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June 20, 2011

Baby, you can drive my car — right off the back of my yacht

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From Sweden-based Gray Design

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comes the Strand Craft 122,

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a streamlined 122-foot yacht with a top speed of 55 knots.

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Bonus: at no extra charge you get a matching supercar

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powered by an 880hp twin turbo V12 with a top speed of 230mph.

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Alas, only a concept for now — until you tell 'em to start building yours.

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[via Milena and 42 concepts]

June 20, 2011 at 04:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Folding Cardboard Chair

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Made from corrugated cardboard.

Square or round seats.

Packs flat for storage.

From $69.

[via the New York Times]

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

ExpertInsight.com — Nobel Prize winner (among others) for rent

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Long story short from the website: "The world's top experts at your fingertips. From Nobel laureates to chess grandmasters, from best-selling authors to sports coaches, and everything in between. We are dedicated to helping you get in touch with the world's most experienced and professional experts in any industry."

Just wait till I put up my credentials.

But I digress — more on that later in this post.

There are currently a total of 62 experts (some pictured above and below) offering their services on Expert Insight, ranging from Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary Becker ($5,000/hour) to ESPN Swing Coach Jerome Andrews ($380/hour).

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Below, excerpts from Annie Lowrey's June 13, 2011 Slate article about a site that has "attracted far more interest from people looking to sell their time than from people looking to buy it."

Reputation has always been another form of income, and successful people have long found innumerable creative ways to monetize their time. Now a start-up called Expert Insight is trying to make the process far easier, enabling the more famous or distinguished among us to sell their expertise by the hour, from the comfort of their homes, while dressed in their pajamas.

Expert Insight is the brainchild of Brandon Adams, a Ph.D. graduate of Harvard Business School and the research assistant for Michael Lewis' The Big Short. Prospective customers go to a website and peruse the many experts available—mostly economists, poker and chess players, and sports coaches, along with the occasional relationship expert or writer. Most list their per-hour rates, though a few require customers to call to request them. Customers select an hour or two from their chosen expert's schedule, and then pay online. They receive the expert's proprietary email address for correspondence before the appointment. Then, when the time comes, they log onto a Skype-type video chat system and ask away for the purchased hour.

Prices vary significantly by level of expertise, by field, and by fame. (Currently, experts keep 70 percent of the per-hour fee.)

One way or another, even if Expert Insight falters, Adams is right that the Internet provides a naturally fluid, responsive, and big marketplace for such previously niche services. Maybe you won't be asking Steven Levitt all your hard questions on video chat anytime soon. But if you are looking to up your chess or poker game, you'd be foolish not to look for help online.

I'm going to see if Expert Insight will take me on board as an expert in creating a customized treadmill workspace.

I don't believe there is anyone in the world — with the exception of Dr. James Levine, my guru in this space — better qualified to help build a bespoke solution using only what's in a person's home while spending no more than $100 (excluding the treadmill).

"As seen in the New York Times" — it doesn't get any more authoritative than that.

We'll see how it goes.

Enough of offering to do it for free around my Podunk town: that's just the problem, nobody values something that's free.

Peter Drucker, asked why he charged such astronomical fees, replied, "No one listens to you unless you make it hurt."

Precisely.

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Note to Brandon Adams, grand panjandrum/majordomo of Expert Insight: You'll gain credibility and improve your site's overall appeal if you use correct punctuation (I had to add the apostrophes to "worlds" in your mission statement [below]

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before using it to open my post).

June 20, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Corsair Flash Survivor 16GB USB Drive

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From websites: "Casing is CNC-milled aircraft-grade aluminum, which makes it not only tough but, at 1.5 ounces, light."

Narrow profile doesn't block adjacent USB port(s).

Certified waterproof to 650 feet.

Slip-resistant ridges on casing.

10-year warranty.

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$39.35.

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

Browser Wars — Acid3 Test: 4 enter, 2 leave

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Above and below, the results of running the Acid3 Test with Camino, Safari, Firefox and Chrome, respectively, from top to bottom.

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From Wikipedia: "Acid3 test is a web test page from the Web Standards Project that checks the performance of a web browser regarding the issue of following certain selected elements from web standards, especially relating to the Document Object Model (DOM) and JavaScript."

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Safari and Chrome both appear perfect but in running the test, Chrome seemed to be just a bit smoother, so it is the winner.

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My browser of choice — both before and after I put my contenders through this competition — was and remains Camino, by far the worst performer of the four.

Why is that, joe?

Because for this TechnoDolt™ it's the easiest to use and the most attractive on screen.

For me, the usable function + form combination trumps the objective superiority of the other three.

June 20, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

McJak Caffeinated Sucka Lollipops

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From the website: "McJak has been producing delicious gourmet lollipops for over 25 years. What makes a lollipop 'gourmet?' The cheapest method for making lollipops is high speed die-stamping, in which the candy is pulled in a rope and stamped into the lollipop shape. This method compromises flavor and leaves a rougher texture. Gourmet lollipops, on the other hand, are gravity-deposited, producing a lollipop that is smooth, clear, and full of flavor! It is a more costly way to make them, but consumers notice the difference. McJak's lollipops are over one ounce in size and last about an hour."

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I frequently run with a Tootsie Pop in my mouth so getting a little caffeine boost along with the sugar won't be at all unwelcome — a bit like getting an IV infusion sans needle.

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Variety pack of 4 (1 apiece Slammin' Strawbanana, Bustin' Berry Blast, Wired Wild Cherry, and Wicked Watermelon): $5.

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

"Dripped" — Léo Verrier

"An über-cool homage to Jackson Pollock by the French animator"Dripped" is an official selection for Annecy 2011."

[via Cartoon Brew]

June 20, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Calla Lily Funnel

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4.25"W x 5"H x 7.25"D.

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Flexible silicone.

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$10.

June 20, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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