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May 20, 2009

Helpful Hints from joeeze: How NOT to make a fake ID


"When making a fake ID, no matter how much you love the girl, attach a picture of yourself only."

[via Oddee]

May 20, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Hermés Mini Chess Set



May 20, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Zombie Fire Ants of Death


Long story short: "Researchers in Texas are trying an unusual approach to combat fire ants [above]: deploying parasitic flies that turn the pesky and economically costly insects into zombies whose heads fall off."

Details follow.


Flies turn fire ants into 'zombies'

Researchers in Texas are trying an unusual approach to combat fire ants: deploying parasitic flies that turn the pesky and economically costly insects into zombies whose heads fall off.

The biting, territorial fire ants cost the Texas economy about $US1 billion ($A1.31 billion) annually by damaging electrical equipment, according to a Texas A&M study. They can also threaten young calves.

But now the researchers are trying a tiny phorid fly, native to a region of South America where the fire ants originated. Researchers have learned that fire ants in their home region are kept under control by as many as 23 phorid species.

The flies lay eggs on the fire ants, and the eggs hatch into maggots inside the ant and eat away at the pest's tiny brain.

The ant will get up and wander for about two weeks while the maggot feeds, said Rob Plowes, a research associate at the University of Texas at Austin.

"There is no brain left in the ant, and the ant just starts wandering aimlessly," he said.

About a month after the egg is laid, the ant's head falls off — and a new fly emerges ready to attack another fire ant.

"They're not going to completely wipe out the fire ant, but it's a way to control their population," said Scott Ludwig, an integrated pest management specialist with Texas A&M's AgriLife Extension Service in Overton, in East Texas.

Four phorid species have been introduced in the state since 1999. They don't attack native ants or other species and have been introduced in other Gulf Coast states, Plowes told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

But it will take time to determine if the flies are effective in Texas, perhaps as long as a decade.

"It's not an immediate silver-bullet impact," Plowes said.



Have a look at Texas A&M's fire ant website: fireants.tamu.edu

Lagniappe: The University of Texas fire ant website: web.biosci.utexas.edu/index.html

May 20, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Eye Candy Sensory Substitution Lollipop


The Play Coalition created the zippy packaging for Beta Tank.

From the Eye Candy website:


Introducing Eye Candy


The candy that provides you with a sensational new way to see.


This delicious new confectionary uses cutting edge Sensory Substitution Technology to transmit vivid emotive images into your mind's eye.


Available in six unique flavors, each helping you achieve the right state of mind by projecting specially created evocative imagery into your field of vision.


Eye Candy is the natural way to become the person you want to be.


Six flavors: Assert, Overcome, Relax, Meditate, Socialize, Focus.


Apply within.

May 20, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

True Crime: The Robbery Channel

Long story short: Frustrated by yet another swarm theft — this one last week (Wednesday, May 13) — at Universal Gear, his Washington, D.C. clothing store, owner David Franco decided to strike back: he posted the actual surveillance video of the crime the next day on YouTube, where in six days it's received thousands of views and today, pride of place in Petula Dvorak's Washington Post front page story.

Note to Franco and other business owners with similar problems: don't wait to get the video up but, rather, insist that the surveillance company stream its videos in real time for anyone and everyone in the world to watch.

Talk about a bookofjoe MoneyMaker®™©....

May 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

May 20, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

100 Best Blogs for Gadget Lovers — 'One site to link them all'


Thanks to Suzane Smith for this list, which includes many I'd never heard of.

I came in at #50, near some high-end properties (above) — I like to hang out with the big boys and girls.

One bookmark opens a portal to the weird and wonderful.

[via Becoming a Computer Technician]

May 20, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack



Designed by


Martín Azúa and


Gerard Moliné,


it's "... a hybrid


between a


Spanish copa glass


and a


traditional wine pitcher


called a porrón."


Part of the current "Foodjects: Design and the New Cuisine from Spain" exhibition at Apartment Zero in Washington, D.C.

May 20, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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