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October 1, 2008

'Si tacuisses, philosophus manisses' (If you had kept silent, you would have remained a philosopher) — Boethius


Best quote of the month — maybe even the year.

I suspect it's the basis for more commonly encountered contemporary iterations, for example: "Before you said anything, I thought you were stupid. Once you opened your mouth, I knew."

I've heard all of them, trust me.

The illustration up top is an Initial depicting Boethius teaching his students and is from folio 4r of a 1385 manuscript of the "Consolation of Philosophy."

From 19 cents.

October 1, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Seesaw Bench — by Martin Nicolausson and Tom Eriksson


"An attempt at getting strangers to converse in public spaces. This bench requires cooperation to be functional."

[via Milena]

October 1, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Live online interview from atop my treadmill today at 4 p.m. ET

As a result of Mandy Katz's September 16, 2008 New York Times article about the rise of the treadmill workspace, word has gotten up and out about me and my heretofore under the radar activities.

Thus, when Amanda Smyth emailed me last week to see if I could do a live half-hour interview on her weekly LifeTips radio show, it took me all of three seconds to look over my advance bookings for the rest of my life and realize I didn't have any.

But I digress.

Today Ms. Smyth and her boss, Byron White, are gonna put me on the hot seat and grill me good (nice, eh?) about the why and how of the treadmill workspace.

Along with myriad other digressions, asides, etc. — you know the drill.

You can listen to it here.

Can't do 4 o'clock?

Again, no problem: the show is archived here for posterity or forever, whichever comes first.

Wait a minute....

Boy, you must really be bored... wait a minute, joe, you're not supposed to say stuff like that — it undermines you.

Never mind.

I'd film the interview and post my end on YouTube but I haven't a clue how to set up my little RCA $100 videocamera such that it gets me instead of my cat in the frame.

Come to think of it, it'd prolly be more entertaining to watch the cat.

Over 56,000 people would concur.

Isn't that right, Humphrey?


This just in (3:47 p.m. today) from Ms. Smyth, in response to a reader's question about whether listeners can participate live: "They can jump into the WebmasterRadio.fm chat room or call directly into our studio toll-free: 1-866-916-3423."

October 1, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Raiders owner Al Davis proves there is life after death

Turn off the sound, then watch yesterday's press conference (above) in which the eerily waxen Davis hates on his (now ex-) coach Lane Kiffin, explaining all the reasons why Kiffin betrayed him, blah blah blah, necessitating his being fired after an 0-4 start.

"They always said that the living would envy the dead" — that's inoperative in this case.

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

'i think u need a better use for your time, Joe' — mira


My new favorite commenter (see the sidebar for more of her work) opined for the very first time ever about an hour ago.

I couldn't agree with you more, mira!

And in fact I immediately went to email you to tell you that.

But before I could get it off in came two more comments.

The first (below)


pointed out, quite emphatically, that the "Training Rock — 'Dog Magnet'" post that began the day's festivities wasn't at all deserving of pride of place.

mira wrote, "i don't see why this needed to be posted...."

Again, I concur — and I continued composing my email to her emphasizing that fact.

But then came this one,


in which she wrote, "Once again, why on earth did feel the need to post this...?

mira, I don't know!

Really, I don't have a clue why I do what I do — I can't help it!

And so I finally got off my reply to her.

But then came this back:


Oh, now I get it: "nunyabusiness" — ha ha ha.

Not only is she insightful as heck but she's cleverer than the average TechnoDolt™.

A winning combination in my book.

More please, mira.

Pretty please?

October 1, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

Sonic Travel Toothbrush


From the website:

    Sonic Travel Toothbrush

    The battery-operated Sonic Travel Toothbrush tucks into any toilet kit.

    At 20,000 micro-vibrations per minute it does a superior job of cleaning teeth and since it operates on one AAA battery (included), there's no need to carry a charger.

    Includes one replacement toothbrush head and a travel case.

    6½ x 1¼ x ¾".

    Weighs 2 oz.


Turqoise or Purple.


October 1, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Time of my Life

16 years in 2 minutes flat.

Hold on a minute, let me get my calculator... that's about 1.5 months/second.

[via Nick Wood and Milena]

October 1, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Training Rock — 'Dog Magnet'


The sequel to "Training Day."

It's not?

Oh, sorry — my bad.

From the website:

    Potty Training Rock

    Quickly housebreaks your pet and teaches him or her to use only a specific area.

    Just place in a chosen spot and its unique scent will draw your dog like a magnet.

    7" x 4" x 1/2".



I'd recommend using it outside rather than indoors.

Just a suggestion....


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

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