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October 5, 2012

Tofu Parent & Child


Say what?


From the Google-translated website: "Please refrain from nervous because there might be such as dirt, scratches and dents in the box rub fine. When there is an initial malfunction, please contact the manufacturers this time slot."

Got that?



[via Laurel]

October 5, 2012 at 06:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

"I am a victim of iUniverse" — Episode 2: The day after


Regular readers may recall yesterday's 11:01 a.m. above-headlined post.

If you go to the offending Barnes & Noble page now you'll find it's been scrubbed clean (top) of what should never have been there in the first place.

Does that mean I'm going to cease and desist from pursuing the matter any further?

Stay tuned.

It's amazing what a little Facebook,




and bookofjoe exposure can do to fix a problem that seems otherwise intractable.

Brandeis was spot-on when he wrote "Sunlight is the best disinfectant."

And it's a lot cheaper than a world-class IP/copyright lawyer.

The guy I retained charges $5,000 an hour — cheap at twice the price.

And you can quote me.

I know he will.

October 5, 2012 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Glow-in-the-Dark Battery Case


What took so long?

From the website:


Compact and easy to find.

Holds 8 x AA + 4 x AAA + 1 x 9V.
Glows up to 8 hours after exposure to 30 minutes of light.
Dispenses batteries with one hand for safety and convenience.
Terminal protection at both ends regardless of how battery is inserted.

Originally designed for pilots but also great for camping, boating, travel, or home.


$15 (batteries not included).

October 5, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Original iPod Working Simulator


Wrote Walt Mossberg, "Another memorial to Steve Jobs: talented digital artist creates working web simulation of original iPod — it even plays music!"

Audere est credere.

[via Richard Kashdan]

October 5, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Ghostbusters Cufflinks


Cheap at twice the $3.99 price.


[via Richard Kashdan]


FunFact: Google crowdsourcing is a quick & dirty tool when it comes to determining which — "cufflinks" or "cuff links" — is preferable.

Try each in the search box: Two terms enter — one term leaves.

October 5, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

I choose the iPhone over Android — Episode 2: The Apple Empire Strikes Back — by Paul Biba


Constant readers may recall Paul's post this past Monday in which he related how a pushed, unasked-for Android phone OS update can ruin your whole day — and maybe cost you your life.

Several commenters on his post took him to task for not spending time and effort to disable automatic OS updates before using his Galaxy Nexus.

Being a card-carrying TechnoDolt®™© (in fact, I invented the term — not to boast or anything) I wondered if Paul's critics had valid arguments.

I told him I would be very interested in hearing his thoughts on whether his critics had good points or if he still felt his position was  justified.

His response appears below.

Not one word has been omitted.



Absolutely justified! In a properly designed GUI I shouldn't have to have to go searching through all sorts of menus to ensure that updates are optional. As a matter of fact, proof that the GUI is badly designed is the fact that it — evidently by default because I didn't touch that setting — allows this to happen.

I'll go further: I never would have even thought to look for such a setting and so I got punished because I didn't think of it. Another example of bad design.

When I helped design GUIs for GPS systems, I made it a point that all default settings were set so the machine could be picked up and used by a totally ignorant person. Clearly the Android GUI is designed for propeller heads, not real people.  

What else that I have not thought of is lurking in the background of Android waiting to bite me? I read those comments and didn't think they were worth replying to. They were written by people who don't understand that real people use this stuff and even techie types like me often don't have a clue about a lot of things.

A GUI should be designed so that people who don't have a clue can use the equipment without getting hurt.

October 5, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

World's best cheese grater


Wrote Debra Williamson in an October 2, 2012 review on Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools, edited by Oliver Hulland:


"I recently picked this cheese grater up on a whim while visiting my parents. I've been using it a month now and absolutely love it. It's the best cheese grater I've ever used. It comes with two different graters, large and small, which fit atop the bowl. The bowl has a rubberized bottom that really grips the counter and, if you have any left over, you can simply pop the [included] lid on and put it in the fridge. I find the motion of scraping the cheese across a horizontal surface easier than down a slanted one. IKEA unfortunately only sells it at their stores and not through their website but it occasionally pops up at resellers."


$4.99 at IKEA stores everywhere (cheese not included).

October 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

GyroCopter x "Top Gear" (video)

Wrote reader Alan Fick — in a comment featuring the video above — on Monday's TerraTrike post, "Let's get the adrenaline really flowing."


FunFact: adrenaline = epinephrine.

You could look it up.

Or just carry an Epi-Pen and maybe save a life.

The choice is yours.

Now carry on.

October 5, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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