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August 10, 2007

Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to get the burnt popcorn smell out of your microwave

This tip comes by way of Ronda Bumgardner, the Winston-Salem Journal's "Straight Answer Ma'am" since 2000.

    Q. What can you do to clean a microwave that smells like burnt popcorn whenever you use it?

    A. The burnt popcorn smell, like the smell of anything burnt to a crisp, can be difficult to remove.

    Heloise, the queen of household hints, suggests combining a cup of water and lemon juice in a bowl. Microwave the mixture until it is boiling. Let the liquid cool for 10 to 15 minutes inside the microwave.

    Other Web sites we found suggested leaving the mixture in the closed microwave for 30 minutes to as long as overnight.





If you're ready to take a walk on the wild side, watch what happens

when you simply throw a bowl of popcorn into the microwave.

August 10, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Clover Chair — by Ron Arad


75.5cm H x 66cm W x 54cm D.

Indoor or outdoor use.


Made in Italy.




£300 ($532; €388).

August 10, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Economist Audio Edition — 'Our words in your ears'


Last week's Economist featured the latest wrinkle from the venerable newspaper: downloadable content in spoken form.



Inquire within.

A few weeks ago they began giving the magazine away free — online — to anyone willing to view an advertisement in return.

Someone at the publication has got some sensitive antennae.

Would that other ink-based papers and magazines would twig before it's too late.

August 10, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Airplane Ruler


From the website:

    Airplane Ruler

    A sophisticated tribute to childhood paper airplanes and first experiences with flight and design, this stainless steel ruler will be a sleek, fun addition to your desktop.

    Shaped like a paper airplane and featuring metric and imperial measurements, this ruler also can be used as a decorative paperweight.

    The airplane ruler makes a wonderful gift for the young at heart.

    8.25"L x 2.25"W x 1.25"H.


August 10, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pluots, Apriums and Plumcots


Florence Fabricant, in her July 11, 2007 "Food Stuff" column in the New York Times Dining In section, spelled out what exactly goes into each of these three exotic fruits.

Her informative deconstruction follows.

Sweet and Fuzzy, And New at the Market

About 15 years ago pluots [top], big, sweet fruits that are a cross of plum and apricot, came on the market. More plum than apricot, they look like a plum, often with a ruby-red interior.

Apriums [below],


more apricot than plum, made their commercial debut about five years ago. These close cousins to the apricot offer a hint of orange citrus flavor.

These fruits are in season now, along with the plumcot, 50 percent plum and 50 percent apricot, which has been sold on a limited basis until now. It has a slightly fuzzy skin in colors including blackish purple in a variety called Black Velvet [below],


grown by Kingsburg Orchards in California, and an apricot-colored one, Flavorella.

D’Arrigo Brothers, in the Hunts Point Market, distributes these fruits from California’s Central Valley. Grace’s Marketplace, Fairway, Citarella and some supermarket chains carry them for $3.99 to $4.99 a pound.

August 10, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Magic Fish Scaler


Featured on Steve Leckart's Cool Tools.

Jay Allison reviewed it there as follows:

    Magic Fish Scaler

    Sure, you can scale fish with the back of your knife blade — and I did for years until I drove my thumb into the dorsal spike of a striped bass one evening. After subsequent surgery, I picked up this little device at the tackle shop. It offers more than self-defense, it's just absolutely good at what it does and costs less than ten bucks. Show it to your friends and make them guess what it's for; they'll be stumped. What would make you design a fish scaler with what looks like plastic hex-head bits loosely attached to the underside of a circular disc? It doesn't make sense. But it works! It defends your thumb (thank you) and prevents scales from scattering all over and flying up into your face. Only a little pressure is needed and the fish is completely clean in seconds.

From the Bass Pro Shops website:

    Big Norm Fish Scaler

    This scaler has 19 floating heads which lift off and catch scales.

    This is the quick way to clean a fish.


Now that's how to write a product description — short, snappy and to the point.

Note to file: Find out who wrote it and offer them a position here.


August 10, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Links and linkage: Can too much of a good thing ever be anything other than wonderful?


Mark Frauenfelder, founding editor of the world's most popular blog, Boing Boing, thinks so.

In his superb new book, "Rule The Web," among his tips for running a popular blog is the following:

    Limit the number of links you have in an entry

    On Boing Boing, we usually try to include just one link per entry, and place it at the bottom of the entry. That's because each entry should be about one idea, not a bunch of scattered thoughts with links going in all different directions across the Web. There are exceptions to this rule, of course, and sometimes you really do need to have two or more links in an entry for comparison purposes, but the "one-entry/one-link" restriction is a good starting point.


It's also a good starting point for an explanation of why I believe that "more is never enough" when it comes to linkage.

That's how I interpreted Waldo Jaquith's advice early on, in response to my email re: how to get more readers.

More precisely, his words were, "Link, link, link!"

So that's what I've been doing ever since.

Sometimes I go into link frenzy, a state defined here by trying to link more and more words in a post to the point that a nearly-completed entry takes an hour or even longer sometimes to be finalized because me and my crack research team can't stop ourselves from adding just one more.

The thing is that I like to make each link count: that is, it needs to be spot-on, illustrative or humorous but for sure the best possible thing out there.

That can take a while.

But hey — you're worth it.

There's a second, increasingly relevant reason why I believe more linkage is the way to go.

That's the rise of more usable hand-held Internet connectivity, most notably via the iPhone but also with the appearance a host of other small devices, among them my new Nokia N800, about which more another time.

(Long story short re: this device — it's sensational, cheap at $375 or thereabouts).

If you're using a finger or a stylus to get places online, it's a heckuva lot easier to click on a link than to tap out an endless domain name.

Trust me on this.

So, you tell me if I should adopt Frauenfelder's philosophy and cut way back on linkage — or not.

August 10, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Rocking Wine Glasses


First worklights, now this — what the heck is going on?

From the website:

    Rocking Wine Glasses

    Guests will be wondering about the potency of the wine when you serve it in these clever wine glasses.

    The slightly off-center base causes the glass to rock gently into place, leaving drinkers a bit wary of their balance.

    The set of four glasses feature a lovely speckled glass pattern, one each in yellow, fuchsia, green and blue.

    The modern stemless shape lets the glasses pull double duty serving cocktails, making the set a unique gift for newlyweds or hosts.

    4" H; 12.5 oz. capacity.

    Hand wash.

    Set of 4.


When I read the description above, I thought for a second they were watching a highlight from my Indiana correspondent's greatest hits compilation.


August 10, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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