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October 8, 2007

How I read a book


Since I was in high school I've had the same routine, which goes as follows:

1) Read the flaps and dust jacket, then remove it from the book and put it aside until I'm done.

2) Go to the back of the book and read each section, starting with "A note about the type"; then, the note about the author; I browse the index; then the glossary, taking my time to read each term and its definition; then a slow, careful study of the bibliography; a perusal (not all that intense) of the notes; finally, a studied reading of the acknowledgments.

3) Now it's time to have a look at the front of the book.

4) A browse through the reviews; careful reading of the agate type page with the ISBN number and details of publication, dates, other editions, etc.; the list of the author's previous books; the dedication; the quotations that oftimes precede the book proper; the table of contents; the introduction.

5) Now it's time to start the book.

I must say that steps 1–4 are very pleasant and the equivalent of a warm-up or batting practice: I wouldn't dream of starting a race, game or book without them.

October 8, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Rotator Plug


Very slick.

From the website:

    Rotator Plug

    Rotator™ Plug turns 360° to accommodate oversized plugs and adaptors without blocking other outlets.

    Accepts odd-shaped transformers from cell phones, laptops, cameras, etc.

    Simple design fits any decor, ideal for travel and hotels.

    Easy to use — just plug in to any wall outlet.




Two for $19.98.

October 8, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

In Praise of Chinese Soup — by Peter Abbs

Because this morning you left at such a pace—
As you pulled on your winter coat
Not even time for a perfunctory kiss,

Shouting at the door a word I didn't get—
I forgot to tell you how much I love you.
I laboured all morning fretting the hours away

And lunched alone in a sunless kitchen finding
The Chinese soup you left. Absurd to say:
It was sublime. I had a second helping

And then, almost ashamed of my desire,
Kept going back to sip some more. I took a walk
Through the local woods. The wind was up;

A silver light flared through swaying branches.
Everywhere I looked rain-water glinted back;
Small birds flitted through bushes too quick

To catch—they were flying so fast a kind of chasm
Opened in my heart, a shaft so stark it had no end.
Rehearse death daily urge the Stoics. But today

I had no wish for the final tryst in the fable:
A last tick of the clock, the door opening
To no-one coming and no place else. I begged reprieve

And longed for the day to end: for you to be back
Taking off that winter coat, light warm on your face,
Two bowls of soup steaming on the table.

October 8, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Floating Bracelet


From the website:

    Floating Bracelet

    Despite some striking resemblance to limb-severing wires, this bracelet won't slice your wrists but will make them appear to have super force field-like powers.

    A silicone inner web holds the aluminum band away from the wrist for a floating effect.


Echoes of Ilizarov resonate.


$27 CAD (scroll down about 2/3 of the way to the bottom of this page).

October 8, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

India and China meet bookofjoe — Episode 2: Over 2% and on the rise


On June 10, 2007 I noted with glee the first time joehead nation in India + China exceeded 1% of my readership, predicting that someday it would reach 10%.

Well, today marks a significant milestone.

Look at the graphic above.

What do you see?

It's a snapshot of where joehead nation is at the moment.

You will note that India (1.2%) + China (0.6%) + Hong Kong (0.4%) = 2.2%.

I'm stoked!

October 8, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Dumpling Press



Everyone loves dumplings but no one's got the time to make them properly — until now.

From the website:

    Dumpling Press

    Prepare large quantities of dumplings, empanadas, kreplach, perogies, potstickers, ravioli and so much more in no time.

    Simply lay the pastry on top, add filling, moisten the edges and press.

    Made of durable high-impact plastic.


October 8, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Luxury RV with built-in garage


Long story short: You drive your car onto a platform which then retracts into the RV — shut the bay doors and you're ready to roll.


From a website:

Luxury RV with built-in garage

I’m sure a lot of luxury RV owners have thought to themselves that they would love to bring their expensive sports car along with them on a trip but they just can’t leave it out exposed to the elements all the time.

Well, we have one more major dilemma solved.


This high-end motorhome made by German RV manufacturer Volkner Mobil has the perfect solution for all these folks by having a bay underneath the coach that can store a car.

Vehicles under 16 feet in length can drive onto the platform which will then slide the car into the mobile garage underneath the RV and close the bay doors, keeping it safe and sound.


This RV from Volkner was on display recently at the International Caravan Fair in Dusseldorf, Germany.

[via hemmy.net, slipperybrick.com, and Dean Kaltsas and godean.com]

October 8, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Pumpkin Patch Hat — Official Halloween Hat of bookofjoe


Flautist-approved so you know it has to be good.

From the website:

    Pumpkin Patch Hat

    Our "pick" of fall's cutest accessories!

    This cozy fleece hat is done up in bright pumpkin orange with fresh green trim and style that's home-grown fun.

    Adjustable drawstring fits most sizes and ages.

    In a soft 50% cotton/50% polyester blend.

    11" diameter.



People always act as if I just fell off the turnip truck but no one's ever alluded to there being pumpkins on board.

Time to have my crack research team investigate, what?


October 8, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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