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February 23, 2010

Time machine: travel to 1924 — from above


Long story short, from yesterday's New York Times editorial : "Thanks to the city’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications — and its innovative NYCityMap — it is now possible to revisit 1924 from above."

"Just follow these simple instructions: At the NYCityMap Web site, click on the camera at the top of the page and move the slider beneath it back to 1924. The interactive city of 2010 fades away to reveal an aerial view of the five boroughs assembled from photographs that have been digitally stitched together."

Above, the largest intersection is that of 5th Avenue and 57th Street, in 1924.

February 23, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Casttoo — Waterproof X-ray cast tattoo


"Send us the digital file of your x-ray,


and we'll send you back your break in print,


ready to be applied directly to your cast."


The creators call it "Happy healing,"


and claim it's the


"most innovative, fun thing to hit the field of orthopedics


since the introduction of colorful casting tape."


I won't argue.


Plenty other designs,


some of which are pictured above and below,


for those not into sharing on quite so intimate a level.

February 23, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

You have less than a 4% chance of getting a letter published in the Washington Post — but you can improve your odds



Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander gave a short course in his February 21, 2010 column.

In a nutshell:

• 3,900 of about 109,000 letters received annually are published by the Post

• Brevity matters. Guidelines specify 200 words max, but Letters Editor Michael Larabee said "150 is better" and "if you can do it in 100 words, wonderful."

• Timeliness is critical. "The volume of letters on some topics is so great that [Larabee] often selects the first well-written one."

• Be sharp but not slashing.

• Friday afternoon is the best time to submit. "Fewer arrive then, when Larabee often is searching for timely ones to fill the Monday or Tuesday editorial pages."

Now here's a tip for those who prefer a much higher rate of success than 4%.

Like, nearly 100%.

Does that work for you?

'Cause it sure does for me.

OK then, here's the deal: forget about letters to the editor and turn your attention to corrections.

Quick, dirty, and if you're correct you're almost guaranteed to see your work in the paper within the next few days.

In the past three and a half weeks I've had three corrections published in the New York Times, one in the Washington Post, one in The Financial Times and one in the Wall Street Journal.

What fun.

"Yo joe, what about 'sharp but not slashing,' huh? In your letter up top to the Wall Street Journal?"


Never mind.

February 23, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Blow Up Magazine Rack


Part of a series created in 2004 by Brazil's Campana Brothers, it was originally made in polished stainless steel.


Now comes a bamboo iteration, harking back to the original concept, which saw them submitting bamboo prototypes in place of sketches to manufacturer Alessi to explain their idea.

[via designboom]

February 23, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here


this time tomorrow.

February 23, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Jigsaw Cookie Cutter



[via Gyerekszoba]

February 23, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wear my shirt

2008 - 2

Yesterday's New York Times Business section front page story by Claire Cain Miller focused on new technology enabling online readers to click on a celebrity's picture and instantly buy the clothes she's wearing.


I don't yet have that on bookofjoe, not even with my little picture in the upper right hand corner (above).

Soon come, as they say in Jamaica.

In the meantime, for those who want to dress like me — or at least, like the me in the photo up top — I can now reveal the source of my blue shirt and khaki shorts.

The shirt (below) is from Duluth Trading, and is called the "Overtime Henley."


It's currently on sale for $12.99.

The shorts are from Thousand Mile, and are called "Comfy Shorts" (below).

They cost $42.95.

Both items are extremely comfortable which was, is and always will be the most important feature to me of any potential article of clothing.

They also last forever: both shirt and shorts are at least three years old and show no sign of being terminal.

"Yo, joe — no one's interested in your clothes, so why'd you waste a post on this stupidity?"


Don't go there....

February 23, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Kiri Clock


There's something about time that invites anything that blurs it, fuzzes up perception, calls into question our very idea of what it is.


This clock, even online, gave me that feeling.



[via Hovering Cat]

February 23, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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