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December 23, 2011

On buying a button cell battery


I find it confounding that anyone still goes to the store to buy a button cell battery because:

1. The display is often very hard to find, and so is an employee to ask who knows its location.

2. The battery you want is oftimes not there.

3. If it is, you can wait 20 minutes in line to buy it (on top of the time spent driving to/from the store).

Alternative: put the battery number into Amazon's search box, find it, click, and it arrives at your house (free shipping if you've got Prime) in two days.

Total elapsed time: about 30 seconds.

How much is an hour of your life worth?

December 23, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Multigrain Bread Coasters


Variegated cork coaster surfaces






sliced multigrain bread. 


Attention Rob Walker: Your items have arrived.


Each measures 4" x 4".


Set of eight: $9.99.

December 23, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Shea Hembrey: How I became 100 artists

Shea Hembry invented 100 artists — then he created art by each of them, distinct from all the others.

Sara Corbett wrote about Hembry and his work in an article in last Friday's New York Times.

[via readwriteweb]

December 23, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Fugu Mints


From the website:


If you're not familiar with fugu perhaps it's for the best.

Fugu is a Japanese specialty food made from parts of a deadly species of poisonous pufferfish.

Adventurous eaters and foolhardy foodies have been feasting on fugu for centuries and, yes, some have even died.

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Fortunately, our Fugu Mints do not contain any of the deadly toxins found in real pufferfish, but you don't have to tell that to your friends.

Each 3-inch tin tin contains about 140 mints.




Note added at 10:36 p.m. Saturday, December 24: Reader Ed Clement just sent me this link to an article in Emergency Medicine News featuring a doctor whose expertise is in toxicology who, along with a group of fellow toxicologists, decided to try out a reknowned Chicago fugu emporium.

Most entertaining.

December 23, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Byliner — Discover great reads by great writers

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Wonderful site, very nicely laid out.

Fair warning: there goes the day.

[via Cary Sternick, head honcho of Henry Altemus.com]

December 23, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Chair Skis


That's different.


Wrote Rima Suqi in yesterday's New York Times, "Chair skis are a nifty invention that turn regular dining or side chairs into rocking chairs. Simply place the legs of the chair into the groove of the beechwood skis, which are about 1-1/8 inches wide by 21 inches long and fit most standard nonupholstered chairs. Flexible rubber stoppers at each end hold the legs in place.... They can be easily removed and stored, should one need the regular chair back."


Designed by Maria Thurnauer.


I'd like to try them.


I wonder who'll be the first to take them to the slopes.


Look for that unknown pioneer on YouTube any day now.

Note: If you should try these on snow and make a movie, I'll put it up here the minute it arrives.

€97.50 ($128; chair not included).

December 23, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The nature of the universe


In the December issue of Harper's, physicist Alan Lightman deconstructs some of the most esoteric and arcane ideas of contemporary theoretical physics better than I have ever seen it done.


Above and below, three paragraphs from his superb essay, entitled "The Accidental Universe: Science's Crisis of Faith."

The first (above) uses an analogy of fish in water to explain how other universes — totally unlike ours — might well exist in conjunction with our own, unbeknownst to us.


The second, just above, uses a common garden hose as a stepping-off point to string theory and its postulate of multiple hidden dimensions right alongside ours.

The third, below,


returns to the fish and extends the analogy to the place physics finds itself in today, very close to the tenets of religion in the sense that "we must believe in what we cannot prove."

[via David Brooks and the New York Times]

December 23, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

SPIN Skewer Spoon


Created by Pinch Food Design co-founder TJ Girard, it's a stainless steel implement with a spoon on one end and a pin on the other that allows its user to easily 'spin' between two contrasting (for example, wet + dry) foods.

Think spork.

Apply within.

[via stella rankin, moco loco and the New York Times]

December 23, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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