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July 16, 2007

World's greatest editorial cartoonists — together at last

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Daryl Cagle has created a great website which gathers together the world's best editorial cartoonists, allowing you to subscribe to as many as you like.

Over a hundred from the U.S., a dozen from Canada and more than a hundred from around the world.

Free — the way it should be.

July 16, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

New: Mac Wet Wedge

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Don't get all worked up.

From toolmonger.com:

    Mac’s New 'Wet Wedge'

    Mac tools announced an addition to their line likely to please the auto body crowd: a 5" wet-sanding block with a 14' supply hose and a valve that allows you to control water flow right at the block.

    They’ll also offer larger versions.

    As always, check out their website — where it’ll appear soon — for details or contact your local truck-based distributor.

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[via Ray Earhart]

July 16, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Journal of Visualized Experiments

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"Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is an online research journal employing visualization to increase reproducibility and transparency in biological sciences."

Details here.

John Geirland wrote above JoVE in the July, 2007 Wired magazine, as follows.

    YouTube Does Science, From Fruit-Fly Fight Clubs to Stem Cell Extractions

    Years behind the lab bench taught Moshe Pritsker that the trickiest part of any science experiment isn't the hypothesis, it's the method. The former Harvard researcher learned this lesson back in his student days, after carefully following the instructions on a specialized kit for isolating DNA. "Surprise," Pritsker says, "no DNA!" A colleague finally showed him how to make the kit work. And that gave Pritsker an idea: methodology porn. The Web site he cofounded, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, launched last October. Now its videos of experimental procedures and techniques — from stem-cell culture prep to hippocampal dye injection — get 300 page views a day. The journal's still a work in progress (nothing's gone viral yet), but just wait. "No one has published results in video before," Pritsker says. "Scientists don't know how to do it."

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Here's a link to an interview with Moshe Pritsker, the site's co-founder, that appeared on nature.com on June 19, 2007.

July 16, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Misty Mate Personal Mister

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Don't go there.

From websites:

    Misty Mate Personal Mister

    You'll be the envy of the pool with your own personal mister

    Who doesn't want to be prepared for hot summer days at a ball park, on the beach, out hiking or on the playground? You? Then add the Misty Mate Personal Cooler to your bag along with the hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

    The practical and portable Misty Mate Personal Cooler is able to deliver more then just a breath of fresh air on a scorching hot day — it releases a blast of cool air with just the press of a button.

    After filling the holding container with water to the fill line and pumping 10 to 20 times, an ultra-fine mist is released, cooling the air around you.

    This little personal mister is able to hold the pressurization created by pumping so you can go about your gardening, cheering for your favorite team, boating or biking.

    Standing at just 8-1/2 inches tall and about 1-1/2 inches in diameter, this mini mist maker easily fits in a purse, backpack or other carrying case, enabling you to take your personal cooler with you anywhere it's hot.

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    Features:

    • Hand held personal mister that helps you stay cool when it's hot outside

    • Simply fill with water, pump 15 to 20 times then press mist button

    • Helps keep you cool and comfortable

    • Pumping pressurizes the water

    • Emits an ultra-fine mist

    • Holds 2.5 oz. of water

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$12.74.

July 16, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

It's good to be queen

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Graham Bowley's story in yesterday's New York Times, smack on the front page of the Business section with the photo above appearing atop the fold, was all about the British royal family's wealth.

What interested me was a detail of the photo.

Look at the picture very carefully: what do you see?

Maybe it's because I've been reading too much spy fiction lately but the first thing I saw were the wired earpieces in the coachmens' ears —

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bet they didn't have those back in the day of Henry VIII, what?

Or did they say w00t back then?

I'll bet you anything those two guys are packing heat Henry never dreamed of.

July 16, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

If we were gone: 'The World Without Us' — by Alan Weisman

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The ad above, which appeared in the July 10, 2007 New York Times Science section, caught my eye, so much so that I decided to buy the book.

Lev Grossman, in a July 10, 2007 blog post, wrote, "I don't think I've read a better non-fiction book this year."

Pretty strong words.

Here's his review.

    Nerd Words: Alan Weisman's "The World Without Us"

    Last month I plugged this book gonzo-style, without actually having read it. Now I've read Alan Weisman's "The World Without Us," and it turns out that in my total ignorance, I was right: I don't think I've read a better non-fiction book this year. (Fiction honors so far this year, family members excepted, would have to go to Joshua Ferris's "Then We Came to the End.") "The World Without Us" is a thought-experiment investigating what would become of the earth were humanity to softly and silently vanish away. What would become of our highways, our cities, our farms, our refineries (hint: boom), our precious plastic baubles? What starts as a morbid parlor game becomes a mesmerizing and grandly entertaining examination of how humanity has managed to perturb our little planet, and how blithely said planet will shrug us off when we're gone.

    Weisman plays it to the hilt. He writes like Malcolm Gladwell and John McPhee mashed together and set on fast-forward. I imagine Weisman's mind as being something like Google Earth: it rolls effortlessly around the globe looking at spots — like Chernobyl, or the no-man's-lands in Cyprus and Korea, or the forest preserves of darkest Poland and Belarus — that humanity has already managed to vanish from. He also rolls back in time, to when enterprising chimpoids first started re-engineering the earth, and of course we spend a lot of time in the far future, when the Great Wall has crumbled, and the atmosphere has rebalanced its CO2 load, and the Panama Canal has silted up, and humanity's legacy takes the form of a thin geological stratum of copper, pressed flat by encroaching glaciers. Plus a whole lot of PCB's, and several quadrillion plastic pellets known in the trade as "nurdles." I guess the future really was plastics.

    Oh, and Mount Rushmore lasts for a while. The Chunnel, too. And then — and this is the surprise ending — J.K. Rowling writes another Harry Potter book.

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Here's a link to Weisman's February, 2005 Discover magazine article which led to his book.

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"See it happen": www.worldwithoutus.com

July 16, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Meet Gisele

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Sorry about the short notice but I just found out last evening.

Today's the day — Monday, July 16, 2007 — from 1 to 2 p.m. at Saks Fifth Avenue On One in New York City.

She's the face of Dolce & Gabbana's "the one" fragrance.

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Love that lower case.

I was struck by the fact that yesterday's page three New York Times ad (below)

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announcing her appearance used both her first and last names.

Once upon a time, when she was big — real big — "Gisele" said it all.

July 16, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Talking Email

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I wonder if I could get this to work?

Nah, not very likely: I finally succumbed and bought a Shuffle and after hours of trying I still can't get music out of it.

Oh, well.

From the website:

    Talking Email

    Special microphone plugs into USB port on your computer.

    Simply press a button and begin speaking.

    When you're finished recording, press the button again and then press send on your keyboard.

    It's that simple.

    The recipient gets your email in their inbox just like a regular email but instead of reading it, they listen to it.

    And your friends don't need special software or hardware to hear your message.

    Compose messages faster and easier with no more typing and no more spelling mistakes.

    Includes the "eMic Monitor" software with multimedia address book which allows you to choose recipient of the email by picture/sound using the EMIC buttons.

    Assign functions to each button (Record and send as attachment; record, upload and generate a link to the recording; create a memo, etc.).

    Manage recordings (edit, rename, delete, etc.).

    Voice editor lets you amend or continue recorded messages.

    Also perfect for voice command, voice-to-text and SKYPE applications.

    Includes speaker, microphone, drivers for Windows, and user manual.

    System requirements: PC: Pentium 133 MHz or higher. Windows 98/ME/2000/XP MAC: PowerMAC G3 or better, MacOS 10.2.6 or later, QuickTime 6.5.1 or later.

$49.98.

July 16, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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