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March 21, 2008

14-year-old Fidel Castro's 1940 letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt



Pictured above, it's in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

You could look it up.

March 21, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Leverage Enhancer


That's a fancy name for a bribe.

Don't believe me?

Ask Michael Clayton.

But I digress.

I didn't sleep very well last night, imagining you pinned beneath your refrigerator after innocently attempting to place your fridge on those appliance rollers I featured at this time yesterday.

This morning I told my crack research team to shake off the cobwebs and wake up the echoes — wait a minute... oh, never mind — and find a way to get that beast of an appliance up where you can get the wheelie thingies under it.


From the website:

    Leverage Enhancer

    Makes lifting heavy appliances and furniture easy

    When used in conjunction with our appliance rollers, you can move the refrigerator, stove, couch, etc. with little or no help from anyone.

    Heavy gauge steel.

    Load capacity 450 lbs.



$14.95 (refrigerator not included).

March 21, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

No Squatters


Sherri Powar of Washington, D.C. stumbled across the sign above during a January 2007 visit to Siem Reap, Cambodia, noting that it meant "No squatters."

The Washington Post Travel section's "Sign Here" columnist wrote, "We think it's a plea by authorities to keep visitors from doing a cannonball into the toilet."

In any case, best forward it instanter to Erin Atherton over at durtbagz.

March 21, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Pet's Eye View Camera — 'Ever wonder what Fido or Spot does all day when you're not home?'


Who knew your pooch was really a closet Ansel Adams?

Long [lens] story short: You attach it to your pet's collar and it takes pictures with an 8X zoom lens.

From a website:

    Pet's Eye View Camera

    Ever wonder what Fido or Spot does all day when you're not home?

    Now kids can finally find out with the Pet’s Eye View Camera for ages 6 and up.

    Camera attaches easily to a pet’s collar for an up-close-and-personal peek inside your animal’s world.

    This compact digital camera is light enough to be comfortable even on cats and smaller dogs.

    For a peek inside their pet’s world, just set the self-timer to snap photos at 1-, 5- or 15-minute intervals, then upload them to a computer with the included USB cord.




Think outside — way outside — the childhood space.


March 21, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

bookofjoe in Yale Law & Policy Review


You could look it up.

Law professor Adam Kolber, who authored the 2007 paper, yesterday mentioned he'd cited me in footnote 44 (top) on page 87 (below).


Pretty heady territory.

Looks like I'm headed uptown after all.

Better pick up some stylish duds.

"Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes," wrote Henry David Thoreau.


Good advice then, even better today.

March 21, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Pocket UV Ray Gun — Because who knows who's touched that doorknob?


You can't be too careful these days.

From the website:

    Disinfecting UV Scanner

    Protect your family from colds, flu, and germs such as E. coli.

    Portable scanner instantly disinfects doorknobs, faucets, computer keyboards and mice, phones, etc.

    Just wave it over the item — kills 99.9% of germs in seconds.

    Folds to just 4-1/2" long to fit in included carry pouch.

    Uses 4 AAA batteries (not included).

    Great for travel and everyday use.


March 21, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

'Apple operates with a level of secrecy that makes Thomas Pynchon look like Paris Hilton'


Best line of the month, from Leander Kahney's article on Steve Jobs and Apple in the new (April, 2008) issue of Wired magazine.

March 21, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

My Cuppa — Color Matching Guide Mug


Say what?

From the website:

My Cuppa

Although the question "how do you take your coffee?" seems simple enough, for the caffeine-connoisseur a nondescript "two creams, one sugar" does not always achieve the desired results.


My Cuppa helps you mix your drink to the perfect consistency, based on the color-coded guide inside.

Options include everything from a straightforward "milky" to an extra-strong "builder's brew".


A separate cup [below] is available for those who would prefer tea instead.

2.75"W x 3.75"L x 4.5"H.

Earthenware ceramic.



March 21, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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