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August 14, 2011

BehindTheMedspeak: Pill-splitting tips


I wasn't sure whether to instead slug this post "Experts' Expert" or "Helpful Hints from joeeze" 'cause it would fit under either rubric just as well as "BehindTheMedspeak."

No matter, let's cut to the chase.

From time to time you might find yourself wanting to take half a pill as opposed to the whole dose.

There are many possible reasons this might be the case but I'm not here to analyze your back story but instead aim to simplify the mechanical act of splitting a pill such that you obtain the best possible equal division with the least effort.


To that end, you will want a dedicated pill splitter as opposed to using your fingers or a knife.

I've tried a number of pill splitters over the years and the best one I've found is the Apex Ultra, pictured above and below.

It has a sharp blade that's covered by a retractable piece of plastic when not in the process of cutting.

Equally important, it has a nicely designed platform upon which to place your pill,


with rubbery side guards next to the firm base, such that the pill is securely gripped before being cut.

Scored pills are best cut along the score line.

Egg-shaped (more precisely, prolate ellipsoid) pills should be placed such that the long axis of the pill is perpendicular to the blade: this results in a shorter cut edge than if the long axis were parallel to the blade, and thus minimizes loss of pill material.

Occasionally you may wish to quarter a pill: this is trickier than dividing an intact pill because you're working with a cut edge.

The best result (most even division of pill half) will be obtained if you place the previously cut edge AWAY from the first contact point of the descending blade.

If instead you advance the cut edge into the "V" of the platform, the blade will tend to fragment that edge as it divides the pill in half, leaving more of the pill's contents on the platform.

By having the intact surface of the pill serve as the initial contact point for the blade, you'll find the blade causes less of the pill's substance to break off from the previously cut edge.


There, that didn't hurt too much, did it?

Too much attention to detail is never enough, in my opinion.

Some say that's my worst trait while others consider it my best.

August 14, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Variable Width Eraser


From the website:



Designed by 72-year old visual designer Yuji Baba, the Mirikeshi boasts 5 different edge widths — 6mm, 5mm, 4mm, 3mm, and a point — to optimally erase from a variety of ruled notebooks.

As an added bonus, as soon as the edges wear down a slice can be detached, revealing brand-new sharp edges.



$3 (mistakes not included).

August 14, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Woody Allen chats with the Reverend Billy Graham on TV in the late 60s

Part 1 above, Part 2 below. Not to worry: In English.

[via Open Culture]

August 14, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Cup Noodles USB Humidifier

From the website:



Keep your skin hydrated and improve dry air with this kitschy cute Cup'o'Noodles humidifier.

Powered by either AC or USB, you can keep it on your desk.

Cup Shitsuki Humidifier can spout steam for up to 4 hours with a full cup.

Fill it up just like you would a real cup of ramen noodles, and within 3 minutes a stream of fine mist will begin.

Automatically shuts off when water runs out.



• Tank capacity: 75ml

• Weighs 230g (empty)

• AC cord length 1.8m

• USB cable length 1.5m

• 13.6cm H x 9cm W x 9.5cm D

• Misting capability of full tank: 4 hours

• Instruction manual (Japanese only) also included.

• AC adapter specs: Input AC 100–240V; Output DC5V/1.0A




August 14, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Marvel Minimalist Posters


From Fubiz: "Une nouvelle série de posters minimalistes,


avec cette-fois des concepts d’affiches conçus uniquement


autour de l’univers de la maison d'édition de comic-books 'Marvel'.


Des symboles et des rendus originaux,


imaginés par l'artiste et graphiste 


Marko Manev basé à Skopje."


Apiece, $18.

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Verbal Bicycle Bell

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That's different.

From the website:


This bicycle speaker records and plays any message to warn others of your presence.

The device announces "On your left" or any verbal warning with the touch of a button, proclaiming your approach more effectively than a bell without taxing your vocal cords.

The unit holds up to a 20-second recording and the built-in 44mm speaker plays messages at 80 decibels (about as loud as a vacuum cleaner) to ensure your warning is audible over ambient noise.

It can also play a traditional bicycle bell sound.

Mounts to handlebars with the included clamp.

Includes three LR44 batteries.

2.75"L x 2.25"W.

Weighs 2-1/3 oz.


$24.95 (bicycle not included).

[via Fancy]

August 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Stolen Camera Finder — Benefit or privacy hazard?

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"Stolen Camera Finder uses the serial number stored in your photos to search the web for photos taken with the same camera."

How it works: "Every photo you take with your digital camera contains hidden information about both the image and the camera such as the make, model and date. This information, called EXIF data, can also include a unique serial number which identifies your camera."

"Stolen Camera Finder crawls the internet searching for photos, collecting the serial numbers of the cameras that took them."

"When you use the Drag & Drop feature,

Stolen Camera Finder reads the unique serial number from the EXIF data of your photo [top] and uses it to match against serial numbers it has stored."

Also looks to be useful if you're curious about whether any of your photos have quietly gone viral.

But there's another use for this technology, and it may not be to your advantage.

To that end, a June 27, 2011 post on petapixel had this to say:

A few months ago, we reported on a new website called Stolen Camera Finder. It's an image search engine that relies on that fact that camera serial numbers are often baked into the EXIF data of photos — a fact that most camera users probably don't know. By providing a camera's serial number, the website attempts to find all the other images on the Internet taken with the same camera, thereby helping you find your stolen camera.

If you think about it, there are major similarities between this serial number search engine and the 2006 AOL scandal — namely the fact that anonymized IDs (unique IDs vs. serial numbers) can be easily linked to real identities. Even more so than search queries, photographs often contain information that can help identify the person behind them (a Facebook profile picture, for example).

What's interesting is that there doesn’t appear to be any backlash over the fact that serial numbers can be easily searched for now. Virtually all of the articles covering the Stolen Camera Finder focused on how useful it is for finding stolen cameras, rather than how big of a privacy concern it poses for people who might not want all of the photographs taken by their cameras to be tied to their name.

Perhaps if this became a bigger deal, camera makers would offer the option to keep this kind of information from being stored in the EXIF data of photos. What do you think?

[via Joe Peach]

August 14, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Thermal Urinal Fly — "In males there is a deep-seated instinct to aim at targets."


Finally — the human drone program goes live.

From the website:


Thermal Urinal Fly decals aim to make the world's restrooms cleaner and safer — one urinal at a time.

Unlike other stickers, these Japanese decals are thermally-sensitive and designed so that the heat from a stream of urine will make the fly disappear.


There has been a worldwide proliferation of urinal flies, observed May Berenbaum, head of the department of entomology at the University of Illinois.

The presence of a fly in a urinal literally changes human behavior  — or at least the behavior of human males.

"Apparently," Berenbaum says, in males, "there is a deep-seated instinct to aim at targets," and having a fly to aim at reduces what she politely calls "human spillage."


Set of two: $10.

August 14, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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