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March 25, 2012

The Girl With the Science Tattoo


The Wall Street Journal featured Carl Zimmer's new book, "Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed," in its January 7, 2012 "Visualizer" feature.


From the WSJ:




When it comes to tattoos, the images that occur to most of us are things like skulls, hearts and daggers, or maybe "Mom." But how about the equation for the Schrodinger wave function or an illustration of DNA helices?


Author Carl Zimmer shares an assortment of more than 300 tattoos in categories like neuroscience, physics, astronomy and evolution, with notes on the science behind each one.


After noticing several scientists with tattoos related to their fields, Mr. Zimmer posted a question on his blog wondering if it was a real trend — and the photos started rolling in.










exemplars from the book.

March 25, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

bookofjoeTV — Episode I've lost count: Is Looxcie The Holy Grail?

Gregory Schmidt's February 28 New York Times "Gadgetwise" blog post about Looxcie's latest creation got me all revved up; excerpts follow.

When Looxcie, the tiny video camera that fits over the ear, came out in 2010, it gave navel gazers an opportunity to record and share the minutiae of their daily lives.

Looxcie records in a continuous five-hour loop, allowing users to capture events in their lives, both unexpected and mundane, without lugging around a video camera. An Instant Clip button on the gadget lets videographers send a clip of the last 30 seconds to a social network with a single click.

Seeking to increase the level of instant gratification, the makers of the tiny camera have introduced a new service called LooxcieLive, a free mobile app that allows users to broadcast their video instantly by putting it in the cloud. Friends and family members are invited beforehand to view an event, like a baseball game or a birthday party, that they can watch via a live stream.

It's just like live television, but without a five-second delay to censor the occasional obscenity or wardrobe malfunction, so use caution. And with LooxcieLive, viewers get to talk back. Texting and audio push-to-talk features allow them to interact with the broadcaster while the video is streaming.



March 25, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Experts' Experts: Choosing sunglasses that flatter your face







[via Simone S. Oliver, Stephanie Rosenbloom, and the New York Times]

March 25, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Metal Hot Water Bottle

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Made in Japan.

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Galvanized steel, brass, and rubber.

9.5" x 13" x 2.5".


Think outside the hot water bottle space: how about a doorstop, for example?

[via the New York Times]

March 25, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"Keep Calm" Sign Generator


Make yours here.

March 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Escargot Decanter


From Riedel: "The function of the Escargot decanter is based on the double aeration effect. First aeration takes place when the wine is poured out of the bottle into the Escargot decanter, exposing the contents of the bottle to oxygen. Lift the decanter from horizontal to a vertical position to fill the decanter. The second contact with oxygen is triggered when wine is poured out of the Escargot decanter into a glass. When pouring, hold the decanter by the oval indent for conveyance. The decanter construction forces fresh air though the already decanted wine a second time to fill the air space in the decanter. This second aeration process creates a bubbling gurgle when the air is forced though the neck of the Escargot decanter."


5.9"H; 49 oz. capacity.


March 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

"The Universe of Keith Haring"

Above, part one of a seven-part documentary on the artistwho died in 1990 at the age of 31.

Parts two through seven here.

A new show, "Keith Haring: 1978–1982," is up at the Brooklyn Museum through July 8.

March 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Basil Bike Basket


Pretty much rave reviews on Amazon for these baskets,


which attach to your bike for transport


and then are easily removed for shopping and whatnot.


Note integrated carrying handle.


From $27.65.

March 25, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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