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December 1, 2009

Parade of the Wooden Soldiers — Radio City Rockettes Summer Intensive 7/20-24/09

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

"'Green' levels perform the Radio City Rockettes' 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' at their Summer Intensive Performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City."

Sometimes it's fun seeing how the sausage is made.

The varsity performs at this time tomorrow.

December 1, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Bulbcap

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Bulbcap

The Bulbcap is a lampshade slightly more than a lightbulb.

The caps are directly pulled over lightbulbs up to 40 watts.

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Bulbcaps can be fixed on bulbs hanging from the ceiling, or on standing lamps of any kind.

Mix and match to create a collage of lights.

Luminescent version (below)

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contains special pigments that charge when lit in order to glow for a short while in a green/yellow tone after the light has been turned off.

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Heat-resistant silicone rubber.

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3.7"Ø x 4.2"H.

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$20.

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

12seconds: bookofjoeTV's debut?

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Why only 12seconds?

"Because anything longer is boring."

More: "The scientists here at the 12seconds dodecaplex have conducted countless hours of research to determine the precise amount of time it takes for boredom or apathy to set in during typical Internet video viewing. Our patent pending Electro-Tear-Duct Prongers have determined that exactly 12 seconds of video is the ideal amount of time to keep anything interesting."

I like it.

December 1, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Buy Cormac McCarthy's typewriter

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If you do, there's no doubt you'll become a great writer once you start using it.

I mean, everybody knows that as soon as you put on a pair of Air Jordans you can dunk.

You can't?

You musta bought fakes.

Anyway.

Wrote Patricia Cohen in today's New York Times Arts section front page story, "Cormac McCarthy has written more than a dozen novels, several screenplays, two plays, two short stories, countless drafts, letters and more — and nearly every one of them was tapped out on a portable Olivetti manual typewriter [top] he bought in a Knoxville, Tenn., pawnshop around 1963 for $50."

"Lately this dependable machine has been showing irrevocable signs of age. So after his friend and colleague John Miller offered to buy him another, Mr. McCarthy agreed to auction off his Olivetti Lettera 32...."

More: "Christie’s, which plans to auction the machine on Friday, estimated that it would fetch between $15,000 and $20,000. Mr. McCarthy wrote an authentication letter [below]

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— typed on the Olivetti, of course — that states: 'It has never been serviced or cleaned other than blowing out the dust with a service station hose.... I have typed on this typewriter every book I have written including three not published. Including all drafts and correspondence I would put this at about five million words over a period of 50 years.'"

Everything you need to know to place your bid is on the Christie's website.

December 1, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Something is rotten in the state of Britain

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According to a November 11, 2009 New York Times story , "Britain has one of the largest DNA databases in the world, with profiles of over five million people, or 8 percent of the population."

8 percent of the population?

The home of George Orwell becomes ever more like the author's imagined all-powerful state.

More: "The police currently have the power to take DNA or fingerprints from anyone at the point of arrest and keep the information indefinitely...."

Along with England's increasing surveillance of its population — according to a 2006 BBC report, there were then 4.2 million closed circuit TV cameras in the country, "about 1 for every 14 people... viewing us as many as 300 times a day" — you'd think it'd be the safest place on Earth.

Why isn't it so?

Perhaps the underlying premise needs reexamination.

When everyone is under watch 24/7, well, that's an awful lot of watchers required to keep an eye on them.

December 1, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Human Map T-Shirt

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"Think of all the fun you'll have timing your digestion with this shirt. With organ locations printed on it, you can trace your dinner as it moves through your body."

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$14.

[via FashionablyGeek]

December 1, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

TreasureNet — 'The original treasure hunting website'

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Fun site, with many interesting forums and some very knowledgeable individuals chiming in.

There goes the day.

December 1, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Hi/Low-Beam LED Wrenches

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Clever.

Recessed LEDs built into the jaws of the seven double-sided wrenches [metric and standard: 14 options] can be set to high or low brightness, depending on the distance of the bolt.

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Emergency blinker warning function.

$99.95.

December 1, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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