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April 6, 2012

Racing Strong Motorsports


Never heard of this company until a couple hours ago when I received an email from William Strong, a fellow member of the UVA-Mess ("Mess" stands for Mac yadda yadda yadda — long story short, it's my Podunk town-based Mac users group that serves as a tremendous resource when it comes to stuff Mac and Apple-related, with real-time answers to problems and questions that usually do the trick. Bonus: anyone can join.), in response to some idiotstick joke I made about his name.

The joke? You seriously wanna hear the joke? OK then: "I have a question: When you were a kid and played with invisible ink, did you call it 'Strong encryption?' Just wondering." 

His reply: "I was too busy trying to figure out how to save up the money needed to buy the x-ray glasses in comic books. I do own a company called Racing Strong Motorsports :)

My reaction:


First I'd ever heard of Racing Strong Motorsports though I've been seeing his name for years in the UVA-Mess back and forth.

How come he hides his light under a bushel and doesn't use Racing Strong Motorsports as part of his automatic signature on outgoing email?

I mean, I have no shame whatsoever about appending this:


Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bookofjoe

World's most popular blogging anesthesiologist (and I do it on a treadmill)

As seen in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/18/health/nutrition/18fitness.html?_r=1&ei=5070

to all my UVA-Mess outgoing.

But you're not here to read twaddle about me but, rather, to learn more about Racing Strong Motorsports.

Your wish is my demand:

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Should you visit or email, be sure to tell Bill I sent you — that'll be good for a snort or a snicker.

April 6, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Cloth Extension Cord


From the website:



Extension cords you won't want to hide. We didn't aim to reinvent the wheel, we just wanted to dress it up in some some new duds.


Our round "pulley"-style cloth-covered extension cords are woven in Massachusetts using three copper wires, each stranded and covered in PVC insulation. The wires are twisted together, padded, and braided with a durable cotton weave. Cords are then assembled in New York using solid brass plug blades that are set in a rubber plug (which will resist chemicals and stay flexible in extremely low temperatures).


Includes a Phillips combination slot mount with terminal screws which meets all U.L. 498 requirements.


These 8-foot-long extension cords are recommended for indoor use with small appliances.


Maximum voltage: 600; maximum temp: 221°F.


Red & White Herringbone, Black, or Gold: $38.

[via Paul Biba]

April 6, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Toilet Yoga — "Top 3 Movements for Relief"

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Got your attention, eh?

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Mine too.

From YogaDork: "We've already been warned that sitting is killing us, yet a lot of us sit in a some sort of chair, perhaps at a desk or in a vehicle, for a scary number of hours a week, and only take tiny breaks here and there throughout the day for lunch or, say, to [use the restroom]. But what if you used those random breaks to do some bathroom stall yoga?"

"Believe it or not there are actually books specifically on the movement."

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"We've come up with our top toilet yoga movements for relief" [from beginner to guru]:

1. The Classic: Chair Pose aka Hover-asana

Doubly great, for firing up the legs after sitting down for long periods of time and avoiding contact with icktastic facilities.

2. Puppy Dog Fire Hydrant

 Place hands on counter or sink and walk feet back under hips. Work up to fire hydrant by lifting leg back into Warrior 3 or opening up the raised leg to Half Moon. Can also be done in bathroom stall for ultimate privacy if you're lucky to be somewhere with one-seaters like Starbucks.

3. Twisted Triko-stall-asana 

One foot by the commode, the other diagonally placed. Walk hands up sides and door of stall and twist out your Triangle.

[Graphics from the book "Toilet Yoga," pictured above]

April 6, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

SCRW Stool


Wrote Simon on Better Living Through Design, "I'm easily charmed by industrial-style stools with big chunky exposed screw threads, but what happens when the entire stool is a screw thread? The SCRW Stool by Manuel Welsky consists of a solid cork stool mating with a steel base that height-adjusts by simply turning it. SCRW Stool is handmade in Germany with about a month lead time."

Love it.


Apply within.

April 6, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Live wind patterns across the U.S.


From Flowing Data: "I get kind of giddy whenever I see a tweet from Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas. They rarely tweet, but when they do it's usually because they've released a new project and they always announce it simultaneously. Their latest piece shows live wind patterns, based on data from the National Digital Forecast Database. It's beautiful to look at."

"The most impressive bit is that, despite all of the animation, it's interactive. Roll over flows for wind speed and direction as well as zoom (with a double click) and pan to your area of interest."

April 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Stickystains — Stain-obscuring iron-on stickers

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A 2006 creation by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, principals of London-based Raw Edges Design Studio who wrote, "Iron-on stickers turn unsightly stains into attractive doodles. An alternative way to prolong the life of stained clothes. A postcard-sized sheet would be enough to rescue at least four different stains."


This would be a great Kickstarter project.

April 6, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Experts' Expert: How to remember where you parked your car


Take a picture of your surroundings after you've parked.

Take a couple, there's no extra charge.

So obvious, it's hard to believe you've wasted all that time over the years wandering around malls and stadium lots in search of your vehicle.

Up top, the 14th Street parking garage where I parked yesterday when I went to get a haircut.

[via Scott McCartney and the Wall Street Journal]

April 6, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Yujiro Thread Cutters


From the website:



In the process of wrapping, prototyping, sewing on badges, etc. we always find ourselves snipping small threads and strings, and because scissors are often too big and clumsy we soon enough gravitated towards a traditional Japanese thread cutter.


The Yujiro thread cutter is specially forged to create a firm spring-back action and the high carbon inner core allows for effortless sharpening. The black coating on the handle — a technique called "ibushi", which is commonly used for silver accessories or traditional Japanese roof tiles — protects the surface from rusting caused by sweat.With proper maintenance these thread cutters will last for generations.


High-carbon inner core laminated with soft iron.

Made in Miki City, Japan.

4.125" L.



[via Paul Biba]

April 6, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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