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September 20, 2008

David Foster Wallace on how to live*


An adaptation of his 2005 Kenyon College commencement speech appeared in yesterday's Wall Street Journal.

It is the best thing I have read this year.

Ditto for you if you choose to spend a little time with it.

Nothing else you do today will come close in terms of value for effort.

Think about it.

Then move on.

The penultimate sentence of Wallace's penultimate paragraph: "It is about making it to 30, or maybe 50, without wanting to shoot yourself in the head."

*Wallace (top) committed suicide eight days ago, on September 12, 2008. He was 46.

September 20, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Wireless Key Finder


From the website:

    Wireless Key Finder

    No more misplaced keys — our new wireless key finder locates your lost keys with just the press of a button.

    Simply press one of the color-coded pager buttons on the compact wireless transmitter and the matching key fob will answer with a loud clear alarm from anywhere in your home.

    The sleek, compact transmitter fits easily and unobtrusively on your countertop, desk or dresser and will locate keys up to 60 feet away — through floors, walls, even sofa cushions.

    Includes two color-coded key fobs.

    Uses 2 AAA batteries (not included).



But you say you've got more than two keys that need locating.

No problema.

For you, there's a device (below)


that'll perform the very same magic with four (4) keys.

Same company sells it for almost the same price (just four cents more): $49.99.

Then why would anyone in their right mind buy the one featured up top?

September 20, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Who is this?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

September 20, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Fashionista Knife Bag


Just the thing for your favorite chef.

From the website:

    Dickies Pink Heart Argyle 12 Pocket Deluxe Knife Bag with Black & White Check Interior

    Keep your knives safe and sound with the unique styling of a Dickies 12 pocket knife roll.

    Made of durable water-resistant 600-denier fabric, Dickies knife rolls feature reinforced knife pockets with elastic bands and extra interior flap pockets for additional items like hand tools, accessories, pens, ID card, notes and recipes.

    29" x 20" (open); 20" x 7.5" (folded).


    • Reinforced webbing on knife pockets

    • Durable water-resistant fabric

    • Lifetime warranty


16 other styles to choose from if this one doesn't make your heart sing.


September 20, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wall of Wishes


A typographic art work "... for britain's first academy in collaboration with gordon young. school entrance wall featuring wishes made by the academy's students ...."

[via why not associates, PAN-DAN and Milena]

September 20, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sproutable Business Cards


The new new thing.

Recycling is so over, now that business cards made from seed-embedded paper are on the scene.

Shari Smith, co-owner (with her husband Rick) of Green Field Paper Company in San Diego, told Julie Bick of the New York Times that "... requests for seed-embedded business cards — which actually sprout if planted — have more than doubled over the last year."

"Of the Earth, a handmade-paper company in Seattle owned by Kevin and Lori Graham, says it gets several requests a week for its flower-seeded business cards."

September 20, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Low-tech bike lock


[via wtbw.net]

September 20, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Marbelous Table — by Tineke Beunders


"Netherlands-based designer Tineke Beunders has created a table that combines the worlds of adults and children.


Whenever you’re feeling like a child and want to do something fun or just need to relax,


simply place the marbles into the grooves on the tabletop.


The grooves run through the whole table and the marbles will roll down [and around] the legs to the feet of the table


where they will collect in a small box


so you won’t have to chase the marbles all over the room (despite what the photos show)."


Made from maple, the table measures 200cm x 90 cm x 76cm.

[via popgive and Milena]

September 20, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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