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July 2, 2008

coworking.pbwiki.com — Co-working headquarters U.S.A.


Wait a minute, joe — you're going too fast.

I get that all the time — not.


Co-working is the practice of sharing dedicated working space with others who, for one reason or another, don't want to work at home and don't have an office to plunk themselves down in.

Sort of the 21st-century equivalent of ronin — in feudal Japan, samurai who'd lost their master and forever after wandered the countryside, leaderless.

Lisa Belkin wrote about the new new thing in office space in a June 26, 2008 New York Times story, noting that "The defacto Internet co-working headquarters, coworking.pbwiki.com, shows at least one site in more than 30 states."

I counted 31 countries with sites.

Who knows, there might even be one near you.

Great movie.

July 2, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Heart like a ... cucumber?


From the website:

Heart-Shaped Cucumber Mold Set

First it was square melons but then some creative folks in Yamagata Prefecture made our cucumbers into hearts and changed our salads forever!


If you grow cucumbers at home — or want to give the perfect gift to a gardener friend — these Heart-Shaped Cucumber Molds will let you grow your young cucumbers into perfect heart shapes.

Have unique salads for dinner parties and special occasions or use your imagination to create something else entirely!


Includes three molds along with instructions (in Japanese).

Please tell me this


is not a cucumber pizza.



[via J-Walk Blog]

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

It's in the manual. Wait a minute — where's the manual?


Of course, that's never a problem for you — you always put your manuals into a drawer or folder so they're always instantly available.

A few people aren't that clever and either throw them away, misplace them or lose them.

There's a difference between misplacing and losing something, by the way: when something is lost it might be found but the implication is that it's gone forever; misplaced means far more likely to turn up unexpectedly.

But I digress.

ManageMyHome.com has a feature called "Find Product Manuals."

Follow the instructions and get access to those that have gone missing.

[via Suzanne Barlyn's June 26, 2008 Wall Street Journal "Quick Fix" feature]

July 2, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

LED Flashlight with Integrated In-Lens Magnetic Pick-Up Tool


I mean, I love mashups but this is ridiculous.

I'm still trying to get my head around it.

From the website:

    LED Flashlight with Integrated In-Lens Magnetic Pick-Up Tool

    This is a cool magnetic pick-up tool that also functions as a flashlight for use under the hood.

    It's wonderfully machined from aluminum with a knurled body for grip and a hex head so it doesn't roll.

    The six LED lamps last 100,000 hours and last up to 16 hours on fully charged batteries.

    But the coolest feature is the high-powered magnet that extends out of the lamp housing.

    The 20-inch flexible telescoping rod has a high-powered magnet that will retrieve up to a 3 pound object.

    A handy retrieving tool that frees up your other hand because, let's face it, you always need light to find that part deep down in the engine compartment.

    Four lithium batteries are included so you can leave it in your glove or tool box and not worry about the batteries going dead until you use it.

    Flashlight is 6-3/4" in overall length.




July 2, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

bookofjoe is a Bayesian website


Noodling around the internets last night I happened on the following in some obscure tube from five years ago:


"The fundamentally random, statistical/Bayesian structure of quantum reality, which, after all, undergirds our daily existence and all of our world, is a testament to the ultimately unknowable."


Even a blind, anosmic pig finds an acorn every now and then.

July 2, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

iPod Gramophone


Created by Tristan Zimmerman, chief designer and sole employee of Science + Sons.

Wrote Zimmerman:

Tristan Zimmermann (established 1979) studied industrial design at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Upon graduation in 2004 Tristan assumed the position of senior product designer at an international biomedical device company. Unfortunately, early in 2005 Tristan was diagnosed with a severe case of “cubicle fever” (see cubicalia feverum), a gripping disease suffered when genius is consigned to work in the field of monotony.

In the pursuit of recovery Tristan formed Science and Sons as a side venture to sate his own creative musings. Science and Sons has since remained the masthead under which the eccentric miscellany of his creative acumen is codified into a palatable format.

The work of Science and Sons aims to elegantly distort and defy the status quo while indulging the overlooked, broken and forgotten.

Think different.

From websites:

iPod Gramophone


Handcrafted entirely of slip-cast ceramic to replicate the curvature and passive amplification of a French horn, this iPod gramophone augments sound from an iPod without requiring auxiliary power or speaker components.

The gramophone projects music using authentic horn acoustics — simply place Apple earbuds on the gramophone's integrated cradles and music channels through the coiled tube and resonates out of the flared bell, resulting in warm, amplified sound up to 55 decibels (near the sound level of laptop computer speakers).


The gramophone is compatible with all iPod models and similar in size to a desk lamp, allowing for use on a nightstand, credenza or desktop.

The unit is best suited for amplifying blues, folk, classical, jazz and other music genres that do not produce heavy base frequencies.

White ceramic with a clear glaze finish.


Includes adapters for earbuds.

20"H x 12"W x 13"D.

10 lbs.


Kind of a post-Steampunk-retro-throwback mashup, what?


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

Notes on the U.S. Olympic Trials


1) The new Speedo LZR swimsuits (above and below) may be superfast but they're also super ugly — dull grey and black with crazy duct tape-like stripes running helter skelter in every direction. Let's hope the Olympics iteration is tarted up and far more eye candy-ish.

2) Why is it that seemingly every swimming race is a potential world record breaker? Are the new suits that fast? Are the records that soft? I just don't get it.

3) In the past we've heard about how "fast" a pool was when world records fell by the handful. Then how is it that the pool in Omaha, erected in two weeks inside the Qwest arena and scheduled to be dismantled after the trials and moved across the country to a permanent location, is the scene of WR after WR? How can a great pool be thrown up and taken down that easily? Is the party line about fast pools just another urban legend?

4) Why is it that there is so little Olympic Trials programming on TV? An hour of swimming and an hour of track and field max daily just doesn't cut it for me. What with hundreds of channels on both satellite and cable, you'd think one or two could be devoted to just the trials so that sports junkies like me could watch to our hearts' content.

Yeah, the announcers are always telling us to log on to NBCOlympics.com for more coverage but it isn't nearly the same on a computer screen as on a giant flatscreen HDTV.

Maybe in 2012 they'll figure it out, and stream everything to any screen we like, whether it be our iPhone Gen X or our home holographic 3DTV.

5) The track and field announcing and camera work is sensational, tons of up close slo-mo and knowledgeable commentators and analysts. Swimming is horrible, with boring commentary and terrible video, mostly a big camera looking down from the middle of the pool and following all the swimmers back and forth.

What happened to those cameras that move along with the swimmers along the pool, bringing them right into our faces larger than life?


Maybe by Beijing NBC'll figure it out.

July 2, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Stealth Garment Rack


From the website:

    Hang 'N Hide Wall-Mounted Garment Rack

    Hang freshly ironed clothes or create an instant guest closet with a wall-mounted clothes rack

    The Hang 'N Hide wall-mounted clothes rack quickly and easily creates extra space for your clothes.

    Hang it on the wall or the back of a door to provide guests with a convenient place to hang their clothes or place shirts and slacks after they've been pressed.

    Holds up to 17 hangers and folds flat when not in use.

    Made of durable chrome and heavy duty plastic, the rack installs easily with the included hardware.

    A full 25"-wide, it extends 11-1/8" away from the wall when open and magically folds to just 2"-deep when shut.




July 2, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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