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July 11, 2008

'On musing's end' — by Leiah Abroguena


Ms. Abroguena, of Streamwood, Illinois, had this to say in a June 13, 2008 post on her blog:

    On musing's end...

    "...I like to imagine it because it will be beautiful."

    Have you ever wondered whether or not this was all just a game we played? You, me, all of us; just pawns. Everything said, everything done, and even lack of speech or action at all... just part of the strategy. I often think to myself that there are so many people out there that take life that way, not as an experience, but a chance to come out as the victor. All decisions made so calculated and pre-planned; how can one call that living? Sacrifice of a friend for a heart, or vice versa. At times, not even just one. Countless innocent people given up all in the quest for "being better" than the next person. Always trying to keep one step ahead of everyone else, who in turn is already trying to keep one step ahead of you. All for what, pride? Status? In this "game," there is no time to stop and smell the roses, unless the roses gain you brownie points...

    Life does not have a high score. Life is in story mode, not versus. You can't put in more coins if you lose a life; you have just one shot at it, so make it worthwhile.


Not all who wonder are lost.

July 11, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

SimpleDoubleDeux Bed


Designed by Daniel Jauslin, a principal in Drexler Guinand Jauslin Architects in Zurich.


"...Two interlocking molded plywood platforms that slide together to form a single bed and apart to create a double bed," wrote Elaine Louie in yesterday's New York Times story.

Winner of the top furniture award in I.D. magazine's annual design review.


Louie continued, Jauslin "... needed a bed small enough to fit in his 9-by-12-foot guest room but big enough for two guests. 'We wanted flexibility. We thought it would be good to have two beds to take the space of one.'"


$3,485 for the bed; the pair of pictured latex foam mattresses are $1,878.

Not sure if it's for you?


Go have a look: it's on display thought September 28 of this year at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center in New York City.

July 11, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

TinEye — 'Give it an image and it will tell you where the image appears on the web'


Apply within.

[via Joel Ordesky]

July 11, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Microwave Bacon — Episode 2: Bacon Genie


When last we visited this topic it was early 2006 — January 13, to be precise.

That's a lot of grease under the sink.

Now comes a contender for the title of Microwave Bacon ÜberCooker™®©.

From the website:

    Bacon Genie™

    Bacon Genie makes up to 12 strips of delicious, crispy bacon in the microwave in seconds!

    No more messy splatters from stovetop frying, or piles of paper towels to sop up the grease.

    Each piece hangs vertically while cooking to allow grease to drip into reservoir for easy dishwasher-safe cleaning.

    10" x 5-3/4 x 3".

    Tongs included.


I'm excited.


July 11, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Sleepless in London: Insomnia at The Financial Times


No, it's not the bottom line that's keeping its columnists up at night — at least, I don't think that's the case.

But I must admit I was somewhat gobsmacked last weekend reading Susie Boyt's column, headlined "Perchance to sleep," in which she bemoaned her insomnia.

Its first paragraph: "Oh, the curse of insomnia! Once you lose the knack of dropping off to sleep it’s almost impossible to believe you’ll ever discover it again. At the moment the days of automatically shutting up shop for the night seem so distant and remarkable they take on an almost golden hue. Did that actually ever happen or is it merely nostalgia up to its old tricks again?"

This came only a few days after the FT's James Altucher's July 1, 2008 column which opened, "Insomnia has been the bane of my existence since 1995."

And just two weeks earlier there was "sleep-deprived" columnist Lucy Kellaway's June 20, 2008 lament in the BBC News Magazine headlined "No rest for the busy," in which she described her fruitless search for a remedy for her misery.

And those are just the ones who've gone public — who knows how many others are similarly afflicted?

I'm reminded of a former Coca-Cola CEO who, upon being told in an anonymous survey that all of his executives were feeling extremely stressed, remarked to his wife, "That's funny — I don't feel any stress at all."

She responded, "That's because you're the cause."

I'll bet Mrs. Scardino sleeps like a baby.

Great movie.

July 11, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Profumo by Acqua di Parma — Somewhere, Christine Keeler is getting ready for a big night out


Just released, the company's first women's fragrance.

"This soft, aromatic fragrance is comprised of heady citrus top notes consisting of three types of bergamot. The heart of the fragrance is centered around a burst of spice soothed by base notes of precious woods and amber resins."

Edwina Ings-Chambers in last weekend's Financial Times wrote that it "... comes in a small, grooved glass bottle resembling something from Rebecca's dressing table in Hitchcock's classic movie.

3.3 oz. Eau de Parfum Spray.


The back story is here.

July 11, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Don't believe everything you see on the internets


Some tubes are not what they seem.

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

Email Voice Sender


Say wha'?

From websites:

    Email Voice Sender

    Email voice sender instantly sends recorded voice messages to recipients via email, eliminating the need for typing, with the click of a button.

    Just hit "Send" after you record and your message will be transported via email to the intended party without any software requirement on their part.

    Includes easy-to-install software and a compact mouse-sized recorder that can also be used to record personal memos.

    Requires Windows 2000, ME, XP, Vista or later operating system.






July 11, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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