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December 20, 2007

Chef's Secret Revealed: It's all about the butter

Buried in the penultimate paragraph of Nicholas Lander's December 7, 2007 Financial Times article about "the pass" — the special area where dishes are approved by the chef before they leave the kitchen — was the following pearl: Brush each main course with clarified butter (the video above shows how to make it) just before serving.

"It makes the main ingredient look even more appetizing and the first mouthful even more delicious," Herbert Berger, chef/director of 1 Lombard Street in London, told Lander.

I'll never tell.

Trust me....

December 20, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

2GB USB Flash Memory Watch


From the website:

USB Memory Watch — Perfect For Transporting Your Files

You may recall from Episode IV that R2 was carrying some important files destined for delivery to Obi-Wan. These files were, of course, a distress message from Princess Leia and plans for the Empire's newly operational battle station. These plans played a critical part in the successful destruction of the Death Star. If you want to be a hero, just like R2, then we suggest you carry your files on this USB Memory Watch.

In addition to displaying the time, this watch helps you carry your valuable data with you at all times (you know — your MP3 files, favorite images, your ThinkGeek shopping list). With 2GB of capacity it has more than ample storage.

The USB Memory Watch has a built-in USB connector and can transfer files to and from most computer operating systems. The USB connector is cleverly stored in the watch band and flips up for easy connecting. There is also a LED light that indicates the device status. The watch is surprisingly sleek and lightweight — it is not a bulky watch. The band is comfortable and very flexible.



USB 2.0 (read 4MB/s and write 3MB/s)

Standard USB interface and USB extension cord included

Sleek design, very lightweight (this is not a bulky watch)

LED indicator light shows device connectivity and data transfer

Plug and play, easy operation (appears as a USB mass storage device)

Operating Systems: Win 98, ME, 2000, XP, Linux 2.4 or higher, Mac OS 8.6 or higher

Water resistant to 20 meters (let USB connector dry before using)

Dimensions: 1.5" width x 0.375" thick (watch face)

Japanese movement with 3-year battery life

Shock proof and anti-static

Weight: 1.5 oz (43 grams)

Memory size: 2GB

What's impressive to me is that they've managed to bring this device in for about the cost of 2GB of freestanding flash memory.



December 20, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

bookofjoe World Exclusive: 'Baxter using his Poochie Bells'

From Jeannine comes this instructive video of her dog Baxter and his use of Poochie Bells to call his mistress for an outing.

Pavlov had it backwards.

December 20, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Black Toilet Paper — American-Style


Yeah, yeah, we know all about Spain's hot-selling Renova Black (€7.51 for three rolls).

But if you're in the U.S. you end up paying a huge premium 'cause it's imported.

My crack research team is proud to bring you a domestically-marketed version.


$18.95 for three rolls.

December 20, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

'Sometimes incompetence is useful. It helps you keep an open mind.' — Roberto Cavalli

It's the best line of the day (but the day is still relatively young) and appears in today's Wall Street Journal front page story by Stacy Meichtry and Christina Passariello about the 67-year-old Italian designer's abortive efforts over the past few years to sell his company.

December 20, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack



Hey you, up in Indianapolis, calm down — it's just root beer.

From websites:

    Virgil's Root Beer Keg

    Think of Virgil's as a gourmet root beer.

    We're what Ben and Jerry's is to ice cream, what Dom Perignon is to champagne.

    Some root beers claim to be "cold-brewed."

    This is merely another term for the filtering process that yields common soda.

    Only Virgil's Microbrewed Root Beer is truly brewed.

    Originally made in the north of England, Virgil's is a delicious root beer brewed with whole ingredients like anise, licorice, wintergreen and molasses.

    Virgil's is now made by the master soft drink brewer Chris Reed in the USA.

    Voted "Outstanding Beverage" at the International Fancy Food and Confection Show.

    Virgil's has also been named "Best Beverage" by Bon Appétit magazine.


    • Vanilla (bourbon) from Madagascar

    • Sweet birch from the southern US

    • Pimento berry oil from Jamaica

    • Wintergreen from China

    • Nutmeg from Indonesia

    • Cinnamon from Ceylon

    • Clove from Indonesia

    • Molasses from the US

    • Balsam oil from Peru

    • Cassia oil from China

    • Licorice from France

    • Anise from Spain


A 5-liter party keg is $25.

December 20, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Sqwiggler: Powered Tingler


I guess the people who created the Tingler, featured here on December 12, 2007, figured if it works for Gillette, it could work for them too.

From the website:


    Do you ever wish you had a friend with long nails to massage your scalp and head?

    Doesn't that feel good?

    Wish no more, the Sqwiggler® is here!

    The Sqwiggler is the ultimate motorized head massager.

    "Takes the work out of massage, no technique or experience needed. Take it everywhere. Anyone with a head needs one!"

    The people who brought you the Tingler have gone and done it again!

    Imagine 10 long fingernails gently melting your stress.

    Now add batteries for the most exhilarating, thrilling, and rejuvenating head massage ever!

    This handheld treasure gently stimulates millions of nerve endings on the scalp as well as acupressure points.

    The Sqwiggler feels so good you'll get goosebumps from head to toe!

    The Sqwiggler is a motorized massager with copper fingers.

    Turn on the motor for a thrilling sensation or use without for a more gentle massage.

    Got stress?

    Did you know that many doctors say 90% of all illnesses are stress-related?

    We guarantee instant stress relief and happiness or your money back!


    • Motorized — no technique needed — feel good effortlessly

    • Gently stimulates millions of nerve endings on the scalp

    • Instant stress relief is soon to be yours

    • Create goosebumps from head to toe

    • AA Batteries included


    1. This handheld treasure gently stimulates millions of nerve endings on the scalp, as well as acupressure points that create goosebumps from head to toe.

    2. The Sqwiggler is a motorized massager with copper fingers. You can turn the motor on for a thrilling sensation or use without the motor for a more gentle massage.

    3. This is where the excitement begins. Spread the fingers like the picture on the package illustration. Put the batteries in. Push the yellow button in and the power is on.

    4. Ideally find a friend to "Sqwiggle" you. Place it on your head, lower it gently. Watch out for eyes. Play with it. Experiment. Twist it, up, down, slow, fast — just graze the scalp lightly for maximum goosebumps or tighten the fingers for a deep massage.




December 20, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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