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December 31, 2008

Rufus Hussey — The Beanshooter Man

You call it a slingshot.

Down a dirt road near Asheboro, North Carolina lives a 65-year-old man (at the time the video up top was made) who learned to use a slingshot for hunting as a young boy because only his older brother was allowed to use the family shotgun.

One of 13 children in a poor family, he told the interviewer that if you didn't hit your prey, you didn't eat.

[via ornsby chazzer]

December 31, 2008 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

Black Diamond Bandit Avalung Pack — Lets you breathe under the snow if you're caught in an avalanche


Can your backpack do that?

Didn't think so.


From websites:

Black Diamond Bandit Avalung Pack — 'More Time = Life Saved'

The Black Diamond Bandit Avalung Pack does something that no other yo-yo pack can do — it helps you breathe under the snow if you're caught in an avalanche.

Offers room for a shovel, probe, and a little water for short backcountry tours.

Plus it carries skis or a snowboard so you can use it no matter what you like to use for sliding on the snow.


Outside magazine's Gear of the Year.

Weight: 2 lb. 4 oz.

690 cubic inches.



From the top down: Mustard, Black or Olive Green.


December 31, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Evolution Chairs — Nacho Carbonell channels David Cronenberg


The Spanish designer exhibited his Evolution chairs at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during Milan 08.


Wrote Carbonell, "In this first Evolution edition there are three different pieces. The first [above] is 'One man chair,' which incites personal thinking.

'Bench' [below]


represents the crowds of daily life,


and its attached cocoon


is a door to escape them.

The third chair [below]


is called 'Lovers chair,'


meant to confront the two sides of behaving: public and private.


It explores different ways of communication,


it becomes a connecting tunnel."

[via Milena and Flautist]

December 31, 2008 at 02:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Spaghetti Fork — Episode 2: Blast from the past + price break


When last we visited this space nearly three years ago, the sculpted spaghetti fork was state-of-the-art.

Time passes but it's still a good idea, now 25% cheaper.

From the website:

    Spaghetti Fork

    The tines on each fork have serrated edges so they snag spaghetti noodles and prevent them from slipping as you twist and eat.

    Dishwasher safe stainless steel.


Once you have one of these clutched in your fist, you can bid sayonara to lost marbles... wait a minute... noodles — yeah, that's it.

8 (forks — not noodles or marbles) for $9.95.

December 31, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Myers-Briggs for dogs


You knew it was only a matter of time.

Social psychologist Samuel Gosling of the University of Texas has come to the conclusion that ".... dogs share four out of the five personality traits psychologists use to understand human behavior."

Long story short: "Human personality is measured according to five variables: extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to new experience."

Gosling has "... found that only conscientiousness — which measures trustworthiness, selfishness and dependability — is absent in dogs."

Strange, don't you think?

I mean, it seems to me, based on dogs I've known and loved, that their strongest traits are trustworthiness and dependability.

Here's a February 22, 2005 Times of London story about Gosling and his work.

    Science bows to dog mind

    Dogs share four of the five main personality traits that psychologists use to understand human behaviour, says a British researcher based in the US.

    The findings by Samuel Gosling of the University of Texas promise to settle a question that may strike pet owners as odd, but which is controversial among scientists: whether animals can be said to have a meaningful personality at all.

    Dr Gosling said: “The evidence that dogs have personality is as strong as the evidence that humans have.

    “There’s a strong view that animal personality is preposterous anthropomorphism: when I suggested applying measures of human personality to animals, I had people yelling that I was bringing the field into disrepute.”

    Human personality is measured according to five variables: extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness to new experience. Dr Gosling found that only conscientiousness — which measures trustworthiness, selfishness and dependability — was absent in dogs.

    To investigate whether dog personalities were predictable, Dr Gosling interviewed owners about their pets’ temperaments, then tested whether the dogs would behave as predicted in particular circumstances.

    Dogs’ “emotional stability”, for example, the equivalent of human neuroticism, was tested by asking an owner to leave her dog and walk away with another dog on the lead.

    “If I’d known how much this would affect certain dogs, I might have found another way,” Dr Gosling said. “Some animals absolutely hated this, and this correlated well with the predictions.”


You can read Gosling's scientific paper entitled "Temperament and personality in dogs (Canis familiaris): A review and evaluation of past research," which appeared in the Journal of Applied Animal Behaviour Science in 2005, by scrolling down to it here, then clicking on the word "Link."

Print it out for later if you like.

My advice to Gosling: Should he ever formalize a Myers-Briggs canine equivalent, make certain one of the profiles is WOOF.

December 31, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Talking Pet Bowl


For a second there I thought it was yet another year-end football game, this one sponsored by the parrot owners of America.

From websites:

    Talking Pet Bowl

    This pet bowl automatically plays your recorded message, helping to comfort a dog or cat when it is left alone for extended periods (and easing its owner's mind).

    The bowl's digital recording unit has an integrated photosensor that detects when your pet approaches, triggering playback of your message (up to 10 seconds in length).

    Some animal behaviorists suggest that hearing a recording of your voice may help ease separation anxiety.

    The recording unit can be switched off and removed, allowing the bowl to be run through a dishwasher.

    Three AAA batteries (not included) power the unit for four months.

    The durable ABS bowl has a non-slip base and five-cup capacity.

    5"H x 10"W x 10"D.



You know, if your beloved pet should be getting old and facing the end of its time in its current incarnation, you could do worse than to record its sounds with this device, then use it yourself after the saddest day to bring back happy memories of good times past.


December 31, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

World's 11 most populous cities in the year 1000


[via Milena]

December 31, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

LED Carabiner Light


Dual modes — Glow mode provides bright area light and Flash mode provides safety and signal lighting.


Attaches to keys, jackets, zippers, backpacks, tents and more.


Stainless steel carabiner allows for easy attachment to gear.

Long-life replaceable batteries included.

Water- and impact-resistant case.

Green, Red,




or White.


1.25"W x 2"H x 0.75"D.

Weight: 0.6 oz. (17g).


December 31, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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