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September 10, 2011

Francesco Clemente Does Tarot


From The Fine Art Blog:


"Francesco Clemente has created a tarot card series of 78 watercolor portraits, featured in an exhibition titled "Francesco Clemente: The Tarot" at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence from September 9 to November 6, 2011.


Above and


below, exemplars from Clemente's series; from the top down: Francesco Clemente as The Fool; Kiki Smith as Queen of Disks; Salman Rushdie as King of Swords; Fran Lebowitz as Justice; Brice Marden as The Hanged Man; Jasper Johns as The Pope.


Calvin Tomkins's brief New Yorker story delves into Clemente's interest in tarot over the past three years.

Wrote Tomkins, "Clemente, born in Naples but a New York resident, off and on, since 1981, studied reproductions of fifteenth-century tarot decks, and delved into the voluminous literature on the subject. 'A friend got me Aleister Crowley's unpublished notes on the cards,' he said. 'I read Italo Calvino's wonderful text. I had my own cards read, and I read cards for my friends.'"

"The result of his delving is a series of drawings, one for each of the seventy-eight original tarot cards, but larger (approximately nineteen inches tall by nine and a half inches wide), executed in several different media: watercolor and gouache, ink, pastel, colored pencil."


"Jasper Johns, as the Pope, is framed by two diagonal ladders and a double rainbow of red, yellow, and green watercolor. 'I've always thought of Jasper as a poet,' Clemente said. 'Someone who connects this world to the next one.'"

"He drew the card for the Pope (also known as the Hierophant) before he'd decided whom he would put in that role, but after he thought about it for a while there was no other choice."

September 10, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Engraved D.I.Y. @Twitter handle calling cards


"The fun with these cards is pairing a very formal and traditional calling card with the utterly frivolous Twitter medium."

I couldn't have said it better myself.

"Engraved with your Twitter handle (or email address) in black ink on 118lb 100% cotton white card stock."


100 for $125.

"Price includes the copper plate used to engrave the cards — the plate will be shipped with your order and can be used for future print runs."

A bit rich for your blood?

No problema.

20 blank cards engraved as below


will set you back $10.

September 10, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"It is September, when does the video roadside picnic begin?"


Yesterday my Los Angeles correspondent asked the question up top in the headline, and I do believe I can offer a more encouraging answer today than I have in the past few years, when "real soon now" was my default response.

As best I can tell Apple's iPhone 5 — a requirement for bookofjoeTV — is nearly ready and probably available early next month.


What an upgrade that'll be from my 2004 Nokia 6230 (below).


But I digress.

Once I have the new phone in hand, I'll direct my crack communications team to hook me up and begin broadcasting.

I'm thinking live bookofjoeTV is the only way to go, with archives on YouTube or some such cloud.


Stay tuned.

September 10, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

iPhone case for 6-month olds


Think outside the baby space.

Excerpts from Gregory Schmidt's New York Times Gadgetwise blog post follow.


To help parents and other wary adults, Fisher-Price created the Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case, designed to hold an iPhone or iPod touch securely and protect it from sticky fingers and drooling mouths.


[Fisher-Price photo caption: "Case protects your device from baby's dribbles and drool!]

The case, available in October for about $15, is intended for children ages 6 months to 36 months.

It's made of durable rubber and comes with easy-to-grip textured handles for tiny hands. The back pops off with the twist of a key or coin, and once the phone is snuggled inside and the case is shut and locked, it's near impossible to open again without some sort of tool.

The touch screen is protected by a clear film, allowing use of the phone and its apps; however, the volume buttons are inaccessible, as are the power and home buttons.


Rattles on the handles and a mirror on the back are designed keep children entertained when you need to remove the phone to make a call.

My 20-month-old niece was amused by watching videos of herself on my iPhone.



[Fisher-Price caption: "Protect your phone during baby FaceTime!"]

Tell you what, that case looks like it could – and was designed to — withstand repeated drop tests.

The mirror on the back and rattles are lagniappe.



[Fisher-Price caption: "Blocks home button — no unwanted call-making!]

Sure hope my iPhone 5 fits.

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

"Play-Doh is what you make of it"


Even a blind, anosmic pig finds an acorn every now and then and even a Podunk town blogger walking on his treadmill has an original thought every so often.

Yesterday afternoon the seven-word apothegm up top and below popped fully formed into my head and I immediately posted it on Twitter.

Anyone who can show me where someone else thought of it before me, let me know and I'll post the pride of time and place here.


Otherwise, it's mine.

September 10, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tube Wringer — "Paste, not waste"


Catchy, what?

I have major foci and then more minor ones; tube wringers fit in the latter category.

While I'd never buy one, that they exist and in so many variations I find an endless source of fascination and amusement.

From websites:


Squeeze up to 35% more out of your household supplies with this forearm and time-saving device designed to make tubes good to the last drop.

Squeezing out the last bit of toothpaste can be an unwelcome, time-consuming endeavor, especially when you're running late — ditching even milligrams of pricey paste can feel wasteful.

But, with the Tube-Wringer®, squeezing out that last drop is a cinch — literally.

Just secure the tube between the aluminum rollers and turn the steel handle to compress.

It's simple, sturdy and effective — also ideal for everyday use with arts and crafts, oil paints, caulk, adhesives, medical compounds, ointments, and more.

Materials: aluminum, stainless steel. 

4.6"L x 4.5"W x 1.5"H.    

Made by the Gill Mechanical Company in Eugene, Oregon.

U.S. Patent No. 3586213.


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$21.95 (tube not included).

September 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack


The image above — featuring a 2009 MacBook Pro on the left and the 2011 iteration on the right — appeared in a Wednesday post on Marco Armant's marco.org, a most entertaining blog/website run by the grand panjandrum of Instapaper, one of my favorite websites.

He wrote, "The new MacBook Pro's front edge is much less sharp that the edge of the 2009 model, and I took a macro photo that looks like a butt to confirm."

The winner of the contest to identify yesterday's mystery objects is Andrew S. who commented, 46 minutes after the "What is it?" post appeared, "Comparison of (relatively) sharp edges on 2009 & current MacBook Pro models."

Andrew will please email me with the address to which he would like his Bone Horn Stand for iPad 2 sent (assuming, that is, that he has an iPad 2 and/or wants one of these stands, which he can have either in white/grey


or black/yellow).


If not, other arrangements will be made to make certain he's a happy camper.


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

Delft Toast


Delft porcelain pattern toasted on sandwich using bespoke Delft toast pan.

Delfts Toast Pans and Plate


[via Fancy]

September 10, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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