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December 31, 2011

Why Facebook users add and remove friends


[via nmincite and Nuclear Toast]

December 31, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Mini Cup Carry-All


"Tea drinkers will find this convenient if using a bag; both tea and coffee drinkers will be pleased at its ability to perform as a cookie holder."

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6cm L x 6.5cm H x 2cm W.

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Plastic; made in Germany.

Set of two: €3.95.

December 31, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Drawings — Dan Flavin


The artist, known for creating installations out of fluorescent lights, was also an avid draftsman who sketched throughout his life (he died in 1996 at 63).

Wrote Carol Vogel in the December 22 New York Times, "Isabelle Dervaux, the curator of modern and contemporary drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum, has gathered [Flavin's drawings] together for the first time in 'Dan Flavin: Drawing,' an exhibition that will be at the Morgan from Feb. 17 through July 1. The show will include more than 100 drawings by Flavin, along with examples of works on paper that he collected."

"'He made different types of drawings, but very few were made to be sold,' Ms. Dervaux said. 'He mostly made them for himself.'"

Top: A 1959 charcoal sketch of Paul Cézanne by Flavin.  



"eight 'monuments' for V. Tatlin," 1968, ballpoint pen.

December 31, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener


From the website:




Smith's Pocket Pal multifunctional knife sharpener is ideal for backpackers, hikers, hunters, and fisherman


who want to ensure their blades have the sharpest edge wherever they roam.


• Specially-shaped ceramic slot to finish edges and sharpen serrated blades

• Compact and lightweight: 3.5 inches long x 1 inch wide, weighs 1 ounce

• Tapered diamond rod for sharpening serrated and standard edges

• Pre-set carbides sharpen dull edges quickly

• Lanyard hole for carrying





December 31, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"The hidden beauty of pollination" — Louie Schwartzberg

From ReadWriteWeb: "Schwartzberg uses high-speed images taken from his film 'Wings of Life'  to tell the story of pollinators like bees, bats, hummingbirds and butterflies."

December 31, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Here's another picture:


Hint: smaller than a bread box.

December 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Opening champagne with a saber


Why not add a frisson of excitement to tonight's festivities with this dashing demonstration of derring-do?

Here's how:

1. Remove the foil capsule and tear away the paper around the neck of the bottle as well.

2. Submerge the bottle in a large bucket filled with ice and water for at least an hour. It must be extremely cold.

3. Remove the wire cage. Hold the bottle out away from your body at a 45°-slant and pointed ways from any onlookers. Run the dull side of your blade flat along the neck, in a straight line up, striking the neck ring forcefully.

With luck, the ring will pop right off, with very little champagne lost.


Much more detail on the technique and related topics here.

[via Toby Cecchini and the New York Times]

December 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Hear Muffs — Headphone Ear Muffs

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"The largest vintage fake Headphone Ear Muffs in the world."

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I won't contest that.

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Note added at 12:07 p.m. today: Reader Marshall Minshew just dubbed them "Hear Muffs."

That's genius.

To paraphrase: If I have blogged better than others, it is only because I have stood on the shoulders of reader giants.

December 31, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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