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September 3, 2012

Touchless Pulse Sensor iPhone App — 99 cents today only


It normally costs $4.99 but today for a Labor Day special


they're offering it for 80% off.


That's right: 99 cents.


Fair warning.


[via Livia Blackburne — thanks, Livia!]


Note added at 7:24 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

They weren't joking: the price for the app is now back to its regular $4.99.

Hey, don't go whining and crying that yesterday was a holiday yadda yadda yadda.

I was here and they were here working — just 'cause you chose to take the day off doesn't mean others didn't.

Next time, tune in and stay turned on so you won't be left out.

Timothy Leary, call your office: They're already invoking you.

September 3, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Serious Cherry Pitter


Enough with the rinky-dink one-at-a-timers.

You want to make a bunch of cherry pies, you're gonna want some serious machinery on your side.

From The Green Head: "The new Rösle Cherry Pitter is a professional tool for quickly and easily pitting massive mounds of cherries for all your snacking and baking needs. Just load the hopper with up to 3/4 lbs. of cherries (remove the stems first), push down the plunger to separate the stone from the fruit, and repeat this process until they're all pitted. The pitted cherries fall into a bowl in front without any juice splatter and the pits are collected inside in an integrated receptacle."


September 3, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Johnny Cash's To-Do List


Pictured above, it sold at auction on December 5, 2010 for $6,250.

[via Phil Patton and the New York Times]

September 3, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Super-Secret SLR Spy Lens




"Made to fit on the end of your SLR's lens, the Super-Secret SLR Spy Lens has a cut-out on the side with a precision mirror inside. You can shoot left, right, up, or down (swivels 360°), all while appearing to shoot straight ahead. The result? Picture-perfect candid shots."



September 3, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Is your cat a southpaw?


You've probably never given it much thought — I know I've never even considered whether Gray Cat (above) might be a lefty until now.

Comes Sue Manning with a story that appeared in yesterday's Worcester Telegram & Gazette to set me straight.

Excerpts from her article follow.

Could your dog or cat be a southpaw?

Vets and owners agree that pets… have right and left preferences.

A 1991 study at Ataturk University in Turkey showed 50% of cats were right-pawed, 40% were left-pawed, and 10% were ambidextrous.

About 90% of humans are right-handed and 10% are left-handed.

Here are a few simple tests you can do to determine your cat's preference.

Doing them 100 times (over several days) should give you an answer.

1. Put something sticky on the cat's nose. Which paw does the animal use to remove it?

2. Place a treat or a piece of cheese under a sofa, just beyond a cat’s reach. Which paw does it use to try and get it out?

3. Dangle a toy over a cat’s head. Which paw does it lift to bat it?

4. Put a treat under a bowl. Which paw does the cat use to move it?

There are a few things that might alter test results:

• If a cat has arthritis or an injury in a shoulder or leg, it could use the other to compensate.

• When a cat really wants something, tests show it uses its dominant paw, but when it's just fooling around, it may use either or both.

• It's possible that handedness in cats will change over time as the animal’s motivation changes.

September 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Muscle Butter Recovery Lotion


From a website:


"NYC-based Chomper Body makes some amazing products for cyclists, but by far our favorite is their post-ride Muscle Butter Recovery Lotion. It comes in two flavors, Original and Caliente, and nothing feels better after a long day on the bike.  Use Original for a traditional rub down; Caliente as a mild warm-up before a ride or to tackle aches and pains après ride. Loaded with all-natural ingredients and essential oils like basil, peppermint and rosemary, (and birch oil in the Caliente), Muscle Butter has become a post-ride ritual for us."


4 oz.


Original: $9.

Caliente: $9.

September 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

In the 1900s, London Hospital cost a penny a second to keep up and running


In the 1900s, London Hospital cost a penny a second to keep up and running.

[via the Royal London Museum and Holly Gramazio]

September 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Puppet Washgloves





September 3, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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