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August 5, 2011

Knuckleheads Garage — "If we can't fix it, you don't pay"


I'm adapting this sign for my new concierge medical practice.

FunFact: until I was about 14 my nickname was Moe because my hair was a lot like his.

Then testosterone kicked in and it got thicker and wavy and it's been that way ever since.

August 5, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Corn Kerneler


This puppy stopped me in my tracks when first I espied it (at 10:14 this morning, if you must know).

Cross a UFO with the kitchen space and this might be the result.

But then I got to thinking: Corn "kerneler" — or "dekerneler?"

This might be like flammable vs. inflammable, a never-ending source of debate.

If so, I know the perfect place to have it.

Hint: you're there.

But I digress.

Oh, yeah, another thing: constant readers (as in "The Constant Gardener") will note with amusement and/or dismay that this is yet another in a long skein of corn kernel removers.

A Short History of Corn Kernel Removers

Episode 1 (June 6, 2006 in the New York Times)

Episode 2 (April 24, 2007)

Episode 3 (June 16, 2007)

• Episode 4 (July 6, 2007)

Episode 5 (August 5, 2007)

Episode 6 (August 19, 2009)

"Don't stop till you get enough" has always been one of my favorite aphorisms.

Wait a minute... what's that music I'm hearing?

From the website:

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Enjoy Fresh Corn With Less Mess

Enjoy fresh corn without the mess of eating from the cob.

With our Corn Kerneler, you can easily remove corn kernels from the cob in one quick motion.

Just place the Kerneler at the narrow end of the cob and push straight down.

Stainless steel blades quickly and easily remove the kernels, which then collect neatly in the basin of the Kerneler.

Pour kernels out and start again.

Corn Kerneler basin holds about two ears' worth of kernels.

5"L x 4-3/4"W.


All your kernels are belong to us.

$12.95 (corn not included).

[via Trendsnow and cedric / kray]

August 5, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

NSA goes to Defcon


Long story short from Tabassum Zakaria's August 3, 2011 Washington Post article: The National Security Agency has come out of the shadows, at least enough to openly announce its presence and intention to hire at this week's Defcon, the annual hacker conference "where the $150 entrance fee is cash only — no registration, no credit cards, no names taken."

It wasn't all that long ago that NSA stood for "No such agency," so black was its presence in the world outside Fort Meade.

Excerpts from the piece follow.

"Today it's cyberwarriors that we’re looking for, not rocket scientists," said Richard "Dickie" George, technical director of the NSA’s Information Assurance Directorate, the agency’s cyber-defense side.

The NSA is hiring about 1,500 people in the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, and another 1,500 next year, most of them cybersecurity experts. With a workforce of about 30,000, the Fort Meade-based NSA dwarfs other intelligence agencies, including the CIA.

George said the NSA is an environment where the hacker mind-set fits with "a critical mass of people that are just like them."

But what about culture rifts?

"When I walk down the hall there are people that I see every day and I never know what color their hair’s going to be," George said. "And it's a bonus if they’re wearing shoes. We’ve been in some sense a collection of geeks for a long, long time."

"You’re not going to make yourself famous working here, that’s the downside. You can be internally famous, but you can't be externally famous," George said.

The NSA's secretive nature also brings a positive side effect in striking a work-life balance.

"If you come here, you really can't take work home with you," George said. "That’s a bonus."

August 5, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Belle Air Bathtub Hardware


Designed by Christo Lefroy Brooks.

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Apply within.

[via Fancy]

August 5, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"The Dentist of Jaipur"

A documentary short film by Falk Peplinski.

The YouTube caption:

New teeth, dentures or extractions not a problem at all for Pushkar and his old master Pyara Singh. They treat their patients in front of the train station of Jaipur, on the sidewalk under the pure sky. This short film by Falk Peplinski, who has been living in India for three years, provides an image of a dentist of his own kind and offers a homage to the incredibleness of Indian everyday life. The film had a big success at fim festivals in 2006 and 2007.

India, 2006 / Director & Editor: Falk Peplinski. Photography: Karsten Hohmann. Sound: Valson P.D. Producer: Meera Menezes.


August 5, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Carzor — Credit card transforms into a razor + mirror


"This quirky design really looks at the needs of the man on the go and recognizes there won't always be time to shave in the morning."

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"The blades are stored safely behind the mirror."

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Pretty slick.


No — you don't take it to the airport.

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[via Fancy]

August 5, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Once upon a life

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"Famous writers [75 of them] look back on a day that changed their life."

There goes the day and perhaps even the week, should you do 15/day to the exclusion of all else, with time in between to think about what you've just read.

And this segues nicely into that contest I mentioned Monday, the winner of which will receive a Bone Horn Stand for iPad 2 (below).


The contest: Tell me about a day that changed your life.

The best entry — via comment, email, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or ansible — will not only win the prize but also be published right here on bookofjoe (less work for me that day).

Contest ends August 15, 2011 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time.

August 5, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Hand iPhone Case — "Talk to the hand"









[via Fancy]

August 5, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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