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March 31, 2011

My TIME "best Twitter feeds" followees


As noted yesterday, I was following 10 of the 140 who made TIME's list before I happened on it.

They are:


Pete Cashmore

Steven Johnson

Om Malik

Danny Sullivan

Kara Swisher

Gina Trapani

Fred Wilson


William Gibson

Susan Orlean

Colson Whitehead

March 31, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Limited-Edition Kate & William Pez Set


How limited? How about an edition of one?


Does that work for you?

From today's Washington Post: "If you've heard about the upcoming wedding of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton, you might think that the idea of princes and princesses is sweet.

"Pez... agrees with you. The company... has created a special pair that look like the prince and his soon-to-be princess in honor of their April 29 wedding.

"But you can't buy the Kate and William Pez set at a store. Instead, fans of the royal couple — or of Pez figurines — can submit offers on the eBay for Charity Web site from April 7 to 17. Proceeds will go to a cause supported by the couple....

"Pez makes around 4.6 billion pieces of candy and 80 million dispensers a year, but unlike some other models, the William and Kate figurines will not dispense sweets through their mouths.

"'The whole head bends back,' a company spokeswoman said."

March 31, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

bookofjoe on Zite


Last night I was idly noodling around on the iPad and had a look at the Zite app, my favorite of all the aggregators like PulseFlipboard and their ilk.

I was quite surprised to see yesterday's 4:01 p.m. post had been selected by Zite for republication [above] on the second page of the general interest version.

I liked seeing bookofjoe on the same page as The Economist, the Grey Lady and the Washington Post.

Even better was that right-hand column sidebar [below]


that said "Give me more from... bookofjoe."

But it might be too good to be true.

Just as it appears I'm gaining traction in the mainstream, Kara Swisher of the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that "A panoply of big media giants sent a cease-and-desist letter today to Zite, the Apple iPad news reader app. The Washington Post, AP, Gannett, Getty Images, Time, Dow Jones and many other media organizations were part of the action."

You won't find my name on that letter.

In fact, I'd happily pay Zite to include my posts.

And you can quote me.

March 31, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

My accidental Apple dongle collection — by Rex Hammock


The Nashville nabob wrote yesterday on RexBlog:


I'll confess: I buy lots of Apple computers. Not just for me, but for the people I work with. So, chances are, if it's a notebook with an Apple logo attached, I've owned it. Because I use such computers for presenting ideas to lots of different people in lots of different places, I've become an accidental expert in Mac Dongleology. (The word "dongle" is a geekish term for what the rest of us call adapters.) What you see in the photo [top] that appears with this post is just a small fraction of the dongles we need to "be prepared." I am convinced that Apple's real business is selling dongles. That mythological industrial development team at Apple is noted for their obsession with ridding the world of buttons and keys and ports — but when it comes to dongles, it's like  Jony Ive gets a bonus for how many they sell. So every few months, they change the shape of plugs and ports and your drawer of dongles grows more chaotic.

Another observation about dongles (now that I mention drawer): They are similar to socks: they are manufactured in some magic way that causes them to disappear inexplicably. One last observation about dongles and Apple (which calls them adapters like "the rest of us.") If you use Google to search Apple.com (something you should always do) x the word "adapter," you will get over 600,000 results.


FunFact: if you use the alternative spelling "adaptor," you will get around 400,000 results.

March 31, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Connect-the-dots Tattoo


[via Richard Kashdan, 9GAG, and Colleen AF Venable]

March 31, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Bolefloor — "Because life is not a straight line"


From the Bolefloor website:



Bolefloor is the world’s first industrial-scale manufactured
hardwood flooring with naturally curved lengths that follow
a tree’s natural growth. Bolefloor takes its name from bole,
the trunk of a tree.


Bolefloor has created the category of curved-length flooring
for the market at large. Until now, unique floors like these
have been the product of a few dedicated craftsmen.



[via Richard Kashdan]

March 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Who is this?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

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

Love Ring


Wrote creator Natalia Gomensoro,


"This unique band can also spell words like 'AMOR,' 'KISS,' 'BESO,' 'EVER,' 'MORE,' 'FUN,' etc."




[via Ufunk and LikeCool]

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

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