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November 2, 2007

Greenberg's — Best Smoked Turkey in the U.S.A.


It's not even close.

The family-run Tyler, Texas company wins by a country mile.

I ordered one a couple years ago and it was even better than billed — and that was a rave review by Molly O'Neill, then of the New York Times Dining section, who wrote that their bird was picked clean in a New York minute after arriving in the Times newsroom.

Why not give yourself — and everyone else who has to suffer along with you during gravy stress time, as an old acquaintance calls Thanksgiving day — a break and enjoy the holiday?

Read this story and perhaps you'll see the light.

$3.80/pound for a world-class product is cheap at five times the price in my book.

Note added Friday, November 9, 2007 at 5:19 p.m. EST: Charles Passy reviewed five mail-order smoked turkeys in today's Wall Street Journal "Catalog Critic" feature.

The winner by a country mile: Greenberg's.

He wrote, "This hickory-smoked turkey, flavored with a proprietary mix of spices..., qualified as one of the most striking mail-order food products that's ever come to our door."

Bonus: It was also the cheapest of the five birds, proving that you don't always get what you pay for.

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Office Assistant-in-a-Pocket


From websites:

Office Assistant™

The size of a deck of cards, this organized traveler's tool kit includes stapler (with 50 mini staples), staple remover, precision scissors, hole punch, screwdrivers (+/–), screwdriver socket, ball point pen, paper clip assortment and a one-meter-rule in an ABS case.

3-3/8"L x 2-1/8W x 5/8"H.

3.1 oz.


Matte Black: $13.50.

Translucent Black (pictured): $16.97.

November 2, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What's wrong with this picture?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

November 2, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Pop Bottle Tarp Clip


Nicely done.

From the website:

    Pop-Bottle Tarp Clip

    It's not always possible to secure a tarp with bungee cords or rope.

    This clever clip creates an instant tarp weight when you attach it to any 2-litre pop bottle filled with sand or water.

    The 1-1/2" wide waffle-textured jaws securely hold poly tarps, cloth, or other sheet material up to 1/8" thick without perforating it.

    Attachment and removal are quick using the integral thumbscrew.

    Handy whenever you are short of easily accessed tie-down points.

    The UV-stable nylon clip is 3-5/8" overall.



$2.40 (pop bottle not included).

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

'Tell Me Everything' — by Richard Prince


It's a 1987 acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, currently on display in Prince's "Spiritual America" show at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City through January 9, 2008.

In case you can't read the joke, it says, "I went to a psychiatrist. He said, 'Tell me everything.' I did, and now he's doing my act."

I like my psychiatrist joke, via Henny Youngman, better; it goes, "A man goes to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist says, 'What seems to be the problem?' The man says, 'I know it sounds strange, but I keep thinking there's two of me.' The psychiatrist says, 'Don't worry, that makes four of us.'"

November 2, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

November 2, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Berserkeley on YouTube

Jamin Brophy-Warren reported in the October 27, 2007 Wall Street Journal that UC Berkeley's gone virtual in a big way; the article follows.

    Web 2.0 101: Berkeley courses hit YouTube

    The University of California, Berkeley, is letting millions of people sit in on its classes, free.

    The school is posting full-length videos of its lecture courses on YouTube. So far, it has uploaded more than 200 videos to the site, showing courses ranging from human biology to physics. Popular lectures include Google co-founder Sergey Brin's open discussion of search technology and neuroscientist Marian Diamond's classes on human anatomy.

    The school has equipped 20 classrooms to record lectures and will capture about 50 courses this semester, or about 3% of the course catalog. Eight courses are available on YouTube; the rest can be found at webcast.berkeley.edu.

    Shishir Kakaraddi, a 21-year-old engineering student in Bangalore, India, recently watched Mr. Brin's lecture on the site and liked it so much he invited a couple friends from school to watch it with him a second time. "I only wish there was more computer science," he says of the YouTube course offerings.

    Other schools are joining the program, too. Two weeks ago, the University of Southern California launched its own YouTube channel, which includes a lecture from Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

    The Berkeley YouTube channel [www.youtube.com/ucberkeley] has been viewed about one million times since its launch earlier this month.

November 2, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Roller Ice Bullet


Help — my brain is being eaten by these Roller Ice thingies!

Gee, joe — how could anyone tell?

Enough of that.

To recap: Wednesday introduced the basic Roller Ice and yesterday's Roller Ice Magnet added — duh — magnetism.

Today's drills down — as it were.

From the website:

    Roller Ice Bullet

    The solid stainless steel trigger point of the Roller Ice Bullet adds weight and is internally drilled to allow the cold or hot to penetrate deep into the tool, providing extremely effective hot or cold therapy.


November 2, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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