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September 2, 2011

Bicycle tricks in 1899 — captured on film

You could look it up.

[via Open Culture]

September 2, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Burberry See-Through Rain Cape

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That's different — at least, from Burberry's usual fare.

From the website:

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Features:

• Round neck

• Storm flaps

• Bow at front

• Side slits for arms

• Transparent polyurethane

• Black patent leather trim

• Snap fastenings through front

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$1,295.

[via Julia Allison, Brittany Bohnet and Richard Kashdan]

September 2, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Junk in space: Danger in orbit

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Yesterday's USA Today story by Dan Vergano was accompanied by two graphics (above and below) illustrating the problem.

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September 2, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

HTML for Babies

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You're never too young to start.

Just the thing for that geek girl's baby shower.

$8.99.

[via Brittany Bohnet and Richard Kashdan]

September 2, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Hey, that's not my racket!

From yesterday's Wall Street Journal story by Tom Perrotta: "Michael Russell, a veteran [tennis] pro and unabashed racket maniac, is so familiar with his rackets he's able to register a weight difference as small as one gram, or about four-hundredths of an ounce."

Above, a video accompanying the article which demonstrates Russell's ability to detect the smallest difference between his own rackets and others.

Of his, the moment he picks one up and swings it, he says, "It feels like a glove."

Fascinating.

September 2, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The broom of the system (After David Foster Wallace)

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From the website:

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This handmade desk accessory will hold all of your pens, pencils and anything else you sweep its way.

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• Walnut, natural bristles, paperboard, paper

• 8.5"W x 2.75"H x 4"D

• Made in Germany

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$68.

[via Fancy]

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In its sense of whimsy, reminds me a bit of my favorite doorstop:

Banana-Doorstop

September 2, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Radiation Emergency Medical Management

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From yesterday's Washington Post: "The team created a preparedness tool kit to assist health-care providers and planners involved in treating, handling and caring for radiation victims in a crisis."

September 2, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

HDMI Port Savers

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I can't speak for you but my TVs have HDMI ports that are nearly impossible to use without major contortions, moving the TV or a combination of the two.

For one thing, the TVs' ports are vertical, such that you have to bring the HDMI cables up from directly below, half the time in the wrong orientation.

Now comes this set of adapters to put paid to this nonsense.

They shouldn't be necessary but then, the same people who designed the TV hardware also signed off on software that leaves the mute button on the screen instead of having it disappear after a few seconds.

5 different adapters, one or more of which will make your life a lot easier — and put less stress on the ports, which can mysteriously go bad for no apparent reason.

Apiece, $9.95.

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

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