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February 14, 2012



Special anniversary cover of this week's New Yorker, entitled "Loading," by Brett Culbert and Rea Irvin.

When I saw it Friday night on Coverjunkie I thought it was a video and didn't do more than glance at it; when my copy appeared in my mailbox Saturday I took a longer look and the penny dropped.

February 14, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Kid-size Oven Mitts


Wrote Denise Landis in a February 1 New York Times Dining section article about kitchen tools for children, "Oven mitts are a necessity, and junior versions are hard to find. Growing Cooks' mitts for children are made exactly like their adult counterparts, with the same padding and lining, in nine colors. Don't forget to buy two for each child."

9 inches long x 6 inches wide.

Apiece, $4.95.

February 14, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

I have seen the future — and it is Facebook


Above and below, snapshots of where my current visitors hail from (above, by referring web pages and below by referring web sites).


For years Facebook wasn't even on the first page of results but things have changed and there's a new kid in school who's only going to get more popular as Google's socially challenged geniuses keep trying and failing to get out of their hardwired-imposed paper bag.

I can't recall the last time I visited Google+.

Why would I?

There's no there there.

February 14, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Mechanical Music Box


From the website:


The Mechanical Music Box is a unique variation on the old classic.

Holes punched into special paper strips are fed into a hand-cranked 'box' which produces tones quite unlike those of any other musical instrument.

Makes a great gift for budding and professional musicians alike.

Comes with three blank paper strips, a hole puncher, an instruction manual, and a pre-punched "Happy Birthday" song strip.

Paper, steel, polypropylene.

3"L x 1"W.

Ages 12+.


"Ages 12+" is great news, as this group constitutes over half my readers.

I don't know why but "Pop! Goes The Weasel" has always seemed to me the prototypical music box song.


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

February 14, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

14 years of U.S. weather in 33 minutes, set to Beethoven

From Open Culture: "This video packs 14 years of United States weather (1997–2011) into 33 minutes, presenting a total of 120,900 individual frames, each spaced one hour apart. And they're all set to Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat Major. If you want to get right to the drama, we recommend jumping to the climactic 27th minute."

[via Devour]

February 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Inner Message Ring


Designed by Jungyun Yoon.


From DeMilked:


"A few years ago a Korean singer wrote a song about the sunburn mark that he found on his finger after he broke up with his girlfriend and removed a ring he had been wearing for a long time. This inspired Jungyun Yoon to make 'Inner Message,' a ring with hidden letters on the inside."


Sterling silver or 14k gold.



February 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"Snapshot: Painters and Photography"


Excerpts from Rachel Wolff's February 4, 2012 Wall Street Journal review of this new show — up at the Phillips collection in Washington, D.C. through May 6 — follow.


Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection in January, but one Washington, D.C., museum is looking back to the days when the company's famous cameras stirred iPhone-worthy levels of excitement—among well-known artists.

"Snapshot: Painters and Photography," looks at what seven late-19th-century artists did with their new Kodak hand-held cameras. The exhibition… presents more than 200 photographs and about 70 related paintings, prints and drawings by such prominent post-Impressionist artists as Édouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard and Maurice Denis. Many of the photos have never been shown before.

When George Eastman released the hand-held, layman-friendly Kodak camera in 1888, artists were among the first to get on board. Formal studio photography (i.e., telling subjects to "sit still, look at the tripod") had been established in the mid-1800s, but Eastman's invention offered portability and relatively quick results.

The way the artists took their photos—their trained eye — sets them apart. "If you look at general amateur photographs, they tend to be like academic paintings — you center the couple in the middle of the frame, standing very far away from them so you can contain the whole scene," Ms. Easton says. "But painters would stick their camera 2 inches from their subject's face and experiment with focus and angles."

Bonnard photographed his wife and muse, Marthe, in the country and in bed; Dutch artist George Hendrik Breitner snapped bustled ladies on busy city streets and erotic nudes; Denis focused on his children; Vuillard fixated on his mistress (who was also his dealer's wife); and, Henri Rivière, a French printmaker, documented the beam-by-beam construction of the Eiffel Tower.

Sometimes, a photo, like Breitner's shot of a kimono-clad girl reclining on a bed (top), led directly to another work — in this case, his vibrant "Girl in Red Kimono" (1893-95; second from top).

Some people found this kind of adaptation dubious. English artist Walter Sickert, Ms. Easton notes, pushed for some sort of requirement forcing artists to flag works that were based on photographs.

February 14, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Salsabol Salsa Bowl

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Wonderful shape, regardless of what you choose to use it — or not use it — for.

From the website:


Keep salsa from shimmying off your chip with this innovative bowl designed with edges that push dip back onto your chip.

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Avoid dripping trails, rogue tomatoes and unstable scoops with a strategically raised side, engineered to sweep salsa in perfect proportion.

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Invented by two recent college graduates with a taste for design and salsa, the Salsabol was created to meet the needs of dip enthusiasts who longed for the perfect scoop — without the inevitably ruined tablecloth.


• Ceramic

• 4"H x 6"Ø

• Dishwasher- and microwave-safe    

• Designed to hold 10-12 oz.; can accomodate up to 16 oz.


Put the fun back in function.

Yellow, Red or Green.

$16 (chips and salsa not included).

February 14, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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