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May 24, 2007

Dawn spills the beans on pops — Tootsie Roll Pops


This past Tuesday evening at 9:37:38 p.m. ET in came the following comment on my post of September 14, 2004, headlined "Tootsie Roll Pops Announces Three New Flavors!":

"You can purchase individual bags — just do a Google search for 'your favorite flavor tootsie roll pops' and scroll down, there is a company that sells individual flavors in like 5 pound quantities. PARADISE!!!!!! No more hideous chocolate tootsie roll pops."

Just a minute, Dawn.

I like the chocolate ones best and remain dismayed beyond expression since one day a couple years ago finding that my local CVS — my dealer — since forever having offered Tootsie Roll Pops for sale on an individual basis, had ceased and desisted from this practice, offering instead the big plastic bag of assorted flavors sold in supermarkets.

When CVS offered the open box of loose pops I could dig around and pick out all the chocolate ones, feeling slightly guilty about hoarding them but not enough to make me stop.

I don't do guilt very well at all.

But I digress.

Dawn, don't trash my chocolate pops or there'll be concussions.

Wait a minute, that's not right... discussions.

Yeah, that's it.

No, you idiot — repercussions.

Oh, go away.

May 24, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Plant I.V. Drip Watering Kit — Put Your Garden On Life Support


Does Anne Raver know about this?

From the website:

IV Drip Watering Kit

Probably the best way to describe this watering kit is to compare it to an intravenous drip system used in hospitals.

This kit uses a 2.5 gallon water bag that hangs on a post or wall and a 16-foot-long tube that delivers the water to six adjustable drippers.

A full bag of water will give you about 12 hours of watering using all six drippers on the lowest setting.

Great for slowly watering planters, grow boxes or rows in your garden.


You can also set individual drip rates for each plant.

Tubing and drippers come unassembled so you can cut the hose and place the drippers exactly where you need them.

Heavy-duty poly construction makes it reusable year after year.

Made in England.


$19.50 (water not included).

[via R. Waldeck, who lives in Canada]

May 24, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

jott — 'Sweet, simple and utterly addictive'


Well, at least I'm like jott in one respect.

Hey, before you sneer, consider that .333 will get you major money in The Show.

But I digress.

This morning Joel Ordesky emailed me and wrote, "Thought this service would be something you would like, it will let you send notes and emails via a cell phone with voice recognition."

It's now in public beta which means all non-TechnoDolts™ can check it out and let me know what life is like when you have a triple-digit I.Q.

May 24, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

May 24, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Vermeer: Good news, bad news


The good news: The four-story Vermeer Center has just opened in Delft.

The bad news: Though it has reproductions of the artist's 34 known works, the new museum does not have a single original painting.

Jennifer Conlin featured the Vermeer Center in an item which appeared in the May 20, 2007 New York Times Travel section, and follows.

    Vermeer Gets a Museum

    A new building in Delft honors one of Holland’s most famous artists, Jan Vermeer, who was born in Delft in 1632. According to Koos DeWilt, the director of the four-story Vermeer Center (www.VermeerDelft.nl),which opens May 23, it offers “more of an experience than visiting a traditional museum.”

    Though it does not have even one of Vermeer’s original paintings, it does have reproductions of his 34 known works. Other highlights include films about 17th-century Delft, a floor set up as his atelier (where one can learn how he experimented with a camera obscura), and a chance to eavesdrop on recreated conversations between various 17th-century Dutch painters. General admission is 8 euros, about $11 at $1.39 to the euro.

May 24, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pet Toothbrush


From the website:

    Oral Hygiene Kit

    An innovative dental care kit where brushing is literally at your fingertips.

    A two-piece kit consisting of a regular style toothbrush and a rubber tipped gum massager.

    The plastic handle fits easily over the end of your finger for fine control of brushing.

    Makes a difficult job easier and increases owner's compliance for better dental care.


[via Cool Tools (Untried), where Steve Leckart wrote, "...seemingly banal, but considering how hard it is to get anything (but food) into a dog's mouth, I find it promising. Brushing two sides at once = get in, get out."]


May 24, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to remove an adhesive label


Who hasn't been irritated by being unable to remove an address label or suchlike from something without wrecking the paper or whatever it was stuck to?

Most often it's the New Yorker that's the offender, since their covers are so consistently interesting and oftimes memorable.

When I try to remove my mailing label from the lower left corner more often than not I fail to do so cleanly, leaving a damaged cover drawing.

If I want a pristine one then it's off to Barnes & Noble to buy another.

Over the years I've learned a thing or two about removing these labels so as to cause minimal damage.

No, I've never attended a Flaps & Seals course at Camp Peary taught by friends of Larry J. Kolb.

All my knowledge was gained the hard way and may be summarized as follows:

1) Work slowly — painfully slowly, absurdly slowly. So slowly that you can see the strands of adhesive pulling like taffy before they give up their grip on the paper they're stuck to.

2) Work from the outside in at all times, raising the perimeters of the label circumferentially.

3) Peel the label back on the diagonal whenever possible. I don't know why this works best but it does.

4) Like attracts like, so use the removed label to adhere to adhesive still on the page, dabbing it over and over again, removing just a tiny bit each time. This trick was taught to me in Tokyo, Japan by an 18-year-old Japanese girl, long long ago in a galaxy far, far away.

May 24, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Headlight Glasses


That's different.

From the website:

    Headlight Glasses

    Hey pal, they're not reading glasses, they're a highly technical tool

    While I'm still a few years from being 50, things aren't as sharp and crisp under the hood (that's my car's hood, I beg your pardon) as they used to be.

    When I slip on these lightweight, stainless steel framed, comfortable Headlight Glasses and flip on the super-bright LED lights, I can figure out where all that oil is coming from under the old Chevelle.

    Perfect when repairing small, delicate parts, helping the kids build a model or using anywhere you need some attention to detail.

    They're also great for reading or enjoying your favorite car magazine in bed when your spouse wants to sleep.

    Optically correct refractive index acrylic lenses are available in +1.5, +2.0 or +2.5 power, and 100-hour lithium batteries are included.

    Specify your requirements and tell that snickering friend they're not reading glasses, they're a highly technical tool.


May 24, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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