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August 12, 2008

Does Marcus Reimold — grand panjandrum of Social Oyster — know about this?


Res ipsa loquitur.

[via Richard G. Doty and the Washington Post]

August 12, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Raise-Its — Create Space


Good idea.

From the website:

    Raise-Its — Create Space

    Raise Its are 4” x 4” blocks manufactured from durable plastic that stack and interlock in 1” increments to safely adjust furniture to a more ideal height.

    Create under-bed storage space; raise a workbench or table to a more comfortable level; elevate desks to provide more leg room; instantly add height to sofas and beds to give ready-made slipcovers and bed skirts a custom fit.

    Non-slip inserts protect flooring and prevent sliding on hard surfaces.

    Stacking more than three Raise Its under each leg is not recommended.

    Supports up to 600 lbs. per leg.


Box of 8.


August 12, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Is it safe to eat moldy food if you cut off the moldy part?


Short answer shorter: No.

C. Claiborne Ray's July 22, 2008 New York Times Science section "Q.&A." has the longer version, and follows.

    Mystery Molds

    Q. I’ve been told not to eat food that has a little mold on it because the mold has permeated throughout. Is this true?

    A. Yes, mold that is visible on the surface of food is only the tip of the iceberg, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

    Molds are fungi that have three parts: the root threads, which invade deeply into the food; a stalk, which rises above the food; and spores that form at the end of the stalk.

    By the time the stalks are visible, the root threads, called hyphae, are embedded, so it is best to avoid food with any sign of mold.

    Some molds can cause strong allergic reactions, including respiratory problems, in susceptible people. And in some varieties, the threads produce toxic substances called mycotoxins, which can make people very sick.

    Molds may appear as “gray fur on forgotten bologna, fuzzy green dots on bread, white dust on Cheddar, coin-size velvety circles on fruits and furry growth on the surface of jellies,” as a fact sheet from the U.S.D.A. says. But molds have their good side; beneficial molds make blue cheese blue, and a common bread mold famously gave rise to the lifesaving drug penicillin. Also, molds play a big role in the decomposition of organic waste.

August 12, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Atomic Talking Watch


That's different.

Instead of talking to the hand, you listen.

From the website:

    Atomic Talking Watch

    An atomic watch that allows you to see – and hear — the correct time

    There are watches, talking watches and atomic watches — and then there is the Atomic Talking Watch.

    Not only is this atomic watch stylish — but it also talks.

    Features all the benefits of atomic time while speaking the day, month and year.

    Its features include: big numbers on an easy-to-read dial, a good-looking leather band and a cheerful wake-up chime alarm.


    • At the push of a button the watch will clearly announce the time, date, day of the week, month and year

    • The watch has an easy-to-customize alarm that will beep for 30 seconds before stopping or it will stop by pressing any button

    • Hourly chime feature which can be turned on or off

    • Automatic adjustment for standard and daylight savings time

    • It can be adjusted for Pacific, Mountain, Central and Eastern Time zones

    • In the UK, Germany and Japan the watch will pick up those countries' atomic time signals

    • The watch will communicate with these signals if placed face down in a window overnight — the adjustment occurs at 3 a.m. every morning

    • Analog display features an hour, minute and sweep second hand



I am reminded of one of my favorite sayings, to wit: "A man with one watch always knows what time it is; a man with two is never sure."

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

Memo to Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks: Rearranging the deck chairs will not prevent your ship from sinking


Much has been made of Starbucks' recent troubles and Schultz's efforts to stanch the bleeding so I will not belabor them.

Rather, I will speak as a human canary in the coal mine of sorts for the millions of people around the world who, like me, frequent Starbucks on a more or less regular basis.

Why should those of us who choose to remain inside the store, enjoying the comfortable chairs and air conditioning and Internet and all, have to listen to the incessant annoying beeping of those little timers behind the counter used by the baristas to signal readiness of various drinks and whatnot?

Sure, the whole point of an alarm is to be irritating enough to make you take an action to shut it off.

But why should a company as savvy as Starbucks torture its customers with what is intended for an audience consisting exclusively of its employees?

Remember back in the old days when hospitals were insane asylums of cacophony, hallways echoing with loud overhead voice pages, stuff like "Code Blue, Second Floor, Room 234," and "Dr. Fine, calling Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine," et al?


That's why hospitals stopped that craziness and went to direct paging of the individuals involved who, after all, were the sole intended recipients — not patients and visitors and everyone else.

So why hasn't Starbucks provided each of its baristas with an earpiece that registers the alarms and leaves the rest of us to enjoy our high-priced libations?


Yo, Howard, no need to compensate me for this advice — it's worth precisely what you paid for it.

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

Flower Magazine Rack


A 2007 creation of industrial designer Fumie Shibata.

Yellow, White or Brown ABS plastic.

17cmH x 22cmW (6.7"H x 8.7"W).


$85 at Felissimo's JapanC show, opening this Saturday, August 16 in Manhattan.

[via Tim McKeough and the New York Times]

August 12, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

'Some... are populated by... nonconsumers: people who need just a little cash to get by and once that need is met, prefer to spend time with their family, go fishing or sleep'


Finally, after decades of sleuthing, Deputy Dawg's native land is identified: It's Kiribati.

Nice job by my crack research team.

August 12, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Sphere Table


Custom-made from high-grade aluminum, stove-enameled and chrome-plated to suit your color scheme.

Composed of 394 precision-engineered spheres, each 70mm in diameter (optional tinted glass top).

Designed by Lee J. Rowland, majordomo of Rowland Art Engineering.

Specifications: 55"L x 36"W x 16"H; 528 pounds (240 kilograms).

Installation class: Semi-permanent [how very British].

Turnaround: 10-12 weeks.

£23,000 ($45,000).

August 12, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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