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September 5, 2010



Not an abbreviated epithet but, rather, a new Japanese restaurant discovered by my Houston correspondent, one Cary Sternick (pictured in the photograph below).


Cary reports that this dining establishment — featuring excellent sushi, in his considered opinion — occupies one of those shopping center "death zones," such that there have been a long string of restaurants — some good, some bad, some indifferent — occupying the location for a year or so before vanishing.


Probably some sort of vortex effect like that existing near the floating mountains of Pandora.


Fukuda is located in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb of Houston.

September 5, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Los Angeles County Coroner Welcome Mat


The Los Angeles County Coroner's office is believed to be the only such office in the country with its own gift shop.

White or yellow body imprint on black nylon woven background.



[via Cary Sternick whose in-situ photograph leads this post. FunFact: Both Cary and I were interns at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center way, way back in the day. I wonder if Liquor Liquor is still across the street....]

September 5, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Minority Report — Mexican-Style


Long story short, from Michael Winter's August 19, 2010 USA Today story: Mexico's seventh-largest city, León, is installing widespread iris-scanning technology intended to create "the most secure city in the world."

Here's the piece.


Mexico's seventh-largest city, León, is on the road to becoming a real-world version of "Minority Report," the movie and short story that envision a future in which everyone is tracked wherever they go.

Fast Company reports that U.S. biometrics firm Global Rainmakers and its Mexican partner announced yesterday that they have begun installing iris-scanning technology in the city of more than 1 million in Guanajuato state, which the press release touts, without irony, as the place "where Mexican Independence was born." The companies aim "to fortify all aspects of life" to create "the most secure city in the world."

The first phase concentrates on law enforcement and security checkpoints. Then the iris scanners, which the firms say can "identify humans in motion and at a distance while ensuring liveness," will fill malls, pharmacies, mass transit, medical centers and banks, "among other public and private locations," Fast Company writes.

"In the future, whether it's entering your home, opening your car, entering your workspace, getting a pharmacy prescription refilled, or having your medical records pulled up, everything will come off that unique key that is your iris," says Jeff Carter, CDO of Global Rainmakers. Before coming to GRI, Carter headed a think tank partnership between Bank of America, Harvard, and MIT. "Every person, place, and thing on this planet will be connected [to the iris system] within the next 10 years," he says.

León is the first step. To implement the system, the city is creating a database of irises. Criminals will automatically be enrolled, their irises scanned once convicted. Law-abiding citizens will have the option to opt-in.

When these residents catch a train or bus, or take out money from an ATM, they will scan their irises, rather than swiping a metro or bank card. Police officers will monitor these scans and track the movements of watch-listed individuals.

"Fraud, which is a $50 billion problem, will be completely eradicated," says Carter. Not even the "dead eyeballs" seen in Minority Report could trick the system, he says. "If you've been convicted of a crime, in essence, this will act as a digital scarlet letter. If you're a known shoplifter, for example, you won't be able to go into a store without being flagged. For others, boarding a plane will be impossible."

Global Rainmakers says that to combat "the very costly threats of identity theft and fraud," its "new paradigm unleashes a vastly different operating model where privacy, convenience and security are synonymous."

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Instant Counter


No, it doesn't tally zeptoseconds.

From the website:


Instant Counter®

Add extra prep space for chopping, slicing and dicing in even the smallest kitchen with this high-grade tempered safety glass board that fits over standard sinks and gas or electric ranges.

Scratchproof, odorless and virtually unbreakable, it serves as a cooling surface for hot pans or casserole dishes and also keeps things from falling into burners when they’re not in use.

Heat-resistant silicone feet are permanently attached and elevate the board 2" off the counter or stove.

5mm tempered glass is textured on top and smooth on bottom.

Also useful as a platter for hors d’oeuvres.

20.5"L x 11.75"W x 2"H.



September 5, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

What are they?


Answer here this time



September 5, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

Tinted File Boxes


Just ordered two sets — they had me at the one in bookofjoe green.

From the website:


A bright idea ... file in style with colorful cases you can see through for quick access.

Set of blue, pink and green plastic file boxes snap securely shut, holding documents, recipes, photos, newspaper clippings, memorabilia and more.

Each, 12"L x 9-1/4"W x 7/8"D.


Set of three: $11.99.

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"The March of Time" — tonight on Turner Classic Movies

Long story short: to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the newsreel, Turner Classic Movie channel tonight broadcasts a four-hour cavalcade of restored installments.

Wrote Tom Shales in a laudatory review in yesterday's Washington Post, "Fascinating, enthralling, enlightening — many a superlative applies to these documentary shorts, which have gathered value with the march of time itself and have been rescued from the ravages of time by New York's Museum of Modern Art and the HBO Archive...."

If the trailer up top is any indication of the quality of the restoration, it'll be like watching for the first time.

As I remember these shorts, they were mostly very poor quality video, which somehow made them seem that much more authentic.

Four hours of "The March of Time" air on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) starting at 8 p.m. ET tonight.

DirecTV channel 256; Dish 132.

September 5, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Grindenstèin (bang grinds in stein)


From the website:



For everyone who makes espresso at home, Grindenstèin solves the extremely messy problem of removing the used grinds from your espresso machine's portafilter or group handle.

Forget trying to wash oily grinds down the sink or having to put your hand inside a filthy garbage can — just turn your portafilter upside down over your Grindenstèin, tap tap, and you're done — you have an empty portafilter.


Grindenstèin has a patented unbreakable design and its compact height allows you to store it on your espresso machine's drip tray when not in use so it doesn't take up precious counter space.

Easily cleaned in the top rack of the dishwasher.


• Thick and durable rubber sleeve protects the group handle, absorbs the striking force and makes it quiet to use

• Patented shock-absorbing design and solid steel core make it truly impossible to break




September 5, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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