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December 14, 2011

Holiday Finger-Food Generator

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Wrote Mark Bittman in Sunday's New York Times Magazine, "With just the ingredients pictured here, the combinations number 504. (We did the math.)"

December 14, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Ultra-minimal Bike Rack

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I really like this one, if for no other reason than you don't have to do anything to use it, unlike recent iterations in this space that require wall mounting, etc.

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From the website

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The freestanding, cantilevered form needs no mounting and can accommodate most wheel sizes.

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Crafted in steel, it is finished with leather trim for hanging a helmet and a high-friction base to aid bike stability.

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Details:

• Powder-coated and finished with leather-stitched trim to provide a protective area for hanging your helmet

• High-friction base assists in keeping the bike perfectly balanced

• Dimensions in mm: H.580 W.340 D.1065

• Crafted from a single folded steel sheet

• Delivery time 10-12 weeks

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£350.

[via the Wall Street Journal]

 

December 14, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Tunnel Creatures of Maryland

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Excerpts from Tracy Grant's story in Monday's Washington Post follow.

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It turns out that an amazing number of animals use tunnels as a way to get from one side of a busy road to another.

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Professor Ed Gates, at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, just completed a two-year study of how animals in the state use special tunnels called culverts, which are created to let water drain under highways.

Gates and his team of researchers put motion- and heat-activated cameras in 265 culverts in every county in Maryland. The result: more than 33,000 images of identifiable animals using the tunnels to get to the other side of the road. In fact, they logged 57 species of animals. They didn't snap pictures of black bears, coyotes or bobcats. But "that doesn't mean they don't use them; we just didn't get a picture," Gates said.

Culverts are made of different materials and come in different shapes and sizes. Sometimes that matters to the animals, researchers discovered. For example, Gates said, "raccoons will use any type of culvert," but blue herons look for culverts "big enough so they can spread their wings out." And deer avoid tunnels that have rocky bottoms because "their feet can get caught between the rocks," Gates said.

Crossing busy roads by using tunnels seems to be a family affair, the researchers learned. "A lot of animals take their young through the culverts," Gates said, noting that they got pictures of does leading fawns and ducks leading ducklings through the tunnels. Gates compares it to your mom telling you to look both ways before crossing the street: "When you see a young animal with an adult, [you assume that] the young animal has to be learning that this is a good way to get across."

Because the tunnels are a necessary part of road construction, Gates said, he hopes the information learned from the study can be used to create new culverts that make it easier for animals to avoid the roads.

That's important for humans, too, Gates points out. "People can be injured when they try to avoid hitting a deer," he said before adding, "it's obviously beneficial to the animals as well."

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From the top down: A great blue heron, a raccoon and two deer are captured on camera as they use culverts under Maryland roadways.

I don't understand why the Post buried this story in the KidsPost section on the back page of Style; it would've made a great front page feature.

Here is a link to a University of Maryland press release with more details about the study.

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

Syntax Referee Signals Poster

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"Do you long for a world where linguistics is a popular sport? Here is a chart of hand signals used by syntax referees in that better world."

11" x 17", printed on glossy 12 point paper.

$14.95.

December 14, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Do-it-yourself Collar Tips

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From Honestly WTF:

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"When Balenciaga incorporated a modern take

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on western collar tips 

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into their Spring 2011 Collection,

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we were beyond thrilled."

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"Who knew these little metal tips are capable of brightening up any button up shirt?!"

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"With a pair of inexpensive decorative brass corners from the hardware store,

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we made our own Balenciaga-inspired collar tips that are to DIY for."

December 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

DrinKlip — The car cupholder comes indoors at long last

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What took so long? 

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Might save your book, laptop or phone from

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the consequences of a spill, 

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especially if you're working in a small space.

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$12.66.

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[via Fancy]

December 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Oxymoron List

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There goes the day.

Above, those on the site beginning with "a."

[via Joe Peach]

December 14, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

iPhone Carabiner Clip — A joeTV essential?

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"Never miss an iPhone pic [or movie!]  with this sturdy clip."

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From the website:

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Easy to attach and remove: screws directly into your phone without altering it.

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Lets you charge phone without removing it.

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Carabiner pulls double duty, letting you attach cell lenses, camera strap, keys, etc.

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Includes screwdriver and two screws.

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$30 (iPhone not included).

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[via bubbub]

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

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