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February 8, 2012

Storseisundet Bridge, Atlantic Road, Norway


No Photoshop: Videre est credere.

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February 8, 2012 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Free BlackBerry PlayBooks


Tell us more.

From Brian X. Chen's February 5 New York Times "Bits" blog post:

Research in Motion wants Android programmers to make apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook so badly that it's handing out the tablets for free.

All an Android programmer has to do to get one is make a PlayBook app and submit it to RIM's app store, BlackBerry App World, by Feb. 13, said Alec Saunders, vice president of developer relations at RIM, in a posting to Twitter. The reason RIM is seeking Android apps is because it made the PlayBook software system compatible with Android apps.

This app-for-a-tablet trade could be a quick way for RIM to expand its app catalog, which has about 51,000 apps. For comparison, owners of Apple’s iPad have access to 156,000 tablet apps, and 458,000 iPhone apps.

It's also an opportunity for RIM to get rid of some unwanted tablets. RIM in December took a $485 million write-down after using heavy discounts to bolster sales of the PlayBook tablet. For the third quarter of 2011, RIM said that it shipped 150,000 PlayBooks to stores and wholesalers, a figure that does not include sales to actual customers.

Oddly, the PlayBook giveaway could have less to do with the tablet than it does with future BlackBerry smartphones. The PlayBook runs QNX, an operating system that will also power the yet-to-be-released BlackBerry 10 smartphones, which are supposed to land in stores by the end of this year. The PlayBook hasn't sold well, but if RIM gave up on the tablet today, developers would stop making apps for QNX, and there would be weak support for the upcoming BlackBerry 10 phones.

I hate to be negative but when you're giving something away that was once your company's Next Big Thing, it bodes very poorly for your future.

Nevertheless, for those who want one you've got till next Monday to create and submit your PlayBook app.

Fair warning.

February 8, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

NO DUMPING! — Dog poop yard sign


It was funny four years ago and it still cracks me up.

Here's a blast from the past as it appeared in this space on January 14, 2008. Not one word has been omitted.




Who posted this?

From a website:


NO DUMPING! Dog Yard Sign

Protect your peonies — or have fun trying.

This rugged cast iron lawn sign is modeled after antique garden ornaments — with a wickedly funny twist.

12.75"H x 10"W.



"Outdoor-safe" — d'oh.*


*From Wikipedia:

In 2001, the word was added to the Oxford English Dictionary;[8][9] The definition given is:[8][10]

Expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish. Also (usu. mildly derogatory): implying that another person has said or done something foolish (cf. DUH int.).

The headword spelling is doh, but d'oh – Matt Groening's own preferred spelling of the word, and the version most commonly used on official Simpsons merchandise – is listed as a variant (as is dooh). The etymology section notes "the word appears (in the form D'oh) in numerous publications based on The Simpsons".[8] Eight quotations are cited: the earliest is from 1945; two others are Simpsons-related.[8]

February 8, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Sea horizon pencil


A 2002 design by Yasuhiro Suzuki.

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February 8, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Food in Jars — "A blog dedicated to canning, preserving, and the art of putting up."


Wrote the website's creator, "My name is Marisa McClellan and I am the writer and canner behind Food in Jars. I grew up in Oregon, canning the local blueberries, blackberries and apples with my mom. After many years away from the canning pot, I picked up the habit again after a fruit picking trip in 2006. Since then, canning and preserving have become very regular parts of my life."

"The Food in Jars cookbook is nearly done and will be available for purchase in the spring of 2012. Click here for information on pre-ordering the book."

Erin Biba, who knows a thing or three about putting up food in jars, emailed me that she's been a fan of this site for quite some time.

nuf sed.


I guess not nuf sed — this just in:

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Made me swoon with delight.

February 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Glass Speakers


Optical quality glass, tuned by Kenwood.


I've heard of a glass onion but this takes it to a whole new level.


Per pair: ¥105,000.


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

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February 8, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Esquire Russia


Is that who you think it is?

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February 8, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Sugar Blocks


By John Truex in collaboration with Audrey Russell for Spiceship.


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February 8, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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