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October 27, 2012

Turn Signal Bicycle Jacket

What took so long?

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October 27, 2012 at 07:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Sixpack Bottle Carrier




From the website



The Sixpack is a bottle carrier that can hold up to six beer, soft drink, or water bottles.


It's perfect for those BYO dinner outings where a normal 6-pack gets destroyed after you rip out one beer.

9.8" x 3.9" x 2".



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October 27, 2012 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

A fanboy love note to Apple about the MacBook Pro 15.4" with Retina Display


I feel privileged to use this machine (above).

It is the apotheosis of industrial design.

For me the user experience physically and psychologically is very much like driving my 1988 Mercedes: perfect in every way.

Its way overbuilt hardware and invisible user interface are breathtaking in the way they eliminate the sense of "working on a computer."

Right now is the first time in the two or three weeks I've owned this machine (I abandoned my 13" Air — itself a wonderful computer which served as my main machine for 16 months — in its favor) I've used its keyboard and trackpad.

As a rule the laptop sits elevated on a Rain mStand with input from a Logitech Solar Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse.

Today I decided to use the MacBook as it was designed to be used: a portable laptop.

I set up shop in the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh an hour ago (the boj World Tour 2012 is in town through tomorrow) and set out to see what would happen if I tried to create boj from here.

This is my very first experience using the MacBook's keyboard and trackpad.

Wonderful keyboard: smooth, absolutely silent, with great tactile feedback. 

I've been typing nearly an hour with almost no mistakes, not nearly the case when I use the excellent Logitech keyboard.

Using the trackpad is easy and natural.

And I haven't even said a single word about the display, which is so jaw-droppingly beautiful and nearly three-dimensional, it almost begs description.

More on that another time.

I'm going to be taking this machine out a lot more often — because it's just too great not to.

October 27, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Popurls is the best one-stop aggregator site on the web

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The headline up top is a direct quote from Kevin Kelly, creator of Cool Tools.

If he says so then it is so.

You don't like that kind of dictum?

Here's your hat, what's your hurry?

But I digress.

Kevin wrote, "Thomas Marban is designer, programmer and creator of Popurls, the best one-stop aggregator site on the web."

October 27, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Expert's Expert: Cool Tools Grand Panjandrum Kevin Kelly's Light Multi-Tool of Choice: Leatherman Squirt


The oracle speaketh and sayeth thus:


"When saving ounces, this is the lightest multi-tool kit to carry. It's got your knife, pliers, wire cutter, scissors, file, and two screwdrivers in only 2 ounces (57 g). Some folks use it as a keychain fob; I primarily carry it while backpacking and biking. The current best model is PS4 [above and below]."


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October 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

bookofjoe Twitter follower count heading north instead of south

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My ongoing Bizarro World-style effort to cleanse my Twitter following by posting increasingly annoying and antagonistic things there in an effort to figuratively say "Here's your hat, what's your hurry?" has run into a roadblock of sorts.

Rather than people fleeing the scene, they're approaching!

And some are staying, witness today's follower count of 1,407 (top), the first time it's been over 1,400 and remained there.

I don't know what else I can do to make people go somewhere else but you can bet your bottom peso I'm gonna be pulling out ALL the stops to make it happen.

Stay tuned.

October 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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