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December 11, 2011

Tangerine Tango named Pantone 2012 Color of the Year


Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explains: "Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango [top] is an orange with a lot of depth to it. Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy." 

You may — or may not — recall that Honeysuckle Pink was the 2011 Color of the Year.

[via Hurricane Vanessa and Styleite]

December 11, 2011 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Treehotel — Now you can build your own

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From the Wall Street Journal: "Opened last year, the Treehotel in northern Sweden has a series of retreats in the forest — including this mirrored glass box [above and below]. The plywood interior has a double bed, bathroom, living room and terrace. To prevent birds from smashing into the glass, the panes are laminated with a transparent ultraviolet* film. The cube recently became available as a flatpack kit, for about $370,000 (excluding transportation)."

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From the Treehotel website:

The Mirrorcube is an exciting hide-out among the trees, camouflaged by mirrored walls that reflect their surroundings. The dimensions are 4x4x4 metres. The base consists of an aluminum frame around the tree trunk and the walls are covered with reflective glass.

To prevent birds from flying into the mirrored walls, they have been clad with infrared** film. The colour is invisible to humans, but visible to the birds.

The interior is made from plywood with a birch surface. The six windows provide a stunning panoramic view. The Mirrorcube offers excellent accommodation for two people with a double bed, bathroom, lounge, and rooftop terrace. A 12-meter-long bridge leads up to the treeroom.

Britta's Pensionat is open for Treehotel’s guests, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in an authentic 1930-1950's setting. There's a restaurant, bar, sauna and relaxation area, TV, and internet. When you arrive at Treehotel, you first check at Britta’s pensionat; then it's a short stroll through the breathtaking nature to your treeroom.

Well, which is it — ultraviolet* or infrared**?

Me, I'm going with the Wall Street Journal's characterization*.

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Apply within.

December 11, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

bookofjoe Vision Test


There's only one of these eye charts in the world, courtesy of the grand panjandrum/majordomo of Cascadilla Press, who a year or two ago had it printed up and sent to me.

His company publishes all manner of nifty eye charts, many featured here over the years.

As Gray Cat says, echoing the bumper sticker, "If you can read this, you are too close."

Or you have 20/10 vision.

Or you're a cat.

If I were more energetic I'd have a bunch of these made up and give them away as prizes.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot: today marks my camera inflection point — I took a bunch of photos for this post using both the iPhone 4S (exemplar up top) and my trusty old Canon PowerShot SD800IS Digital Elph, which must be about five years old.

Not only were the iPhone shots much better but the Canon weighs about 20% more and is three times thicker.

Not to mention that the photos are trapped in the camera (on its SD card) and can't be manipulated/emailed/etc. without a computer, most certainly not the case with the iPhone's pictures.

December 11, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

UpShot Kilz Overhead Stain Concealer — One of my top 10 favorite household products


This stuff is wizard: it has a special angled opening that sprays upward.

I featured it four years ago and and had occasion to use it once again yesterday, on some ceiling stains that had gradually developed over time, most likely from water.

You know the kind — they're the ones you try to avoid looking at when you enter the room.

Why not spiff up your place before the holidays and amaze everyone with your newfound enterprise?

Your secret's safe with me.

Here's Episode 2 from November 24, 2007 (it incorporates the June 21, 2007 Episode 1 post in which I first noted the existence of this product).

From time to time I actually buy and use stuff I feature here.

If it's any good I follow up the original post with a real review as opposed to some company's chatter.

Guess what?

We have a winner, namely, Up Shot Overhead Stain Sealer.

Here's Episode 1 from June 21, 2007:

    Kilz Up Shot Overhead Stain Sealer


    If your house or apartment is more than five minutes old, you've got a stain on your ceiling — maybe more than one.

    Sure, you could buy special paint and a brush and make a big mess and not solve the problem — but you (and I, let's not be cute here) don't because we know it's just a big pain in the butt that probably won't make the stain disappear.

    So why not try this clever alternative?

    I am.

    Faster, cheaper, easier and a lot more in control.

    From websites:

    Kilz Up Shot Overhead Stain Sealer

    Original formula Kilz primer/sealer for sealing, blocking, and covering stains

    Uniquely packaged with a vertical spray tip designed primarily for use on acoustical ceilings.

    The slightly tinted spray matches most aged ceilings for quick and easy coverage.

    Designed to block water and cover and seal smoke and grease stains.

    Can be topcoated after only 15 minutes of drying time.

    Just aim Up Shot Stain Sealer at the ceiling and spray.

    It has never been easier to cover ugly ceiling stains.

    May be used on any overhead surface.

    10 oz. aerosol.


I used it on a bathroom ceiling above a shower stall that had mildew on it that I simply couldn't scrub away; an upstairs hallway corner that about once a year gets water-stained after a heavy rain; and a downstairs ceiling that shows the effects of an occasional bathtub overflow above (don't ask).

All three areas were miraculously better after a spritz with Up Shot.

A second application the next day made it so you couldn't tell there was anything wrong before (except for the bathroom, which required a third application).

Highly recommended.


At $6.88, cheap at twice the price.

December 11, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Online Sports Concussion Library now open to all

From Jeff Z. Klein's December 8 New York Times story: "Saying that parents whose children play contact sports should 'not accept public health policy from the N.H.L., but do it for themselves,' a doctor heading a team of Canadian concussion specialists on Thursday created an online concussion library fully accessible to both the public and to research and medical professionals."

"Called the Sport Concussion Library, the Web site includes more than 2,300 peer-reviewed journal articles, 61 book chapters and entries on thesis research, concussion legislation on the federal, state and provincial levels, filmed documentaries and a downloadable SCAT2 test, the standard sideline concussion assessment tool."

"The library site is free, updated monthly and contains no advertising. There are sections specific to hockey, football, soccer, baseball and several other sports, as well as a section containing concussion research conducted by the military. Entries range from a simple definition of a concussion and information for parents, players and coaches, to the latest research papers."

"The library’s affiliated researchers include many prominent concussion experts, including Dr. Robert Cantu, a director at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy; Dr. Michael J. Stuart, a director of the Sports Medicine Center at the Mayo Clinic and the chief medical officer for USA Hockey; and Dr. Charles H. Tator, a Toronto neurosurgeon and expert on brain and spinal cord injuries in sports."

"Among Echlin’s research is a recent study in which he conducted independent in-game concussion evaluations on two junior hockey teams over a season. He found that the level of concussion incidence was seven times what had been previously recorded in research literature."

"A recent University of Calgary study found that the 9,000 11- and 12-year-olds playing hockey in Alberta sustained 700 concussions."

December 11, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Hood Bike Rack


From the website: "The structure is fabricated from folded sheet steel, which is powder-coated and finished with a stitched leather trim piece to protect the bike frame."


"It will support a bike securely by its top tube and can be mounted easily to any solid wall."




[via the Wall Street Journal]

December 11, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Fun in the kitchen: LEGO Cake


Everything you need to know to make your very own — including a how-to video — is cheerfully provided by Betty Crocker.

[via Pembe Ruj]

December 11, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

World's most expensive bathtub*


From thelongestlistofthelongeststuffatthelongestdomainnameatlonglast: "We decided to go with the world's most expensive bathtub in production*, as we are sure there were many more expensive custom-built tubs over the years."

The winner: Kohler's Archeo Copper Bathtub from its Kallista line.


December 11, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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