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April 9, 2011

BehindTheMedspeak: Not your dad's Marlboros


Above, proposed cigarette packaging under Australia's new draft laws banning logos and branding from tobacco products.

Wrote Enda Curran in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, "Health warnings with graphic images of the harmful effects of smoking will have to make up 75% of the front of the packaging and 90% of the back."

The image on the package up top looks like those yellow teeth ads that ran here for a couple months last year before I pulled the plug on the advertiser.

But I digress.

"'I expect Big Tobacco to fight these steps tooth and nail. They know that if Australia is the first, we will not be the last,' said Health Minister Nicola Roxon. 'This plain packaging legislation is a world first and sends a clear message that the glamour is gone. Cigarette packs will now only show the death and disease that can come from smoking,' she said."

"A spokesman for Philip Morris said the company will oppose the government's move 'in every way possible.'"

April 9, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Lucky Ruler


$10 CAD (Desk and Stationary 5).

April 9, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"I Got You Babe" — Chrissie Hynde x UB40

Who knew?

From Wikipedia: "UB40 (with Chrissie Hynde) from the album "Baggariddim" (also appearing on the Pretenders' 1987 album "The Singles." ). It reached #1 on the UK charts in August 1985 (#28 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100), its 20th anniversary."

April 9, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Camera from Athens


"Disposable camera contains 27 undeveloped souvenir shots of Athens, Greece, photographed by up-and-coming artists."

$45 CAD (Personal Accessories 2).

April 9, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Mad props to reader Carol Feldman, who discovered how to use Google's new speech-to-text


After I wrote about it on March 30, Carol commented as follows the next day:

Tech-savvy I am not, but I thought to go to the Chrome apps store and found it:


After you have upgraded to Chrome 11, then you download the app.

A cute little microphone shows up on your screen by the little wrench.

Also, you will find the microphone shows up whenever you have to put in a screen name or password — and on your Google search bar!

Nice work.

You realize, Carol, that you will have to turn in your TechnoDolt™ card after this demonstration of your wizardry.

April 9, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Comic Strip Superhero Toilet Roll


"Add some adventure to your toilet time."

Hey, don't shoot me, I'm just quoting from the package.

From the website: "Just like real comics, you can trade the best ones with your friends or save them in the the attic until they increase in value!"


April 9, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Bit.ly's domain controlled by... Libya?


The opening paragraph of Jess Bravin's front page story in yesterday's Wall Street Journal: "Where have the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the U.S. Air Force directed Twitter followers to learn more about military action in Libya? To an Internet domain controlled by the regime of Col. Moammar Gadhafi."

Caption for the graphic up top: "This U.S. Air Force Twitter account directs followers to a Libyan Web address."

More: "They aren't the only ones to send their Internet followers through Libya. So have House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio), Stanford University, Charlie Sheen, the White House, Kim Kardashian, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Paul McCartney, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and thousands of others.

"The reason is a linguistic anomaly that might be Col. Gadhafi's most unlikely asset: Libya's Internet domain happens to be the English language's adverbial suffix: ly.

"The .ly domain is controlled by Libya's General Post and Telecommunications Co., whose chairman, Mohammed el-Gadhafi, is the dictator's eldest son. It says it has rented out more than 10,000 .ly domains, either directly or through resellers.

"A spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said her office was unaware of bit.ly's Libyan connection. But 'given this new information, we will no longer be using this free service,' the spokesman said."


"A representative of New York-based bit.ly had no immediate comment on the Libya connection. A post on the company website, answering a customer question, said it paid $75 for the .ly address.

"A spokeswoman for the Treasury Department—another bit.ly user—said Americans could not rent .ly domains from entities controlled by the Gadhafi regime."


Libya has five servers — two inside Libya, two in the U.S. and one in Europe.

April 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Shark Salt & Pepper Shakers — Episode 2: Reality Bites


One year ago today I featured white ones but not many people have seen an albino shark.

So my Crack Research Team™ went back to the well and returned with this new iteration, looking a lot more lifelike.

Shark grey ceramic.

$40 (Kitchen and Tabletop 5).


April 9, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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