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May 10, 2012

TIME magazine swings for the fences


The new issue of TIME magazine (above) is gonna cause all manner of commotion in grocery store checkout lines.

May 10, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (19) | TrackBack

Eternity Ice Tray


"He arranged his pieces to spell out many words; but he could never find the way to make the one word he was so eager to form. The word was 'Eternity.' The Snow Queen had said to him, 'If you can puzzle that out you shall be your own master, and I'll give you the whole world and a new pair of skates.'" — Hans Christian Andersen, "The Snow Queen" 

Berry, Red Wine, Cotton Candy.


May 10, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Rainbow Wall

For a series of works called "Solace," Dutch artist Nicky Assmann creates shimmering mirrors of soap film that reflect an audience for a few short seconds before bursting.


From Co.Design:"In "Solace," an  the audience watches as a mechanical armature slowly rises in front of a black backdrop. Lit from one side, a wide soap membrane grows from the metal rod, while behind it a second armature forms a second membrane. The two arms rise and fall like lungs, pulling wide ribbons of soapy film between them."


"'Solace' exploits the effect of gravity on soap films. Most soap bubbles are made up of a mixture of glycerol and water, which have different levels of viscosity. That means that water and soap are affected by gravity at different rates. The swirling patterns you see in the film, after a few seconds held in a vertical position, are light refracting off of the film as water is pulled down more quickly than the rest of the soap film."

[via Obama Pacman]

May 10, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Gold Zipper Necklace


From the website:



Unfasten your imagination and put some zip into your wardrobe with this funky and unique necklace.


This fine necklace measures approximately 24" long, has a working zipper, and is adjustable, giving you lots of ways to wear it!


Wear it if you like to sew, wear if it you've been done wrong by a zipper in the past, wear it if zippers just make you comfortable.

We all love our zippers in this office and they go with every wardrobe and office decor.

I mean we're basically a bunch of loose ends with short fuses in tight quarters.

We're all gonna blow pretty soon so these zippers help us keep things in check.

Beautiful, thin, 24"-long chain has a light gold sheen and movable zipper.


Wrote a commenter: "I had one of these necklaces when I was young and have missed having one ever since. People always gets a kick out of it. I was sooooo happy to find it here."


[via Richard Kashdan]

May 10, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"


Book designed and photographed by David Pearson.

From Slate: "The front cover comments on the book's status as a manufactured object. This is in harmony with [Walter] Benjamin's text: 'That which withers in the age of mechanical reproduction is the aura of the work of art. By making many reproductions it substitutes a plurality of copies for a unique existence.'"

Read Benjamin's essay in its entirety here.

Free, the way we like it.

English not so good?

Prefer it in the native German?

No problema.

Es ist hier

Freie, so wie wir es mögen.

May 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The last person to ride this 1894 steam motorcycle — its inventor, Sylvester Roper — died in its saddle


True (see above).


It was sold for $425,000 this past January at the Las Vegas Premier Motorcycle Auction.


The catalog description: 



In the rush from the Duryea brothers' first motor excursion to Henry Ford's moving assembly line, many historians gloss over the fact that America's automobile industry has its roots much earlier in the 19th century.


In doing so, they miss the true pioneers of the business.


Prominent among these is Sylvester Roper of Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Roper mated a steam engine, boiler, and bicycle together in 1867 to produce a steam-powered velocipede that may be the earliest known motorcycle.

While his two-wheeled creations were never commercially successful, they provided inspiration and direction for the next generation of visionaries who focused on gas powered motorbikes at the turn of the 20th century.

He constructed ten different types of vehicles, two of them being motorcycles.

One of his steam-powered carriages is preserved at the Henry Ford Museum, and his earlier steam -powered motorbike is entrusted to the prestigious Smithsonian Institution.

Roper's second motorcycle is the 1894 model presented here.

It was his last vehicle, which took advantage of two decades of development since his first motorcycle.

Starting with the frame of a then-state-of-the-art Columbia model 36 bicycle frame, he fitted a compact rectangular boiler, burner, grate, and a small steam engine on the right side, cranking on the rear wheel in the manner of his earlier cycle.

A water tank was located directly above the boiler, from which a smoke vent exited at a rakish angle.

A water pump was driven from the rear axle.

Roper reportedly used the motorcycle on a regular basis for pleasure and to demonstrate its potential.

Unbelievably, Boston Globe archives [top] show that Sylvester Roper suffered a fatal heart attack while riding this very machine in an exhibition at the Charles River track in Greater Boston.

On his final day of riding, Roper covered three laps (one mile) of the track at just over one minute for a new track record. Later in the day, a friendly race ensued with a cyclist.

It was destined to be Mr. Roper's last ride: while spectators looked on, the 72 year old wobbled and then fell dead from the controls of his machine.

His pioneering and historic vehicle was eventually sold by one of Roper's heirs to the Coney Island Museum in New York City.

It resided in at least three museums in Florida before being acquired in 1996 by a private collector who has rarely shown this unique machine.

Presented in original condition and with a remarkable provenance dating back to its 1894 year of origin, this historic Roper Steam Runabout holds an important place in motoring history as one of the world's first motorcycles.

As one of only two built, the Roper offering presents an exclusive ownership opportunity for a discerning collector to acquire a significant piece of Americana.


[via Alan Fick]

May 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

bookofjoe now exploding in Turkey — Episode 2: Seni seviyorum! (bookofjoe artık Türkiye'de patlayan — Bölüm 2: Seni seviyorum!)

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Just last Friday I remarked here that all of a sudden I'm getting a significant amount of traffic from Turkey.

Since then it's become a flood: right now 11.6% of all my visitors worldwide (top) are from Turkey.

Seni seviyorum!

Along with the influx have come a bunch of new Twitter followers and G+ circle-ites.

Türk kampçılar hoş geldiniz! (Welcome, Turkish campers!)

My new goal: I want to see if I can get my Turkish delights to tell their friends and homeys to stop by bookofjoe and bump the proportion of Turkish visitors up to 50%.

I encourage fans from every country to join in the competition: the more the merrier.

Because the more traffic I get, the more stuff readers send me and the better the quality of things I post here.

Besides which, more people stopping invariably leads to more people buying my book and visiting Amazon via the link up top, which puts more coin in the boj World Tour fund.

Merhaba, İstanbul.
In Turkish via Google Translate:
Sadece geçen Cuma Ben bir anda Türkiye'nin trafik önemli bir miktar alıyorum burada belirtti.

O günden bu bir sel haline geldi: Şu anda dünya çapında tüm ziyaretçilerin% 11.6 (üst) Türkiye'den vardır.

Seni seviyorum!

Akını ile birlikte yeni heyecan takipçileri ve G + daire-ites bir grup geldi.

Türk kampçılar Hos Geldiniz! (Hoşgeldiniz, Türk kampçılar!)

Benim yeni hedefi: Ben bookofjoe tarafından durdurmak ve% 50'ye kadar Türk ziyaretçilerin oranı bump arkadaşları ve homeys söylemek benim Türk lokumu alıp alamayacağınızı görmek istiyorum.

Daha neşeli daha: Ben yarışmaya katılmak için her ülkeden fanlar teşvik ediyoruz.

Çünkü olsun daha fazla trafik, daha fazla şeyler okuyucular bana ve ben burada yayınlayacağız şeylerin daha kaliteli gönderin.

Hangi yanı sıra, her zaman durma daha fazla kişi boj World Tour fon daha fazla para koyar kontör bağlantı aracılığıyla Amazon benim kitap satın alma ve daha fazla kişi ziyaret yol açar.

Merhaba, İstanbul.

May 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Beer Sleeve


From the website:



The ideal beer koozie.

Opacity provides anonymity to enjoy your beverage in peace.

Perfect for a park bench or your cousin's dry wedding, the Beer Sleeve combines utility with the elegance that only you deserve.

Instructions for use printed on each koozie.

Black ink on kraft paper bag.

7.75"H x 4"W x 2.5"D.


Set of six: $2.50 (beer not included).

May 10, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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