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October 19, 2007

Treadmill workspace


Today's Engadget post by Evan Blass about Steelcase's entry into the treadmill workspace has engendered tons of email, much of it requesting specs et al for my TechnoDolt™ iteration (above).

I just noticed how similar the words "iteration" and idiot" are when you say them.

But I'm sure that's just some random neuronal thing going on, what?

American TechnoDolt™ — yo, Green Day, what up?

But I digress.

Here is a list of all the posts that've appeared here re: the treadmill office since the first on January 21, 2005.

Have fun.

I know I do.


• Working and Walking — January 31, 2005

• Walk Don't Run — October 12, 2005

• Treadmill Hyperspace — October 22, 2005

• Reading and Walking — October 23, 2005

• Treadmill Desk Version 1.0 — December 22, 2005

• Treadmill in the OR? — January 11, 2006

• Laptop Stand for Version 2.0 — January 22, 2006

• Treadmill Dancing — February 3, 2006

• Working and Walking — February 7, 2006

• Treadmill Desk Version 2.0 — February 17, 2006

• How to Calibrate a Treadmill — February 21, 2006

• Upgrading the Road to Nowhere — April 10, 2006


Remember, Steelcase's is slated to cost $6,500 while I created mine in about an hour from stuff I already had in my house/basement/attic and a trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond (for the 4 wooden folding tray tables that, stacked side-by-side two-high (top), make up my office tower of power, cost... drum roll... a grand total of $24 (4 x $5.99 apiece for the tables).

I can't speak for you but me, where I went to school $24<$6,500.

I'm just saying, is all.

And if even Humphrey, my trusty sidekick,

can use it, well, that's lagniappe, isn't it?

October 19, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (11) | TrackBack

Bibliochase Chair


Designed by the Milan-based husband-and-wife team Nobody & Company, it holds 15 feet of books and costs $6,265.


Email: nobodyandco@nobodyandco.com

October 19, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

bookofjoe Process®™©


The penny dropped when I read David Bowen's October 2, 2007 Financial Times Digital Business supplement front page story about how businesses must learn to effectively use social networking tools.

The relevant paragraph:

"An intriguing variation on this comes from Mensa Process, the commercial wing of the IQ organisation. Using a social networking platform, it sets members tasks on behalf of corporate customers. Diageo wanted a name for a product and Mensa members spent a week producing a list. 'Not many companies can come up with 1,500 names in five days,' says David Wynett, general manager."

Why waste your time with Mensa when you can harness the collective brain power of joeNation®™©?

Using my trademarked, copyrighted — and whatever other rights I never had and never will — process, for a nominal fee you can set my readers' brains in motion to solve whatever problems you have.

We'll even preempt those you think might be coming down the pike by visualising them with our proprietary UlträBlâk®™© Quantum Tunnel.

Try it — you'll like it.

October 19, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Gucci Mashup — 4¼" Stiletto Mary Janes



October 19, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Art4.ru is the only art museum in the world that allows skateboards — 'You can do anything you want'


The quotation above is from the woman behind the cash register at the idiosyncratic Moscow (Russia — not Idaho) museum, as quoted by Nora FitzGerald in an entertaining October 10, 2007 Washington Post article, which follows.

    In Moscow, a Little Museum Thumbs Its Nose at Tradition

    Not far from the very Soviet spectacle of the ITAR-Tass news agency building, a small, maverick contemporary art museum has opened in Moscow. Walk in, and all the horrible stereotypes of Russian museums are negated, as if the owner, private collector Igor Markin [above], had anticipated your worst fears.

    There is no coat check and no bag check and a palpable absence of grumpy elderly women on the staff. There are no guards at all. To prove the casualness of the space, aptly called Art4.ru, Markin provides felt-tip markers for writing on the bathroom walls.

    The floor is covered in green plastic turf, and a croquet set rests near "Russian 20th Century," a painting by Erik Bulatov showing an iconic Russian Orthodox church tower emanating white rays.

    Nearby, a skateboard lies on the floor. Asked if a visitor could actually skateboard through the museum, the woman behind the cash register replied: "Of course. You can do anything you want."

    Markin said he is dedicated to demystifying and democratizing Russian art. "We want the art to be seen," he said. "I'm pleased with the results so far, but it will take at least a year to really get the word out that we are here."

    There are no names or titles attached to the works. The curious can peruse the catalogue over coffee or go online to the museum's Web site, www.art4.ru. Visitors get two stickers, reading "Za" (For) and "Protiv" (Against). They are encouraged to vote for their favorite and least favorite piece in the museum by placing the appropriate sticker preferably near, though sometimes on, the art.

    Some of the most challenging works, such as a large-scale photograph of trampy-looking models hanging out in a cemetery near a funeral in progress, are peppered with "Protiv" stickers.

    Art4.ru is envisaged as an antidote to Moscow monumentalism, a radical departure from the oppressive milieu of traditional museums and sculpture gardens. Located in a still-unfinished luxury building, it opened this summer, unveiling significant works by contemporary Russian artists, some of whom cannot be found in any other museum in Moscow.

    Blond hair to his shoulders, always in jeans and sneakers, Markin looks more like an aging art student than a monied collector. But the 40-year-old, who made his fortune manufacturing plastics and window blinds, has acquired more than 1,000 pieces of Russian art from the past 50 years. He is a pioneer among the new wave of tycoon art lovers energizing the art scene here, and he is among the first to open a private museum.

    About 300 pieces from his collection are on view at any one time, and every day some pieces are taken down and others put up.

    The playful atmosphere of the museum prepares visitors for works such as the archival films of the provocative Oleg Kulik, who is best known for playing a dog in the performance art piece "I Bite America and America Bites Me." Kulik's aggressive art was so successful he was frequently arrested, and he once bit an art critic on the ankle.

    Art4.ru also features the Russian pranksters known as the Blue Noses Group, including their photograph of two Russian policemen kissing in a white birch forest, titled "Era of Mercy." The image has drawn angry denunciations from Russian politicians.

    "This is absolutely the right time and the right place for this museum," said Vladimir Dubossarsky, half of a prominent painting duo with Alexander Vinogradov. The pair's work, which uses the language of social realism to expose Russia's new ideology of money, sex and glamour, is shown at Art4.ru.

    "Markin is creating unusual projects to make people think more about art," Dubossarsky said.

    The most successful exhibit this month consists of prototypes for a free-spirited monument to the late president Boris Yeltsin. A foundation started by Yeltsin's daughter Tatyana Dyachenko supports the controversial initiative, and more than 7,000 Muscovites have voted for their favorite entries online, according to Markin.

    Markin said he would like to erect the winning model on Lubyanka Square, in front of the headquarters of the old KGB and its domestic successor, the FSB.

    "This has gotten a lot of reaction," Markin said, standing in front of a monument prototype made of molten black plastic with white plastic people hanging precariously upside down, except for one standing on top. The actual monument is to be made of steel.

    But, he added, indicating a work by Dmitri Kawarga, "it looks like this project will win." The work will eventually be built but probably not placed in front of the FSB offices, he said. "This is not the kind of monument that usually gets made in Moscow."

    Indeed, Markin has gotten into trouble for placing a box in his museum for donations toward the cost of destroying all the monuments in Moscow by the sculptor Zurab Tsereteli. Tsereteli is Moscow's best-known and most powerful sculptor, his massive, patriotic pieces rising amid, and occasionally above, the cityscape.

    "I hate his work," Markin sniffed.

    Tsereteli's grandson visited Markin and asked him to remove the box, and he did.

    "We had already received enough money to tear all the monuments down," Markin said.

October 19, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Use Your Illusion Popcorn Bowl


From the website:

    Large Popcorn Bowl

    Who doesn't love fragrant, freshly popped popcorn?

    Whimsical bowl is printed inside and out with images of big, buttery, popped kernels.

    Great companion for watching the game or a good movie!

    Holds 4-5 quarts of your tasty, crunchy snack.

    Durable, dishwasher-safe melamine.



But perhaps you'd like some small individual bowls.

They can do that too.

Each holds 2 cups.

4 little bowls cost $14.99.

But wait!


If you order a set of all five bowls — 4 junior size along with the big kahuna — they'll knock $2 off the price and let you have them for $27.99.

October 19, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: HealthRatings.org tells it like it is


This site offers detailed ratings of the 20 most-trafficked health Web sites.

[via Jennifer Huget and the Washington Post]

October 19, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Luxe Brush Collection


"Created to mark the 100th anniversary of Neiman Marcus, the American department store where Brown first launched her cosmetics empire," wrote Edwina Ings-Chambers in a rave review of the set appearing in the October 13, 2007 Financial Times.

More: "I had a brush with my beauty destiny this week. This was beauty decadence."

1,000 sets will be available worldwide.

From the website:

    Bobbi Brown Luxe Brush Collection

    This brush collection features 10 luxurious brushes hand-crafted with 24-karat gold accents and ebony handles.

    The set comes in a collector's edition box crafted in genuine leather.

    Also includes a portable leather case for travel.

    Brushes in set: Eye Shade, Eye Shadow, Ultra Fine Eye Liner, Eye Brow, Face Blender, Bronzer, Blush, Powder, Foundation, and Concealer.


October 19, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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