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January 31, 2008

Meet Ellen Page


The brightest new star in film will be part of a New York Times-sponsored panel discussion a week from tomorrow, on Friday, February 8, 2008 in New York City.




What, you thought she's gonna give it away?


Wake up and smell the durian.

January 31, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Lighted Toilet Wars — Episode 2: Toi-Light


Episode 1 back on October 22, 2006 featured the Johnny-Light.

Things have been hoppin' and poppin' since then out back in the lighted toilet skunk works.

Today Steve Berry brings news of a major breakthrough, called the Toi-Light (above and below).

He wrote, "I found this really cool toilet light. Unlike the Johnny-Light, this light can be used on more than just your toilet. It works great on your front door, bedside, baby's crib, RV, etc... Check it out!

You bet, Steve: the ink isn't even dry here (wait a minute, that's not right...) and my crack (Oy!) research team is already hard at it, looking into your submission.

Is it just me or do the Toi-Light graphics emanate from Second Life?

Very cool indeed.

But I digress.

From the Toi-Light website (dunno, might have to do some work on that name, what? But I digress yet again):


The Toi-Light is a toilet light that easily attaches to your toilet.

To use it, you simply step on a weight-sensitive pad and the light turns on!

Kit includes floor pad, cord and bulb (below).


Requires 2 AAA batteries (included).

Uses and benefits:

• Can also illuminate the front door, bedside, and cribside

• Assists the elderly and handicapped

• Makes a great gift for all occasions

• Aids in potty training young ones

In the bathroom [top]:

• Illuminates toilet bowl when you step on the pad (may be placed under bathroom mat)

• Energy efficient; most night lights waste electricity all night long

• Makes bathroom easy to use at night

• Great for potty training young ones

• Assists the elderly and handicapped

• Avoid embarrasing fall-ins

For the front door:


Illuminates the keyhole when you step on the pad (may be placed under the door mat)

• Find the lock at night and open the door

• Find the key you need to use with ease

By the bedside:


• Illuminates the bedside when you get up and stand on the pad (may be
placed under any rug)

• Find your way to the bathroom or other room in your house

• Safely get out of bed

For the baby crib:


• Find your baby's pacifier or favorite blankie without waking him/her

• Check on your baby without disturbing him/her with bright lights

• Illuminates when you step on the pad (under any rug)

Do me one small favor: If I buy one for my front door, don't pee on it.


I'm asking nicely.

Don't force me into sending you a cease and desist letter.


January 31, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Andrew C. Carington, Esq., Associate General Counsel for Media General — Welcome to my world


Counselor, guess what?

You're now famous!

You have 15 minutes... but I digress.

You could look it up.

But if you're too busy preparing your next salvo of legal documents, just take a look up top.

January 31, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Arantix IsoTruss Limited Edition Carbon Fiber + Kevlar Bike Frame


Frame weight: 2.75 pounds.

Each frame requires up to 300 hours of hand-weaving.

200 bikes will be constructed this year.


From the website:


    First frame featuring patented IsoTruss carbon fiber and Kevlar spider web-like open lattice tube design.

    Arantix is an extreme hardtail mountain bike with an unparalleled strength-weight ration providing an ultra-stiff and responsive bike.



Nicole Dyer reviewed it in the February, 2008 issue of Popular Science as follows.

    Bike Like an Egyptian

    Tiny pyramids make for the toughest mountain-bike frame yet

    If a simple polygon can hold up a pharaoh's tomb for 4,500 years, it should survive some off-road riding. That's the thinking behind the 2.75-pound Arantix mountain-bike frame from Delta 7 Sports. It's 10 times as strong as a steel frame of the same weight would be — enough to survive the company's informal "run- over" test with a Ford F350 pickup.

    The Arantix draws its exceptional strength-to-weight ratio from rods composed of several hundred layers of carbon fiber, wrapped tightly with Kevlar cord and woven to form a long series of little pyramids. The rods intersect to create hundreds of stress-bearing joints that add strength and isolate damage, so a crack in one part of the frame won't spread to another and wreck your ride.

    Because each frame requires up to 300 hours of hand-weaving, Delta 7 will make only 200 this year, selling for $7,000 each starting in the spring. Spread over a few millennia, that's a bargain.




January 31, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Media General v bookofjoe — Episode 3: Attorney Andrew C. Carington throws down the gauntlet


Above and below, the letter he sent to me yesterday via email attachment, as noted earlier today.


A few thoughts from the peanut gallery (and crack research team) on the correspondence above:

1) Mr. Carington (how often do you think his name is misspelled "Carrington"?) couldn't even take the time not to mess up my name on page 2 ("Stir"). I guess when you're dealing with important things like this, stuff get can get overlooked, what with the major stakes in play. I understand and forgive him.

2) I looked all over the PDF file containing his letter but I'll be darned if I can find the "copy of attached letter" he sent to TypePad. Huh. Maybe it'll be in the certified letter (!) that should be arriving today. I'll look for it.

3) While we're on the subject, that's pretty harsh, sending a letter to my parents (TypePad) about my bad behavior. I mean, jeez, here I am already in the principal's office and I haven't even had a chance to give my side. Oh well, no one ever said life was fair.

4) I am here to tell you (trust me...) that Mr. Carington's letter is a total of 17 pages long, including copies of each of the bookofjoe posts he objects to. I wonder how many hours that took to put together. Well, like I said in today's first post, I guess there's not a whole lot going on at Media General....

5) I sure hope it's okay to have published the correspondence I've received to date. I didn't see anywhere where it said it was confidential or top secret or eyes only or anything, so I'm going to assume I have a right to reproduce it. I know I have a number of lawyers among my readers and I'm especially interested in your thoughts on how I should proceed. It appears Mr. Carington's 5-day deadline clock for me to do as he ordered or face an unspeakable fate started at 5:24:20 p.m. ET yesterday, so (let me get out my calculator, hold on a sec) that means I have until that time on Monday, February 4.

6) I wonder how the reporters who wrote the Daily Progress stories and got worldwide exposure as a result of my posts citing their names — along with links to their articles on the Daily Progress website — feel about Mr. Carington's stuffing them back into their hideyhole here in Charlottesville. I know how I'd feel.

And I don't think it's just me; witness the email I received last evening from New York Times columnist J.D. Biersdorfer in response to my using her work verbatim and in its entirety in a post that appeared here yesterday: "Joe, you're making my day!"

You have to wonder why a Podunk town's daily newspaper's counsel is so put out by having its product displayed on a global stage — as he so piquantly describes it, my "Internet website" — as opposed to remaining provincial and buried.

Ya think it might be part of the reason the company is about to be in play?

Seems to me that instead of complaining about my reposting the Progress articles — with direct links in every case to the Daily Progress website — Mr. Carington and Mr. Rosenberg should be working up a proposal whereby they could feature bookofjoe on their site.

They wouldn't be the first — nor would they be the last.

January 31, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

Glue Dots


From the website:

    Glue Dots®

    These double-sided adhesive dots are ideal for mounting posters, photographs or plans.

    They stick readily to most clean, dry surfaces such as drywall, paper, wood, plastic, metal or glass, and can be removed without causing damage or leaving a gummy residue.

    An excellent alternative to push pins, spray adhesives and tapes.

    Acid-free, they will not leave any discoloration.

    Packaged in a resealable pouch.



60 for $2.30

January 31, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Media General v bookofjoe — How it all began

I know you haven't been able to get anything done since this morning's opening salvo in what will come to be known as the bookofjoe Media General Cease and Desist War of 2008 (and perhaps beyond, who knows?).

Catchy name, what?

No doubt you've been waiting for the promised other shoe to drop.

Wait no longer, friends: the time has come to show what I've got.

Below, my first email, received last Thursday, January 24, 2008, from Matthew Rosenberg, Central Viriginia Content Coordinator for Media General.


I wrote back as follows:


Here's a live version of the link just above, so you can see what Matthew saw.

He responded:


And that's where things stood until yesterday afternoon, when Andrew C. Carington, Esq. arrived on the scene.

In the next episode of this tempest in a teapot, I will reveal to the world the contents of Mr. Carington's letter, attached to paralegal Cameron W. Keys's email.

Stay tuned.

January 31, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

We get email: 'Cease and Desist from Copyright Infringement' — from Andrew C. Carington, Esq., Associate General Counsel for Media General


So there I was late yesterday afternoon, getting ready for "Pardon The Interruption," when what should emerge from hyperspace but the email above.


I guess the Goths at the gates of Media General don't give Mr. Carington and his minions enough to do, such that they've turned to small fry like me to keep themselves busy.

Hey, whatever works, right?


The email above has antecedents, as you well might imagine.

I will have to go find them and put them up here so that you're as much in the picture as I am.

Then we'll look into the letter attached to the email up top and see what we can see.

Oh, what fun.

I wonder if the Charlottesville Daily Progress (am I allowed to use the name of the paper — whose stories are the subject of this kerfuffle — in my blog, I wonder?) will run a story about my dustup with Media General, should it get out of control and make its way out of this backwater onto a greater stage.

Not likely.

January 31, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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