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March 18, 2010

Max Linder — 'Mon pantalon est décousu'

[via Flautist, who wrote, "Here's something really interesting (well, to me) — this guy, Max Linder, was said to be a huge influence on the Big Three silent screen comedians (Chaplin, Lloyd & Keaton); he kind of pioneered the 'language' of silent screen comedy, but most people probably never heard of him. This little example cracks me up. (Sad story, though: he & his young wife ended their lives together in a suicide pact when he was only 42. Strange.) I can see all kinds of visible influences on the early Chaplin & Harold Lloyd films, but Keaton was in a world all his own. An absolute genius."]

March 18, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Meet the new boss (Facebook) — NOT the same as the old boss (Google)

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True.

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March 18, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Ten Word Wiki — 'The encyclopedia for the ADD generation'

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"Here at TWW we try to collect and distribute knowledge in exactly ten words, no more no less."

Let me think for a minute.

OK, OK, I got one: "The quick brown fox jumped over the [very] lazy dog."

TechnoDolt™-friendly, it would appear.

And free, the way we like it.

TWW got ink in the Washington Post last weekend.

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On February 25, 2010, Entertainment Weekly named it Site of the Day.

March 18, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Midnight in Paris

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"Mechanical movement 'quantième de saisons,' revealing the exact position of the stars in the sky of Paris at midnight. Rotative (365 days) aventurine glass dial. Officer back

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reveals meteorite inlayed around the movement."

€48,000 at Van Cleef & Arpels stores everywhere.

March 18, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

The mystery of sudden acceleration

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Jeremy Anwyl is CEO of Edmunds.com, which has offered a $1 million cash prize"... for anyone who can demonstrate in a verifiable manner the reason for unintended acceleration."

In an Op-Ed page essay in the March 16, 2010 Washington Post, Anwyl pointed out that "... for driver error to be the likely culprit, a simple statistical review of complaint data should show a relatively uniform distribution among automakers. But our review [top] of NHTSA data showed variations in complaints by manufacturer. While human error may be a factor, it's not the only cause."

He continued, "Theories about sudden acceleration broadly fall into four categories: First, some sort of electrical interference or computer glitch. Second, a general mechanical failure, such as a sticky throttle. Third, design factors such as floor mats (meaning that the vehicle was functioning correctly, but a design lapse increased the chance of an incident). Fourth, driver error, also known as pedal misapplication."

So: figure it out and become instantly rich and famous.

March 18, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Hand Crank Mini Music Box

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Plays "Are You Lonesome Tonight," "La Vie En Rose," "My Way" or "Valse d'Amélie."

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Metal and paper.

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2" x 1.6" x 0.8".

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$29.

[via boxbank+ and sub-studio design blog]

March 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

1st daffodils

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I just noticed them out back, so Gray Cat and I went to investigate.

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Yep, they're the real deal.

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w00t!

March 18, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Easy-Thread Sewing Needle — 'So easy to use, you can thread one with your eyes closed'

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Pam Turner of Minnesota invented the Spiral Eye Needle, easy to thread "thanks to a 'sideways' opening that admits thread as it slides down the needle's length."

From $5.50.

[via LikeCool]

March 18, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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