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October 18, 2010

"The Adventures of Prince Achmed" — Lotte Reiniger (1926)

Above, a short clip from Reiniger's 65-minute-long stop-motion shadow-puppet 1926 film.

Based on "The Arabian Nights," it is the oldest surviving feature-length animation.

More information about this remarkable artist here and here.

Much, much more about "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" here and here.


October 18, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Note: not Photoshopped or enhanced/altered in any way.

October 18, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (13) | TrackBack

"Love is the only thing you get more of by giving it away"


Above, a postcard I received in early February 1998 from Larry Burdick's L.A. Burdick Chocolates, announcing that year's St. Valentine's Day specials.

It's been on my refrigerator ever since, which explains why it's not as pristine as it was the day it went into the mailbox.

Several years ago I called the company and told them how much I liked the card and asked if there were any left or if they planned to reissue it.

"No" and "no."

So you'll just have to print out your own from what's up top.

Free, at least, the way we like it.


Comment received at 7:28 p.m. from frank: "That's actually a very smart and clever advertisement to encourage blood donation. You are just too stupid and f***ing callous to understand."



the other side of the postcard featured up top.

If that's an advertisement for blood donation it's the most impressive use of steganography I've seen in a long time.

Stupid, sure, I'll cop to that.

I think, though, that frank meant "obtuse" when he used the word "callous," which really makes no sense in his context.

But it could be that I'm just too stupid to understand.


October 18, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

sweet home snail plate


$33.45 (cupcake not included).

October 18, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack



Say what?

Cary Sternick coined this wonderful word while we were discussing the curious case of the word "resign."

In its most common incarnations it means quit or accustom oneself to something.

But, if you pronounce the s as an s instead of as a z, it takes on an entirely different meaning, namely, to sign something (like a contract) again.

Which is the opposite of quitting.

Hence "opponym."

Here's the thing: Cary realized this curious word had oppositional meanings about a year ago yet try as we might, we haven't been able to come up with another word with this property.

I finally did the obvious thing and put "opponym" into Google.

Guess what?

The second of 54 results is opponym in "pseudodictionary: the dictionary for words that wouldn't make it into a real dictionary."

There it's defined as "a word that means its own opposite."

pseudodictionary then went on to offer "screen" and "cork" as exemplars.

Wow, in one stroke they tripled our number.

Come on, joehead nation, put on your collective thinking caps and come up with some others.

October 18, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

Dead Bolt Security Strap


Better than balancing a bottle on the doorknob à la "Conspiracy Theory?"

You be the judge.

From the website:


Wrap this super-strong strap around your deadbolt and doorknob and the door cannot be opened with a lockpick or key.

Great for seniors, apartments, dorm rooms and hotel rooms. 

Stretches to fit nearly every standard deadbolt. 

Industrial-strength nylon with Velcro closure.

Easy to install — no tools required.


Too many arrows (below) for this TechnoDolt™ to get his head around but I'm sure it'll make perfect sense to you.


Two for $14.99.

October 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Otherworldly jewelry by Imme van der Haak


The Dutch






gold-plated brass


to fashion pieces


that might have been


left behind


after an alien


roadside picnic.

[via today and tomorrow and trendbeheer]

October 18, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Power Pill Grinder


From the website:


Pulverize pills (even large ones) in seconds with this battery-powered grinder, making medications and supplements easier to swallow.

No more aching hands from manual grinding.


Grinder has a clear cover that lets you see when they’re crushed.

Dispense directly into food or beverages, or use the collection tray.

Also useful for crushing pills for your pets: sprinkle over food to ensure they get the dose they need.

Uses 3 AAA batteries (not included).




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