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May 27, 2007

World's First Curved Wallet

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Invented by Michael Lyons, it's called the Rogue Wallet™.

The back story (as it were): Lyons was told by his local chiropractor (in Maine, it would appear) that his severe lower back pain was caused in part by "sitting on a solid inch of plastic, leather and paper over the years."

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He decided there had to be a better way.

And so inspiration came one day and after much beta testing the Rogue Wallet (above and below) was born.

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The curve lets the one-quarter inch thick leather wallet nestle comfortably in your front pocket if that's where you carry.

$29.99.

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Tell Michael I sent you — everyone can use a laugh now and then.

May 27, 2007 at 06:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Fun at the checkout

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From an article on machine character recognition by Mark Fischetti in the new (June 2007) Scientific American:

    Not At Home Depot

    Customers who sign for a credit-card purchase on a small electronic pad by a cash register may think their signature is being analyzed, but it is probably not.

    Most retailers simply store the whole image "just to save paper," says David Doermann of the University of Maryland.

    Next time, he proposes, draw something completely different and see if a clerk or machine questions you.

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Even better: use your other (non-writing) hand to sign your name.

Note to self: Contact David Doermann and see if he'd consider being a contributor — anyone in a position of prominence and responsibility who's by nature subversive belongs here.

May 27, 2007 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Einsteinian Relativity Watch

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Probably best consulted while sitting or supine: I don't know about you but my head started to spin around five past two.

From the website:

    Relativity Watch

    A great new take on relativity.

    The numbers on this watch actually rotate with each passing second, making 3:00 into 9:00 in 30 seconds.

    The time is still easy to read, but it's more fun than just a regular, non-relative watch.

    Quartz movement.

$34.95.

May 27, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Never Shower in a Thunderstorm — by Anahad O'Connor

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I'm super stoked about this new book, which I just found out about via an ad in yesterday's New York Times.

Anahad O'Connor writes the superb "Really?" column which appears weekly in the New York Times Science section.

I regularly feature his work because it's interesting and well-written, besides being short and snappy.

You could look it up.

Anyhow, the book is $11.90 at Amazon and I hope it becomes a mega-bestseller, and that Scarlett Johansson stars in the movie.

May 27, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Lip Balm Flip-Flops

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Say what?

Long story short: There's a built-in holder on the strap for your sun block, ChapStick or whatever you're carrying — finally, hands-free at the beach, the way it always should be.

Julia Feldmeier brought this tricked-out footgear to my attention in an item appearing in today's Washington Post "Trendspotter" feature; it follows.

    Simple Ca-Bana Flip-Flops

    As a ChapStick addict, I freak out when I discover that I'm lip balm-less. Enter Simple's flip-flops, which have a built-in holder for a ChapStick tube across the strap, ensuring that I need look no farther than my foot for a fix. Go on, say it: Gross. But once I got over my hesitation about carrying a lip product so close to the ground (and my toes), I fell in love. These are the supportive flip-flops I've tried. The insole is made of cork and rubber, molded to the foot's contour and lined with a soft suede. The straps are suede, too, so I felt none of the usual chafing that comes with breaking in new sandals. And while many of my flimsier flops have been pierced by gravel or glass (ah, the joys of city living), these have a firm rubber outsole that could probably prevail if I tap danced in an open box of tacks. Not that I plan to take my little test that far, but you get the point. These kicks are kickers.

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$55 (tube of Burt's Bees not included).

May 27, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Tennis Ball Doorstop

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I saw this nifty creation earlier today: two tennis ball halves, each acting as a doorstop for heavy doors in a carpeted hallway.

I examined them more closely: yes, just your everyday tennis ball, cut into (more or less) equal hemispheres.

I found a tennis ball in the attic and made one of these doorstops (well, two — it's impossible to make just one, actually) and have the following observations to guide you in your fabrication process, should you choose to proceed with this project.

1) Use an X-Acto knife or some such box cutting tool so as to get a good grip on your slicing instrument: a tennis ball is tough and a knife might not offer sufficient purchase.

2) Cut away from the ball and the hand holding it, assuming you're a fool like me and choose to do it barehanded as opposed to wearing a glove on the non-cutting hand or, even better, putting the ball in a clamp or vise prior to incision.

Note that these doorstops will not work on a smooth surface like wood, tile, stone or cement: the exposed rubber edges of the tennis ball need the purchase gained against a carpet or rug.

Note to self: forward this post to Phillip Torrone over at MAKE magazine.

May 27, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

eventful — 'The world's largest collection of events'

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Gee, that's kind of cryptic — tell us more.

From the website:

    About Eventful

    Eventful is a service of Eventful, Inc., of San Diego, California.

    We've built Eventful so you can:

    • Find events that you and your friends care about

    • Share and syndicate your discoveries with friends, family, and contacts

    • Search the future to receive alerts about events that haven't even been announced yet

    • Create grassroots campaigns to demand that desired events happen

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Huh.

I had my crack research team look high and low but they couldn't find anything about Flautist's upcoming Memorial Day bash.

It's legendary throughout the Southeast — kind of a Burning Man + Woodstock mashup — so you'd think there'd be at least passing mention of tomorrow's big blast.

And what about that Eventful banner (top)?

Do they know something I don't?

May 27, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Auto Cool — 'Eliminates scorching heat build-up in your car!'

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Hey, that sounds good, what with summer coming and all.

From the website:

    Auto Cool™

    Auto Cool eliminates scorching heat build-up in your car!

    Solar-powered ventilator automatically expels hot air from parked car so it's not a furnace when you return.

    Helps minimize pet and tobacco odors, too.

    Runs on sun's power — no electricity or batteries needed!

    Installs in seconds on windows of all vehicle makes and models.

    Comes with bonus cup holder organizer.

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$14.98.

May 27, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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