« April 2, 2008 | Main | April 4, 2008 »

April 3, 2008

"What is printed at the end of each episode of 'The Big Bang Theory?'" — The Official Vanity Card Archives


"It appears a page long and is on screen for a very short time."

That was the question asked by Marian Nunez of Gamerco, New Mexico in the March 24, 2008 USA Today.

The USA Today Ad Team responded as follows:


    The close of a TV show often includes a two- to three-second promo called a "vanity card" — a logo or other image, often audio and sometimes fun. The ones you describe [top] are for the show's production company, Chuck Lorre Productions, which also produces "Two and a Half Men." The text is usually about what's on Chuck Lorre's mind. "There's no prescription for it. It's whatever seems to come up," Lorre says. "It's the one area of writing I can do that has no limits unless CBS says it's unacceptable."

    The cards started with "Dharma & Greg," and he's up to nearly 200. All are posted at www.chucklorre.com. For example, in No. 191, which was written at 6 a.m. on Oct. 18, his 55th birthday, he laments middle age.

    "I love the fact that people bother to read them," he says. "It's taken on a life of its own. I feel like it's an obligation. I have these loyal readers, and I don't want to disappoint them."

April 3, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Crab Hat


Should be required headgear for pediatric anesthesiologists.

"Get the attention of your party guests when you wear one of these silly felt hats! You'll be the life of the party! This 12" adjustable crab hat has a touch fastener."


April 3, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The mystery of one shoe


William Least Heat-Moon decided to take a long road trip one day — across the United States on back roads in a van he called "Ghost Dancing."

His 1982 book about his epic journey is wonderful reading, especially in bed on a cold winter's night while you're quiet and warm and tucked in just so.

On his travels he found out much that was new and strange to him.

One thing that struck him and made him think was repeatedly seeing one shoe as he made his way across the country.

Where was the other shoe?

Why would someone throw one shoe out the car window?

What good was the other one, alone?

He finally concluded, without much conviction, that all those solitary shoes by the side of the road were the result of people dangling their feet out the window, with one shoe accidentally flying off and out onto the roadside.

In the "Talk of the Town" section of the January 19, 2004 New Yorker magazine appeared an interesting item about a psychologist in New York City whose specialty is finding solitary lost or abandoned gloves.

She classifies them as to type, size, and handedness, and then writes articles and papers about what it all means.

Her conclusion is that people lose one glove when they're multi-tasking and it slips away unnoticed.

This conclusion is reinforced by the fact that most of the gloves she finds are right-hand ones; this means, she says, that the mostly right-hand dominant glove losers took that one off to do whatever it is they needed more dexterity for.

Makes sense to me.

April 3, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Reef Dram Sandal


Who would'a thunk it?

Just walk on by, they'll never guess.

Reef, maker of serious recreational footgear, has created men's sandals with a twist: a polyurethane-encapsulated, screw-capped compartment in the heel for liquids.

Each sandal holds three ounces, so you can carry the equivalent of four generous shots with you everywhere you go, hiding in plain sight.

Other features: water-resistant; contoured compression-molded EVA footbed with anatomical arch support; synthetic nubuck upper; shaker icon on molded rubber outsole.


Note that wearing these to the airport and putting them through the x-ray machine will result not only in your not making your flight but, rather — at the very least — a side trip to a windowless room and some serious questioning.

Just leave them home, OK?


Wait a minute... what's that music I'm hearing?

[via Elite Choice]

April 3, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak World Exclusive: joe Prepares For Anesthesia

So begins another day

in the life.

April 3, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Calibrated Butter Dish — Episode 2: Price Break


Two years ago this clever kitchen tool cost $9.98.

Now you can get two for about the same price.

Yet another example of the applicability of Moore's law outside the semiconductor space.

From the website:

    Calibrated Butter Keeper

    This butter storage container has an airtight cover that keeps stored butter fresher longer, while minimizing annoying odor absorption.

    The bottom dish has double-sided markings for butter sticks and makes for easy measuring, dispensing and portion control.

    Holds one stick of butter.

    Dishwasher safe plastic.

    3"W x 3"H x7"D.




April 3, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

TokBox.com: 'Super simple video chat — best of all, it's free'


That's what it says.

When I first read the domain name I thought it was a website for clock and watch repair and I couldn't figure out why Ray Earhart suggested it.

Then when I tried it out and heard Lauren B. say "TalkBox," I twigged.

We like super simple and we love free.

Who knows, maybe even I can get it to work.

April 3, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

To-Do Tattoo — 'Not something I would like to see on the hand of an anesthesiologist...'


That's what James Thornburg wrote in his email accompanying a link to this nifty new product.


If an anesthesiologist were to use these, the tattoo might read as follows:

turn on oxygen
fill vaporizers
check suction
prepare ephedrine
open up IV
set high pressure alarm

I'm just saying, is all.


12 tattoos plus a "skin-safe gel pen" for $3.45.

Don't spend too many days debating whether you want some 'cause they're gonna sell out in a New York minute.

You snooze, you lose.

Then you turn to booze.

April 3, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

« April 2, 2008 | Main | April 4, 2008 »