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April 21, 2012

Drink BoingBoing!

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Who knew?

April 21, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Sauna Pants

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"Is that a sauna in your pants or ...?

From the website:

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Focus the heat on your trouble spots.

Just wrap on the pants and lay down.

Makes you sweat in the areas you need it most.

Adjustable temperature control and Velcro waist and legs.

Fits waists from 28 in. to 54 in.

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$39.97.

[via MeWanty!]

April 21, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Mike Geno says "Cheese"

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Long story short from Jeff Gordinier's April 17 New York Times article: Philadelphian Mike Geno paints pictures of cheese (above and below), then sells them online for $300 to $900.

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Painted cheeses in this post, from top down: Shropshire Blue; Bianca Sardo di Moliterno; Hummingbird, from Doe Run Farm; Ogleshield; Castlemagno; Bayley Hazen Blue; Juni; Ticklemore; Winnimere.

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Excerpts from the Times piece follow.

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"I only paint things that I find attractive and appetizing," he [Geno] said. "I like to translate what I find the most seductive about my subject. And cheese, it turns out, is the absolute perfect match for the way I paint. I get hungry looking at cheese."

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Visitors to his studio can't help having a similar response, seeing as how one wall is practically fragrant with beckoning portraits of Gouda, Manchego, Morbier, Shropshire Blue, Cheddar and mimolette.

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"His paintings are seductions," said Tenaya Darlington, 40, who blogs about cheese under the moniker Madame Fromage. "They make me want to reach out with a hunk of baguette and swipe the paint right off the canvas."

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"I feel Mike approaches cheese almost like a cheesemaker himself, which is to say, he wants to bring out the beauty of the milk," Ms. Darlington said. "His paintings capture every eye, every pudgy bulge, every nub on the rind."

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That attention to detail means that he has to work fast when he's painting an especially gooey selection, otherwise it will shape-shift as it lingers on a plate in his studio.

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"It's a race," he said.

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Geno's website is here.

April 21, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Giant Donut Pool Float

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"Made from extra-thick durable vinyl."

Four feet wide.

$24.95.

[via CSYCB]

April 21, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Why it's OK to sit on a public toilet seat in Japan

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[via Bruce Yee, currently in Japan sitting on seats]

April 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Fresh & Clear Cat Drinking Fountain

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Nor sooner did I feature a dog self-service drinking fountain Wednesday, adding "I wonder if this could be adapted for use by Gray Cat?", than Flautist sent me a link to this puppy — erm, kitty.

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From websites:

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The Catit Fresh & Clear Drinking Fountain is a re-circulating system that offers your cat cool, fresh, filtered water.

It features a multi-stage filtration with replacement carbon that absorbs water impurities and collects debris, hair, and food.

The drinking fountain helps encourage your pet to drink water for proper kidney function and avoid crystal formation that commonly leads to urinary disease.

Holds 100 oz. of water and measures 8-1/4"diameter x 6" tall.

Includes a detachable AC adapter and 5' power cord.

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Watch the video.

$17.54.

April 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Ghost factories and their spoor of lead

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Thursday USA Today began a multi-part series exploring the now-abandoned network of lead smelting factories that once flourished across the U.S.

Startling — and frightening — stuff.

Start here with a map that shows the locations and details of over 230 old lead-factory sites.

You know you don't want to find out you're living on one.

April 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

World's Best Koozie

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Sometimes you have to go out on a limb and let the crowd speak.

Below, the Amazon crowd speaketh.

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$14.27.

April 21, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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