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May 6, 2009

Jeff Bezos for Subway?


No, just me rotating 90° a picture just posted on the New York Times website along with a story about the new Kindle DX.

Still my favorite commercial.

May 6, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Silicone Soap Saver


Works with any soap — not just those based on silicone.

Wait a minute....

From the website:


Silicone Soap Saver

Prevent soapy messes beside your sink with this silicone soap saver.

Its clever design lets soap bars dry well and it easily wipes clean.

Great in the tub and shower.

5"L x 3.5"W x 1"H.


Black or White.

$3.99 (soap not included).

May 6, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'Wiener Takes All' — A Dogumentary by Shane MacDougall

I only learned of the existence of competitive dachshund racing when I read an article about it in this week's Economist.

Now you know too.


I mean, w00f!

May 6, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Casa Mila


Designed by Gaudi, built between 1905 and 1910 of masonry and concrete.


I was struck last week by the resemblance of the building's rooftop detail (above and below) to the Kewpie doll's hairstyle.


When I saw that the building and the doll came into being at almost precisely the same time, I couldn't help but wonder if Rose O'Neill, the doll's creator, had happened on a photo of the building and, whether consciously or not, incorporated it into her iconic figure.

May 6, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Free Cord Blood Banking


Normally it costs $1,000-$2,000 for the initial banking and about $100/year for storage and maintenance.

Now comes Catherine Claeys of the National Marrow Donor Program in Minneapolis with the following letter published in yesterday's Washington Post Health Section.


Free Cord-Blood Banking

Banking umbilical cord blood is useful when there is a sibling with a diagnosed medical condition that could be treated with a transplant of cord blood from the new baby ["Study Questions Value of Private Cord-Blood Banks," April 14].

A program recently implemented by the National Marrow Donor Program and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration offers these families the opportunity to have the cord blood of a new baby collected and stored at no cost. The cord blood may then be used to treat the sibling with a disease such as leukemia, lymphoma, a sickle cell disorder, an immune deficiency or a metabolic disease. An estimated 5,000 families could benefit from the Related Donor Cord Blood Program each year.

Additional information and resources about the program and public banking can be found at www.bethematch.org/cord.

May 6, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Color Flame Candles



From the website:


Color Flame Candles

Bright reusable candles burn colored flames to match their bases.

These party favorites will burn in five brilliant colors, up to 7 minutes each.

Box of 12 dripless candles includes at least 2 each of Red, Orange, Green, Purple and Blue.

Just replace the caps and store to use again.

3-5/8" high each. 




May 6, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Snow Mountain Speed Biking

"Mountain biker Markus Stöckl set a new world speed record in the series downhill mountain bike class this past week [September 14, 2007] when he blazed down a 6,500-foot, 45-degree snow track at the La Parva ski resort in the Central Andes of Chile and hit a maximum speed of 130.7 mph."

"The 33-year-old shattered the eight-year-old world record by 14 mph despite poor weather conditions, and the fact that his protective visor was so fogged, he was forced to hold his breath for the entire 40-second run

May 6, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Steering Wheel Cover — The end of 'hot wheels'


From the website:


Steering Wheel Cover Ends 'Hot Wheels'

Insulated cover slips over your vehicle’s steering wheel to repel heat from the sun’s rays.

Wheel remains cool to the touch, even when parked in direct sunlight.

Ends burned hands and unsafe steering.

Elastic edging assures a snug fit.

One size fits all steering wheels.

Folds for compact storage.




May 6, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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