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March 14, 2012

Toilet Paper Art Rack


Wrote Jeri Dansky, "This toilet paper storage solution, from PA-Design, comes in black, white, and a natural wood tone."


As Lenin remarked in another context entirely, "Quantity has its own quality."



March 14, 2012 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Steven Leckart lends Plantronics an ear

The YouTube caption: "Wired contributor Steven Leckart visits Plantronics, the company responsible for creating the headset that transmitted 'One small step for man...' from the moon in 1969. Now, they make ear molds to collect data for improving headsets."

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Bound Mirror


"A petite hand mirror with textile-wrapped edge and handle."


Mirrored glass, certified maple and hemp twine.


9.68"H x 5"W x 0.5"D.



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CatCam arrives Friday


I wasn't lying when I wrote yesterday


that "I am so getting one of these cameras."


I'm more excited about the imminent arrival of my CatCam than that of the new iPad, also scheduled to arrive Friday.

Tell you what: the CatCam will be up and running before I unbox the iPad.

You'll see footage as soon as I can get it uploaded to YouTube.


It occurs to me that bookofjoeTV is (literally) coming in — like the fog — on little cat feet.

Don't be stupid like me and pay $99 + shipping: $79 here

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Today is National Potato Chip Day


You could look it up.


So how come everyone's not off from work and school?


What went wrong with the holiday machine?


Oh, I see — that device only works in Italy.

No matter.


From a website:



Homemade, crispy, fat-free chips are as easy as using your microwave.

Slice your own potatoes with the included mandoline, place the slices on the tray and pop them into the microwave for a healthier alternative to greasy potato chips.


The nonstick silicone tray surface crisps your chips, so no added fat is necessary.

Works best with root vegetables and fruits such as sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips, apples, pears and mangoes — not recommend for other root vegetables and fruits.


Perfect for snacks or for parties, chips are ready in as little as 3–5 minutes.

The easy-to-use slicer cuts your vegetables and fruits thinly and evenly.


Stack up to three trays at one time to make larger batches quicker.

Silicone tray is dishwasher-safe; hand wash mandoline.


Materials: Silicone, plastic, and steel.

Microwave use only.



Chip Tray with Mandoline: $15.59 (potatoes not included).

[via Linda Sternick]


Note added at 5:53 p.m. today: TeleRead's Paul Biba suggested I add links to 2010's epic bookofjoe Potato Chip Tasting Contest. It was billed at the time as the "First Annual" and would appear to have also been the "Last Annual" (but I digress).

Episode 1's here.

Episode 2 — the grand finale, in which the winner is unveiled for all the world to see — here.

March 14, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Molten Eagle — Where submariners go to decompress

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Virgilis, a former submariner, runs Molten Eagle from a secure, undisclosed location on Staten Island, New York.

Wait a second, that makes no sense — at least the "undisclosed location" part....

Never mind.

Among the site's features is a sidebar (below)

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with direct links to blogs and websites of 15 submariners.

Fair warning: DIVE DIVE DIVE — erm, there goes the day.

March 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Welcome to my 'hood

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Above, the wireless networks in my neck of the Podunk woods.

The ones other than mine come and go on my WiFi widget, for no apparent reason.

The Apple Network only appeared a couple weeks ago and I have no idea what it is or what it means.

March 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

D.I.Y. Shower Curtain


That's different.


From the website:


Ty is a simple #2 plastic (high-density polyethylene) shower curtain. Unlike other shower curtains made of vinyl, Ty will not off-gas in your home. Also unlike vinyl, Ty breathes — making it less likely to grow gross mold and mildew. Ty is stronger than vinyl and will last a very long time, then it can be recycled. At the end of its useful life, cut off the metal grommets and recycle.



Use the attached permanent marker to draw a custom design on Ty. For best results, draw on the shiny side. If necessary, protect your drawing surface from any marker bleed. Your illustration is permanent. Let it dry completely before using or washing.

Can be machine-washed with a mild detergent. Washing will create a soft, linen-like texture. Hang dry. Do not iron.

White with nickel-plated brass grommets.

72"H x 60"W.




March 14, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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