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February 7, 2012

Photos of parent and child, edited with their heads swapped











[By Paul Ripke via Richard Kashdan]

February 7, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Spanish Sweethearts


Habla usted español?

No matter.

36 heart-shaped candies emblazoned with Spanish endearments.


February 7, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

MorphWorld: Did Romney rip off Romika?

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Sure looks like it to me.

But I'm sure Romney's lawyerbots are already out in force 


preparing their motion for summary judgement against Romika's forthcoming copyright infringement suit.

On the other hand, the 91-year-old shoe manufacturer's mouthpieces might be asleep at the switch as the cluetrain speeds by.

Wouldn't be surprised.

Full disclosure: I've been a happy Romika user/customer since 1983, when I first discovered their incomparably comfortable Mokasso (below).


Don't they look inviting?

FunFact: They're even more comfy than they look.

And they never wear out.

I'm wearing them as I stroll along on the treadmill typing these words.

And pajamas, that goes without saying.

[via TMB]

February 7, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Math Tie


Got numbers?

From the website:


Chock-full of numbers, symbols, equations and lines, this silk Math Formula Tie makes a great gift for quantitatively inclined men.

White writing on blue background lends the look of a chalkboard or a stack of blueprints.



February 7, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Doomsday Preppers — "It's not a hobby, it's a lifestyle"


So said doomsday prepper Gloria Haswell in today's USA Today story about the National Geographic Channel's new reality show, "Doomsday Preppers," (catchy title, what?),

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premiering tonight at 9 p.m. E.T.

I won't be watching, as Gray Cat and I will be fluffing our pillows and otherwise preparing our comfy nest for bedtime.

But you go ahead.

Excerpts from Monika Joshi's article:

For some people, the end of the world as we know it is upon us, and there is no better time than now to start preparing.

Such is the concept of National Geographic Channel's  new reality show "Doomsday Preppers," which profiles Americans who have taken extreme measures to plan for a forthcoming apocalypse — whether natural disaster, nuclear war or economic crisis.

The channel commissioned an online survey of 1,007 adults in the U.S. and found that 61% of Americans believe the country will experience a major catastrophic event within the next 20 years, but only 15% feel they are fully prepared for it.

Each episode will feature a few individuals from the prepping subculture, and the effectiveness of their preparations will be assessed by experts. In the series premiere, viewers meet a retired couple who have 50,000 pounds of food stored in their doomsday-proof home built of steel shipping containers, an urban survivalist in Los Angeles prepping for a severe earthquake and a young, outgoing Texan ready to bug out when an oil crisis creates havoc.

"It's not a hobby," prepper Gloria Haswell tells National Geographic, "it's a lifestyle." Haswell and her husband spend 50 hours a week preparing for  a shift in the North and South poles, which could cause severe climate change.

Look at the graphic up top.

My response to the question "What have you done to prepare for catastrophe?"

Absolutely nothing.

And I never will.

Why is that?

Because you'll never see — much less hear — the bullet that's coming.

And you can quote me.

On a related note, constant readers will recall that I've long believed that annual physicals and visits to the doctor on a regular basis without a specific cause are not only a waste of your money and time but actually harmful and potentially dangerous.


Because if you do enough tests, there is a 100% chance you'll find an abnormal value which mandates a work-up and exposes you the wide, wide world of iatrogenic disaster.

But that's a topic for a future post, focusing on my friend Dr. Margaret McCartney's new book,

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"The Patient Paradox: Why Sexed Up Medicine is Bad For Your Health."

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Stay tuned.

February 7, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

My first chopper

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Wrote Denise Landis in the February 1 New York Times Dining section about this implement, intended for children who'd like to take part in the kitchen: "An excellent first cutting tool, this chopper can be gripped on the top by two small hands and pressed straight down to make wavy-shaped slices of carrot, zucchini or other vegetables. The edge is sharp enough to do the job, but will not cut without pressure."

Stainless steel blade; plastic handle.

Ages 4 and up.

Think outside the kids' space: might be just the ticket for those with limitations due to arthritis and its ilk.



Note added at 11:51 a.m. today: reader Jeri Dansky just pointed out to me that this chopper is named after me, with the clever addition of a "!" to avoid my lawyerbots and a charge of copyright infringement.

Where's my Crack Legal Team®™© when I need them, anyhow?

Prolly out back with the Research Team, doing stuff I'd rather not know about.

February 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Experts' Expert: JotNot best free scanner app for iPhone


"App Smart" columnist Bob Tedeschi of the New York Times tried 'em all and anointed JotNot Scanner the king of the hill.


He wrote:



JotNot's free and paid versions include an image stabilization feature that snaps the photo only when the phone is perfectly still, but my hands failed to meet this standard. I grew weary of waiting for the app to take the photo automatically, and as a result I struggled to get a snapshot that was completely free of blurry words.


Once the page was photographed, JotNot placed it into a frame with grid lines that I dragged across the image to orient the text horizontally.

It worked nicely. The text lay flat on the screen and, even with a few slightly blurry words, it was easy to read. You can pinch and zoom the page to get a closer look at words and phrases, and if you are scanning batches of pages, JotNot lets you build a multipage document.

The free version of JotNot includes ads, which is both annoying and a waste of valuable space on an already small screen, but it is a good app for those who merely want to test out the category.

It is worth spending $2 for the Pro version, which provides added screen room and other important benefits — chief among them the ability to export images via e-mail to an Evernote account or DropBox.

The only way to export a scan with the free version is to send it as a fax or print it — if, that is, you own a printer that connects to your device wirelessly. If you can export the document digitally, as with the Pro version, you can then retrieve it using a device that is wired to a printer.

February 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Breguet La Tradition Tourbillon



I was curious about whether they offered free shipping (you'd think so, wouldn't you?) so I put the watch in my shopping cart.

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Guess I was wrong.

[via Fancy]

February 7, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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