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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)




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

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


"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.


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


"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


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


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


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


Metal and paper.


2" x 1.6" x 0.8".



[via boxbank+ and sub-studio design blog]

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

1st daffodils


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


Yep, they're the real deal.



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'


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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