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April 5, 2008

Movin' on up


I noticed the other day that I've quietly slipped into the top 5,000 blogs as rated by Technorati.

The air is mighty fine up here, I must say.

Just keep passing me that oxygen mask every now and then, eh?

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

Label Off


No, not off label, though that's what it does.

From the website:

    Label Off™

    Savor the memories of remarkable wines with safe and easy Label Off removers.

    They work by laminating, then removing the upper printed surface of the label.

    Also great for beer enthusiasts who want to remove and collect beer labels.

    Press the labels in a scrapbook and create a label library.

    Ideal for serious enologists or casual wine/beer drinkers.

    6" x 5" sheets.


10 for $11.50.

April 5, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

'Tuck Everlasting' — Time travel in lace and crinoline

Where does it say that good sci-fi has to feature futuristic scenarios of wormholes and their ilk?

Not in my book.

Here's a wonderful movie that looks sort of insipid judging by its DVD box cover (below)


and as such stayed on my shelf for over a year before I finally decided to see what it was all about.

I found it absorbing and increasingly interesting as it played out to its thoughtful, bittersweet conclusion.

What if someone came up to you and said you could stay just as you are today — forever?

Never age, never die.

Would you sign up for that program?

We know Ray Kurzweil would but I'm not asking him, am I?

Highly recommended.

April 5, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

'Hand-Feeding Backyard Birds' — by Hugh Wiberg


Long story short, in fact condensed to one word: "Patience."

Adrian Higgins, garden editor of the Washington Post, mentioned the book in his column of March 13, 2008.

$14.96 at Amazon.

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

'Greatest guitar riff of all time'

Press the play icon above and remind yourself why.

I won't argue with the winner of a poll of current students of the London Tech Music School, where members of bands like Radiohead, the Kinks and the Cure leaned to play.

FunFact: 16 of the top 25 were written in the U.S. and seven in the U.K.

FunFact #2: The majority were recorded in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, only seven in the past 20 years.

The complete results follow.

    Top 25 Guitar Riffs of All Time

    1 Smoke On The Water — Deep Purple (1973)

    2 Smells Like Teen Spirit — Nirvana (1991)

    3 Walk This Way — Aerosmith (1975)

    4 Purple Haze — Jimi Hendrix (1967)

    5 Sweet Child O Mine — Guns N Roses (1987)

    6 Paradise City — Guns N Roses (1987)

    7 Ace Of Spades — Motorhead (1980)

    8 Enter Sandman — Metallica (1991)

    9 Under The Bridge — Red Hot Chilli Peppers (1992)

    10 Welcome To The Jungle — Guns N Roses (1987)

    11 Run To The Hills — Iron Maiden (1982)

    12 Walk — Pantera (1992)

    13 Johnny B Goode — Chuck Berry (1958)

    14 Back In Black — AC/DC (1980)

    15 Immigrant Song — Led Zeppelin (1970)

    16 Wake Up — Rage Against The Machine (1992)

    17 Highway to Hell — AC/DC (1979)

    18 My Generation — The Who (1965)

    19 7 Nation Army — The White Stripes (2003)

    20 Born To Be Wild — Steppenwolf (1968)

    21 Give It Away — Red Hot Chilli Peppers (1991)

    22 Paranoid — Black Sabbath (1970)

    23 Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) — Jimi Hendrix (1967)

    24 Eye Of The Tiger — Survivor (1982)

    25 Money For Nothing — Dire Straits (1984)

April 5, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Good advice


18" x 3.5".


April 5, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: NOZIN Nasal Sanitizer


That's different.

Just the thought of sanitizing my nostrils makes my eyes water.

This new product was reviewed by Jennifer Huget in the March 16, 2007 Washington Post.

Long story short: You won't be seeing the review on the NOZIN website anytime soon — or later.


Dr. William Schaffner is vice-president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and head of the department of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Huget interviewed him to see what he thought of NOZIN.

Asking if he would "... recommend it to family and friends?", Schaffner replied, "No."

If you really like the idea of trying to stay sterile in a dirty world, you'd be better off with one those little battery-powered air purifiers you wear around your neck (below; $129).


At least then you'll be giving everyone around you something to laugh about.

Hey — I just thought of a great name for the little doohickey Mr. Protected Air Traveler pictured above is sporting: "Ionic Wheeze."

Not bad, eh?

Considering what I'm working with....

April 5, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack



These are invaluable.

I've been using mine (not as elegant as these) for many years to start screws and I wouldn't be without them.

From the website:


    Who needs a drill to start screwholes?

    Gimlets are the old-fashioned solution — probably faster too.

    Just pick the right size, place the point and give a couple twists.

    Works nicely with most woods, especially delicate ones, and can help prevent splits.

    And these aren’t just any old cheap set, they’re hand-crafted in France with machined flutes — not cheap spiral twists — to form a double spiral that evacuates wood chips twice as fast.

    Hardened to 40-50 Rockwell hardness and ferro-blacked for rust protection.

    You’ll be passing this set down to your grandkid someday.

    Includes four sizes: 3, 4, 5 and 6 mm.




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

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