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May 22, 2012

Slinky on a treadmill

The YouTube caption: "I was too sick to go diving last weekend. So when I saw this video I thought to myself, heck I bet I could beat 22 seconds if I tried. So I set up my own treadmill and gave it a shot."

[via Richard Kashdan]

May 22, 2012 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Timeline of web browsers 1990-2012

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A lot can happen in 22 years.

Virtual empires rise and fall, not over centuries but within a few years.

How's that Facebook IPO stock workin' for ya?

May 22, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: A car charger for your phone is NOT an option — it's a must

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In Saturday's New York Times, Alina Tugend in her "Shortcuts" column wrote, "According to the National Center for Health Statistics, as of the first half of last year — the latest figures available — more than three out of every 10 American homes had only cellphones."

"What about during blackouts? Cellphones rely on cell towers, and when electricity is interrupted the networks that transmit the call can be affected."

"And of course, you have to have a charged battery to use your cellphone. The nonprofit group Utility Consumers' Action Network suggests on its Web site that if a cellphone is your main form of communication, you consider investing in a backup battery pack."

All well and good but there's no need to ever be without a functioning cellphone if you have a car or access to one.

Simply attach your phone to a car charger, stick it in the lighter socket, and Bob's your uncle.

As long as there's gas in the car, you can talk till the cows come home.

Even after the tank's empty, your car battery has plenty of hours of chat still in it.

Now order that car charger right now — not later when you have time — because we both know that just ain't gonna happen.

If you have an iPhone, here's one from Griffin, whose products work.

It's much better to go with a name brand accessory than much cheaper generics, which as often as not don't do the job.

You will note that the device is an integrated solution: that is, the connecting cable can't be disconnected from the charger.

You will be happy you went that route as opposed to this one when you need to charge your phone and realize you forgot the charging cable.

I know you so well.

Now get on the stick and order one.

Now, not later.

I've been around you long enough not to fall for your lame excuses.

As if.

May 22, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Quirky Cordies

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Say it three times really fast.

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From the website:

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Tired of cables slithering off your desk and landing in the dust/hair zone under your desk?

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Use Cordies to keep your cables ready for use and organized on your desk.

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Four rubber-gripped slots each hold the end of one (or more) cords while the weighted base keeps everything in one place.

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Dimensions: 1-5/8"L x 2-3/4"W x 1-1/2"H (40 x 70 x 37mm).

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Blue, Pink, Black, or White.

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Apiece, $9.99.

May 22, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Parmesan Catastrophe

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Not a Ludlum trope but, rather, what happened yesterday in northern Italy when a magnitude 6.0 earthquake damaged some 400,000 huge rounds of the area's signature Parmesan cheese after the racks where they're aged collapsed.

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"First we heard the earthquake, then we heard another noise," said Oriano Caretti, co-owner of the Caretti Parmesan factory. "It was the sound of all the Parmesan wheels falling and the shelves that were holding them up collapsing to the ground."

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Look for the price of Parmesan to increase in coming weeks and months.

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[via the Wall Street Journal]

May 22, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Coffee Table — One app to rule all the catalogs

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"Shop your favorite retailers' catalogs from the comfort of your iPad. Coffee Table is the only app where you can browse catalogs anywhere — online and offline — and make your purchase through a secure in-app checkout."

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Free, the way we like it.

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Screenshots from the app above and below.

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Fair warning: There goes the day.

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[via Kay (Leah)]

May 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Nendo Shoe Horn

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When you lift the top part of the cone, the shoe horn comes away like a conic section.

As the name suggests, shoe horns were first made by carving animal horns; the shearing motion of this shoe horn pays homage to its origins.

The shoe horn and stand, connected by an embedded neodymium magnet, are carved from a single block of wood for complete continuity of the wood grain.

The shoe horn can be removed with one hand; the stand is weighted for proper resistance.

Made in Japan.

55 cm (22") H. 

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Natural maple or black: $350.

May 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Cat Scratching DJ Deck

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This has to be the coolest and most laugh out loud funny cat scratching device on the market!

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Turn your beloved feline into a superstar DJ with this slick turntable scratching pad!

The decks come flat packed and fold together into a simple structure with poseable tone arm and a top which spins as your cat paws at it — meaning you can sit and giggle at your cat's cute DJing attempts rather than watch in horror as she shreds your favourite couch into tiny pieces.

Cardboard mixing-deck-shaped cat scratching mat with spinnable deck.

Folds together easily — supplied with instructions.

Dimensions: 35cm x 39cm x 14cm.

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That's the good news.

The bad: "INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING IS NOT POSSIBLE ON THIS PRODUCT DUE TO SIZE OF PACKAGING."

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£16.50.

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[via Switched On Set and Jeri DanskyVideo up top via Jean-Luc, the cat demonstrating the device.]

May 22, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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