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July 24, 2010

LibriVox.org — Public domain audio books

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Free, the way we like it.

[via Ray Earhart]

July 24, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Glam Lace-Up Ankle Boot

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By Tod's, of suede and leather.

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I saw it in yesterday's New York Times ad and thought it looked interesting.

$675.

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

Nice logo

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Created by San Francisco-based graphic design/branding consultancy Manual for slice.

[via FFFFOUND!]

July 24, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Teeth Mug

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"Individually hand-carved white ceramic mug."

3.3"Ø x 3.8"H; 11.8 oz. capacity.

Tell you what: Leave yours like the one below and you can be pretty certain no one else will ever touch it — much less use it.

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$24.

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

Waterbird — Episode 2: Trampofoil

megancyber was kind enough to email me a link to the Sweden-based Waterbird website after the Episode 1 post on July 19, 2010.

She quoted the opening paragraph on the Swedish homepage, to wit: "At first glance you wouldn´t believe that this invention and piece of metal will stay afloat let alone cruise through the water like a boat. The original invention by Alexander Sahlin, a Swedish engineer, was shown at the Stockholm Waterfestival in the early 90´s. As many times before Swedish inventions end up abroad where someone else ends up making all the buck. This time after a change of material to the better, and design, to the worse, by an American."

It's the very least I can do, then, to give a shout-out here to the inventor, Alexander Sahlin.

Who named his invention the Trampofoil®.

From an entry — in fact, the entry — on the Trampofoil® website, dated April 6, 2004:

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The Trampofoil is a human-powered hydrofoil with flapping wing propulsion.

The Trampofoil gets its supporting and propelling force completely from the hydrodynamic lift on its hydrofoils.

The athlete jumps with both feet together and pushes the hydrofoil alternately up and down.

The vehicle is normally started and landed on a jetty and it is not possible to start from the water with the present configuration.

The speed interval is from 2.5 to 6 m/s (5-12 knots).

The current distance record is 11.5 km (A. Sahlin 1997).

The Trampofoil is not available for purchase at the moment.

All ideas and proposals on how to start up the production again are welcome.

We can be reached by e-mail at: info@trampofoil.com .

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I like the Waterbird website's admonition: "Remember that speed is of the essence. Otherwise you will sink."

In this it takes a page from Emerson, who wrote that "In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed."

A variation on the theme of "When you're walking on eggshells, don't hop."

Which is what Warren Oates said to Roy Scheider in the 1983 film "Blue Thunder."

The Waterbird site closes, "Patience is important and will be rewarded soon with a lot of joy and happy moments."

Sounds like a prolix fortune cookie, and applies equally well outside the Waterbird space.

$710 (€550).

I wonder if Sahlin has ever seen one krona from his invention.

July 24, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Hinge Packing Tape

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Created by South Korean design collective mmiinn (Jeong-Min Lee and Hyoung-Min Park).

That's the good news.

The bad news: Still in beta, not yet available.

[via Shawn Lea Zehnder]

July 24, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"I find your lack of funds disturbing"

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Above, a photograph that appears on page three of today's Charlottesville Daily Progress.

The rest of the caption:

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A man dressed as "Star Wars" villain Darth Vader robbed a Chase bank on Long Island, N.Y. shortly before noon Thursday, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Detectives say the robber, who could only be described as between 6 feet and 6-foot-2, was dressed in full head mask and cape.

The only parts of his uniform that were out of place were his camouflage pants and the handgun he carried in place of a light saber.

July 24, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Key Peg

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They call it a "Hookeychain Magnet" but all that goes to show is that they need — in the worst way — to spend some time at bookofjoe Product Naming School.

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Who thought up that dopey name and, even worse, who gave it a thumbs-up?

I hate it when a cool product gets burdened with a disastrous name, making its prospects in the market worse than deserved.

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But I digress.

What this device is, is a mashup of magnet and keychain cleverly designed such that when it adheres to a ferrous surface, it can assume an upward slant and also serve as a hook.

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Made from aluminum, steel, and a magnet.

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Silver, Black or Gold.

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$16.

July 24, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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