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October 24, 2010

The best anchovy pizza delivered in Charlottesville comes from...

Rise PizzaWorks.

On Thursday, October 21, 2010, my great and good friend of many, many years, Cary Sternick, arrived at my house for his regular quarter-century visit.

That's right: he was last here in 1985.

There are a lot of people reading this who weren't even born then.

But I digress.

Among the many things he'd promised to do to improve the quality of my life — beyond the stuff he does on a daily basis over the phone and via email — was finally break me of my Domino's pizza habit.

I've ordered from Domino's since forever, even after they dropped anchovies from their topping list, much to my consternation, some five or ten years ago, I can't remember, don't bust my chops about it, OK?


My standard Domino's order, placed on the website and followed using their nifty Pizza Tracker (which I've read may be fake, unrelated to the actual progress of my pizza through the system, like those elevator door "Close" buttons that may or may not actually affect door closure), has been:

Large extra-crispy thin crust with double bacon, double pepperoni, double sausage, double onion, double mushroom, double black olive.

Just so you know who you're working with.

Where was I?

Oh, yeah, Cary's intervention.

Cary hates Domino's with a passion, says he wouldn't eat it if it were free.


He said when he got here we'd order anchovy pizzas from every single restaurant in Charlottesville that made and delivered them, then have a tasting contest.

I love stuff like that.

Anyway, cut to the chase: we could only find, using the internets and the phone book, three restaurants whose anchovy and delivery Venn diagrams overlapped.

They are: Rise PizzaWorks, a relatively new restaurant about two miles down the road from my house; Vocelli, which I'd never heard of before this contest; and the good old College Inn down by the Corner (local term for the area at the heart of the University of Virginia).

We ordered by phone from each of the three the following: a small anchovy, pepperoni, sausage, and onion pizza.

We figured, keep it simple with as few variables as possible to make our contest result more clear-cut.

We also timed how long till our pizzas arrived from the time we ordered.

The video above is an actual unretouched documentary account of our competition.

Cary is the narrator and I'm doing the Vanna White thing.

No question but that the Rise Pizza stood astride the other two like a Podunk town Italian colossus.

Very fresh tasting, thinner rather than thick crust; sauce very fine; a bit too much cheese for Cary's taste but not enough to cause it to slip down the rankings; anchovies good enough.

Vocelli had a thicker crust, quite good in fact, with better proportions of cheese and sauce, and the best anchovies and onions of the bunch, but the overall experience was just not quite as good as Rise.

College Inn brought up the rear with a serviceable entry: a thick crust, greasier than the other two, and with anchovies that weren't as succulent as those on the other two entries.

Delivery times: Rise PizzaWorks won that too, with a call-to-door time of 25 minutes; College Inn arrived in 29 minutes; Vocelli took 54 minutes.

So there it is: Rise PizzaWorks is from this day forward the Official Delivered Anchovy Pizza (ODAP) of bookofjoe.


October 24, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Pong — This is your brain NOT absorbing cellphone radiation

Or so the maker of these radiation-diverting cases would have you believe.

Wrote Laura Johannes in an October 5, 2010 Wall Street Journal story, "For iPhone and BlackBerry Curve users, there's a $49.99 case made by Pong Research LLC that contains thin pieces of gold that the Middleburg, Va., company says pulls radiation away from your head and releases it out the back of the phone. In tests by Cetecom Inc., a Milpitas, Calif., unit of Germany's Cetecom GmbH that tests radiation levels in cellphones, the case was found to reduce radiation from U.S. phones to a simulated model of the human head by 60% to 82%, Pong says. Cetecom scientist Heiko Strehlow confirmed its tests found that the Pong directs radiation away from the human head."


Caveat emptor.

October 24, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

MacBook Wheel

I must say I don't spend any time on so-called "humorous" sites because real life is so much funnier.

But I happened accidentally on the 2009 Onion video up top and I have to say it made me laugh.

Perfect take on the fanboy mentality.

Wait a minute, joe — that's you.

Never mind.

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

Dual Outlet Liberator


Lately I've been reading more and more laments from road warriors at wit's end trying to find an available socket in an airport to charge their phone or computer's dying battery.

Though I've featured an item like this before, it appears time for a reprise now that more and more people are chasing the same limited number of outlets.

From the website:



Tired of cords sticking straight out from the wall?

The Power Strip Liberator® Hug-A-Plug® fits into a regular wall outlet and provides two outlets that let the attached cords run flush to the wall.

The compact design works really well behind cabinets, desks and appliances.



Two for $9.89.

You'll thank me, wait and see.


Note added at 5:22 p.m. today: You'll thank Joe Peach, not me, for sending a link to one that lets three people at a time plug in — for half the price ($2.49).


Right here.

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

BehindTheMedspeak: NNT (Number needed to treat) v NNH (Number needed to harm)

Both these acronyms are new to me, courtesy of Katherine Hobson's October 5, 2010 Wall Street Journal Health Blog post.

There's a new physician-created website called TheNNT.com which "looks at a stat called the 'number needed to treat,' which it defines as 'a measurement of the impact of a medicine or therapy [that estimates] the number of patients that need to be treated in order to have an impact on one person.' (Here's the new site's explanation of the NNT)."

"The site... also includes, when appropriate, the 'number needed to harm,' which indicates how many people you’d have to treat before one is harmed by the intervention. Both stats are presented as a proportion — i.e. one in 42 people will have his or her life saved by taking aspirin after a major heart attack (an NNT of 42), and one in 167 will have non-dangerous bleeding (a NNH of 167)."

"A perfect NNT would be one — treat one person, and one person benefits. The higher the NNH, the better."

[via Shawn Lea]

October 24, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Girard-Perregaux Opera Three plays Tchaikovsky on a built-in drum set and keyboard


Got $625,000?

Then you can own this nifty timepiece, which has an interior music box made of a keyboard with 20 keys and a drum set with 150 hand-assembled pins.

It also plays Mozart.

[via mens-watches-guides.com]

October 24, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

LookBackMaps: Time Travel Tourism


Wrote Matthew Battles in the November 2010 Atlantic: "LookBackMaps, a San Francisco web development company, has created an iPhone mapping app that lets the user overlay historical photographs of places onto the iPhone's camera view, combining past and present into a single picture — crowding wagons and horses, cobblestones and ghostly pedestrians into modern cityscapes."

This app alone might be reason enough to get an iPhone.

Free, the way we like it.

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

Clothes Hanger Organizer


Enough craziness in your closet.


Holds up to 100 wire coat hangers.


Also stores wood and plastic iterations.


For the It Girl who wants to make a statement, could be repurposed as a handbag.


Oddly enough, the company's order page doesn't show a price, though I've seen them elsewhere from $9.95 to $12.99.

October 24, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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