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Blast from the past: Experts' Expert — Rob Kaufelt on the world's 10 most intimidating cheeses


This post originally appeared on October 26, 2006.

When I happened on it last night I only vaguely recalled it, so I figured that if, like most people reading this today, you hadn't seen it back then, most likely you wouldn't recall it at all.

Wait a minute....


Experts' Expert — Rob Kaufelt on the world's 10 most intimidating cheeses

Kaufelt is the proprietor of Murray's Cheese in New York City, named the world's best cheese store by Forbes magazine.

That may or may not be the case but in any event, he is a recognized authority on cheese.

His new book, published this month, is entitled "The Murray's Cheese Handbook."

My copy arrived yesterday; looking through it I came upon his list of scariest cheeses, which follows.

1. Bleu de Termignon

2. Cabrales

3. Chiabro d'Henry

4. Evora

5. Pecorino di Fossa

6. Salers

7. Stanser Fladä

8. Stanser Schafchäs

9. Stinking Bishop

10. Tomme Vaudoise

A sample review (one of over 300) from the book:

Stinking Bishop

The name refers to a type of pear, not to an unwashed clergyman, alas. This puddle of cheese made by Charles Martell in Gloucestershire is washed in perry, a hard cider made from pears, before it is bound in a springy strip of beechwood. We serve it in a dish; you'll need to, because no plate can contain this steadily spreading mass. Heady, fruity, and all thick milkiness, the Bishop pairs well with a dry, lightly effervescent hard cider.


A half-pound of Stinking Bishop cheese (pictured up top) is $18.99.

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Hand Bag


By Brussels-based designer Mia Schmallenbach.

"Une collection de trois sacs qui s’accordent avec trois différentes manières de mettre la main dans la poche. Réalisés en cuir de mouton, agréables et souples, leurs contours répondent à ceux du corps. Un lien intime se noue avec l’accessoire lorsqu’on glisse les mains à l’intérieur des poches prévues pour un accueil chaleureux. Disponibles en huit couleurs."

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It came from outer space


Above, an artist's rendering of the most powerful microquasar, or pair of jets, ever seen from a stellar black hole, observed by astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray telescope.

Very, very large and very, very far away story short: "If the black hole were shrunk to the size of a soccer ball, each jet would extend from the Earth to beyond the orbit of Pluto."

Here's a July 20, 2010 Washington Post story with details.


Gigantic gas bubble  from black hole spans 1,000 light-years

An artist illustrates the most powerful microquasar, or pair of jets, ever seen from a stellar black hole that astronomers observed with European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray telescope. The microquasar blows a huge bubble of hot gas and ultra-fast particles spanning 1,000 light-years.

Here's how the European Southern Observatory describes it: Black holes are known to release a prodigious amount of energy when they swallow matter. It was thought that most of the energy came out in the form of radiation, predominantly X-rays. But new findings published in the journal Nature show that some black holes can release as much energy, and perhaps much more, in the form of collimated, or narrow, jets of fast-moving particles.

Scientists could observe the spots where the fast jets slam into the surrounding interstellar gas, heating it and triggering an expansion. Their observations revealed that the bubble of hot gas is inflating at a speed of almost 1 million kilometers per hour. Astronomers do not have the means to measure the size of the black hole itself. But what they do know is that the length of the jets is amazing when compared with the estimated size of the black hole that launched them.

"If the black hole were shrunk to the size of a soccer ball, each jet would extend from the Earth to beyond the orbit of Pluto," says Robert Soria, who co-wrote the scientific paper, titled "A 300-parsec-long jet-inflated bubble around a powerful microquasar in the galaxy NGC 7793." This microquasar is twice as large and tens of times more powerful than any other known microquasars.


I've long since abandoned trying to understand interstellar distances.

I tried really hard for many years but my human brain is simply incapable of understanding what deep time and light-years really mean in my terms.

I'm fine with it being incomprehensible.

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Falling Floor Lamp


"This floor lamp looks like it's falling, as next to your chair the light falls on your reading."

"Because of the weighted base, the lamp does not fall."

120cm H x 26cm Ø.

Steel and fabric.


Wait a minute... what's that music I'm hearing?

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Alex Prager's "Despair," featuring Bryce Dallas Howard

You can see the film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City this fall, when it appears as part of "New Photography 2010."

Or you can watch it here and save yourself the trip.

Or do both.

Or neither.

Wrote Carol Vogel in her "Inside Art" column in last Friday's New York Times about the upcoming MoMA show, "There is ... a four-minute film by Ms. Prager, her first, with the actress Bryce Dallas Howard. Set in 1960s Los Angeles, it is inspired by the 1948 film 'The Red Shoes' about a ballerina whose obsession with dance conflicts with her need for love, ultimately leading to her suicide. Ms. Prager melds pulp fiction and fashion imagery (using the same stylistic devices that she uses in her photographs) in a film that stars women wearing synthetic wigs, and colorful period clothes."

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World's largest CPU collection


Over 1,000 pieces.

From English Russia:



Largest private collection of CPUs has been discovered when one Russian guy [top] has posted a message on a forum.


His message says “here is my humble collection for you” and then listed something more than one thousand of different types of computer processors he collected.


There are ones from the old times and as well as modern ones, the lost and seemed never coming back relics of Soviet Russian genuine processors that preceded Intel world dominance and many other interesting findings he had.


[via LDJ and dirty.ru]

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Limited-Edition Coca-Cola Light — by Nathalie Rykiel


Alas, this bottle came out in January 2009 so I expect the only place you'll find one for your collection is on eBay.

Yes, Nathalie Rykiel is the daughter of Sonia Rykiel.


Some things are hard-wired.

[via noquedanblogs, The Dieline and ViaComIT]

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Steel Tie


The tie alternative, made from 2mm spring steel.


Think outside the office space.



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