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October 7, 2011

Cooper's hawks — on the rise

From the September 27 Washington Post "Urban Jungle" feature:

During the summer, Cooper's hawks  spend much of their time in heavily wooded areas, waiting for a chance to swoop through the foliage and seize a dove, robin or chipmunk.

But now they have begun to migrate, and the solitary, crow-size hawks are easier to see, especially in the mornings, sailing south.

They may reach the Florida Keys, where they tend to congregate before perhaps flying on to Cuba or the Yucatan for the winter.

Cooper's hawks are in the Washington area year-round, but winter's birds come here from farther north.

A century ago, Cooper's hawks were condemned as chicken killers and shot on sight. But a combination of conservation efforts and a steady increase in older forest cover has boosted the population.


By taking feather samples from a migrating first-year Cooper's hawk, a scientist can determine the latitude where the bird was raised. The feathers contain small amounts of the hydrogen isotope deuterium, which occurs in concentrations distinctive for certain latitudes.


Feathers from older birds are a less-reliable gauge of latitude, perhaps because older birds often grow new feathers as they migrate, and the reserves they use to build new feathers may have come from prey caught at various latitudes.


October 7, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Tetris Sticky Notes


Eight little block pads, each with 100 sheets.


Blocks packed together measure 4.5" x 4".



October 7, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

25 great ateliers — for two days in October, open to the public

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Wrote Whitney Vargas in last weekend's Wall Street Journal W Magazine, "Tucked behind Europe's gilded doors are the legendary workshops that create the world's leading fashion, fragrances and wines. For the first time, on October 15 and 16, luxury-goods giant LVMH will open 25 of its ateliers in France, Italy, Spain, England and Poland to the public. Should you be nearby, you could explore Hubert de Givenchy's Paris mansion, which he bought in 1961 to use as a salon and today hosts the house's haute-couture clients; travel to L'Abbaye d'Hautvillers [above] in northeast France, where in the late 1660s a Benedictine monk, Pierre Pérignon, started Dom Pérignon champagne; or stop in on Louis Vuitton's state-of-the-art leather-goods workshop in Asnières [below]."

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"Attached to the property is the Art Nouveau house that once served as the Vuitton family home. 'I cannot imagine anything more touching than a visit to Asnières,' says Antoine Arnault, chief executive officer of leather-goods house Berluti. 'The peaceful atmosphere, the light pouring into the workshop.... And within that setting, to see the trunk makers at work, applying their skills to a single piece often for months at a time.'"

For a complete listing of open ateliers throughout Europe, go to lesjourneesparticulieres.fr.

October 7, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Harris She-Crab Soup

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The apotheosis of canned soup.

As I mentioned to Flautist yesterday, I've had far worse in restaurants for a whole lot more money.

Six cans: $25.96.

October 7, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

TestTube @YouTube

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From Katherine Boehret's October 4 Wall Street Journal "Digital Solution" column: "A site called TestTube, found at youtube.com/testtube, holds many in-the-works projects from YouTube engineers. Here, users can kick the tires of some features that aren't fully baked. One example is YouTube/slam, which pits one video against another and lets viewers vote on the best one."

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Fair warning: there goes the day.

October 7, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Left-Handed Pencil Sharpener


Be still my heart.


Since forever I've been using right-handed versions, wandering through the desert of shavings in search of the Holy Grail, at long last discovered by dint of a really exceptional effort by my crack research team.

Yo, gang — take the rest of the year off.

I won't know the difference.

I've finished digressing, thank you very much.

The left-handed pencil sharpener costs $13.95 and is speeding my way as you read these words.




October 7, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to get the best results from your washing machine


Few people know — and even fewer care, joe — that the order in which you add clothes, detergent, bleach, fabric softener and God knows what else to your washing machine directly impacts how clean they get.

For those who never knew or once did but forgot, the correct order of placement into the machine is:

1. Water (alone)

2. Detergent (99% of people use too much, which decreases its ability to remove dirt) et al., i.e., bleach, fabric softener and God knows what else

3. Clothes

But you say, easy for you to remember, joe, but not so easy for me.


Because I'm now going to share with you the super-secret, super-clever mnemonic that I made up about 15 years ago to help me remember the correct order.



As in water closet.

All you have to do when it's time to do the laundry is conjure up "W.C.", then remember it's actually W.D.C. —  Water Detergent Clothes — but it'll be obvious that to preserve the integrity of W.C., the D. has to go in the middle and Bob's your uncle.

There, that didn't hurt a bit, did it?

And think of all the money you're going to save on detergent.

October 7, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Limited-Edition Bell & Ross Red Radar Watch


Designed to look like the radar screens used in air traffic control towers and submarines.


"Underneath the red-tinted crystal, three concentric discs emulate the fading radar beam effect as it sweeps through the display." 


Edition of 999.



Apply within.

[via OhGizmo!Acquire and HODINKEE

October 7, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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