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April 15, 2012

Window cleaners on the Empire State Building in 1938

[via Bem Legaus!]

April 15, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Brow Stretcher — "Sleeping band fights wrinkles on skin at night"


Who wouldn't want a band fighting their wrinkles while they sleep?

Heavy metal preferred.

But I digress.

From the website:



Combat those unsightly wrinkles that can develop on your brow or between the eyebrows with this Oyasumi Goodnight Stretcher, a simple but effective remedy for improving the condition of your skin and fighting the signs of aging.

While you sleep you can put the time to good use!

The band fits around your head snugly and comfortably, so lightly you do not even realize it is there.

But it is there and it's fighting wrinkles by stretching the skin.

Also, on the inside of the band are a series of far-infrared dots that work to heat up the skin.


Meanwhile the silicone and hyaluronan [sic] compound materials provide moisture and support to the surface of your face, making anti-wrinkle stretching even more effective.


• Fits head size 54-59 cm (21.3-23.2")

• Nylon, polyurethane, and silicone

• Made in Japan



I do so love the Japanese approach to the body, wherein any and all aspects are subject to improvement if only the right tool is made available.

April 15, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Meet @MouseCrackers — boj's new Timmins, Ontario correspondent


Her real name is Sabrina but her Twitter (you mean Twitter's not real life?) handle is @MouseCrackers.

She's located in Timmins, Ontario, Canada,


which makes me think that even though I didn't ask her if it was OK to tell you that, she kind of takes my position that anyone who's willing to travel there to say "Hi" is more than welcome.

In any event, the recruiting process was relatively painless (at least for me): It consisted of me seeing on Twitter sometime Friday that she'd #FF'd me, writing "For a commitment to sharing the quirky & the random but always interesting."

As I told her in my reply, "Flattery gets you everywhere, not least an invite to join my team of crack correspondents."

Our negotiations, such as they were, are pictured below as they happened in real time.


Ms. @MouseCrackers also has a tumblr worth visiting.

So give her a big boj welcome and bring some warmth to at least one heart in Timmins, current temperature 48°F/9°C.

I didn't get a chance to relate that the pay for being a member of my Crack Correspondent Team®™© — and in her case, bureau chief — is minimal and the benefits nonexistent but hey, who cares about stuff like that when you can add this title to your LinkedIn profile — and expect a great letter of recommendation to boot.

Ms. @MouseCrackers wrote, upon accepting the position, "Fantastic! What do I have to do?"

That's the best part: not a thing.

April 15, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Cloud Eraser

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"The Cloud Eraser is a giant eraser with the shape of a cloud."

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"It is a great decorative element for your desk as well as a long-lasting and useful accessory."

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"As the rain wipes off the dirt on earth, the cloud eraser removes your mistakes, creating a rain of rubber."

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"After rain comes sun. Let's start over!"

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Must have — not to use, just to look at.

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7.6 x 6 x 5.5 cm.


April 15, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

CourtVision by Kirk Goldsberry


Fantastic website if you love basketball, especially the NBA version.


Goldsberry's graphics break down individual players and teams to a fantastic degree, with striking figures and statistics that even I, pretty much a pro hoops agnostic, find absorbing and intriguing.

Fair warning: there goes the day.

April 15, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Toothpick Titanic


From Mary Forgione's April 13 Los Angeles Times story: "The Titanic may have been the largest ship of its day, but San Francisco artist Steven J. Backman has shrunk it to the size of a toothpick."

"Backman, 45, ... didn't carve it from a single toothpick; rather, he started making the miniature liner by deconstructing a single toothpick. "I cut it up into paper-thin pieces and then re-glue the toothpick back together," he explained in a phone call Thursday."

"The result is an astonishingly detailed miniature that measures 1-5/8 inches long — a work he believes is likely the smallest toothpick Titanic in the world."

"Clicking onto Backman's online art gallery [subtitled 'Enter the Essence of Patience'] is like taking a toothpick world tour: the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Eiffel Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Transamerica Pyramid are all on display, each made from a toothpick using the same technique. He says he works full-time as an artist and has been creating toothpick sculptures since he was 5 years old."

April 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The manuscripts of Emily Dickinson


From the website of the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts:


Emily Dickinson's material legacy consists of about 2500 poem manuscripts and about 1000 letter manuscripts. For many poems Dickinson left more than one copy. She may have recorded it in a fascicle and also sent a copy to a friend, or she may have sent a copy to more than one recipient.

During Dickinson's intense writing period (1858-1864), she copied more than 800 of her poems into small booklets, forty in all, now called "fascicles." Dickinson made the small volumes herself from folded sheets of paper that she stacked and then bound by stabbing two holes on the left side of the paper and tying the stacked sheets with string.

[Up top, a page from one of Dickinson's fascicles. The page on the right includes the poem "I heard a Fly buzz when I died."]

Among her papers were fifteen unbound gatherings of poems, which scholar R. W. Franklin terms "sets." The sets contain about 250 poems.

In addition to the fascicles and sets, Dickinson had other methods of recording her poetry. Dickinson sometimes copied poems onto individual sheets of paper. Folds in the paper may suggest that Dickinson intended to send it to a recipient but for whatever reason decided not to. R. W. Franklin refers to these as "record" or "retained" copies.

Dickinson shared about 500 of her poems with more than forty correspondents. This private form of distribution seems to have appealed to the poet more than did formal publication. The format of the poems in letters varied. Often the poems were sent with a letter on separate sheets of paper. At other times Dickinson introduced the poem with a note on the same page. In still other cases, the line between letter and poem is more difficult to distinguish.


[Above, a letter from Dickinson to author Helen Hunt Jackson. Dickinson sent Jackson the poem "A Route of Evanescence."]

Among the most intriguing documents that Dickinson left to posterity are about 100 fragments or scraps. Some contain prose; others, poetry; some are without genre, what Dickinson scholar Marta Werner calls "extrageneric." The papers are both literally scraps — torn or reused paper — and, more figuratively, fragments of partial ideas or less finished poems than appear in fascicles or other retained manuscripts.


[Above, a poem fragment.]

April 15, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Withmilk — Porcelain tea/coffee set in a bottle

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"Open the bottle... surprise! Withmilk is a genius porcelain tea/coffee set shaped as a retro milk bottle. Composed of a milk jug, four cups and a bowl, it contains all you need for a great afternoon party."

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"Not only saves storage space when stacked but it is also a wonderful decorative object."

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9"H x 3.5"Ø.

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April 15, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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