March 10, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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