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October 10, 2008


Part of the great Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy, this 1994 film is by far my favorite of the three.

I loved it when I first saw in it a theater in 1994 and watching it on DVD last night it was still breathtakingly wonderful.

It's a beautiful, quiet film of immense subtlety and intricacy that doesn't require anything of you but that you look at the screen.

There are many interlocking characters and back stories from the other two parts of the trilogy but you need know nothing of them to enjoy this 99-minute-long work of great art.

October 10, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

FlashPoint ES Pocket Mini-Microwave


"It may look like a torch, but the FlashPoint ES is actually a pocket-size mini-microwave 'Exo-Stove.' Point, twist to 'focus,' click 'GO' and within seconds your tea/soup/corn on the cob is zapped and piping hot. Invaluable to explorers, mountaineers and round-the-world yachtists, and a boon in the office when your coffee goes tepid. Complete with rechargeable battery, combination safety lock and lanyard attachment."

[via James Ferguson's "Pat Pending" feature in today's Financial Times "How To Spend It" magazine]

October 10, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

10 Design Tips to Make Your Blog Look Fabulous


1. Make your purpose clear

2. Keep it simple

3. Discover whitespace

4. Use complementary colors

5. Place key information "above the fold"

6. Create a custom banner

7. Check your copy size

8. Add visual interest with photos

9. Do a usability check

10. Check your blog in several different browsers


October 10, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Vibrating Pet Massage Glove


From the website:

    Vibrating Pet Massage Glove — Massages Your Pet With Every Stroke

    Your favorite furry friend will love the gentle vibrating motion of this battery-powered "extra-pampering" mitt.

    Ultra-soft fleece glove is portable, safe and easy to use on cats or dogs.

    Has on/off button and adjustable wrist strap.

    Uses 3 AAA batteries (not included).

    Wipes clean with damp cloth.





October 10, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Outside.in — 'Tracking news, views and conversations in 11,860 towns and neighborhoods'


Even my Podunk town (above) — I'm impressed.

[via Virginia Heffernan and the New York Times]

October 10, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

October 10, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Texas bans fish pedicures


That's right.

The hottest thing to hit feet since athlete's foot has just been declared verboten by the Texas Department of Regulation and Licensing.

Long story short: The agency was concerned about salons using the same fish to nibble at the feet of multiple customers, leaving them (the customers — I don't think they're very worried about the health of the little fish, though I could be mistaken on that) vulnerable to person-to-person skin bit transmission via the mouths of the tiny swimmers.


Here's yesterday's Associated Press story with the details.

    Texas Ends Fish Pedicures

    One of the latest trends in foot massage has gone belly-up in Texas.

    The state banned fish pedicures due to health and safety concerns Wednesday, meaning salon customers can no longer enjoy the pleasure of hundreds of small fish nibbling away the dead skin from their feet.

    Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Spokeswoman Susan Stanford said the agency was concerned about salons using the same fish to clean the skin of multiple customers, leaving them open to possible infections. She also said the foot baths and holding tanks, because they're home to live fish, cannot always be properly cleaned and disinfected.

    Stanford said that she knew of no cases of anyone getting sick from a fish pedicure.

    "It is in the realm of possibilities," Stanford said in Wednesday's online edition of The Dallas Morning News. "We are erring on the side of safety."

    The fad caught on after a Virginia salon began offering it.

    The co-owner of Zen Luxury Nail & Beauty Bar, located in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, said she was disappointed to learn she could no longer offer the service.

    Now she's not sure what to do with the 500 guppy-like fish she bought for $2,500.

    "I guess we will either keep them as pets, or send them back," she said.


[via Milena, whose innocent question about where to get a fish pedicure in her 'hood led to an in-depth investigation by my crack research team once they got word about the new law]

October 10, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

World's cheapest talking watch


From the website:

    Talking Digital Watch

    Pleasant and easy-to-hear male voice in a neat looking black plastic case with differently-shaped buttons for each function, making it easy to set.

    You can set an alarm (beep, rooster or cuckoo) and have the time announced every hour.

    All these useful features are available at a very affordable price.

    The face measures about 1.5" in diameter and has all the setting functions on its front.

    A matching black plastic band with a buckle can adjust to fit a very small to a large-sized wrist.


I can't help but think of the best definition ever of a consultant, to wit: It's someone who looks at your watch and tells you the time.

But I digressed.


October 10, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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