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January 31, 2011

Helpful Hints from joeeze: More microwave (less cowbell)


Last week's demonstration/explanation of water "exploding" in the microwave was a hit, so much so that I'm back today with a tutorial from the same sources (James and Morris Carey) on how to easily and effectively clean your microwave.

And don't play games with me — I know how you try not to look inside whenever you open the door to nuke something.

Here's the tutorial.


Cleaning a microwave doesn't have to become drudgery. In can be as simple as squeezing a little lemon juice into a cup of water. You'll need a cup or mug, water, a lemon, a sponge and a towel.

Here's is how it's done:

• Fill a microwave-safe cup such as a ceramic coffee mug with 1 cup of water.

• Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice out of one side into your cup of water.

• Place a clean ice cream stick into the cup (prevents superheating and resultant "explosions").

• Place the cup in the microwave and set on high power for 3 minutes. Wait at least 30 seconds before removing the cup.

• Wipe the inside of the microwave with a lightly dampened sponge.

• Rinse the sponge regularly to remove any debris.

• Wipe the inside of the microwave dry with a clean towel. Dump the lemon water into your drain as a freshener.

• Save the rest of the juice in the freezer and use both pieces of lemon rind to clean your disposer.

January 31, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Loose Leaf T-Shirt




[via WHATtheCOOL and buzzfeed]

January 31, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"Cloaca Professional"

Located in Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), the piece (above and below), created by Belgian artist Wim Delvoyemimics the human digestive system.


According to a story in the current issue of The Economist, "It is fed by curators and produces excrement every day at 3 p.m."

No — I won't ask if you can do that.

It would be inappropriate and I believe in adhering to only the highest standards here at boj.

But I egress.


two men, one of whom may — or may not — be the artist, demonstrate a smaller version of the device.

An amusing 2005 Telegraph.com interview with Delvoye by film maker Ben Lewis appears here; below,

video of Lewis's encounter with the artist and his machine, in which Lewis conducts an experiment to see just how lifelike the machine's output is, taking the Turing test to a whole new level.

Below, a video of the machine being fed at MUDAM in 2007.

nuf sed.

January 31, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Courrèges Eskimo Sunglasses — Vintage 1965



[via What Alice Found]

January 31, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Thoreau's Pencils


"Henry David Thoreau wrote his diary with pencils [like those above] made by his family's own company."

You can read his complete works here.

Free, the way we like it.

Fair warning: there goes the day.

And the rest of your life, if you take what you read to heart.

[via the New York Times]

January 31, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pyrite cluster necklace


From Kathryn Blackmore.


"A cluster of pyrite stones with a metallic luster hang


from a 20"-long gold-plated steel chain with a lobster-clasp closure."


"Known to man since ancient times,


pyrite gets its name from the Greek word pyr, meaning fire."



January 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Economist x State of the Union


The current issue of The Economist features a striking cover (above).

Very clever and amusing.

January 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Is that a party in your mouth? LED smiles take Japan by storm

"Japanese designers Motoi Ishibashi and Daito Manabe


have created an LED device

that illuminates your teeth when you smile."


"After appearing in a commercial for Laforet Harajuku clothing store,

LED smiles are becoming a sought after fashion accessory in Japan."


Back story below.

[via Toxel and the New York Times]

January 31, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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