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February 3, 2012

The Lisbeth Salander Effect


Above, a photo that appeared on the front page of yesterday's New York Times Styles section, accompanying Ruth La Ferla's story about the rise of female action hero fashion.

The picture features one of the models with multiple piercings used by Givenchy couture's Riccardo Tisci.

Below, more from Givenchy's Spring 2012 collection.

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[photos by Valerio Mezzanoti]

February 3, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Toilet Tie


Want to increase the likelihood that when a pipe breaks or a toilet overflows on Saturday night, your plumber might call you back and come over to fix it?

No better way to ensure that happening than to give him this tie.

And don't wait till Christmas.

From the website:


A navy background is discreetly covered in a repeating pattern of tiny golden "thrones," making this a witty gift for those guys who think they are the kings of their castles.

With its combination of traditional colors and unexpected iconography, this silk tie is the perfect accessory for husbands (and plumbers) everywhere.



All things considered, cheap at twice the price.

February 3, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Experts' Expert: Which side of bubble wrap goes on the inside?


You don't really know, do you?

Neither did I till I had my Crack Research Team©™® drill down over seven years ago to find the answer.

Which is that the bubbles go on the inside, against the object.

I'm struck by how often packages from stores and companies — who should know better — have it reversed.

FunFact: Bubble Wrap Appreciation was on Monday this week.

You could look it up.

But let's cut to the chase: where's the virtual bubble wrap so you can pop away to your heart's content no matter where you are?

Right here.

Fair warning: there goes the day — and the sanity of your cubicle mates.

Oh, well.

February 3, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

World's largest Scrabble board — Limited-edition


It measures 99.25 inches wide by 88.5 inches high.

Q. What's that in units you can wrap your head around?

I knew you'd ask — you're so predictable.

Yet so cool; a rare combination.

A. 8.3 feet wide x 7.4 feet high.

From the website:


Spanning over 49 square feet — nearly five times the size of the original— this is the world's largest wall-mounted Scrabble game.

One of only nine in existence, it is handmade by John Kahn, renowned mixed media artist and creator of colossal pop art.

Meticulously constructed from Russian birch plywood, the 3/4"-deep back board is overlaid with the classic purple-hued background of the original game, laminated with a 0.023-gauge galvanized steel sheet, and covered by a heavy vinyl print of the playing board which is protected by a satin laminate.

Bordered by a 3/4" x 2-1/2" birch frame that wraps from the front to the back, the board attaches to a wall with included hardware.

The two 6'H x 5-5/8"W x 7"D birch tile racks are grooved and lined with felt, each accepting 50 of the included 100 tiles.

Made from a 3/8" x 5/16" rare earth magnet sandwiched between two pieces of birch plywood, each 4-3/8"-square x 3/8"-thick tile's letter is sandblasted to a depth of 1/64", lacquered in black, sanded, and clear-coated to a finish that will last for generations.



I'm thinking some clever girl or guy could create a 99 cent smartphone app that, combined with a projector, would let you play giant Scrabble "Minority Report" style — and carry your game in your bag or pocket.

[via The Awesomer , reddit and Richard Kashdan]

February 3, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Lady Gaga: "Yoü and I" (Live) — VMA 2011

Utterly fantastic.

She is the real deal, an über-mega-star of the first order.

[via one of my crack team of Pittsburgh correspondents]

February 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

Peeler-S Katsuramuki Thin Root Vegetable Peeler


No one serious about Japanese food would be without one in their batterie de cuisine.

From the website:


This specialized kitchen device will turn a daikon radish, carrot or potato into a very thin sheet.

Creates sheets from 0.5mm to 1.1mm thick.

Device size: 9.5" x 10.5".

Made in Japan.



[via my Los Angeles correspondent, working hand in paw with Rusti]

February 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

TiqIQ — "The Kayak of live-event tickets"

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Tell us more.

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From Sam Grobart's January 25, 2012 New York Times Gadgetwise blog post

When searching for airline tickets, many people are like quants at a hedge fund. They pore over data, using sites like Kayak, SeatGuru and Bing Travel to divine the best price, route and seat for their coming flight.

But when the ticket is for a live event, like a concert or a basketball game, many of those same bargain hunters take the obvious approach and start their search at, say, Ticketmaster, or secondary-market sellers like StubHub. There’s a Kayak-like site for live-event tickets, called TiqIQ, and it may be worth going there first.

TiqIQ combines deals from all the major reseller marketplaces (StubHub, TicketsNow, eBay and others), just as Kayak pulls in prices from Expedia, Travelocity and airline Web sites. Instead of hopping around from one browser tab to another, all that pricing information is in one place.

In addition to the convenience of aggregation, TiqIQ provides market data to let you know if you’re getting a good deal (similar to the way Bing Travel can tell you if an airline ticket is worth buying now or later). If a reseller is offering $42 tickets to see the Knicks play the Pistons, for example, TiqIQ can show you other seats that are being sold for less, but represent a better value since their location is better (the site has simulated views from different sections in arenas) and their price is less than that of similar seats.

TiqIQ also has a Priceline-like way of selling tickets: You pick the event, the seating zone and the price you are willing to pay. TiqIQ will do an on-the-spot analysis of your bid and tell you if you stand a good chance or not. After entering your payment information, TiqIQ shops your bid around to ticket resellers. If a reseller is willing to sell tickets in that seating zone for that price, your credit card is charged and the tickets are yours. If your bid is too low, it will be rejected and you can rebid after 24 hours.

TiqIQ can help you save some money, but it also clearly provides an additional benefit: It feeds that urge to consume vast amounts of data and obsess over everyday purchases. Quants, rejoice.

[via Kyle Killan]

February 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Personalized Stump Ring


From the website:


Take a page from Shel Silverstein's beloved classic  "The Giving Tree"with designer Aaron Ruff's handcrafted sterling silver ring.

Each ring is personalized with you and your significant other's initials carved into the bark.

Handmade in Brooklyn.



February 3, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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