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September 10, 2007

Competition for joeTV hots up

Just in at 8:22:24 this morning, the following from Rose Grady at the new video blogging site blogTV.com:

    Hi Joe,

    My name is Rose, and I’m from the new video blogging site blogTV.com. I read on your site that you’re thinking of finding a new home for joeTV, and I wanted to invite you bring your show to the newest site for bloggers and big personalities alike, www.blogtv.com. BlogTV is a video broadcasting site where you can show off your talents, build a fan base and chat with your audience LIVE! More cool features include inviting co-hosts, sending private messages within a chatroom, viewing your own personal show statistics and ratings, and embedding our live video player onto your website to stream live video and chat whenever you’re broadcasting. Come take look around our site, and let me know if you’re interested.

    Rose Grady
    “You bring the webcam, we bring the stage.”


My crack media team™ is performing due diligence on blogTV.com as you read these words.

No word yet from Murdoch and his minions about whether they're willing to top blogTV.com's bid — stay tuned.

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

Broken Bone X-Rays


From the website:

    Broken Bone X-Rays

    Fifteen common breaks are represented in this comprehensive set that also includes a detailed activity guide.

    The x-rays are printed on durable plastic, perfect for use on a light table, overhead projector, window or white paper.

    Also, use the activity guide to learn interesting facts about the body’s healing process and the science behind x-rays.

    Each x-ray is completely authentic and a great resource for exploring the science of our bodies and the importance of taking care of them!

    What's included?

    • 15 broken bone x-rays

    • 1 comprehensive activity guide

    How does it work?

    Each of these 15 x-rays shows a common bone break and the included activity guide shows a key to the bones and the science behind the breaks.

    Recommended ages: 6 to 120 years.


September 10, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Learning How Not to Live — by Peter Abbs

What did I learn at school but the grammar of schism,
Tireless division of subject

And object, questions shut tight as an evangelist's fist,
The red catechism,

Clause analysis, problems with one correct answer
at the back of the book.

We put phrases in coffins and buried them neatly.
Where were the words

Which turned into kestrels on the wind's edge?
Where were the verbs

That flowered, dark cones of lilac at the window ledge
Or petalled the grass

Or scattered sharp hail against the hard glass?
The windows were shut.

We sat with our eyes down and learnt the sentence of stasis—
As though the querulous

Questions of life had to be always excised.
Each day—the chalk screech

Of our teachers' voices and the dry susurration of leaves
In the passage outside.

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

Clip-On Pet Water Bottle/Dish Hydration System — Episode 2: Hands-Free


Mos def a significant upgrade from the clip-on pet water dish featured in Episode 1 back on October 3, 2005.

Bet they've been busier than a one-armed paperhanger out back in the skunk works for the past couple years refining this idea.

From the website:

    Portable Pet Water Dish

    Portable pet water dish keeps your cat or dog hydrated when you're away from home.

    Bowl automatically fills with water when cap is released and wide mouth accommodates ice cubes.

    Great for picnics, road trips, long walks or a day at the beach.

    Conveniently clips to belt or waistband.





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

bookofjoe: That's hot™ — Okay, Paris: Sue me


Looks like I better get Billy Martin on the phone instanter after posting the headline above, what with last week's report that "Paris Hilton is suing over the use of her picture and catchphrase, 'That's hot' on a greeting card."

Above, the card in question.

Here's the story.

    Report: Paris Hilton Sues Over 'That's Hot' Hallmark Card

    Paris Hilton has filed a federal lawsuit over a $2.49 Hallmark greeting card that uses her photo and her trademarked phrase "That's Hot," The Smoking Gun reports.

    In a complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Hilton alleges that Hallmark has, among other transgressions, misappropriated her image and invaded her privacy with the card.

    According to the lawsuit, the greeting card, which purports to show Hilton's "first day as a waitress," was first distributed earlier this year and remains on sale.

    Hilton is seeking at least $500,000 in actual damages and a permanent injunction barring Hallmark from further exploitation of her name and likeness.

    The "waitress" card is one of three recent Hallmark offerings that have featured Hilton.


The Smoking Gun has the actual court documents


filed last Thursday, September 6, 2007.

September 10, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

World's most expensive saucepan — Fissler diamond & gold limited edition: $200,000


Long story short: It features over 200
diamonds and contains more than
two pounds of solid gold.


Phil Hogan's story in the
July 22, 2007 Guardian
has the details.


Available from Harrods by special order
as part of its "Timeless Luxury" event


from today through October 20, 2007;
call 020 7730 1234.

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

World's first peanut butter & jelly bratwurst


Louis Muench Jr., owner of Louie's Finer Meats of Cumberland, Wisconsin, told reporter Ben Jones in a September 6, 2007 Green Bay Press-Gazette story that "I heard of a guy making a peanut-butter-and-jelly brat."

Muench added, "It gets to be a little ridiculous."

He should talk — he makes cranberry-spiked brats as well as a rutabaga-flavored version, along with blueberry and maple syrup-flavored varieties.

Here's the Press-Gazette article.

    Peanut butter brats? State makers expand sausage variety

    They sure look like regular bratwursts.

    But unless you've watched the sausage being made, your first bite may be a big surprise.

    Yes, that is rutabaga you taste.

    Wisconsin sausagemakers are expanding the definition of their state's favorite sausage. Producers who have ground out the same links for decades are now tinkering with dozens of new brat varieties, using ingredients like pheasant, blueberries, and even rutabaga.

    Some grillers love the new sausages and some just cringe, but to many sausagemakers, there's just about no limit to what a bratwurst can be.

    "Anything that tastes good in link form and is served on a bun," said Anne Reams, owner of RJ's Meats and Groceries in Hudson. Her business makes a Hawaiian brat with pineapple, cherries and ham.

    Wisconsin sausagemakers were not always as experimental.

    When Chuck Miesfeld, a third-generation sausagemaker in Sheboygan began "hanging brats" at age 11 in the late 1960s, the family business sold one brat.

    That brat contained beef, pork and grandpa Miesfeld's original spice recipe.

    Today Miesfeld's Market's biggest seller is the original brat but it also sells about two dozen others, including a mushroom and Swiss brat, a French apricot Dijon brat and a pheasant cordon bleu brat.

    Each year it adds three new brats to its list and drops three low sellers.

    "We used to have a chili brat and a taco brat … those got wiped out and we put the new ones in. They just didn't go," Miesfeld said. "Some people loved them and you are always going to disappoint someone, but you say 'try out the new ones' and you win them over."

    With help from his manager and sausgemakers, Miesfeld continues to invent the next new bratwurst flavors.

    "It's fun to let your mind go crazy and develop things," he said. "We are working on a seafood brat. I don't know if that will fly or not, but it's really fun."

    Some grillers need convincing.

    "I don't like rutabagas," said Walter Moskal of Clear Lake. "I was born during the Great Depression and folks pushed that on me."

    Producers admit that not every brat pleases everyone.

    "There are definitely flavors where people say 'Oh ish, I couldn't eat that,'" Reams said. "And we say, hey, pork chops and applesauce, just think about it."

    But offbeat brats have some big fans.

    Craig Rhode, 25, of Superior raves about a cranberry-spiked brat made in his hometown of Cumberland.

    "Like a tall blonde giving you a kiss on the lips," Rhode said. "I'm probably going to sound all fruity here, but it's got a meaty taste with a hint of tartness, you know."

    Offbeat brat flavors like cranberry are primarily the domain of smaller sausagemakers who sell their links in on-site retail stores.

    These small-scale operations can introduce new flavors at a low cost so experimentation is possible.

    "The small markets like ourselves are trying to pick up a niche," said Louis Muench Jr., owner of Louie's Finer Meats of Cumberland, which makes the cranberry brats.

    Louie's made a rutabaga brat for an annual summer festival in Cumberland that celebrates the root vegetable. It also sells brats flavored with ingredients like blueberries and maple syrup.

    But Muench says there are some flavors that just don't work in a brat.

    "I heard of a guy making a peanut butter and jelly brat," Muench said. "It gets to be a little ridiculous."

    Still, many small brat-makers stick to more traditional ingredients.

    Jacob's Meat Market in Appleton produces brats made with beef, pork, veal and turkey.

    "We've done a jalapeno cheddar brat," said Luke Jacobs, the market's owner. "That's the most extreme we've gone."


Feeling peckish?

Louie's Finer Meats is open for business.

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

Smoking Mittens — 'Don't be left out in the cold'


From the website:

    Smoking Mittens

    Another classic design from Tobias Wong.

    Mittens with a metal eyelet to perfectly fit your cigarette.

    Helps you keep your hands warm when you are smoking outside.

    And you are going to be smoking outside a lot now the ban has been introduced!

    Remember kids, smoking is not big or clever and it WILL kill you, but if you want to die you may as well die with warm hands!


£15 when they become available at the end of this month.

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

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