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March 28, 2007

Gotta go? Safe2pee.org's 'Gender-neutral bathroom directory'


Currently in beta and already featuring 658 bathrooms in 198 cities, this Google Maps mashup could come in very handy.


It was created by a shadowy group styling itself the "Bathroom Liberation Front."


I like it.

[via Lucas Graves and Wired magazine]

March 28, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

March 28, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

'Identifying the body' — by Cathy Seipp's 17-year-old daughter Maia


It appeared in her blog on March 23, 2007 (two days following her mother's [above] untimely death at 49 of cancer), and follows.

    Identifying the body

    I've never been around so much death in a week and lost my innocence this week. I had no idea my mother would be on her deathbed when I came home from UCSD, skipping finals when I learned my mom's situation was more dire. My mother kept on fighting 48+ hours after they removed the oxygen mask, her face going from eggplant hues to sheer white. My mother did not want me to see her connected to machines. My father (folks are divorced) sang her to eternal sleep with sea chants and "Tie me kangaroo down sport" until she gasped her last breath. I couldn't be there when she literally passed on but I was there 30 minutes before and my mother's best friend took me outside to the corridor and comforted me. Today was the day of the funeral. It could have been Sunday but I decided it had to be today. The sooner, the better. No one wanted me to identify the body but I felt I had to. I felt guilt over not being there like my father, grandfather, and her friends were till the very end. The funeral director opened the casket. I expected to see her feet wrapped in linen. Instead I saw her head, immaculately made up resembling a statue from Madame Tussaud's wax museum. She was not my mother but a doll resembling her. A vessel going into the ground. According to Judaism, the "n'shumah" or spirit hovers around the family for a week, is connected for 11 months and a day, and mourners mourn for 11 months and a day because damnation is 12 months, and they wanted to distinguish the two. The soul is connected to Earth for 11 months and a day and some of her friends felt her presence. When I touched the casket, the part where her heart was was warm. Though she was an organ donor, my family decided not to donate her organs to Goodwill because it would have been too messy.

    I felt lonely missing her, craving someone that close to talk to. In a way, I felt I lost a sense of home and will have to recreate that sense over the years. Her friends and I went through her clothes a bit and some of them are outrageous 80's fashions. Two high school teachers of mine came to pay their respects and I'm thinking of interning for Marshall High over the summer to possibly be a schoolteacher someday.

    I didn't think I would be able to take in my mother's body and was hesitant to see her. But like stressful things, I feel I am stronger as a result. When I was in a car accident, I stopped having nightmares of that sort afterwards and it's the same thing with this.

    This morning, I woke up hallucinating — I saw death and my mother's dead head. I turned on the light, fumbled for the bible, read psalms, and went back to sleep.

    I have this new belief that the body is merely a shell and it's a space our soul rents temporarily until it has to return to God.


[via zorkmidden and discardedlies.com]

March 28, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Left-Hander's/Artist's SmudgeGuard


Tat Man Woo lauded this device (above) in this week's Cool Tools newsletter, as follows:


    My son is left-handed and kept getting the side of his hand dirty from unwanted graphite and ink smudges in school, so we ordered him a SmudgeGuard. The glove, which covers his pinky, is made of nylon and spandex, so it fits snug to his hand and glides easily over the paper when he's writing fast. Usually, when my son writes, his hand will start to perspire. The SmudgeGuard stays dry making it less likely to re-smudge the paper. Because it's only protecting the areas most prone to smudges and because the material is thin, he can also type on a keyboard or do other things while wearing it.


    You could certainly take a normal glove and cut the fingers off, but if you used cotton gloves, it wouldn't glide over paper as well. Also, this guard doesn't look homemade or tacky. If my son wore a cut-up glove to school, I'd imagine his classmates would definitely tease him (he's in second grade)! With the SmudgeGuard, my son has not experienced any teasing from his classmates at all. In fact, the kids were very curious about it, which actually made him popular for the day because none of them had ever seen anything like it before.


    Now the teacher doesn't have to ask him to redo his homework or tell him to erase the smudges and smears. And no more poor posture (my son used to twist his hand and body in a weird way to avoid smudges). He says it's very comfortable to wear.


I wonder if Michael Jackson's already already ordered a bespoke diamond-encrusted version....

For the rest of us there's Cool Black, Rich Burgundy or Sweet Lavender, in sizes XXS to L.



March 28, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Star Wars Stamps Unveiled


To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first "Star Wars" film, which premiered on May 25, 1977, the U.S. Postal Service is releasing a set of 15 commemorative stamps, set to go on sale May 25, 2007.

The first to be made public (above) features Princess Leia sending R2-D2 with an urgent call for help to Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The other 14 will be unveiled later today.

March 28, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Instant Closet — Episode 2: Instant Hanger Redux


In Episode 1 back on October 21, 2005 we learned that instant clothes storage space could be created (and disappeared) by means of a collapsible hanger support.

Now comes a rethinking of that device, doubled and connected by a telescoping pole to create from 3 to 5 feet of clothes storage space anywhere.

From the website:

    Quick Closet

    Creates Clothes Storage Space Instantly

    Add clothes hanging ability in your laundry room, mud room, guest room, sewing room or basement.

    This weather-resistant system is the perfect solution for drying robes, towels and bathing suits around the pool or hot tub.

    Quick Closet Clothes Hanging System features two 14" InstaHangers with a telescoping pole that lets you create from 3 to 5 feet of clothes storage space anywhere.

    Includes hardware, instructions and a mounting template.

    Made of plastic and chrome plated steel.

    Supports up to 90 lbs.


March 28, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'Good financial planning is making sure the check to the undertaker bounces' — New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg


Don't believe he said it?

You could look it up.

March 28, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Vibrating Alarm Clock/Timer Keychain


From the website:

    Vibrating Alarm Clock and Timer on a Keychain

    This small (2.7" x 1" x 0.5") vibrating clock/timer is for individuals who cannot hear alarms or who do not want to disturb others when it goes off.

    Uses 2 AG13 batteries (included).


March 28, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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