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May 30, 2012

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Flaps up

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Consider, the next time you're in a grocery store, that plastic piece on the shopping cart that serves as a seat for small children so they're secure and facing mom or dad. In the "up" position it blocks the holes kids legs go through, and prevents small items from falling to the floor.

Now, ponder toilet training in kids young and small enough to sit up there instead of walking around the store. 

Next, imagine what a petri dish seeded with flora from the butt-contact side of that piece of plastic would grow out.

My guess: You'll make sure that little seat is in the full upright and locked position:

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from now on.

May 30, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

Harimi Dustpan

Harimi 5-1

Designed by Oji Masanori.

Made from thick layers of paper, with the surface then coated with persimmon tannin, a natural dye that provides some water resistance.

"Unlike the case with plastic dustpans, no static electricity is generated, making for easy use."

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¥1,200-¥1,500 (broom not included)

[via Remodelista]

May 30, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"Lost Cat, A True Story of Love, Desperation and GPS Technology" — by Caroline Paul & Wendy MacNaughton

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Best news of the month, announced May 18 by Wendy MacNaughton, my favorite San Francisco artist: "Just turned in the final illustrations for 'Lost Cat, A True Story of Love, Desperation and GPS Technology,' due out in 2013 from Bloomsbury."

Up top, a preview.

You will note that the pie chart is subtly different from that featured here 10 days ago.

I'm not sure which I like better.

You?

May 30, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Pretzel Pool Float

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Heavy-duty vinyl.

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Easy to inflate.

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60" wide.

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$18.

May 30, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Consumption spreads faster today

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The graphic above, by Nicholas Felton, appeared in the New York Times on February 10, 2008.

[via curiouslee's flickr]

May 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Liquid Table

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Designed by John Nouanesing

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for Domeau & Pérès.

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Apply to info@domeauperes.com.

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[via Marcus ReimoldFFFFOUND!QBN, and Monster-Munch]

May 30, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

How Enterprise Rent-A-Car cuts down on lost keys

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Above, a key from an Enterprise car.

Like all their vehicles' keys, it comes with a reminder on the key chain that benefits both the customer — by helping decrease the frequency of a lost key and subsequent access to their car, along with the costs in time and money ($225!) — and Enterprise, in that the time and effort spent obtaining a replacement can be used in more advantageous ways.

I wonder who thought of it?

May 30, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

2-in-1 touchscreen stylus/ballpoint pen

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For those who prefer not to use their touchscreens as fingerprint depositories.

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In colors to match iPad Smart Cover.

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Replaceable ink cartridges.

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Integrated clip.

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$14.95.

May 30, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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