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August 13, 2011

Marlon Brando screen tests for "Rebel Without a Cause" (1947)

From Open Culture: "During the 1940s, Warner Brothers bought the rights to Robert Lindner's 1944 book, "Rebel Without a Cause: The Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal Psychopath,"  and began turning it into a film. A partial script was written, and a 23-year old Marlon Brando was asked to do a five-minute screen test in 1947. For whatever reason, the studio abandoned the original project, and eventually revived it eight years later with a new script and a new actor — James Dean, of course. Dean's own screen test for "Rebel Without a Cause" appears here.

August 13, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Antistatic Wrist Strap with Grounding Cord


It's bracelet week at boj.

For those who prefer a functional wrist adornment to the merely decorative sort featured yesterday, there's this item.

From the website:


Wearing an antistatic wrist strap can prevent damaging static discharge while working on static-sensitive equipment.

Our antistatic wrist strap attaches with a Velcro fastener and works continuously, discharging static harmlessly as it is generated.

It's a must for anyone who frequently works inside a computer [If, as some believe, the the universe is a computer, than it goes without saying that we all work inside one. The only thing we know for sure is that we all live in a yellow submarine].

Includes a grounding cord attachment.



But perhaps you prefer an open cuff to one closed with Velcro.


No problema.



August 13, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Ear Trainer

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"This is a simple ear training tool. It plays a musical interval, and shows you the bottom note. You click the top note."

"When you're done, check out the statistics."

Noted one commenter, "you are all idiots. it clearly states at the bottom: THIS IS INTENDED FOR PEOPLE WHO KNOW MUSIC THEORY."

Fair warning.


August 13, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

One-hand calculator


What is the sound of one hand calculating?

I can't tell you but it looks very elegant.

From the website:


Famed robot designer Tatsuya Matsui created this slim calculator released by stationary maker Kokuyo.

Not only sleek and cutting edge, but also very comfortable to use with just one hand.

Although the possibilities are endless for a one-handed calculator, it is especially good for business people on the go, leaving your other hand to take notes, and convenient for taking shop inventory or orders.


• 10-digit display

• Display shows date and time

• Intuitive arc-shaped key design

• Slim design: 32 × 162 × 12mm

• History of previous calculations appear at bottom



White or black; matte finish.


August 13, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Zabar's lobster salad wasn't — "Isn't crawfish in the lobster family?"


That's the premise that Saul Zabar, the 83-year-old president and co-owner of Zabar's, has been operating under for at least 15 years — until "Doug MacCash, a reporter from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, stopped at Zabar's while vacationing in Manhattan last month."

Wrote James Barron in yesterday's New York Times front page story, "'Lobster salad on a bagel: Why not?' [MacCash] wrote on Aug. 1 on the newspaper’s Web site. 'It was delicious, but the pink/orange tails seemed somehow familiar.'"

"He checked the label. 'Wild fresh water crayfish?' he wrote. 'Really? At $16.95 per pound?' He photographed the label [top], just to be sure."

"Mr. MacCash had discovered a fact of New York culinary life that New Yorkers had not: There was no lobster in the lobster salad at Zabar's."

Zabar got a call from the Maine Lobster Council.

"Dane Somers, its executive director, had heard about the lobster salad that lacked any lobster. Mr. Somers said The Bangor Daily News had called, asking for his reaction."

"He said this kind of problem came up about a dozen times a year. 'Sometimes it’s using lobster substitutes,' he said. 'It might even be a different species of lobster, such as a warm-water spiny lobster. We call people up and say, 'Gee, this just doesn’t look quite right if you realize there’s no actual lobster in the product.'"

"After he said something like that to Mr. Zabar, Mr. Somers said, Mr. Zabar told him that New Yorkers would not understand what crawfish was, but that it was in the 'lobster family.' To Mr. Somers, that was like saying trout and minnows were in the fish family."

"But by then Mr. Zabar had had enough. 'We really didn’t think that we were doing anything that was not completely up and up,' he said, 'but there was an element that might be confusing, and with all this stuff going on, I decided now's the time to clarify. 'So he changed the name on the label from 'lobster salad 'to 'seafare salad' [below]."


"Mr. MacCash, back home in New Orleans, laughed when he heard about the name change. 'It tickled me to have traveled from New Orleans to New York in order to eat crawfish,' he said. 'When I’m in New York, I try to get those things that we dont' readily get here. I thought I was getting myself an up-east treat, and it turned out it was a bayou staple.'"

"Still, he said, 'It was good; I ate every bit.'"

This contretemps reminds me of a similar kerfuffle that happened here in Charlottesville about 10-15 years ago.

It seems that Bodo's Bagels, a revered fast food destination in Podunkville, had featured chicken Caesar salad since it opened back in 1988.

It was very popular.

Until someone investigated and found out it wasn't chicken but, rather, turkey.

Brian Fox, the legendary founder-owner of Bagel's, initially said the equivalent of "So what? It tastes good, people like it, so we'll call it what we want."

He pointed out that turkey was cheaper than chicken and this let him charge less for the salad than he'd otherwise have to.

He also noted that if anyone asked, his staff always told the questioner that it was turkey rather than chicken.

But the truth-in-labeling crowd kept beating on him, relentlessly writing about the misrepresentation until he finally gave in and started calling it turkey Caesar salad.

You could look it up.

As I recall, the back-and-forth took months, as opposed to Zabar's giving in after only 10 days or so.

Once word is out it's only a matter of if, not when, the truth will have its way.

Best to just say sorry, mea culpa, give in and move on.


August 13, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Grass Page Markers


I love these.


From the website:


GreenMarker is a set of lovingly realistic grass-blade-shaped page markers.


Double-sided printed paper sticky notes (Post-it by 3M).



75 markers: $10.

August 13, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Amenemhat II in New York


Wrote Kelly Crow in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, "A 9-ton, 4,000-year-old Egyptian pharaoh will take a seat in the lobby of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art this month. The 10-foot-high sculpture depicts ruler Amenemhat II sitting on a throne-like cube. Part of his nose is missing, but he still exudes youthful power with broad shoulders and a calm smile. The work, on loan from Berlin's Egyptian Museum [where it is pictured, above and below], will remain at the Met for the next decade."

From Carol Vogel's August 4, 2011 New York Times story:

A colossal statue of a pharaoh weighing more than nine tons is heading to the Met by ship from Germany. When it arrives in New York in the next 10 days, it will go on view in the museum’s Great Hall.

Installing such a monumental stone work will take an entire day. It will lie on its back in an enormous crate on what Met officials describe as "high-tech wheels" and be moved through the galleries to the Great Hall. In about a year it will move again — to the Egyptian galleries, naturally.

The statue, more than 10 feet high, depicts Amenemhat II, the third king of the 12th Dynasty, who reigned during the most important period of the Middle Kingdom — from around 1919 to 1885 B.C. He is posed wearing only a kilt around his hips and upper legs, sitting on a throne of a simple cubic shape.

As part of the royal costume there is a ceremonial bull’s tail between the king’s legs, a sign of strength. On his head Amenemhat is wearing a royal head cloth called a nemes, and over his forehead is the royal cobra symbolizing the ruler’s power.

The single block of stone from which the statue was carved came from a quarry at Aswan, in southern Egypt. It was shipped more than 500 miles north to the area of Memphis (near Cairo) where the sculpturing was completed and the statue erected within a temple.

But 600 years later the 19th Dynasty kings Ramesses II and Merneptah had their names added to the throne and base, and some of the facial features were altered to look like Ramesses II.

Ms. Arnold said the statue was presumably taken to Piramesse in the Eastern Delta, the capital of the Ramesside kings, only to be moved again 200 years later to Tanis, the residence of the kings of the 21st and 22nd Dynasties. It was thought to have been uncovered there by an archeologist in the early 19th century and was acquired by what is now the Egyptian Museum in 1837.

Am I the only one who's gobsmacked that the priceless sculpture


sat outdoors in Berlin?

August 13, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: It does NOT glow in the dark.

At least, not that I know of.

August 13, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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