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December 2, 2007

Prediction: Tim Tebow will never play a down as a pro


What, am I crazy?

The University of Florida quarterback (above) is the odds-on pick to win this year's Heisman Trophy.

And I would vote for him if I had a ballot.

But no one — not Tim Tebow, not Vince Young, not Earl Campbell — can continue to take the physical pounding Tebow (a sophomore) is getting throughout the next two seasons and expect to come out of them without a high chance of incurring a career-ending injury.

Consider that his broken right (non-throwing) hand, incurred during a 5-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the third quarter of last weekend's game against Florida State, following which he stayed in the game, is only the latest in a series of injuries, including:

• Broken leg in high school (finished the game)

• Bruised right shoulder on October 20, 2007 against Kentucky (stayed in the game, then opted to receive painkilling shots before the next four games)

Yes, he's big and strong (6'3", 235 lbs.), and his 838 yards rushing this year with 22 touchdowns, tying the NCAA record for quarterbacks, are tremendous achievements — but he is taking so many big hits in the process that it's only a matter of time before one puts him down for the count.

I'd make him stop running unless flushed from the pocket but I doubt he'd listen — and his coach, Urban Meyer, deep down hopes Tebow never changes.

At least, not until he finishes his college career.

December 2, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Gucci for $20?


Look at the photo above.

What do you see?

Better look fast 'cause these cotten-spandex knee socks embellished with gold-plated bridle bits by In God We Trust — "think Gucci-esque equestrian meets schoolgirl" — pictured in Ellen Tien's "Pulse" feature in today's New York Times Sunday Styles section won't be around very long once Gucci's trademark lawyerbots get into the office tomorrow morning.

Black, White, Gray, Brown, Camel or Blue.

$20 at In God We Trust in New York City (212-966-9010).

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

How you know Facebook and MySpace are over


When today's New York Times "Ideas & Trends" feature in its "Week in Review" section offers an essay entitled, "Friending, Ancient or Otherwise," and today's Washington Post Op-Ed page has one entitled "Getting to Not Know You" — both pieces purporting to explain aspects of these semi-historical websites — you know the smart money has left the building.

Long ago I realized that when something makes the cover of Time (which Bob Dylan, back in the day, referred to as "a comic book") or Fortune or the front page of major dailies and their ilk, that person or subject is more an icon (in the historical sense) than an avatar of what's happening now.

Elvis isn't on Facebook or MySpace because, like myriad people I don't know but admire nonetheless, he departed a long time ago to surf the bleeding edge.

Better wear Kevlar briefs, would be my advice.

December 2, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

HatScarf — Winter Mashup


From the website:


    All-In-One Hat and Scarf will keep you toasty warm this winter.

    Attractive faux fur hat features an attached 4-foot-long knit scarf that protects face, neck, and throat from chilly winds and cold weather.

    Soft, washable acrylic.

    One size fits all.


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

How magic happens — J.M.W. Turner gives a demonstration


Today's Washington Post "Studio" feature follows.

    Everything Shipshape by Lunch

    "A First-Rate Taking in Stores" [above] by J.M.W. Turner was painted in 1818 at Farnley Hall in Yorkshire, miles from the sea. "Give me some idea of the size of a man-of-war," Walter Fawkes, the painter's host, had asked one day at breakfast. According to Fawkes's great niece, the artist's painted answer — this picture, now on view at the National Gallery of Art, which gives the wooden vessel an aircraft carrier's size — was completed before lunch. She gives this account:

    "The idea hit Turner's fancy, for with a chuckle he said to Walter Fawkes's eldest son, then a boy of about fifteen, 'Come along Hawkey and we will see what we can do for Papa' and the boy sat by his side the whole morning and witnessed the evolution of 'The First-Rate Taking in Stores.' His description of the way Turner went to work was very extraordinary; he began by pouring wet paint onto the paper till it was saturated, he tore, he scratched, he scrubbed at it in a kind of frenzy and the whole thing was chaos — but gradually and as if by magic the lovely ship, with all its exquisite minutia, came into being and by luncheon time the drawing was taken down in triumph."


"J.M.W. Turner," the painter's retrospective, will remain in the gallery's West Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, through Janurary 6, 2008.

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

Anti-Vibration Pads


I must say I'm getting a little tired of the chugga-chugga of my washer and dryer across the laundry room floor — I may well opt for these.

From the website:

    Washer and Dryer Pads

    No more rattles and vibration

    Unless your floor is perfectly flat and level, and your washer and dryer feet are perfectly adjusted, it's common for them to rattle, thump and vibrate.

    But here's an easy solution.

    These Washer and Dryer Pads are constructed of a heavy-duty resilient foam rubber material that absorbs vibration.

    Self-adhesive design sticks to the bottom of your washer and dryer feet.

    Also great for any other equipment that vibrates.


Set of 8 — $8.95.

December 2, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Experts' Experts: World's Best Liquid Smoke


Where else but Cook's Illustrated are you going to find people drilling down on stuff like this?

For the September/October 2007 issue they not only did an exhaustive comparison of store-bought versions — they even made their own from scratch.

That's the way we like it done.

Here's their "Kitchen Notes" feature on the subject.

    Smoke in the Water

    Liquid smoke can be just fine — as long as you know what to avoid when selecting a brand.

    We were among the many people who assume that there must be some kind of synthetic chemical chicanery going on in the making of "liquid smoke" flavoring. But according to the Colgin Company (which has been bottling liquid smoke since the 19th century), that's not the case. Liquid smoke is made by channeling smoke from smoldering wood chips through a condenser, which quickly cools the vapors, causing them to liquefy (just like the drops that form when you breathe on a piece of cold glass). The water-soluble flavor compounds in the smoke are trapped within this liquid, while the nonsoluble, carcinogenic tars and resins are removed by a series of filters, resulting in a clean, smoke-flavored liquid.

    Curious about the manufacturing process for this product, we wondered if we could bottle up some smoke for ourselves. To do this, we created a small-scale mock-up of the commercial method, involving a kettle grill, a duct fan, a siphon, and an ice-chilled glass coil condenser.

    In a comparison of homemade and store-bought liquid smoke, homemade was praised for its clean, intense, smoky flavor. But we spent an entire day and $50 on materials to produce 3 tablespoons of homemade liquid smoke. Commercial liquid smoke is just fine, especially if you avoid brands with additives such as salt, vinegar, and molasses. Wright's Liquid Smoke is our top-rated brand and contains nothing but smoke and water.


You can get a 3.5 oz. bottle of Wright's here for $1.99.

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

Page Holder


From the website:

    Page Holder

    Designed by Pascal Charmolu.

    This sleek stainless-steel page holder keeps cookbooks and other books open for reference without damaging the book spine and allows for hands-free reading while cooking.



The hole is a nice touch.


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

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