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September 26, 2012

Dean O'Malley is Rocketman


Caption for the photos








"Dean O'Malley flies using a JetLev — a water-powered jetpack flying machine — in the Newport Beach harbor on September 25, 2012 in Newport Beach, California. O'Malley will attempt to establish a new world record for flight of the JeLev by making a 26 mile open ocean crossing from Newport Beach to Avalon, Catalina Island on September, 29, 2012."

Save the date.

I know I am.

September 26, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Concrete Wallpaper


I've heard of overshoes but this is a whole new dimension.


From the website:



Concrete wallpaper can completely transform a space.


A wall or ceiling will look so real, you'll have to touch it tell that it's not actually concrete.


Concrete wallpaper is printed in super-high resolution on heavy-duty wallpaper with a paper top-layer and membrane backing, colorfast and washable with a soft cloth.

Each roll measures 19"W x  9.83 yards and covers 46.7 square feet.

Made in Holland.


Choose from a variety of colors.

Per roll: $299 ("Wallpaper glue not included").

September 26, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Gray Cat Hearts Van Halen

Videre et audere est credere.

September 26, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack


I couldn't have said it better.


I want solutions — NOT problems.

Magnetic + Velcro so it goes anywhere.

Reminds me of one of my favorite fridge buttons:


But I digress.

7" x 5" sign: $2.99.

Cheap at twice the price.

Buy two and put them on side-by-side office doors.


September 26, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Desert island friends

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Above, eight Facebook friends the site featured on my home page a moment ago.

I'd be OK being stranded on a desert island with this group.

I can't say whether the feeling is mutual.

Perhaps one or more of them will tell me.

Perhaps not.

No matter: I love you all.


September 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Emu Ivy Pouf

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Wrote Katie Hagar on Better Living Through Design,

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"What's so special about an upside-down wire basket? Well, for starters, it's not an upside-down wire basket: it's a seat/ottoman/side table and light. The small grey bar on the top is a solar panel which powers five LED lights that illuminate the under table at night."

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• Outdoor grade powder coat finish in Turquoise, White, or Orange

• Orange webbed nylon loop handle

• Bottom diameter: 20.75"

• Height: 15.75"

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September 26, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Checking my traps*


William Gibson called it "Internet ablutions" or something similar.

It's a routine I go through quite happily first thing every morning after opening my laptop, the websites I proceed to visit with morning tea (Earl Grey — heavily sugared with lots of milk).

1. My Comments section to see who said what while I was sleeping.

2. Amazon Associates to see what commission income I earned yesterday.

3. Twitter to see who followed me while I was sleeping and what tweets were retweeted/responded to.

4. Facebook to see if anyone made any comments or remarks on/additions to my page.

5. Google AdSense to see what income came in yesterday.

6. Sitemeter to see what my visitor traffic was yesterday and where it came from.

*"Checking my traps" was the phrase used by one of my fellow anesthesiology attendings at UVA to describe the process of every 15 minutes or so getting up off the comfortable couch in the Ready Room to visit each of the two or three ORs each of us were responsible for to make sure everything was steady as she goes.

September 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Hot-chocolate-pouring-into-a-mug USB Desk Lamp


Is there no end of USB-compatible bizarreness?


Apparently not.


From Craziest Gadgets :



Have you ever wanted to light up your work area with an endlessly pouring cup of hot chocolate from a cup you design yourself, all powered by USB?

Well, now you can with the one of the weirdest, most strangely appealing desk lamps we've come across so far.

Inside a cup is an array of 8 LED lights powered by your computer via a USB cable (or a pair of AA batteries if you prefer).


It comes with 3 paper cups, one of which you can design yourself by drawing on it.

Presumably you could use any other similar sized cup as well.

Now all you need is a pouring sound effect on loop and you've got the complete Wonka illusion on your desk.



[via reader Alan Fick whose plethora of great suggestions/links that came in while I was sleeping last night would — if I featured them all — take boj in an entirely different direction than the one it's been heading. Hmmm....]

September 26, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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