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July 18, 2012

Great news for frequent flyers/constant readers

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In the near future the book in the upper right hand corner of my homepage will disappear from its spot there and retire to its home at Amazon.

I can't speak for you but I'm getting tired of looking at it, besides which its sales rank of around 400,000 hasn't budged in weeks.

For the record, it went up in early March, just after publication as a Kindle book.

Enough, already.

420 x 420

I have heard from more than one reader (yoohoo, Georgia girl) that it would be nice to have my old photo (above) back up top, but I grew tired of that one as well.

Maybe Gray Cat, with a fresh picture every now and then.


Would that work for you?


'Cause it would work for her.


Of course, booboo, any royalties would go directly into her TunaFund.


Was there ever any doubt?

July 18, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

iPhone 4 & 4S Cross Stitch Case


Long story short: Jane Friedman's got one so you know you'll be in good company.


From the website:


"Technology and craft meet in this ingenious kit! This cross stitch kit comes with a 33 by 69 grid cross-stitch case, three colors of thread, a needle, and a booklet of designs. Get creative — we love the idea of making this with a vintage cross-stitch pattern for a wonderful juxtaposition of the new and old!"


More on the possibilities here.




[via a member of my crack Los Angeles research team (but a different one from two posts before).

July 18, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Amazon Yesterday Shipping

Time travel made easy — and free, the way we like it.

[via Paul Biba]

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Bivanorak — "Minimalist Shelter"

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Long story short: Wear your tent.

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From the website:

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Originally developed as a survival tool for Swedish air force pilots, our patented Bivanorak is a bivy bag/sleeping bag cover, rain garment, portable windbreak, and emergency shelter, all in one — and all in a 580 g/1 lb. 4 oz. package. The Bivanorak is made from a lightweight, tough, polyurethane-coated waterproof breathable fabric and has fully taped seams.

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Bivy Bag/Sleeping Bag Cover

The Bivanorak is cut long and wide to provide room for both a sleeping bag and pad in bivy bag mode. Its lower hem and cuffs have draw cords (those in the cuffs are elastic) which can be secured shut to keep warmth in and rain and snow out, and its long front zipper makes entry and exit easy. The large hood will easily accommodate the hood of a sleeping bag, yet it can be cinched tightly around your face. Combine a Hilleberg Bivanorak and Tarp to create a highly effective —and incredibly lightweight — shelter system.

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Rain Garment

The Bivanorak is worn anorak style and can be adjusted to a variety of lengths. Simply pull the bottom hem up inside the body of the Bivanorak and tighten the draw cord around your waist or tuck the extra fabric under your pack’s hip belt. There is even enough room to carry a backpack underneath! Pair it with rain pants or chaps and you have superb wet weather protection. Its single size and easy adjustability allow both the tallest and smallest person to use the Bivanorak.


Pull it out of your pack and climb in. The wind and waterproof material, adjustable cuffs and hem, and generous hood make for a roomy, comfortable temporary refuge! It's a versatile alternative to our Windsack as safety equipment for one person. A Bivanorak makes any spot perfect for a lunch break while ski touring! 



Green or Red: $185.

[via one of my crack LA correspondents (currently obsessing over Leica lenses, much to his delight)]

July 18, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Shelling fresh coconut


From the July & August issue of Cook's Illustrated: "Opening the hard shell of a fresh, whole coconut is only half the battle: You then need a sharp knife and steady hand to pry the meat away away from the shell. Rose-Marie de Rensis of West Hartford, Connecticut, found that freezing the whole coconut makes the shell pop away from the flesh as soon as you crack it open."


1. Freeze the coconut overnight.

2. Whack the frozen fruit around its equator with the dull side of a cleaver and then peel the shell off the meat. Bonus: The coconut water inside will be frozen, making it easy to remove without any spillage or waste.

July 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Bird's Nest Egg Cup

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From LikeCool: "This egg cup can comfortably hold a medium-size egg and, due to the flexible nature of the printing material, it will adapt its shape to larger eggs as well."


"The egg cup is printed on demand in laser-sintered polyamide."

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$7.14 (Egg included. Do you prefer brown or white? And how would you like it cooked?).

July 18, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

USPS sets record for preorders with baseball stamps


Below, excerpts from Timothy R. Smith's story in Monday's Washington Post.

An upcoming series of baseball forever stamps has set a new record for U.S. Postal Service preorders.

A week out from issue, the Postal Service has 1.5 million preorders for a four-stamp series of Hall of Fame sluggers Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Cleveland Indian Larry Doby (the first black player in the American League) and Pittsburgh Pirate Willie Stargell.

The Postal Service has held online pennant race — known as Stamps Batted In — since April to stir interest in the stamps.

So far, Joe DiMaggio — who recently passed Williams — is leading with 421,266 votes against 417,066 for Williams, 340,646 for Stargell, and 332,566 for Doby.

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"DiMaggio has dethroned Williams — for now — and there's just a week left for Larry Doby or Willie Stargell fans to take the pennant," said Stephen Kearney, director of stamp services. "We're confident they'll step up to the plate."

The competition ends July 19, prior to the July 23 baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y. The stamps will be issued Friday.

Block of four stamps (one of each player): $1.80.

July 18, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack



Attention procrastinators:


Your pen is in.



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