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June 22, 2011

bookofjoe.bookofjoe — Cheap at $185,000?

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Long story short: Anyone willing to pony up 185K and an additional $25,000 per year can have their own personalized top-level domain name.

.com is so over.

bookofjoe.bookofjoe: Sounds like echolalia to me.

From an article in yesterday's USA Today:

Internet minders voted Monday to allow virtually unlimited new domain names based on themes as varied as company brands, entertainment and political causes, in the system's biggest shake-up since it started 26 years ago.

Groups able to pay the $185,000 application can petition next year for new updates to ".com" and ".net" with website suffixes using nearly any word in any language, including in Arabic, Chinese and other scripts.

High-profile entertainment, consumer goods and financial services companies will likely be among the first to apply for their own domain name in a bid to protect their brands, experts said.

The application process is arduous — the fee is $185,000 and the guidebook is 360 pages — and meant to prevent scammers from grabbing valuable domain names. ICANN will receive applications for new domains for 90 days beginning January 12, 2012.

"High-profile?"

They must be talking about me.

But I digress.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Once an appealing domain-name suffix is secured, selling the secondary names — meaning the words to the left of the dot — could be a profitable business. Dot-doctor could be an attractive offering to the medical profession, said Adrian Kinderis, chief executive of Melbourne-based AusRegistry International, which sells names under country code domain names like dot-au for Australia and dot-om for Oman.

Dot-doctor, for example, could be made available to only licensed doctors, who would get Web addresses appearing as yourname.doctor.

"I could sell those for $1,000 a throw because you're adding value into the verification mechanism that exists," Mr. Kinderis said.

Ooh, I see the dollah bills dancing across the screen.

I'm thinking I'll offer .bookofjoe addresses to my readers for whatever they're willing to pay — wouldn't that be fo' shizzle?

June 22, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Giraffe Lamp

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€129.

[via Joe Peach, Gearfuseproductdose and Inspire]

June 22, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Sax Man Plays Real Good For Free

[via Elizabeth Sterzinger]

June 22, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Limited-Edition New York Times Newsprint Scented Candle

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From refinery29: "If you've kept around old issues of The New York Times because you kind of get off on the smell, don't worry, you're not (that) weird. A fellow newspaper addict — the late designer-artist Tobias Wong — created The Times Of New York candle, a concept that's equal parts a tribute to the Grey Lady and a commentary on the fate of printed media. The scent is, in a word, newsy, with hints of guaiacwood, cedar, musk and spice, with 'a powdery note and velvet nuance,' meant to mimic the aroma of black ink on newsprint. Realized by Josée Lepage, the Creative Director of Bondtoo, made in a limited-edition run of 1,000."

$65.

June 22, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Summer Solstice in Times Square — Did Druids Do Yoga?

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Caption for a photo which appears on the front page of today's Washington Post:

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"Enthusiasts perform yoga in Times Square during an event marking the summer solstice on June 21, 2011 in New York City."

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"Thousands of yogis attended the free day-long event in Manhattan on the longest day of the year."

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Above and below, photos of the event.

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Below, preparation for the real "downward dog."

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Arf.

June 22, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Hand-knitted men's socks

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100% unbleached wool.

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Cozy, what?

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$24.

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[via Svpply]

 

June 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Search Google by (not for) images

"Now you can use an image instead of words to start your Google search."

They say a picture is worth a thousand of them so this might be really interesting. 

[via LikeCool]

June 22, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

World's most expensive watermelon: a snip at $3,740

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It's the stripeless all-black smooth-as-a-bowling ball Densuke [above] from Japan, grown exclusively in Hokkaido.

According to Yoree Koh's June 14, 2011 Wall Street Journal story, "There are only about 100 available on the first day it goes on sale each year."

More: "The price of the Densuke watermelon — sold at wholesale markets in the country’s northernmost island of Hokkaido — has plunged about 200,000 yen ($2,500) since its peak at the Sapporo market in 2006 and 2007. The highest-ever paid price for the fruit was 650,000 yen, or about $8,100, at the Maruka Asahikawa Wholesale Market in 2007."

And: "The steep fall from the fruit's peak several years ago may be a sign that the country's highly regarded luxury fruit market is the latest victim of tightening consumer purse strings."

Prefer to read the Wall Street Journal piece in Japanese?

No problema, here you go.

[via Tyler Cowen's Marginal Revolution]

June 22, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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