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July 29, 2012

Why I won't be cleaning off my patio anytime soon


As a rule I've been pretty good about going outside after a big storm and removing all the broken branches and leaves and whatnot left behind.


Today I'd planned to clear off my patio and in fact was just summoning up the psychological energy required to initiate the physical removal protocol when I happened to glance out the window and espy what you see above and below.


It became clear instantly that Gray Cat much prefers the comfort of detritus to a bare, pristine concrete surface when it comes to snoozing in supreme feline comfort.


And it's equally clear that her comfort and joy trumps mere human aesthetics.

From now on the patio default setting is "debris field."

Thinks Gray Cat: "What took so long?"

Never mind — better late than never.

July 29, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

ZHIP smartphone stand with 3-foot retractable cord


That's different.


For iPhone, Droid, iPod touch, etc.


From a website:



With the ZHIP you can enjoy TV-style viewing on your mobile device — anywhere, anytime


Zhip quickly and easily transforms any smartphone or iPod touch into an instant, on-the-go entertainment center by safely and securely anchoring it to practically anything.

The Zhip uses three feet of special retractable zip cord and special "no scratch" grip handles with protective padding that attach tightly around any mobile device to secure and suspend even the most expensive unit.

Fun places to Zhip your smartphone or iPod touch include:

• Exercise equipment at home or at the gym to make workouts fly by. Even if you jerk your headphone cord or bump your phone with a towel, your device will never fall off.

• The back of an airplane seat to enjoy your own personal entertainment selections on long flights (hooks right onto the tray table lock at eye level).

• The back of a car seat to entertain the kids while on the road with movies & shows (great tool for busy moms).

• Locked around the stroller tray, your kids can have fun but the device will never touch the ground.

• On a kitchen cabinet handle to get your phone off your countertop.

Features and details:

• Compact unit measures 2.75" x 1.3" x 0.75" and fits easily into a small pocket).

• Also features an extendable desktop stand.

• 100% polycarbonate.


$14.95 (read the Amazon reviews — pretty impressive).

July 29, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

My 9 most popular posts since 2009

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Jane Friedman's been analyzing my traffic and suchlike as I decide whether or not to move from TypePad to WordPress (prolly not, after much thought).

In the process, she came up with all sorts of interesting statistics, the most fascinating to me being the top nine posts — in terms of total number of hits — out of over 10,000 that have appeared here in the past three+ years.

The top three, all from 2009 (what was in my Kool-Aid that year?): Poopytime Fun Shapes, When Snow White Met Steve Jobs, and Temperature Sensitive Glass Tiles.

Draw your own conclusions.

July 29, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

8-bit Hand Magnets

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July 29, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The beautiful mind of Stephen Wiltshire

The 38-year-old British artist was awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to the art world.

[via StumbleUpon and Kay (Leah)]

July 29, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wine Bottle Glasses


You're future's so bright you gotta wear a wine bottle?


That's different.


From LikeCool: "Polish design company Luksemburk created these Pink Glasses, rosé wine bottles that double as cute rose-colored glasses."

July 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

1933 Skippy-Racer


"Ads for the 1933 Skippy-Racer (cost: $4.95) emphasized its modern styling, speed, and features like ball-bearing wheels."

The scooter is part of a new show, "Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000," which opens this weekend at New York's Museum of Modern Art, and "surveys the intersection of children and design, including toys, furniture, playgrounds and school architecture. As the 19th century gave way to the 20th, a growing movement sought to advance the well-being of children by ending child labor, reforming education and encouraging cognitive and emotional development through creative play. Products for children took off as never before and became a popular outlet for progressive design thinking."

The show will remain up through November 5.

[via the Wall Street Journal]


July 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Cinema Placemats — "Rate your meal"

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100% PVC.

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3-D lenticular effect.

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14" x 10" (36cm x 26cm).


Washable and reusable.

Set of two (one blue, one green): $9.90.

July 29, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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