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January 22, 2012

How to decide if you should be in the express lane


Wrote one commenter, "How are we supposed to figure out that sign? Excuuuse me... I only have TWO hands! D'oh."

[via Cary Sternick, who found the graphic invaluable nonetheless]

January 22, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

iPhone Joystick


From the website:



There are some great iPhone games, but the touchscreen interface is so... flat.


Put your rusty arcade skills to use with a shiny all-metal joystick designed specifically for capacitive touchscreen smartphones.


To install, just center the controller over a game's virtual on-screen control pad.

A hidden suction cup keeps the joystick in one place and returns it to center.


• Works with thousands of games

• Removable and repositionable

• No wires or batteries needed

• Solid milled aluminum

• 7/8"L x 3/4"Ø



For iPad/tablets:



January 22, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to label what's on a plate


Let's say, for example, that like me you happen to have two pieces of Carr Valley cheddar cheese — one four years old (above), the other 10 years old (below).


Both come covered in black wax and only the label on the wax allows you to tell them apart.

Sliced, the two are very similar in appearance, such that a novice like myself can't tell by looking which is which.

Vexed by the problem earlier today, I pondered the two cheeses, and then suddenly the penny dropped.

With a china marking pencil I wrote the number "4" on the rim of a plate and "10" on the rim opposite and Bob's your uncle: easy I.D. that rubs right off.

I just might send this in to Cook's Illustrated to see if it's good enough to have them publish it and reward me with a year's subscription extension.

Unless you do it first.

Fair warning.

January 22, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Trevi Aerating Wine Glass


From websites:


Hold the glistening display of the Trevi Fountain of Rome in the palm of your hand with our contemporary self-aerating wine glass.

This wine accessory features an innovative inner wine aerating platform that eliminates the need for on-bottle aerators and decanters, unlocking the true flavors and aromas of your favorite vintage simply by pouring into the inner cup.

As wine is poured into this unique wine glass, nine aeration spouts create a dazzling display inside your glass that infuses your wine with oxygen and releases stronger notes with every sip.

Take the production out of wine tasting and leave those decanters and aerators in the cabinet with our aerating wine glass.


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Wait a sec... what's that music I'm hearing?

[via 7gadgets and OhGizmo]

January 22, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

The opposite of the U.S.-Mexico border: Baarle-Nassau


Pictured above, the dividing line between Belgium and The Netherlands.

The way all borders should be.

If borders are even necessary.

January 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

A stapler to conjure with


Wrote reader Scott, "If you can find one of these, you'll be spoiled for life."

Just looking at it, I fell in love.

From an April 26, 2007 Stapler of the Week post:  "I love plier staplers. It's sort of hard to describe it but they appeal to my primal "right to bear arms" instincts. The Faber-Castell FC-1 I have at work had been once chained to a receiving desk but I always imagine it holstered at my side, my stapler finger twitching just a bit. Back to the point, the FC-1 has the distinction of being designed and manufactured by ISABERGS VERKSTADS AB, Hestra, Sweden. It and just about every other stapler plier that looks like it are SWEDISH!!! The percentage of Swede in me brims with pride and amazement at the fact that Sweden is even in the stapler market, let alone has nearly cornered the market on shiny chrome plier staplers. I use one at work because it also has the distinction of using a full strip of standard staples, meaning I can dip into the office supply... shhh!"

A comment on the Stapler of the Week post: "I love ours. We are able to lock it down so that our students don't steal it like they had once a month. This one was donated and has been locked down for a year. It is funny because we had to put a sign up that says 'Yes, this is a stapler.' We also had to add large yellow labels on it that say 'Stapler.'"

On a whim I had my Crack Research Team®™© see if they could find one: what do you know, they did:


The Etsy description of the stapler, pictured just above and below: "Ever popular Faber-Castell grip heavy duty stapler, made in Sweden of stainless steel for quality and durability. Beautiful tool! Smooth operation. Great gift for the man in your life ... or better yet for you. Easy operation, however the grip is a bit of a stretch for me. This has been used but is still in very good condition with just a few tiny scratches."


To see the little stamped oil can on top indicating where to lubricate the device is to become totally smitten if you're like me.

Fyi, I paid $24.99 with free shipping.

January 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Museum of Bags

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It is what it says.

"The first of its kind, the Museum of Bags is the repository of an exceptional collection totaling more than 7,000 pieces. It includes objects of paper, plastic, ceramic, silver, glass, straw, vinyl, and burlap. It houses landmark artist's designs, such as Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup Can bag and Roy Lichtenstein's Thanksgiving Turkey bag. Its subjects cover politics (LBJ for the USA), sports (Olympics 1952), and world events (Silver Jubilee of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth 1952)."

"Bags in the collection date from the late 1800s to the present, and in origin from Helsinki, Finland, to Stuarts Draft, Virginia. Related pieces range from a book on cooking with paper bags (1911), to a rug made from plastic bags, and an original patent model of a bag-making machine for a patent issued in 1863."

[via Mira y Calla and Everlasting Blort]

January 22, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Liverwurst Rattle

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It's a German thing.

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From the website:


This liverwurst is a delectable kid's toy.

The cuddly, soft liver sausage is a baby rattle that also squeaks.

Rattles when shaken; squeaks when pressed.

Handmade in Germany from a wool blend.

Washable at 30°C.

13.5 x 13.5cm.



Wait til Rob Walker sees this.

Forget Rob Walker — wait till Gray Cat gets her claws in one.


January 22, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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