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June 5, 2007

Don't judge an album by its cover


Above, my music now and for the past couple days, on endless replay at a volume so incredibly loud that I can't hear you knocking — but you can still come in, the door's unlocked.

The remastered version, released in 2002, of the original live album which came out in 1970 is to swoon for, so much so that sometimes I almost fall off the treadmill, the dancing gets so fast and furious.

But I digress.

The playlist:


I can't think of a better way to spend $14.99 at Amazon.

June 5, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Digital Day Counter — Finally, a way to find out precisely how long it takes for something to rot in your fridge


About time.

From the website:

    Digital Day Counter

    Place this little timer on any container and you will know in an instant how old what's inside is.

    Press the button and the days start counting — up to 99. (At that point I would definitely throw it out.)

    Attaches with suction cups and comes with replaceable batteries.

    Counts in hours and days.


Two for $9.99.

June 5, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

'Why do store-bought DVD movies always seem to have a noticeable pause at some point during the film?'


That was the question addressed to J.D. Biersdorfer in his "Q&A" feature in the Circuits section of the April 19, 2007 New York Times.

I've noticed this also — it seems to happen about two-thirds of the way through the movie.

The answer follows.

    Pauses Are Normal in DVD Movies

    A standard DVD can hold about 4.7 gigabytes of data on a single layer on one side of the disc. To fit the movie and all the extra features on a single disc, many commercial DVDs have two layers of data on one side of the disc, doubling its capacity.

    When a dual-layer disc needs to switch to the next layer of information, a pause usually occurs, sometimes in the middle of a film scene. Some DVD boxes even carry the fine-print warning, "Layer transition may trigger a slight pause."

June 5, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Piano Keyboard Decals — 'Learn music the easy way!'


From the website:

    Piano Keyboard Decals® and Music Book

    Learn music the fun and easy way!

    Removable decals mount between black keys and come with a 64-page instruction song booklet and 47 flash cards.

    Piano decals can be used on pianos, single-board chord organs, and keyboards.


June 5, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Small Blessing for a Child — by Matt Donovan

Where to begin with what you've never seen? Lemon-throated finches

scuffling the Russian olive? How one path's pollen-heavy heaps of chamisa
lead to a stippled bit of scrap metal inscribing some loved thing's grave?
What, of the endless, sad cache of beauty, will you pitch towards, too?

Nectarine snared in the half-moon's burn, the way this winter sun refracts
from the birdbath to the garden wall & engraves a fleeting shimmer.
Our not-yet, nameless one still at the threshold of this world,

what good can it do for me to describe some one-off pause of mine? Lost
beneath a city years ago, mapless, anonymous, I heard a man bang out
Amazing Grace with a mallet on a saw: in fluorescent light shafting

tiled subway walls, fixed before the exact, useless work of hands
flitting at steel, I found a shrill, wavering Amen. May you find, too,
a scarce so-it-is, but let it be of your own making. May what crams the air

be your precise hammering, your erratic, stumbled-into song.

June 5, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

World's Largest Dustpan — Over 2 feet wide!


From the website:

    Ultimate Utility Pan

    The ultimate in strength and versatility, this pan's huge 24"-wide mouth holds a full bushel of leaves!

    Lightweight and durable, it's perfect for large home, yard, and shop jobs, lifting more dirt and debris than regular dustpans and helping you work smarter.

    25-1/2"L x 25-1/2"W.



June 5, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Geobytes — 'Because everybody's somewhere'


From time to time I'm curious about where someone's located.

For moments like these, Mastercard's not much use — but geobytes.com is.

Long story short: You put the IP address of the computer you want to pinpoint into the search box and voila — in less than a second you get the city, state, country, latitude and longitude.

Free, the way we like it.

June 5, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

French Fries Puppet — Baby's Second Junk Food?


After yesterday's Interactive Cheeseburger, it's hard to imagine anything even remotely approaching the commanding heights thereby established, but here is a worthy contender.

From the website:

    French Fries Puppet

    This French Fries Puppet is 100% fat-free — but full of fun!

    Features 4 wiggly fries with friendly faces perfect for story telling!

    6" tall.


June 5, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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