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October 11, 2009

Crash Test: 1959 Chevy Bel Air v 2009 Chevy Malibu

The YouTube caption: "The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a unique crash test to demonstrate the advances in motor vehicle safety over the last 50 years. In this test, a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air are both going 40 mph and the vehicles collide offset, driver side to driver side. This is the same crash configuration represented by the Institute's 40 mph frontal offset barrier test, which is used to rate the frontal crash performance of new cars."

"For information comparing the safety performance of new vehicles, go to the Institute's website at www.iihs.org/ratings/default.aspx."

[via Matthew Wald and the New York Times]

October 11, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Charcoal Refrigerator Cube

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From the website:


Sort of Coal Refrigerator Cube

While this Coal Refrigerator Cube appears black, it’s actually white charcoal, made from Korean oak.

The complex process for making white charcoal results in a hard glass-like material that’s clean to the touch (a small amount of residue is normal) and naturally purifies the air.

Used in Asia for generations, white charcoal reduces odors by absorbing gases and helps keep food fresher longer by creating a healthier environment.

Made in Korea.

2.5" cube.




[via Monica Khemsurov and the New York Times]

October 11, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

WordHustler — 'Submit to over 5,000 literary agents without leaving your desk'


Mike Carlson's article in the latest UCLA Alumni Magazine (October 2009) brought this interesting site to my attention.

The site was founded by Anne Walls and fellow writer John L. Singleton out of frustration at the age-old, sluggish and labor-intensive manuscript submission process.

Launched in May of last year, around 5,000 people have joined to date.

Wrote Carlson, "After becoming a member you gain access to the thousands of available markets on the WordHustler website, such as publishing houses, literary journals, agents and screenwriting contests. For a small fee, writers can choose as many markets as they'd like and then upload their content, be it a single poem or a full novel. The Wordhustler staff professionally prints it, binds it and mails it for what it would cost to make copies at a local Kinko's."

"The website has been a boon to international writers who no longer have to decipher foreign addresses and postage rates and deal with editors who refuse to mail correspondence across borders."

Also good if you live in the U.S. but aren't anywhere near a Kinko's.

Best of all, Walls is a fellow Bruin  ('01).


October 11, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Everything old is new again


That was easy.

50 stickers.


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Conductors' dressing room at the Albert Hall just before the 2009 Proms


From The Guardian:


This is the classical music equivalent of seeing the teams' changing rooms at Twickenham or Wembley. Like those rooms, it goes through a huge transformation on event days. Here you see it in its calm state, waiting to receive close to 60 of the world's leading conductors — from Bernard Haitink, William Christie and Sir Andrew Davis in the first week of the Proms to Daniel Barenboim, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Zubin Mehta near the end. Each will prepare here in their own way for the 76 concerts in the Royal Albert Hall over the 58 days of the festival.

It starts the day in this lonely state, then fills with activity at rehearsal times, might then be used for Radio 3 and BBC TV interviews before the evening concerts begin, only to be left alone to get a night's peace before the invasion begins the next day. It is a simple room, just off the below-ground backstage corridor, a short walk from the entrance on to the Royal Albert Hall stage.

The piano gives an opportunity for the conductor to work with a soloist, for him or her to try something out on the piano, or merely pass a few remaining idle moments before a rehearsal or a performance. Artists have different routines in this room. Some like to be left alone, others are happy to have friends, family, other musicians and staff to chat to.

Once the start of the rehearsal draws near, the room can become busier with practical issues being addressed — last-minute changes to rehearsal orders and stage layout, refreshment requirements, orchestra personnel issues, encore discussions, and so on. Often the discussions are a rare chance to talk about programming ideas for future seasons.

The room can be the venue for wonderful and surprising meetings — last year Nigel Kennedy and the rock legend Jeff Beck after their late-night Prom. It will be a real pleasure on Friday to welcome back Jirí Belohlávek, chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as he prepares to launch the 2009 Proms.


[via What Alice Found]

October 11, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

iBike — Biker iPhone Kit








and Battery.



[via Bem Legaus!]

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grocerylists.org — 'World's largest collection of found grocery lists'


Right here.

[via Milena]

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Japanese Pop-Up Slippers


"These slippers are travel friendly, compact and portable. They are thin, lightweight, and easy to assemble. Perfect for long flights, hotels, or even cooking classes. See them take slipper form with the touch of a finger. Their flat shape saves you packing space and are ideal for vacation getaways."


Created by Japanese designers Genta and Chie Kanayama.

EVA, polyester and brass.

Orange or Green.



October 11, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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