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June 24, 2010

'False Start' — by Jasper Johns


This 1959 painting was purchased by collectors Anne and Kenneth Griffin in 2006 for $80 million.

It remains the world's most expensive painting by a living artist.

June 24, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

K2r — Official spot remover of bookofjoe


Not only is this stuff cheap, available everywhere, easy to use and effective, but it's also (bonus) fun.

Hard to beat, that combination.

I'm telling you I've had stuff cleaned professionally, rugs and whatnot, only to get the items back with stains still present.

I spray on K2r, breathe in its powerful chemical and God-knows-what-else-is-in-there odor, and before you know it there's a white ring of powder around the place where the stain was and I'm brusha brusha-ing away the white dust with that goofy plastic brush on the cap to find the stain is history.


June 24, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"I'm just glued to the TV"


"Pearls Before Swine" by Stephen Pastis.

June 24, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Before you go banging your head against the wall in yet another bout of "What is it?"-induced frustration, consider the following:

• It is not a weapon

• It is not a high-tech tea ball

• It is not a massage appliance

Now get to it.

June 24, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (10) | TrackBack

Where annoying people congregate


Among the things that irritate most people are those who constantly find fault.

Even more irritating are the small sub-group who are usually spot-on in their criticism.

For those who enjoy cinema-focused nitpicking, there's Movie Mistakes.

It's a British website profiled by the Wall Street Journal's Barry Newman in a March 25, 2010 front page story.

Excerpts follow.


Johnny Depp's fingernails are dirty when he gets drunk on rum and passes out in the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl." When he wakes up and brings his hands to his face, the fingernails are clean.

Rikki Rosen caught that. She reported it to a Web site in Britain called Movie Mistakes, which does nothing but list mistakes in movies. While Mr. Depp inspects his pirate crew, the sun shines from different directions between cuts. Ms. Rosen also caught that mistake. When Mr. Depp bites into an apple, the bite mark changes shape from shot to shot. Ms. Rosen caught that one, too.

In all, she has reported 293 mistakes in the pirate movie to Movie Mistakes. She has also reported 3,695 mistakes in 181 other movies—including the bit in "War of the Worlds" when Tom Cruise yells "We're under attack!" and it's obvious that the inspection sticker previously on his van's windshield is no longer there.

Ms. Rosen is a 48-year-old with red hair and a bad cold. Her inner-suburban living room contains couches and cat baskets; an old Sony television with an Xbox under it; tea cups, a computer and stacks of DVDs. At last count, she was Movie Mistake's No. 2 contributor, behind someone called "Hamster" with 4,413.

"Sure, a movie can have mistakes," she said, curled up on her couch one morning. "People are imperfect. But sometimes it's just one after the other after the other. It smacks of not caring. These things should not be blatant on the screen." Ms. Rosen suppressed a cough. "So I look," she said. "I look at everything."

Jon Sandys, 31, founder of Movie Mistakes, posted a few gems on the Web in 1996 and asked people to send more. Now he lists 85,000, among them the Cessna in "Terminator 3" marked "N3035C" on the ground and "N3973F" in the air.

At IMDb, his huge rival, "goofs" rank in the top pages viewed by 57 million monthly visitors. "It's smart people making connections," says Keith Simanton, the site's editor.

"We're not assuming that people who watch DVDs will keep going back and forth and back and forth and back and forth," says Michael Taylor, a New York script supervisor turned editor.

June 24, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Cap-Sac — 'Fannypack for your head'


That's different.


Choice of 12 colors: $12.99.

[via Running Dive]

June 24, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

It can hear a speeding bullet — and tell you where it came from


Using a technology called acoustic vector sensing (AVS), the device pictured above measures the 3-D movement of individual air particles in order to determine the x, y and z coordinates of whatever caused the sound in question.

According to Hans-Elias de Bree, the inventor of AVS, not only can the origin of the sound be pinpointed but, in the case of a gun, the make of the weapon.


Netherlands-based Microflown Technologies created the system.

[via Cliff Hatch and DVICE]

June 24, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Klingon Corkscrew


I'm reminded of a joke from back in junior high... but maybe this is neither the time or the place....

You've probably heard it already anyway.


[via Microservios]

June 24, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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