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September 24, 2009

Red sky at night — in Sydney, not sailor's delight

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Above and below, the Sydney Opera House during and after yesterday's dust storm, the fiercest in 70 years.

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The top photo was taken at 6:15 a.m. yesterday; the one just above at 12:30 p.m. the same day.

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Above and below, the Sydney Harbor Bridge. The upper photo was taken at 6 a.m. Wednesday, while the one below

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was taken at 12:15 p.m. the same day.

[via Milena and Boston.com]

September 24, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

My other bed is a Lamborghini

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From Ray A. Smith's story in yesterday's Wall Street Journal: "Luxury auto brand Lamborghini... has teamed up with Italian mattress maker Magniflex SpA to design a mattress [above] aimed at men who love sports cars. The $2,000 mattress, which made its debut at a recent home-furnishings trade show in Las Vegas in September, features the auto maker's logo and signature colors."

The paper's caption for the photo up top: "... the closest thing to that race-car bed he had at six. Built-in coolant: mattress includes technology to minimize trapped body heat."

September 24, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

How to make people less likely to want to enhance your life

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It's very easy.

Simply do what most people do: when someone tells or gives you something or sends you a link or a photo or anything you already have or have read or seen, first thing say, "Oh, I saw/knew/have that."

Me, I see a lot but you'll never, ever hear me saying that.

Why?

Because the instant you deflate the other person's bubble of joy at giving you something they think you'll like, you make it much more likely that next time they'll reflexively think, "the heck with him/her, why bother?"

And you'll be sure to miss out on something that would've indeed been a wonderful surprise as a result of your having been so full of yourself you just had to show how up to the minute you were.

Common courtesy demands graciousness, perhaps an increasingly lost art but still one worth cultivating, not only for your own good but that of those around you.

A simple "thank you" works beautifully.

Always has, always will.

September 24, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

Drip Ruff

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Rose or White.

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€9.20.

September 24, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to save a wet USB stick

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Timely, what?

James Fallows wrote on July 1, 2008 about how his USB stick survived being washed and dried and still worked, following which reader Gary Allen Vollink wrote Fallows and told him it wouldn't work for long.

According to Vollink, "The corrosion starts once they get wet. There's no stopping it. It will die suddenly and unexpectedly. It will probably take between 4 and 8 weeks. Sadly, I've done this with THREE already, and one of them was also an Attache. They all reacted pretty much the same way."

Then came reader Matthew Wilbert, who pointed out in Fallows' follow-up piece on July 3, 2008 that "... soaking the USB stick in WD-40 can do wonders against corrosion."

Wrote Wilbert, "That's (more or less) why it was invented."

True.

FunFact: "WD" stands for "Water Displacement."

September 24, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

USB Men

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"Their legs bend so they can sit perfectly by your desk until you need to use them."

Gold or Silver.

1GB.

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£55.

[via Milena]

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Monopoly City Streets — 'Start your property empire by buying any street in the world'

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Fun in five languages.

"Construct amazing buildings on the streets you own to collect rent."

Free, the way we like it.

[via Tri Geek]

September 24, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Periodic Table Shower Curtain

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Where was this back when I got my first chemistry set and would've memorized it within a week?

Everyone knows someone who's still like that.

For that person, the perfect gift.

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$29.99.

September 24, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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