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February 3, 2009

The fallacy behind 'do what you love, the money will follow'


It's exactly the same error in reasoning that leads to people anointing stock pickers who made the right call as great investors, when in fact anytime you lump enough people together, someone will get lucky and be right.

Lots of people — I'd dare to say millions — do what they love, but little in the way of money follows.

Instead, for the great majority there's frustration, anger and penury, with the love ultimately abandoned in favor of something that guarantees a regular paycheck.

A few people do get lucky.

Most of those just smile at their lucky fortune, like individuals who find they've got a winning lottery ticket.

But every single one of those who get lucky were indistinguishable at the get-go from far more exactly like them who crashed and burned.

For every successful artist, actor or musician there are a thousand equally talented but unlucky ones.

Save your money.

February 3, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

Personalized Rainbow Umbrella


Up to 18 letters/spaces.

Nylon, metal, plastic.

Opens to 29.5"Ø.

24"H x 2"W.


February 3, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

T.O.'s new reality show on VH1 — 'He'll re-examine his personal life'

That's what VH1 said in a press release announcing the new series, coming this summer.

More: Owens' two female publicists "will function as matchmakers and therapists and also put their marketing expertise to use and help make his life off the field as successful as his life on it!"

Get your popcorn ready — I know I will.

No way am I gonna miss out on this chance to get up close and personal — if only via TV — with my favorite football player in the whole wide world.

You could look it up.

February 3, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Mini Ladles


How mini?

1/4, 1/2 and 1 teaspoon.

Ha ha.

Well, I thought it was funny.

You talkin' to me?

From the website:


Mini Ladles

Scoop up condiments and jam or measure sugar and spices in these great little dippers.

Stainless steel mini ladles store conveniently together on ring with chain.

Set of 3 includes 1/4-tsp., 1/2-tsp. and 1-tsp. ladles.

Dishwasher safe.



Note: If you're paranoid you could always put one of these on your keychain and use it as a tasting spoon....

February 3, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

bookofjoe Public Service Announcement: Bath Bomb Recall — 'Explosion and projectile hazards'


Long story short: Just announced last Thursday, January 29, 2009 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a recall of over half a million Spa Factory Aromatherapy Fountain and Bath Benefits kits.

From a story in the January 30, 2009 Washington Post: "Pressure in the jars of Bath Bombs/Balls or Bath Fizzies can cause the caps on the jars to blow off, posing explosion and projectile hazards. The mixtures also can contain citric acid, which can get into the eyes during an explosion and pose a risk of eye irritation."

Here's the notice as it appears on the company's website:



Dear Spa Factory™ Purchasers:

Some consumers who purchased the Spa Factory™ Aromatherapy Fountain or Bath Benefits™ kit have complained that, under certain conditions when preparing the Bath Bombs/Balls and Bath Fizzies recipes, some caps on the Gift Bath Body Jars have flown off due to excessive pressure build up during the drying phase.

During the drying phase of the recipe, venting of the mixture must occur in order for the product to cure properly.  However, under certain conditions caused during the preparation phase, an excessive amount of natural off-gassing of the mixture may occur which in turn increases the pressure within the jar.  As a result, excessive pressure build up may cause the cap to separate from the jar threads and fly off.

Few serious damages or bodily injuries have been reported.  We have reported all incidents to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which is reviewing the matter.

After testing potential solutions, we found that placing two small holes in the caps adequately allows all built up pressure to escape, thereby preventing the caps from flying off.   We have manufactured replacement caps with two vent holes and have installed these replacement caps on all product shipments after November 2008.   As a result, products shipped prior to this date do not contain these replacement caps and may still be available at retailers.  Therefore, we are happy to offer replacement caps to all consumers who request them while we await further guidance from the CPSC.  

Please refer to the cap pictures above to determine whether you need replacement capsIf your product contains the original caps on the left, please email us at caps@jakks.net so we can ship you the replacement caps pictured on the right, free of charge.  If your product already contains caps with the two vent holes, please use them.

Safety is always our first priority at JAKKS, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may pose for you.  

Thank you.

JAKKS Pacific

February 3, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Yves Saint Laurent Heart Necklace


Sterling silver.

Made in Italy.

Small (top) with 18 inch chain: $645 .


Large (above) with 20 inch chain: $890.

February 3, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

wwitv.com — '3,085 online TV stations listed'


Prolly even more by the time you read this.

Bonus: free, the way we like it.

Slowly but surely we're getting to where we know we're gonna end up: anything on any screen anytime anywhere.

[via J. D. Biersdorfer's January 28, 2009 "Q&A" column in the New York Times]

February 3, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

PetPorte Microchip Cat Flap — World's first cat door requiring positive ID

"Is your cat being bullied? Are neighbors' cats invading your home? Are other cats stealing your cat's food?

If the answer to any of the questions above is "yes," well, you've come to the right place.

Video est credere.

Wait a minute....

From the website:


PetPorte® Microchip Cat Flap™


An innovation designed by a vet that stops your cat being stressed and makes them feel safer at home.

Stop 100% of unwanted cats coming in with the world's first cat flap designed for microchipped cats.

Installs in doors, walls and even double-glazed panels.

Ultra-smooth action — strong yet light door pushes open easily.

Even timid cats love it.

Works with your cat's pre-existing microchip (Bayer Tracer, Identichip, and many more [except for Biotherm] — so no need for your cat to wear a collar!

Now your cat can feel freer and less constricted.

Guaranteed to keep 100% of intruder cats out.


An open letter to cat lovers like me, from the PetPorte website:



Dear Fellow Cat Lover,

Yes, you may be SHOCKED to realize that you have been feeding neighbors' cats day after day.

Naturally you felt that installing a cat flap would make it easy for your furry little friends to come and go as they please — and indeed it does!

However — when you are sleeping, at work, shopping, busy surfing the net, or otherwise not in the room ... who knows what else is sneaking through your standard cat flap?

Chances are that neighborhood cats are enjoying your generosity as they FEAST on the delicious dinner that was mean for your cats.


Who knew?

"Choose from THREE exciting colors":



[via James Winsoar]

February 3, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

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