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February 5, 2008

What I'm reading (non-fiction)


As a rule I like to have one non-fiction book going at a time, but since I've been reading "Her Last Death"


three more arrived that looked so interesting I simply couldn't relegate them to the ever growing "to be read" shelves.


So now I've got four in progress.


I'm doing my level best to finish "Her Last Death" before more appear at my front door.

February 5, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Iran's Rocket Man, President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad — Episode 2: The Smithsonian IMAX Theater has nothing on him


Just in from a Middle Eastern reader who prefers to remain anonymous, the photo above, via the FARS News Agency and Reuters.

The caption reads, "President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad wore 3-D glasses to watch a program at Iran's new space center, which he visited Monday."

Tell you what — he needs a copy of Timbuk 3's great 1986 debut album (below)


to listen to when he freaks out wit dem shades, what?

February 5, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Christian Louboutin will sign your shoes


You read correctly.

Above, a full page ad from last Sunday's New York Times Styles section.

He'll sign your shoe purchase this Thursday, February 7, 2008, from 4 to 7 at Saks Fifth Avenue's flagship store.

Finally, an excuse (however flimsy) to buy a pair.

You know you want to.

Aren't I bad?

On 10022-Shoe, Saks' designer shoe floor.

If you have to ask for directions, you really shouldn't bother going.

And don't worry — no one you know will be there.

Though I guarantee there'll be people you recognize.

Wear your darkers if you like, but be prepared to sign autographs yourself.

"Aren't you... ?"


February 5, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Mini Laser with Integrated Flexible LED Flashlight


From the website:

    Bendable Light & Laser

    Keep this useful (and fun) gadget in your tool box, glovebox, pocket or purse.

    Strong magnetic base sticks in place while flexible gooseneck-style LED shines where you need it — and check out the red laser beam pointer!

    With silver-plated metal case, push-button operation and pen-style pocket clip.

    Batteries included.

    Not a toy.

    6" long.


February 5, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: World's most advanced stethoscope


Pictured above, it's made by Deep Breeze of Israel and costs $35,000.

Here's Ranit Mishori's January 29, 2008 Washington Post article about it.

    For the Lungs: A Few Extra Sets of Ears

    For doctors, the way to a patient's lungs has always been through the ears — the doctor's ears, that is, aided, of course, by a stethoscope. With the right training and experience, a physician can hear whether the lungs are filling with fluid, clogged by pneumonia or constricted by asthma.

    But hearing is often open to interpretation. A new device, above, goes the stethoscope one better, letting the doctor see what he hears — without the need to use radiation or an invasive procedure or ask the patient to hold rock-still.

    Available in the United States since last year, the machine uses 42 ultra-high-frequency microphones laid over the patient's back. As the patient breathes, the microphones detect lung vibrations and feed them to a computer that quickly produces images showing conditions in the lungs.

    Muhammad Shibli, a lung expert and co-director of the Sleep Disorders Institute at Providence Hospital in Northeast Washington, calls the device promising, provided further clinical trials demonstrate its effectiveness.

    The developer, Deep Breeze of Israel, keeps an office in Redmond, Wash., and has marketed the device in Europe and Asia for several years. Each unit costs $35,000, but the company is working to create a version that will go for about $10,000.

February 5, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

'Rocket man: Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, Iran's president, examines a 3-D map at Tehran's space centre'


The headline up top is the caption for the photograph above, as published — above the fold, no less, gracing newstands worldwide — on the front page of today's Financial Times.

The occasion?

"Iran yesterday launched a rocket to mark a space programme that it said would put the first Iranian satellite into orbit with a year and catapult the country into the ranks of space nations," wrote the FT's Anna Fifield and Stephen Fidler in the opening paragraph of the newspaper's lead story accompanying the photo.

MSNBC.com's coverage of the event features the picture up top along with others.

February 5, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

twitter redux


When I first mentioned twitter here back on November 28, 2006, no one knew if it would make it.

No question but what it has.

This week's (February 2, 2008) Economist has a story about the site's new prominence as a political campaign diary on the fly.

Maybe I should sign up, see if I can figure out how to post 140-character max items direct to bookofjoe from my cellphone.

Probably way beyond my TechnoDolt™ capabilities but at least worth a shot, what?

Stay tuned.

February 5, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Precision Egg Timers


Why guess?

From the website:

Egg Timers

This set of hand-blown timers has 3, 4, 5 and 6-minute vials covering every cooking condition from a small, room-temperature egg cooked at sea level to an extra-large, fresh-from-the-refrigerator egg cooked at 5000 feet above sea level (e.g., Denver) — where water boils at 203°F, not 212°F (95°C vs. 100°C).

Comes with simple instructions for turned stands or stands made from dimension stock.

Construction tips and compressible padding material for the ends of the vials are also included.


$3.70 (stands not included).

February 5, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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