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August 26, 2008

CERN Black Hole

What if?

[via Marcus Reimold]

August 26, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Memo to TV networks: Be afraid. Be very afraid.


Just goes to show kids are smarter than the rest of us.

Wait a minute... I "rarely or never read blogs" — what does that mean?

Oh, never mind.

August 26, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Chocolate — Nothing But Chocolate — Tootsie Roll Pops (Finally)


Constant readers will recall that I have stated on more than one occasion my love of chocolate Tootsie Roll Pops above all others.

Long story short: Years ago my local CVS stopped offering loose Pops in an open bin, putting paid to my habit of stopping by every couple weeks in the course of a run to poke through them and extract the six or seven chocolate iterations strewn amongst the myriad other flavors.

Last evening Mary Ann, who's just been added to my crack research team (though this may be the first she's heard of it, but never mind that) put up a comment with a link to a company that sells Pops by individual flavors — among them Chocolate (as well as Grape, Red Raspberry, Blue Raspberry, Orange and Cherry) — in bulk.

"Just the chocolate! Tootsie stopped packaging them that way, so we are pulling them out of the mix! We hand pick the Chocolate Tootsie Pops out just for you."

5 pounds for $48.


Heaven is a place on Earth.

An aside: I wonder what the geographic distribution of those who, like me, call them "Tootsie Roll Pops" is as opposed to the twice as prevalent "Tootsie Pops?"

Note added August 30, 2008 at 1:11 p.m.: Price/quantity break.

13 oz. (22 chocolate Tootsie Roll Pops) for $4.99 here.

Hold on, let me get my calculator... that's $6.14/lb. as opposed to $9.60/lb. above.

August 26, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Read George Orwell's blog*


*70 years ago today.


[via Noam Cohen and the New York Times]

August 26, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Batman Light-Up T-Shirt


Out of the Batcave skunkworks comes this singular garment.

From the website:

    Batman Light-Up T-Shirt

    This year, the caped crusader returns in the new movie "The Dark Knight" and our new Batman light-up t-shirts will help illuminate the darkness.

    The traditional Batman logo, a classic piece of iconography ever since the first film in the series, is making a comeback in electro-luminescent form for a whole new experience.

    These high quality shirts are made from 100% cotton and contain a small battery pack that powers the flexible panel on the front of the shirt to produce amazing effects, ranging from a gentle glow to a pulsing strobe.

    Great for night time parties, clubbing or just to attract some attention — extra-bright light-up shirt looks great both day and night.

    Washing instructions: Unplug the battery pack; hand wash only.

    Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included).



[via Digimills]

August 26, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Peak.com — Facebook for endurance athletes

"The new online community for endurance and adventure racers lets you create profiles, share race results, and network with other athletes, from ultrarunning legends like Marshall Ulrich to the weekend warrior next door. Have your profile ranked, with a score based on your finishing times in some of the toughest races in the world." — Alicia Carr, writing in the latest issue (September, 2008) of Outside magazine.

Memo to the grand panjandrums and majordomos of Peak.com: Lose the blasting audio that comes on when your website comes up — it's always a bad idea to make sound the default.

If we want it we'll turn it on, thank you very much.

August 26, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Ice Orb — 'World's first vertical ice tray'


Clearly whoever wrote their copy is not a climber.

But I digress.

From the website:

    Ice Orb

    The first vertical ice tray that makes, chills, serves and stores.

    Some stuff you should know:

    • Makes 21 cubes of ice on a vertical wall and stores up to 51 cubes — airtight and odor fresh

    • Use as a cooler to keep cold foods fresh while serving

    • Use lid under orb when open to catch condensation

    • Chills wine and other bottled beverages

    • Spill-proof design

    • Dishwasher safe

    • 6"Ø x 5"H




[via Milena]

August 26, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Papa John's Crop Circle


Visible from planes arriving at and departing from Denver International Airport, the 6-acre display, a mile from the airport and about 30 miles from downtown Denver, was created in a Commerce City, Colorado wheat field by earthworks artist Stan Heck, whose team required some 600 hours over three weeks to make it.

It's topped with pepperoni (red mulch), green peppers (corn stalks), black olives (black mulch) and cheese (harvested wheat), cost $50,000, and should remain visible until the first snowfall.

Tip optional.

[via USA Today]

August 26, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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