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April 19, 2007

What's in your mascara?


Or your lip gloss, or foundation?

You haven't a clue, do you?

Maybe it's better that way.

For those who prefer to drill down, there's the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep website.

"Skin Deep is a personal care product safety guide with in-depth information on 14,835 products — 1,051 brands of lotion, lip balm, deodorant, sunscreen and other popular products — and the 7,093 ingredients that form them."

Search by brand, product or ingredient, and find out things you wish you hadn't learned about relevant hazards and toxins.

"The FDA cannot require companies to do safety testing of their products before marketing," was the position of the FDA Office of Cosmetics and Colors in 1995, and nothing's changed in the past 12 years.

"With its core of 37 toxicity and regulatory databases, Skin Deep provides safety ratings and brand-by-brand comparisons that can help consumers choose safer products."

Caveat lector.

No — that's not Hannibal's kid brother.

April 19, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Keychain Digital Camera


I never have a camera with me when I see something I'd like to photograph and use here.

Sure, my cellphone (a Nokia 6230, purchased in the dark ages) has a camera — but it's not even close to usable by a TechnoDolt™.

So I got all excited when I espied this nifty piece of kit.

From the website:

    Digital Camera Keychain

    This mini camera keychain captures the moment in brilliant color — anywhere, anytime.

    Take pictures wherever you are — our camera keychain is always on hand for any photo opportunity.

    Two resolution settings (640 x 480 and 320 x 240) allow for 26 print-quality or 104 email-quality photos.

    Also takes short video clips and has the capability for video editing and conferencing via a PC.

    • Download photos directly to your computer

    • Includes USB cable and editing software

    • Features built-in 16MB flash memory

    • Camera measures 3" x 1.5" x 0.9"


All that's the good news.

The bad news is it's for PC only — Mac people like myself can kindly take a hike.



April 19, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Experts' Expert: Orlando Pita's favorite shampoo


That's it, pictured above.

About $5 at stores everywhere.


I was.

Pita (below) is a superstar hairstylist whose clients currently include "Madonna, Gwyneth, Tilda and Naomi," wrote Sandra Ballentine in an entertaining story which appeared in the April 15, 2007 New York Times Magazine Style Supplement entitled "Beauty Spring 2007."

Pita told Ballentine, "It's light but nourishing and leaves my hair really shiny. You don't need to use a lot, and I can even get by without conditioner."



I've been getting by with Johnson's Baby Shampoo and bagging the conditioner since last century — but what do I know?

And no — you can't afford a haircut at Orlo, Pita's salon in New York City: the price back in 2004 was $800 and you can bet it's even higher now, what with his ever-increasing visibility in every column featuring boldfaced names.

Better forward this breaking shampoo news to Edwina Ings-Chambers instanter, what?

Hey, she's getting pretty popular herself: maybe from now on I'll simply refer to her as "Edwina."

April 19, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Bug Stopper Pants


From the website:

    Bug Stopper Pants

    Protect your legs from mosquitoes and pesky bugs with these polyester bug-netting pants.

    Lightweight and comfortable, they have an elasticized drawstring waist and cuffs to keep bugs out.

    One size fits men and women with a waist up to 50".

    Machine washable.

    Ideal for:

    • Gardening

    • Yard work

    • Fishing

    • Hiking



But perhaps you're needing something a bit more formal.

No problema.

Simply add the Bug Stopper Top (below)


to your ensemble and you'll be dressed to thrill.


April 19, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

foreclosure.com v Yahoo Real Estate: Two sites enter, one site leaves


Just up at Yahoo Real Estate, a section aimed at people looking to buy foreclosed properties.

Fact: Foreclosures rose 42% last year from 1.2 million in 2005, according to RealtyTrac.


On Yahoo Real Estate as of forty-five minutes ago there were 216 properties available in Bel Air, California alone, with the most expensive priced to move fast at a cool $15,900,000.

In the other corner is foreclosure.com, which promotes itself as the "best place in America to find distressed properties."


But perhaps you'd like something a little farther afield.

No problema.

How about Antti Lovag's "Bubble House" (above and below) in Tourette-sur-Loup, high on a hillside behind Nice, France?


Cheap at $3,000,000, considering that it cost $7,500,000 to build.

April 19, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'Grindhouse' Action Figures


That didn't take long.

From the website:

"Grindhouse" Action Figures

Each of these highly detailed vinyl figures has ten points of articulation and comes with movie-authentic outfits and interlocking bases.

What happens when two critically acclaimed directors team up for a grisly, gory, action-packed sleazefest?


The "Grindhouse" double feature is what happens!

In Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof," a stuntman gets behind the wheel to create some vehicular mayhem. In Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror," a gun-legged woman named Cherry and her martial arts-wielding partner Wray take on a zombie army.

Each figure about 7" tall.

People have called bookofjoe fans a "zombie army" — as if.

But I digress.


The action figures are sold only as a set of 3: $54.98.

April 19, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

'Reading becomes dangerous when instead of waking us to the personal life of the spirit it tends to substitute itself for it' — Marcel Proust


Is there a blog in the word "reading?"

April 19, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Official bookofjoe Tear-Free Onion Goggles


After years of work out back in the skunkworks, success at last.

Check out these puppies.

From the website:

    Tear-Free Onion Goggles

    You may look a little foolish but it's better than the pain and tears you get when chopping raw onions.

    The foam seal keeps all those onion vapors out of your eyes while the anti-fog lenses provide maximum clarity.

    Fits most faces but won't work over glasses.

    Storage case included.


If I ever get myself pulled together enough to start having contests here, these goggles are gonna be the prize.

$19.99 (Onions not included — but I know where you can get some).

April 19, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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