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April 8, 2008

'Durian Not Allowed Inside The Hospital'


Makes perfect sense to me.

Photograph by bookofjoe Philippines correspondent Manuel Dalope at Davao Doctors Hospital in Davao City, Philippines.

April 8, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Optimus Maximus Keyboard




$462.30 (€371.43).

April 8, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

About that cocaine in your wallet...


Don't worry about it.

FunFact, from Asami Novak's February 25, 2008 Wired magazine article "Three Smart Things You Should Know About Currency": "You may have enough cocaine in your wallet to attract a drug-sniffing dog. Studies indicate that blow can be found on between 70 and 100 percent of US bills. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean your greenbacks were used to snort the stuff. ATM mechanisms quickly spread the dust across the entire money supply."

April 8, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Paper Plate Holders


From the website:

    Paper Plate Holders

    Pile on the chow without making a mess

    Light­weight yet sturdy holders firmly support paper plates so they don’t collapse and spill.

    Ideal indoors or out; great for picnics, BBQs and camp-outs.

    Re­usable 10.75" diameter holders are dishwasher safe.

    They hold up even with wet or greasy foods.


8 (2 of each color) for $7.98 (hot dog et al not included).

April 8, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Coffee Cuff — 'Wear your java jacket'


What better day to upgrade your coffee experience than today, what with Starbucks unveiling its new Pike Place Roast?

"Tuesday at 11 a.m. CST Starbucks stores across the nation will be conducting a simultaneous tasting, giving away free 8-ounce cups of its new Pike Place Roast."

That's this very minute, joeheads, so drop it like it's hot and get thee to your local outlet for some free coffee.


That's better.

Let's continue where we left off, shall we?

From Vancouver-based Contexture Design come these handmade bracelets fashioned from reclaimed veneer,


made to fit snugly around your cup and always at hand (or to be more precise, wrist) when it's time for a hit.

Currently available: Bird's-Eye Maple (below),


Black Walnut (below)


and Benge (below).


Approximately 2.25" wide.

Apiece, $68 CAD.

[via James Thornburg and J-Walk Blog]

April 8, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Blu-Ray Mascara


Because these days you just never know — what with paparazzi armed with high-definition cameras — when it'll be time for your close-up.

Kelly Jane Torrance, in an April 4, 2008 Washington Times story, wrote, "The best product, and the one most unlike its regular counterpart, is the mascara — you apply the product with a comb instead of a brush, making it virtually impossible to end up with the fake-looking clumps that normally result."

On the other hand, Jazmin on www.blog.makeupmoxie.com in a March 24, 2008 post had the opposite opinion:

    Cargo Blu-Ray Mascara

    I’m not as impressed by the collection’s mascara.

    Cargo Blu-Ray High Definition mascara has a comb applicator with short, fine teeth that effectively coat the lashes with very little clumping.

    While this buildable mascara offers nice length and decent thickness, it has a tendency to slightly uncurl lashes. Furthermore, the mascara shows some smudging after about six hours of wear (however, it removes very easily with cleanser and water).

    Those with naturally curly lashes (that don’t uncurl easily) might want to try out this mascara. Overall, however, I’m just not “wowed” by this product and I don’t really recommend it."


Related articles here and here.

Or just spring for some and see for yourself.

$20 for the entry-level mascara, going up from there.

Note: Compatible with HD-DVD.

April 8, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Hydrogen sulfide (the smell of rotten eggs) slows metabolism — and might produce suspended animation


Just published in the April, 2008 issue of Anesthesiology is a paper describing how low doses of hydrogen sulfide — a major component of sewer or swamp gas — markedly reduced oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production and heart rate in experimental mice, with the animals returning to normal within 30 minutes of being given normal air.

Here's the abstract of the paper.

    Inhaled Hydrogen Sulfide: A Rapidly Reversible Inhibitor of Cardiac and Metabolic Function in the Mouse

    Background: Breathing hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has been reported to induce a suspended animation-like state with hypothermia and a concomitant metabolic reduction in rodents. However, the impact of H2S breathing on cardiovascular function remains incompletely understood. In this study, the authors investigated the cardiovascular and metabolic effects of inhaled H2S in a murine model.

    Methods: The impact of breathing H2S on cardiovascular function was examined using telemetry and echocardiography in awake mice. The effects of breathing H2S on carbon dioxide production and oxygen consumption were measured at room temperature and in a warmed environment.

    Results: Breathing H2S at 80 parts per million by volume at 27°C ambient temperature for 6 h markedly reduced heart rate, core body temperature, respiratory rate, and physical activity, whereas blood pressure remained unchanged. Echocardiography demonstrated that H2S exposure decreased both heart rate and cardiac output but preserved stroke volume. Breathing H2S for 6 h at 35°C ambient temperature (to prevent hypothermia) decreased heart rate, physical activity, respiratory rate, and cardiac output without altering stroke volume or body temperature. H2S breathing seems to induce bradycardia by depressing sinus node activity. Breathing H2S for 30 min decreased whole body oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production at either 27° or 35°C ambient temperature. Both parameters returned to baseline levels within 10 min after the cessation of H2S breathing.

    Conclusions: Inhalation of H2S at either 27° or 35°C reversibly depresses cardiovascular function without changing blood pressure in mice. Breathing H2S also induces a rapidly reversible reduction of metabolic rate at either body temperature.


An American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) press release on the work began, "Imagine a substance that could facilitate safe long-term space travel in 'suspended animation' without using resources such as oxygen or food in the space capsule, a substance to help with organ preservation during surgery, and one that offers an on-demand decrease in metabolism while preserving cardiovascular function, especially after major wounding on the battlefield."

Dr. Warren Zapol, chief of anesthesia and critical care at Massachusetts General Hospital, who led the study, said, "Our research showed that breathing low concentrations of H2S rapidly and reversibly depresses metabolism in mice, yet preserves cardiovascular function. These properties may be exploitable to protect organ function when supplies of oxygen are limited, such as during or after major trauma or during surgery."

He added, "Thus, the ability to induce a reversible hypometabolic state, avoiding the damaging effects of hypothermia, could be a valuable and novel field tool for treatment of severely injured patients."

You can read the article in its entirety here.

April 8, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Retractable Plant Hanger — Episode 2: Back to Black


Since Episode 1 appeared here nearly two years ago, back on April 27, 2006, I've continued to receive on average one request a month for a new source for this hard-to-find item, no longer available from the original site.

Shawn Lea, head of my crack research team, is getting tired of having to patiently respond that they're no longer for sale.

Normally, I kind of like the sound her head makes when she bangs it in frustration against the walls of her research facility, buried thirty feet underground in a secure, undisclosed location (I've got hidden microphones in the walls, see, so I can keep up with what's going on down there... but I digress).

But because I'm feeling especially generous today I decided to put her out of her misery, at least insofar as this particular item goes.

From the website:


Retractable Plant Hanger

Retractable plant hanger makes reaching and watering hanging pots faster, easier and safer.

Handy device has a built-in pulley feature that extends more than 19-1/2" so you can feed and water hanging plants without step stools, ladders or lifting heavy watering cans overhead.

8"L with hooks.

Bonus: Not only does it come in a stylish black (the 2006 iteration was white) — it's half the price of the original.



Note: If you feel even the slightest urge to get something that appears here, give in to it.

I cannot tell you how often people write months, even years after I've posted something, frustrated that the item and/or website are no longer available.

Many times things don't sell well and are subsequently taken off the market, or companies go out of business or any one of a number of things happen that render obtaining something impossible.

You won't always be as fortunate as today.

April 8, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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