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August 5, 2007

'The Eye of the Artist: The Work of Devorah Sperber'


This extraordinary artist recreates classics with "... thousands of spools of colored thread arranged in seemingly abstract patterns that suddenly pull into focus when viewed through a circular device resembling a crystal ball,"


wrote Benjamin Genocchio in his rave March 23, 2007 review


of her above-titled (in the headline, booboo) show at the Brooklyn Museum, which closed last month.


Examples appear above and below.


Not to worry: there's plenty to see on her website.

August 5, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pet Love Earrings


From the website:

    Pet Earrings

    All pet owners know that life with a dog or cat can get a bit messy, chaotic or downright hairy.

    But these delightfully simple earrings get back to the basics — and that is the fact that you love your pet no matter what.

    The images look like doodles from a notebook — very clean and innocent — and capture the sweet, unconditional relationship of human and animal.

    Choose from a kitty on a white enamel background or a pup on a light-green enamel background.

    Hand made in California by Mark Poulin.

    The perfect gift for dog or cat owners and if you're both, why not wear one of each to show your love for the canine and feline variety?

    Sterling silver and enamel.

    0.75"L x 0.5"W.



Cats or Dogs, $48 a pair.

August 5, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

bookofjoe alters its 'Wild West' comments policy


Last week my doughty Indianapolis correspondent was about the millionth person to email me complaining about how his perfectly innocent comments keep getting rejected as spam while random garbola makes it onto the sidebar just fine.

I roused my crack research team from their collective stupor and asked them to see what they could see.

Back story: I've never, ever touched my comment management settings — in fact, this is the first time I've even seen them.

All comment rejection before this post — since August 24, 2004, when bookofjoe in its current form began — was the result of TypePad's default software and filtering/spam detection settings, not mine.

Now begins a new era.

You should note — assuming I didn't screw everything up — a CAPTCHA box that needs to be filled in before a comment will post.

I chose not to require a valid email address since I have many readers in places where such identification could create issues — and potentially far worse.

Please also note that I did not put a hold or filter on comments.

Therefore, if it bounces back to you after you've played CAPTCHA, it's not my fault.

I mean, feel free as always to blame me anyway — I'm used to it.

FunFact: In the OR, whenever something goes wrong with the procedure — no matter what — it's customary for the surgeon to say, "It's anesthesia's fault."

That's the way uh huh, uh huh we like it.


FunFact #2: In republishing bookofjoe (a requirement to enable this new comment authentication feature) TypePad reported that I now have "8,120 daily pages."

Whatever that means.

August 5, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Corn Wars — Episode 5: OXO Strikes Back


Let's see now, we've had the Corn Zipper, the Kernel Kutter (twice), the Cob Kernel Cutter and now this latest entry in the bare cob sweepstakes.

What appears to elevate this one above the rest is that as you remove the kernels, instead of having them flying all over the kitchen they nestle in the handle.

Pretty impressive.


Tim McKeough reviewed it in the August 2, 2007 New York Times, as follows.

No Help for the Husker, But a Useful Way for People To Enjoy Corn Off the Cob

Just in time for corn season there’s a new tool for taking kernels off a cob of cooked corn. The Oxo corn stripper ($12), created by Mark Naden, an industrial designer with TODA (the Office of Design and Architecture) in New York, is good news for people who are tired of getting corn stuck between their teeth. The tool removes the corn in strips as it is dragged down the cob, and holds the corn in an integrated collection basket. (Previous attempts to design such a device, Mr. Naden said, resulted in products that created a mess: “Corn just went everywhere.”) There’s also a comfortable grip for safety and control. At Sur La Table, 75 Spring Street (Crosby Street), (212) 966-3375; or (800) 545-4411 to order.


From the OXO website:

OXO Corn Stripper

The easy way to strip corn kernels off the cob.

Attached container stores about one cob’s worth and opens for easy cleaning.

Soft-grip plastic.

4¾" x 2¾" x 2¼".

Dishwasher safe.



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

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

August 5, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

'100 years from now, people will look back on this day as the rebirth of a truly great company' —Chrysler CEO Thomas W. LaSorda


A line from John Lennon's "Imagine" comes to mind, to wit: "You may say I'm a dreamer" — but in this case I'm afraid LaSorda is the only one.

He was quoted thus in yesterday's New York Times story by Nick Bunkley about the divorce the previous day of Chrysler from its former parent, Daimler-Benz.

Think about the year 2107 for a sec — do you really think a company called Chrysler will exist?

I don't.

In fact, I'd say that not one person in 100,000 will even know it ever existed.

Consider that as of March 24 of this year, a "far from complete" list numbers 3,484 car makes since 1894.

And that according to Wikipedia "there were over 1,800 automobile manufacturers in the U.S. from 1896 to 1930."

Is there anyone among you who recalls Ajax?

How about Windsor?

Didn't think so.

As of today LaSorda leads the Official bookofjoe Most Bizarre Statement of the Month sweepstakes by a comfortable margin.

August 5, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Rotary Garlic Slicer


From the website:

    Rotary Garlic Slicer

    To savor the full flavor of garlic in pizza, pasta and other favorite dishes, cut the cloves into perfect paper-thin slices using our rotary-action tool.

    Just pop a peeled clove into the hopper, press it down with the top handle and turn the crank.

    Hands stay clean and the uniform slices cook evenly.

    Made of heavy-duty plastic and stainless steel.

    7-1⁄2" x 4-1⁄2" x 4" high.

    Dishwasher safe.


But what about us southpaws?

To coin a variant of a familiar bumper sticker: "I'm left-handed — and I cook!"


August 5, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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