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November 21, 2008

A tearoom named Podunk

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Why not?

I mean, there was a man called Horse.

Even better is that the Podunk Tearoom (above) is in New York City — at 231 East Fifth Street (Second Avenue) in the East Village.

Lagniappe: The proprietor is one Elspeth Treadwell, thank you very much.

You could look it up.

"... Orders are placed, and picked up, at the counter, under a sign that says 'No Sniveling.'"

Pictured below,

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Podunk's tea sandwiches.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 212-677-7722.

Say "hi" for me.

November 21, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Black Q-tips

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From Core77:

    Weird Japanese products: Black Magic Q-tips

    Every year my friend goes to Japan and brings me back omiyage (a souvenir); every year I tell her she shouldn't have gone to the trouble. But this year's souvenir, which I just received, is too weird not to appreciate.

    You're probably asking yourself, as I did, why the heck would they make jet-black Q-tips? Think about it for a second, see if you can figure it out, then read the next paragraph for the answer.

    Ear wax is yellowish; the high contrast of a black Q-tip shows you exactly how much you're "getting." My friend assures me I will be amazed (horrified is more like it) after using these.

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November 21, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

How to open a locked car with a tennis ball


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November 21, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Li'l Guppie

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"Adjustable wrench, knife with razor-sharp cutting edge, flat and Phillips screwdriver, bottle opener, carry carabiner."

Designed by Launce Barber and Tom Stokes.

John Edgar Park reviewed it in the latest issue of MAKE magazine, writing, "Why the heck do I need another pocket tool? I've already got a multi-tool with pliers, knives, screwdrivers, and more. Well, the reason is this: ever try to loosen a bolt without an adjustable wrench? It's pretty hopeless; the nonparallel jaws of pliers just don't cut it. The Li'l Guppie is the answer; it has an adjustable wrench on it."

"Thanks to its carabiner-like form I can hang it from my belt loop, ready to be deployed on a stubborn bolt. It's got a fangy little blade (I wish it locked in place), but turning the thumbscrew to open the wrench reveals a Phillips screwdriver, an extra clever feature. A flathead screwdriver is cast into the butt of the tool, with a pretty serviceable bottle opener built in, too."

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$18.97.

November 21, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Europeana — 'Europe's digital library, museum and archive'

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It went live yesterday, featuring over two million items.

There goes the day.

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Fair warning.

November 21, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Double Up Sofa/Bench

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Double Up Sofa/Bench

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Amazing shape and adaptability in a sofa/bench that opens in a zoomorphic way in order to show its own structural wealth.

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Like a flower, Double Up opens to give infinite aesthetic solutions.

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Satin metal frame, self-skinning polyurethane seat.
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Apply within.

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November 21, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Got hops? That's because you're part kangaroo

I'm talking about you, not just the competitors in the NBA's annual Slam Dunk Contest (above) at the All-Star Game.

"Scientists unraveling the genetic makeup of the kangaroo say the marsupial... and humans share very similar genomes."

You could look it up.

"Great chunks of the genome are virtually identical," says Jenny Graves, director of Australia's Centre of Excellence in Kangaroo Genomics, quoted in this past Wednesday's USA Today story by Kristen Gelineau, which follows.

    Big hop forward: Scientists map kangaroo's DNA

    Taking a big hop forward in marsupial research, scientists say they have unraveled the DNA of a small kangaroo named Matilda.

    And they've found the Aussie icon has more in common with humans than scientists had thought. The kangaroo last shared a common ancestor with humans 150 million years ago.

    "We've been surprised at how similar the genomes are," said Jenny Graves, director of the government-backed research effort. "Great chunks of the genome are virtually identical."

    The scientists also discovered 14 previously unknown genes in the kangaroo and suspect the same ones are also in humans, Graves said.

    The animal whose DNA was decoded is a small kangaroo known as a Tammar wallaby and named Matilda. Researchers working with the government-funded Centre of Excellence for Kangaroo Genomics sequenced Matilda's DNA last year. Last week, they finished putting the pieces of the sequence together to form a genetic map. The group plans to publish the research next year, Graves said.

    Scientists have already untangled the DNA of around two dozen mammals, including mice and chimps, which are closer to humans on the evolutionary timeline. But Graves said it's the kangaroo's distance from people that make its genetic map helpful in understanding how humans evolved.

    By lining up the genomes of different species, scientists can spot genes they never knew existed and figure out what DNA features have stayed the same or changed over time. Elements that have remained the same are usually important, Graves said.

    The research is an important step in the understanding of genomes in general, said geneticist Bill Sherman, an associate professor of molecular ecology and conservation biology at the University of New South Wales.

    But another genetic researcher was more skeptical of the project's significance.

    "If you are in Australia and you want to show that you are a major player in genomics, then it's important," said Penn State University biology and computer science professor Webb Miller. "But two guys in their garage are going to sequence another marsupial very soon."

    Those "two guys" are Miller and Penn State colleague Stephan Schuster, who are working on a shoestring budget to map the genome of the Tasmanian devil, which is in danger of extinction because of a contagious facial tumor disease. Miller and Schuster said their project could lead to a way to keep the species alive.

    This isn't the first time Australia's unique wildlife has provided evolutionary clues. Earlier this year, scientists mapped the DNA of a platypus and found that it crosses different classifications of animals.

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150 million years since we shared a common ancestor....

Don't worry, be hoppy.

November 21, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pop Quiz Clock

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Pop Quiz Clock

Want to know what time it is?

Solve this math problem first.

With the Pop Quiz Clock you'll be smarter every time you check the time... or at least feel that way since you know the answers beforehand.

This unique clock comes in a black "chalkboard" texture with math problems painted on it.

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It is geeky in a very good way and if you like math, this wall clock is definitely for you!

Quartz movement with sweep second hand.

Requires 1 AA battery (not included).

11.5"Ø.
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$26.99.

November 21, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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