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June 10, 2008

Riot Grrrl v Grrl — how many r's?


Put three r's into the Google search box and get back 735,000 results; use two and get 726,000 — pretty much a wash.

The Wikipedia entry begins "Riot grrrl (or riot grrl)...."

Further on in the Wikipedia entry, we find, "Uses and meanings of the term 'Riot Grrrl' developed slowly over time, but its etymological origins can be traced to the actual Mount Pleasant race riots in spring 1991.... Soon afterwards, [Allison] Wolfe [below] and Molly Neuman collaborated with Kathleen Hanna and Tobi Vail to create a new zine and called it Riot Grrrl, combining the 'riot' with an oft-used phrase that first appeared in Vail's fanzine Jigsaw: 'angry grrls.'"


Aficionados of punk will recall with great fondness and nostalgia Wolfe's first-gen Riot Grrrl band, Bratmobile.

June 10, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Jalapeño Roaster


From the website:

Jalapeño Roaster

For a crowd-pleasing appetizer, stuff jalapeño peppers with cheese and other savory ingredients, then fire roast them over an outdoor grill.

It’s easy with our clever stainless-steel roaster.


Holding up to 18 stuffed or whole peppers upright, it imparts delicious smoky flavor while keeping the chilies a safe distance from the flame and preventing them from falling through the grate.

After grilling, removing the peppers is simple.

9.5" x 4.75" x 2.5" high.

Dishwasher safe.



June 10, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

'If I have a phone that has full GPS, why would I go out and buy a (stand-alone navigation system) from Garmin?'

File this post under "Even a blind, anosmic pig finds an acorn every now and then."

Back on April 24 I wondered precisely the same thing as tech analyst Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies whose question in the headline above appears in Michelle Kessler's article in today's USA Today about iPhone Version 2.0, announced with much fanfare yesterday by the man.

Here's the relevant part of my earlier post: "While you're dumping your LoJack might as well toss Garmin, TomTom and their ilk in as well — who's gonna pay $300 and up for something (a portable GPS receiver) you can get free via your cellphone and Google Maps?"

Same as it ever was.

June 10, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Switchflops — 'Switch your look, not your sole'



Invented by Florida teenager Lindsay Phillips as a project for a high school class, they were launched last year.

Long story short, from yesterday's USA Today: "Switchflops are flip-flop sandals with Velcro-covered thongs that can be switched with different colored and patterned straps."

Three styles ($32-$47), 50 different straps ($10 each).

June 10, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: 2001 in 2008


Look at the photo above.

What do you see?

No, it's not an outtake from Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Rather, it's the latest in medical imaging: 4-D time-lapse ultrasound images of your unborn baby, complete with facial expressions up close and personal, all from the comfort of a cushy sofa or chair where you can watch to your heart's content along with family and friends.

Here's an October 23, 2007 press release from the manufacturer, Royal Philips Electronics.

    Celebrating Pregnancy

    "Celebrating Pregnancy" is a pregnancy scenario for the future. From conception to childbirth and beyond, bringing a child into the world is both a joy and a challenge. While medical advances have made the experience safer than ever, hospital environments have hardly changed. Mothers (and fathers) are often treated like patients with an illness, rather than parents-to-be. Wouldn't it be wonderful if prenatal care and, in particular, fetal ultrasounds were as comfortable as they are exciting? And what if the entire experience was one that could be shared with the entire family, including the experience of that first view of the baby? If a picture is worth a thousand words, a 4D virtual image with audio is priceless.




Kathleen Hom featured this technology in today's Washington Post Health section, as follows.

    The Ultimate in Ultrasound

    A 4-D time-lapse ultrasound image like this may elicit warm emotions as parents distinguish their unborn baby's facial features and fingers for the first time, but the same cannot usually be said about the clinical environment in which such images are created.

    Under the slogan "Celebrating Pregnancy," Royal Philips Electronics is intending to transform these "uncomfortable and impersonal" experiences into "a much more playful, enjoyable format for the parents," says Frank Rettenbacher, a product designer for Philips.

    Last year, Philips researchers began modeling ultrasound visits after a spa-like experience, complete with ambient lighting and new technologies intended to reduce stress. Images are streamed onto a big, bubble-like screen. With large, clearer images, Rettenbacher says, doctors may be able to "diagnose abnormalities a lot earlier than [they can] today."



Don't take my word for it: watch a 4-D ultrasound baby scan here.

June 10, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

World's most expensive cupcake


Judith Leiber Austrian crystal


cupcake minaudierè.



June 10, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

We get email: From John Laurence of Safety Smart Gear, regarding his company's Spokelit


You may or may not recall my May 29, 2008 post about this cool product, designed to make bike riders more visible at night and keep them safer.

Well, guess what?

Not 42 minutes ago (actually, 41 — at 9:20 a.m.) in came the following email from John Laurence of Safety Smart Gear, the company selling the Spokelit:

    Hello Joe,

    It is clear that you have taken our content, which is fine, but you could have at least referred our site as the source. I personally wrote the description and modified the bicycle graphic [top] that you have on your blog.


    John Laurence

    Safety Smart Gear
    240 Sturbridge Road
    Charlton, MA 01507
    email: john@safetysmartgear.com


Maybe I haven't woken up yet or I fell into a Bizarro World wormhole but having just gone back and reread the offensive post, I see that:

1. The very first sentence reads, "From the website:" — why, then, does John write, "... you could at least have referred [sic] our site as the source."

2. If John meant I could have at least linked to his site as the source — doesn't providing a link direct from the price concluding my post do just that?

In my world it seems to, no matter how many times I click on it.

You'd have thought I was stealing his copy and trying to make money off his product instead of providing priceless exposure (try buying a spot on bookofjoe — many have but no one has yet succeeded, for any amount of money), thereby boosting sales and profit for him and his coworkers.

Perhaps I should just delete that first post — and this one, come to think of it — instead of giving Spokelit pride of place here a second time.

Maybe, though, as I alluded recently in another similar situation, John's playing a deep game and has gotten into my head so well he's exploiting my innate annoyability and predictable reactivity to get even more exposure.

If so, kudos to him.

But the next person who tries it may not fare so well.


Fair warning.


Stop press — this just in, 18 minutes after the post above appeared:

"Didn't mean to light your fuse just stating facts. I'm 'pissing you off' for saying something about what you took from my site? Get a compass. And don't bother emailing me back. I have blocked your email."

John Laurence

Safety Smart Gear
240 Sturbridge Road
Charlton, MA 01507
email: john@safetysmartgear.com
website: www.safetysmartgear.com

"I have blocked your email."

Heh, heh.

That'll work.


Stop press — this just in, earlier this afternoon:


    I am sorry for any misunderstanding. It was not my intent to upset anyone.


    John Laurence

    Safety Smart Gear
    240 Sturbridge Road
    Charlton, MA 01507
    email: john@safetysmartgear.com



All's well that ends well.

June 10, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (12) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

June 10, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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