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June 22, 2010

"Seven Days in May" — Required viewing on Air Force One?

Could the fictional past become today's prologue?

For what it's worth, General McChrystal has just offered to resign.

The Rolling Stone interview that sealed his fate is here.

If you're interested, you can watch the entire 1964 film,

in 7-10 minute-long segments, here.

According to Wikipedia, director "[John] Frankenheimer said that Pierre Salinger conveyed to him President Kennedy's wish that the film be made, 'These were the days of General Walker' and, though the Pentagon did not want the film made, the President would conveniently arrange to visit Hyannis Port for a weekend when the film needed to shoot outside the White House. Kirk Douglas recalled President Kennedy approving the making of the film."

"When generals are defiant."

June 22, 2010 at 09:41 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Water drop at 2,000 frames per second

[via Joe Peach]

Note added at 4:52 p.m. today: This is the problem with advance posting. Stuff gets taken down/or disappears.

Not to worry: My crack research team is on it as you read these words... stay tuned.

Note added 4:57 p.m.: Video below

just added. Feel better?

June 22, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Flying Sofa Brooch


Polymer clay and metal pin.

[via mappealSwissMiss and Hairy Sock]

June 22, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Aardvark — "Ask a question and I'll find someone to answer"


But wait, there's more: You get a response in real time as opposed to "real soon now."

Try it, you might like it.

Suggestion: Ask a question that you know the best answer to just to see how close the site's response is.

FunFact: The company was acquired by Google in February of this year.

You could look it up.

Then there's Quora, co-founded by two early Facebook engineers, which made its public launch yesterday after months of private testing.

And don't forget Yahoo! Answers, which has languished in nowheresville since forever.

Something tells me none of these sites will be the new new thing.

But I've been wrong before.

June 22, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Giant Cardboard Gameboy


"This Gameboy is exactly 5'4" tall and is exactly to scale to a real Gameboy! Great for any game room and hardcore gamer. Buttons are pushable and power button slides up and down along with a rotating volume button."

Very limited edition of one (1).


[via LikeCool]

June 22, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Robert Boyle's 1660s document predicts the 21st century


Wrote Charity Brown in today's Washington Post, "In the 1660s, English chemist Robert Boyle wrote an extraordinary document [above], a combination of wish list and predictions of what science might achieve in the coming centuries. Found in his private papers, the list is a centerpiece of the exhibition "The Royal Society: 350 Years of Science," running until November at the society's headquarters in London."

"Boyle -- who was a founder of the society, the world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence -- seems to have envisioned airplanes, organ transplants, submarines, commercial agriculture and psychotropic drugs. Some wishes, such as 'The Recovery of Youth, or at least some of the marks of it, as new Teeth, new Hair colour'd as in youth,' seem to have come true, while others, such as 'The Transmutation of Species,' remain unfulfilled."



samples from Boyle's list.

June 22, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

And in keeping with my new kinder, gentler approach to these confounding posts, I offer the following clues:

• It is not intended to be part of your batterie de cuisine. You read right: Whisk-like as it might appear, this device has no place or purpose in a bowl.

• It measures precisely 6.25" long.

Now get to it.

June 22, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

@bookofjoe in Wired magazine


The "Rants" section (feedback from readers) on page 16 of the May 2010 issue of Wired featured a tweet of mine (above) on Erin Biba's March 2010 Wired interview with Kevin Smith.

I don't know that I'd have seen it if it hadn't been for Erin's heads-up email.

Who knew that Twitter posts were fair game for magazine letter sections?

June 22, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack



Dual-outlet wall adapter lets attached cords and cables run flush to the wall


so you can bring cabinets, desks, appliances and whatnot


up close and personal to the socket surface.



June 22, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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