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February 20, 2011

"Car 54, Where Are You?" — Composer John Strauss is dead at 90

The man who wrote the music for the theme song of the hit comedy show "Car 54, Where Are You" died Monday in Los Angeles.

From Margalit Fox's February 17, 2011 New York Times obituary:

There's a holdup in the Bronx,

Brooklyn's broken out in fights.

There's a traffic jam in Harlem

That's backed up to Jackson Heights.

There's a scout troup short a child,

Krushchev's due at Idlewild.

Car 54, where are you?

"Ask almost anyone over 50, and the song pours buoyantly forth, evoking one of television’s best-loved comedies."

"The lyrics, by Nat Hiken, the show’s creator, capture New York in all its frenzied geography. But they would never have been as singable — or as enduringly etched in public memory — had they not been set to John Strauss's jaunty march-time tune."

"Broadcast on NBC from 1961 to 1963, the show opens with its stars, Fred Gwynne and Joe E. Ross, blithely cruising the city in their squad car (they can be seen playing checkers on the dashboard as they drive), oblivious of the catastrophes erupting throughout the city."

February 20, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Star in your own video — "Your camera follows your every move"

Can your camera do that?

Didn't think so.

I am so getting one of these when they come out, hopefully later this year.

Now if only iPhone 5 offers real-time video uploading to a public website, bookofjoeTV will — at long last — become a reality.


Gray Cat can hardly wait.

[via Microservios]


February 20, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Mental illness is a state of mind


Wrote Erin Biba in the January 2011 issue of Wired Magazine, "From the DSM-1 to the DSM-5, definitions of mental illness have evolved with the culture. Here's a sample of the rewrites."

The graphic accompanied Gary Greenberg's article, "The Book of Woe."

February 20, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Limited-Edition PlusMinusZero Wall Clock

Wall clock one

Gold, Silver or Copper leaf plating over ABS.

Hand made in Kanazawa, Japan.

Face: 0.2" thin.

9.8"Ø x 1.3"D.

Gold: $562.

Silver: $460.

Copper: $451.

All here.

February 20, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Molecules app lets you view 3-D renderings — and manipulate them with your fingers


For iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.


Columbia University virologist Vincent Racaniello said,


"You can show colleagues the structure of a protein


wherever you want, such as over lunch."


Pretty slick.


Free, the way we like it.


February 20, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

"Cowboys & Aliens" Moccasins


Topshop calls them "Montana Pewter Beaded Moccasin Boots" but we know better.


Look for them in "Cowboys & Aliens," coming this summer.



[via Svpply]

February 20, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

et al — or et al.?


The comment above on Friday's 1:01 p.m. post got my crack research team's collective baggies in a twist, so much so that they had to be sedated in order to continue working.

Such treatment was administered by my crack sedation team (heh) and off flew the drilldowners into the minutiae and arcana of proper usage.

Here's what they found:

• This discussion finds no exceptions to using a period after "al".

• Wikipedia (below) concurs.


• At Dictionary.com "et al" appears without a period (below).


To be fair, it appears with the period as well at Dictionary.com (below),


and with five as opposed to two results.

But here's the kicker, from the graphic above:

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The fact that "also et al" became an accepted rendering in 1883 is good enough for me.

Full disclosure: I wasn't sure whether et al, et. al., or et al. was correct when I used the term on Friday.

I didn't take the time to look it up because I decided that it 1) et al looked cleaner; 2) I always choose the simplest option if there is one; 3) I unilaterally decided there was an option because so much of proper language seems to be fading into the Strunk & White past.

Consider, for example, how the dash (—), which I was taught by Mrs. Toussaint and Miss Steiger in English class at Washington High School never stood alone but had to be repeated in the same sentence, now rides solo in the New York Times.

And how "not only", which I was taught never, ever appeared without "but also" in the following phrase, now oftimes appears without its former sidekick.

Bottom line: et al is the default usage from this point forward in bookofjoe.

Dissenters, the Comments section has unlimited capacity: go to it.



February 20, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

SlimScan — Credit-card-sized portable scanner

Is that a scanner in your pocket or...?


Never mind.


This scanner fits in your wallet to scan receipts or whatever else you think is worth making an electronic record of.



February 20, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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