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August 7, 2009

How hot dogs are made

Warning: DO NOT watch this video if you plan to have hot dogs for dinner tonight.

I saw it the other day on the Discovery Channel in the original English — trust me, the Czech version above goes down much easier.

As if.

You may recall Otto von Bismarck's insightful remark, to wit: "Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made."

He got that right.

August 7, 2009 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Almodóvar x Illy Limited Edition Coffee Service

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Inspired by his latest film, "Los Abrazos Rotos" (Broken Embraces), starring Penélope Cruz.

Boxed and

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numbered.

Porcelain.

€49.50.

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Because it hurts to be beautiful.

[via laslentejas and decoratrix]

August 7, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'In a perfect society, so specialized would be all jobs be, that no one would any longer understand what anyone else was doing'

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Alain De Botton, describing the ultimate outcome of "... the principles of efficiency laid down at the turn of the twentieth century by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who theorized that a society would grow wealthy to the extent that its members forfeited general knowledge in favor of of fostering individual ability in narrowly constricted fields," in his latest book, "The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work."

Are we there yet?

August 7, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Louis Vuitton Chopsticks

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$450.

[via laslentejas]

August 7, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What are they?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

August 7, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

World's safest electric fan has cloth blades

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True.

From the top: Black, White,

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Blue,

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Green,

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Yellow,

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Raspberry,

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or Red.

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$19.99.

[via Julie Scelfo and the New York Times]

August 7, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Welcome, camper: Alistair Why, grand panjandrum/majordomo of Aspasia Phuket, is online

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It's taken six years but he's finally succumbed and joined the virtual set.

Just yesterday his blog — Why's Words — emerged from the quantum foam and appeared on computer screens everywhere.

That's a figure of speech, see... you have to click on the link and then it appears.

Never mind.

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In for a dime, in for a dollar, he's taken it to the max and set up a Twitter page too.

What next?

A treadmill in his office?

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Here's how stoopid I am: I've had a standing offer from him since forever to show me the very best of Aspasia Phuket (above and below), a very posh resort on Thailand's Kata Beach, if I visit.

All I have to do is show up.

What's wrong with me?

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"Why's Words" — clever, that.

August 7, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

The Disposable Skateboard Bible — by Sean Cliver

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It's all here,

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in 368 pages packed

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with thousands

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of glorious color illustrations.

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$26.37.

August 7, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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