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April 14, 2008

Michael Clayton


I watched this last night on DVD.


George Clooney just keeps getting better and better and more believable with each role.

He plays a lawyer who's the "fixer" in a big-time New York law firm, the guy they call on when there's a problem and no one wants to know how it's resolved — just that it will be, without any fingerprints from the firm's involvement.

He's really, really good at what he does.

Although he's not thrilled to function essentially as what he himself terms "a janitor," whose job is to keep a mess contained and then clean it up as quickly as possible.

I was reminded of Harvey Keitel's "cleaner" character in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction," a reference to Luc Besson's "La Femme Nikita" (also a superb film) and its American remake, "Point of No Return."

But I digress.

"Michael Clayton" is two hours long, which was perfectly fine with me because the story is told so compellingly that the experience was akin to reading a really good novel as opposed to the usual in-and-out of today's cinema efforts.

Highly recommended.

April 14, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Nippur, Babylonia circa 1000 B.C. — Earliest known map drawn to scale


About 3,000 years ago a distant ancestor of Gary Burrell sat down with a stylus and a soft clay tablet and etched the piece pictured above.

You can see it in person at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, where it will be on display through June 8, 2008 as part of a show entitled "Maps: Finding Our Place in the World."

April 14, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Ice Cold Drinks in 20 Seconds

I'm tempted to try this.

But somehow I think the end result for this TechnoDolt™ might well be a visit to the ER to have them pick out bits of Diet Coke can shrapnel from my forehead.

I'll pass.

But that doesn't mean you have to.

Does it really work?

I await the collective feedback of joehead Nation.

April 14, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

April 14, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

The origin of the 80-20 rule


Properly called the "Pareto principle," it was formulated by 19th-century Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who noted that 20% of the population owned 80% of the property in Italy.

It was later generalized by Joseph M. Juran, a 20th-century management guru who noticed that a small number of problems produce most quality complaints.

He proceeded to formulate his "80-20" rule, which stated that 80% of a firm's problems stem from 20% of causes.

Now, don't you feel smart?

I was kind of hoping at least one of us would.

April 14, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Fan Clock


Designed by Stanislav Katz.


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April 14, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MistakeProofing.com — A TechnoDolt's dream come true


Is it possible?

Someone has finally woken up to the fact that if it can happen, it will happen?

And created a website dedicated to making it impossible for idiots like me to screw something up?

It would appear so.

John Grout's the man.

Visit his mistake-proofing Wiki to see the latest.

April 14, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

World's Largest Uvula


You can see it in person at Corpus, a combination amusement park and museum that opened last month outside Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

Here's Kathleen Hom's April 8, 2008 Washington Post Health section story about the attraction.

    The Better to Eat You With, My Dear

    This giant mouth with its airbag- size uvula (the soft tissue that hangs in the back of your throat) is a new attraction at Corpus, a combination amusement park and museum that opened last month outside Amsterdam.

    Corpus takes visitors inside a large-scale human body with interactive, multi-sensory exhibits that reveal how it operates. Visitors enter the museum through the knee, then travel through eight exhibit spaces, heading up toward the brain. On the way, they can watch a 3-D film on fertilization, bounce on a rubber tongue while they follow a sandwich being digested and throw beanbags against a video screen to destroy bacteria.

    Museum creator Henri Remmers started developing Corpus seven years ago, establishing a medical advisory board to make sure the interactive features hewed to facts. His goal, he said last week, is not only to educate visitors about the body but also to encourage them to be healthier. "If you are walking through the body and you see how this unique mechanism... functions," he said, "you get more and more respect about your body... [and] you think a little more about the good foods and the exercise" you put into it.


Here's a link to a more detailed USA Today story about the museum/park.

April 14, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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