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January 9, 2008

'In the year 7510 if God's a-comin' he ought to make it by then' — Zager & Evans (1969)

Let's see, we're 39 years closer.

Looking good, what?

Res ipsa loquitur.

January 9, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Collapsible Timer


From the website:

    Tuck-Away Timer

    Just fold back the cover on this portable stainless steel timer and it stands on its own.

    Big clear numbers make reading the 60-minute dial a breeze.

    Rings 30 seconds early as a warning, then keeps track of remaining seconds.

    1-1/2" wide x 3-1/2" diameter.




January 9, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

An Ordinary Spy — by Joseph Weisberg


It's what I'm currently reading at bedtime.

Last night I looked and saw I was only about 100 pages from the end, which made me unhappy: at 288 pages it's too short by half.

Weisberg uses a unique (to my experience, at least) approach to his text, to wit:


Parts that the CIA (where he worked as a case officer) redacted (or didn't, but perhaps Weisberg did so for effect) are blacked out.

No, you can't read what's underneath by holding the pages up to the light.

Although I did try, I must admit.

Who wouldn't?

But I digress.

Reading the book is like spending time with a friend you're always glad to see: it's somehow comforting and reassuring, though the protagonist of the novel is anything but comfortable as he tries to figure out where the mirrors end and reality begins.

Highly recommended.

January 9, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Trandy Cell Phone Holder – 'Dressed to call'






Perhaps a


bit of overkill, what?



January 9, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Sign o' The Times: William Gibson supplants André Maurois


Don't get your baggies in a twist just yet, it's only happened once so far as I know.

Noam Cohen's appreciation of Jorge Luis Borges, in this past Sunday's New York Times, focused on the magisterial Argentine's uncanny foreshadowing of the Internet in his writings of the early 1940s.

"New Directions, the publisher of 'Labyrinths,' reissued the collection [below]


in May, for the first time in more than 40 years. In a sign of the changing times it includes an introduction from William Gibson, the cyberpunk author. (The original [below],


by contrast, came with a preface from André Maurois of the Académie Française.)," wrote Cohen.

January 9, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Adjustable Ventilated Clothes Hangers


From websites:

    Adjustable Hangers

    These expandable hangers slide in and out to fit, keeping sweaters and knits in perfect shape while drip-drying.

    Wide plastic adjustable hangers feature broad, rounded ends that support without creating wings, stretch marks, points or bulges in shoulders of delicate washables.


    Hangers expand from 14-1/8" to 21" wide.

    Ventilated design allows for faster drying.



White: 3 for $6.99

Pastels: 3 for $6.99.

January 9, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Knife Block — by Maarten Baas


"Prototype and, so far, the only one ever made."

Contact the Dutch designer (info@maartenbaas.com) and maybe he'll create another just for you.

January 9, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Underwear Earrings


I've heard of wearing your heart on your sleeve but this is ridiculous.

See what happens when a jewelry designer's instructions are to let it all hang out?

From the website:

    Underwear Earrings

    Briefly put: Hilarious.

    Hang these unmentionables out for all to see and suddenly everyone's talking about them.

    Made of polished sterling silver, the oh-so-French wire earrings dangle approx ¾".



And no — they're not returnable.


January 9, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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