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June 30, 2009

bookofjoe now on Howcast


Just in late yesterday afternoon the news that my two  "Preparation for Anesthesia" videos (Part 1 and Part 2) are now available on Howcast.

You could look it up.

I mean, why pay some guy or woman wearing pjs a king's ransom when you can learn to give anesthesia yourself?

The over 20,000 people who've viewed Part 1 at YouTube can't be wrong.

Time to spread the word to a whole new crowd.

Welcome, campers.

June 30, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Polymer Clay Cookbook




Don't get your baggies in a twist just yet, the book's not due out till October.


Meanwhile there's Erin Zimmer's interview with co-author Jessica Partain.


All manner of charms and jewelry by the sisters Partain here.

Charms picture

Maybe I should send them a link to yesterday's micro drill.

[via Beyond The Kitchen Sink]

June 30, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Welcome to Loserville. Population: 1. That's you.

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Sorry but I still find the drink holder above as funny today as when I spotted it and jumped all over it at a 7-Eleven many years ago.

It occupies pride of place here, always in plain sight.

June 30, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

'Get the Hint' Message Flags


3 assortments: Gentle Reminders, Breaking News and Loud & Clear.

5 different pads, each with 20 flags, in each pack.

Flags measure 2"W x 0.75"H.


$6 a pack.

[via noquedanblogs]

June 30, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

A short course in the making of the Grand Canyon

If, like me, you've seen the Grand Canyon and wondered just how powerful water would have to be to carve that deeply into the skin of our planet, consider the video above, three minutes and thirty nine seconds demonstrating — admittedly on a far smaller scale — what water can do.

[via Milena]

June 30, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The little luggage tag that could


This looks like it could actually improve the quality of your security line experience.

Plenty of upside potential there, what?

From websites:


Quick Pass Luggage Tag

Quick Pass serves as a luggage tag for your carry-on bag, complete with adjustable buckle strap and business card-sized ID window — until you need to go through the metal detector.

Then it folds out into a spacious mesh pouch to hold your mobile phone, keys, coins and pens all in one place — still attached to your bag.

4¼" x 3".




June 30, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

'If you want to know how I know about every book here, I can tell you! Because I never read any of them.'

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Thus does a librarian in Robert Musil's novel "The Man Without Qualities" explain how he easily keeps up with the library's collection.

"Reading, he says, would make him lose perspective on the collection as a whole; to prize a few books by reading them would only make him neglect the others," wrote Rosie Blau in her June 20, 2009 "Book Doctor" column in The Financial Times.

I am reminded of Truman Capote's remark that you don't have to read books — it's enough to simply have them.

June 30, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sugar Sugar: Big sweetness comes to your kitchen


The latest edition of Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools, edited by Elon Schoenholz, features the low-tech/high-function sugar dispenser above, for those who measure out their lives not in coffee spoons but, rather, cupfuls.

Here's Amy Thomson's review.


Sugar Dispenser — Mess-Free Storage

I bought this sugar dispenser from King Arthur Flour a couple of years ago, and it’s been a sturdy, reliable tool. It’s sized to accommodate a five-pound bag of sugar. You slide the bag inside, open it up, trim the bag top to the level of the top of the container, and put on the lid. There’s a little flap on the inside of the lid that fits right inside the bag of sugar, holding it open and keeping the sugar from sifting down the sides. The lid has two openings, one is a small pour spout, and the other is large enough for scooping out sugar with a measuring cup. The spout is slightly flexible, so if a lump clogs it I can squeeze the sides of the spout to crush the lump. The whole thing is ant and waterproof when sealed shut.

This is not a sexy matte-black high tech kind of tool, just a solid, well thought-out container that makes working with, and storing, sugar or flour much simpler, easier and cleaner. Using it makes me very happy.

Also, King Arthur Flour’s online store and print catalog are packed with tons of nifty cooking tools. The King Arthur Flour’s Cookie Companion and Baker’s Companion books are fabulous cookbooks.



June 30, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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