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October 28, 2008

Introducing the Air Poo™ — 'Poonovation'






Real soon




in fact.

[via Milena]

October 28, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Origami Post-It Notes


From websites:

    Origami Sticky Notes

    Here's a little something for all you cubicle jockeys out there — re-cycle your old sticky notes and turn them in to fun 3D models!

    Each pad has instructions for 10 different shapes, including: boat, penguin, cup, hat, snake, piano, pigeon, swan, pelican and cat.

    Giving a whole new meaning to taking notes....


October 28, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Jamespot.com — Episode 2: Now twice as good (and — bonus! — still in 'Jéta')


About a year ago — on October 18, 2007, to be precise — I got wind (no, that's different from breaking wind... but I digress) of Jamespot, a "Multimedia RSS Customizable Search Engine."

At the time I wrote, "Sounds promising and looks even better but alas, far too taxing for my TechnoDolt™ peabrain — though not your big fat thinking cap."

Well, guess what?

They've been busy out back in the Jamespot skunk works, so much so that CEO Alain Garnier emailed me yesterday as follows:


    Remember your article on our first version of Jamespot?

    Since that time we have split the service in two:

    www.jamesoo.com is the genuine but still innovative (hope so!) site, and

    www.jamespot.com is a new social bookmarking service for easy blogging

    Well, I would be happy to have your feedback again!


    Alain Garnier
    CEO Jamespot
    The Jéta version


I had my crack research team check out both newly-hatched sites.

Up top is a screen grab from jamesoo and below


one from the new jamespot.

My team found lots of interest both places, so much so they insisted I have a look too.


Did I mention how much I love my new bar code (top)?

October 28, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

World's most technical avocado preserver


Instant finalist for my "Favorite New Kitchen Accessory of the Year" Award.

That nifty snap closure — snugging up the leftover avocado to the contact surface — is to die for.

From the website:

    Avo Saver™

    Keep expensive avocado halves fresh longer with this money-saving gadget.

    Simply place half-cut avocado face against bright green surface with pit in well — adjustable buckle secures it in place to reduce contact with air and slow discoloration.

    Dishwasher safe plastic.

    5¼"L x 3½"W.


Yes, Flautist — it can serve nicely as a codpiece when not employed in the avocado space.

$4.99 (yeah, sure, the avocado's included. In fact, they'll make up a tub of guacamole if you like. But why stop there? How about some chile rellenos — and maybe a Corona Light? No problema).

October 28, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

A Little History of the World — by E. H. Gombrich


From the book's inside flap: "In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the twenty-six-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and Eine kurze Welgeschichte für junge Leser was published in Vienna to immediate success.... Toward the end of his long life, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, at last, an English translation."

That's this book.

From his granddaughter Leonie's preface: "My grandfather... is best known as an art historian.... But had it not been for a "A Little History of the World," "The Story of Art" would never have been written."

"To understand how it happened — and why this, his very first book, has never appeared in English until now despite being available in eighteen other languages — we need to start in Vienna in 1935, when my grandfather was still a young man."

There, he rapidly wrote the book in response to a challenge from a publisher who'd asked him to consider translating another history book for children which Gombrich found singularly unimpressive, noting, "I think I could write a better one myself."

The preface continues: "When the book came out in 1936... it was very well received.... In the end, the Nazis stopped publication... because they considered the outlook 'too pacifist.'"

"But the first edition of the 'Little History'... lay in a drawer in North London.... So nothing happened until, more than thirty years later... a second German edition was published."

"Apart from the 'Little History,' my grandfather wrote all his books in English: if there was ever to be an English edition, he was going to translate it himself."

"Then, for ten years, and despite repeated approaches, he refused to do so.... At the very end of his long and distinguished life, he embarked on producing a new English version of the book...."

"It is our great good fortune that Caroline [Mustill, his assistant] worked with him so closely, for he was still engaged in the task of translating and updating when he died, at the age of ninety-two [in 2001]. With his blessing, she has completed this difficult task meticulously and beautifully."

40 brief chapters in 284 pages provide a wonderful, easy-to-read tale of how things came to be.

The fastest way to having a sense of what things mean and why they happen I've ever come across.

Read Chapter 1 here.

Cheap at many time the $10.36 price.

No time to read?

No problema: for you, the audio CD.

"If you weren't a Christian, a Jew or a close relative of the emperor, life in the Roman Empire could be peaceful and pleasant."

Just that lyrical is this book.

October 28, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Monsieur DressUp


"Tailored collar, cuff, and pocket. Used individually or all at once. Monsieur DressUp can wear your jacket, scarf, umbrella, and mail. Undress and redress at the door, by the bed, or in the change room. Monsieur DressUp is a new idea for hanging that special article of clothing. Maintaining the delicacy, integrity, and shape of a shirt or scarf."


Made of maple, designed by Anna Thomas of the Loyal Loot Collective of Edmonton, Canada.

[via Milena]

October 28, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: SterileEye.com — A Norwegian medical photographer takes you behind his lens



But don't take my word for it: read the rave review by Thomas Söderqvist of the Medical Museion of the University of Copenhagen.

In the words of the site's majordomo and grand panjandrum, Øystein Horgmo (top, holding the camera), introducing himself on November 9, 2007:

    Opening words

    I’ve been working as a medical videographer for some years now. In many ways it is a lonely line of work. Not many people earn their money by making videos of medical and surgical procedures. Most can’t even stand the thought.

    So why bother the web with a blog about it?

    First of all I wanted to share my experiences. The learning curve has been pretty steep, and there has been few colleagues and even fewer books to learn from. So I’m guessing there must be someone out there who desperately need some advice on videotaping a colectomy or making a good ultrasound clip. Just like I did a few years back.

    But I also believe my experiences could prove to be interesting to outsiders.

    Being present when people are at their most vulnerable, like at the CT for detecting cancer or when in deep narcosis during surgery, is a special and strange privilege. I’d like to share some of my stories with you.

    Hope you’ll find something interesting here, something to think about and maybe something to laugh at.


[via Shawn Lea]

October 28, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Limited Edition Dunhill Mechanical Belt


I happened on this device in Jonathan Margolis's "Technopolis" column in the October 10, 2008 Financial Times "How To Spend It" magazine, where he wrote: "Dunhill's Mechanical Belt is so complicated that I class it as gadgetry. With one hand you can automatically expand or contract your belt by the precise 35mm, or two thumb widths, that gentlemen apparently need when they step in and out of a car (or, perhaps after they've had a good business lunch). The buckle is stainless steel with 18ct rose gold components and some discreet diamonds. It has over 100 movable roller bearings, plates and levers and is fascinating to watch in action. Hurry, though, as Dunhill is making only 25 and just seven of these are allocated to London."

From the Dunhill website:

    Limited Edition Roland Iten Mechanical Belt

    Should you need to manoeuvre to and from a low seated sportscar, neaten a shirt or relax after a heavy lunch, the Dunhill Mechanical Belt offers a highly technical yet ornamental solution.

    The one-handed lever system assures that the adjustments can be made with ease and discretion, offering exactly 35mm expansion — the two thumb measurement a tailor will traditionally build into a custom made suit for added comfort.

    The five axle architecture is constructed from traditional engineering stainless steel and complemented by luxurious solid 18 carat rose gold components.

    Hand finished by expert artisans, each buckle contains two diamonds set into the rose gold and they are limited to just twenty-five globally.

    As leather specialists for over 100 years, Dunhill also offer the choice of two typically luxurious and elegant crocodile leather straps with each buckle in black and brown which can be exchanged with a simple click of the mechanically leveraged insertion clip.


October 28, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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