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October 31, 2012

Heated Nightlight Toilet Seat

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What took so long?

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From the website:

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Say goodbye to freezing cold toilet seats and glaring bathroom lights during those midnight trips to the bathroom and say hello to the LumaWarm — a welcoming heated toilet seat with the cool glow of a nightlight.

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The LumaWarm heated nightlight toilet seat offers the luxury and comfort of a heated seat with the added convenience of an illuminating LED nightlight. 

There's nothing more jarring than turning on the bathroom light in the middle of the night and then sitting down on a freezing cold toilet seat. 

With the LumaWarm, you will be guided by the soft illuminating glow of the blue nightlight and comforted by the soothing heated seat, set to your personal temperature preference with simple intuitive controls. 

With 4 temperature setting options (Off/Low/Med/High), the LumaWarm is comfortable all year round.

The elegant built-in illuminating nightlight has a simple On/Off button and with an energy-efficient long-lasting blue LED. 

The LumaWarm heated nightlight toilet seat quickly and easily replaces any existing toilet seat, and is adjustable for a perfect fit on any standard fixture. 

The LumaWarm has a gently closing seat and lid with superior style and quality you won't find anywhere else.

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$119.

October 31, 2012 at 10:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

"Amazon books getting no shelf space"

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Nora Krug's story in today's Washington Post got my attention in a big way, what with today being the day I began my upcoming (fourth) book, working title "Think Like An Anesthesiologist."

Her article related how many bookstores — both independents and chains — refuse to stock books published by Amazon, which these stores consider a predatory publisher.

Excerpts from the piece follow.

"We don't want to do anything that will support their publishing venture," said Mark LaFramboise, chief buyer for Politics & Prose in Washington.

"Amazon has not been a very cooperative fellow bookseller in any fashion," LaFramboise said. "They pretty much want nothing more than our demise."

Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal said, "We don't support Amazon’s 'Wal-Martization' of bookstores."

It's not just the independents that are protesting. Barnes & Noble also has decided not to stock New Harvest [a collaboration between Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Amazon] books in its 689 stores. "Our decision is based on Amazon's continued push for exclusivity with publishers, agents, and the authors they represent," Jaime Carey, B&N's chief merchandising officer, said in a statement in January.

Without prominent display in bookstores, "authors are not going to get the kind of exposure they want," said Becky Anderson, president of the American Booksellers Association, a trade organization for independent booksellers. "If I were an author, I would think twice" about signing on with Amazon.

I am an author and I won't think twice about signing on with Amazon when it comes time to publish my new book.

Why?

Because the chance of getting a book accepted for publication with a traditional publisher is about the same as that of winning the lottery.

And then, even if you somehow manage to get published by an old-fashioned publisher, your likelihood of success is pretty minimal.

Far better to take your chances with Amazon and your own best efforts at getting the word out.

I plan to publish excerpts from my new book in progress right here on bookofjoe, taking advantage of this built-in publishing platform with instant feedback from you.

October 31, 2012 at 09:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Higgs Boson Watch — Wear the God Particle

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Right on your wrist.

What's not to like?

$39.95.

October 31, 2012 at 06:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Put a copy of your driver's license in your glove box — NOW!

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Why?

Because when — not if — you lose or misplace your driver's license, you'll wish you had.

Consider the following true story: on Monday of last week I noticed my driver's license wasn't in my wallet beneath that clear plastic window where it always resides.

What the heck?

Where did it go?

I hadn't a clue.

How long had it been missing?

I had no idea: weeks, maybe?

I rarely look at it.

I turned my house upside down several times looking for it: no dice.

What made the discovery particularly juicy was the fact that I was planning to drive to Pittsburgh last Thursday.

That would be great, being pulled over for speeding in West Virginia and pulling out my wallet only to discover at that moment I was driving without my license on my person.

Oy!

I made a beeline for the DMV to get a replacement.

What a complicated thing that turned out to be, with all manner of documentation required.

I finally figured out that an expired U.S. passport + my original birth certificate qualified as the two primary authenticating documents required to get a replacement license.

But guess what?

After I filled out the forms and they took a picture, they  handed me a piece of paper and said, "This is your temporary license."

What?

I thought they'd give me a replacement with my picture and all on the spot.

Nope: takes a week or so till they send it via U.S. mail (it arrived yesterday).

In the meantime, off to Pennsylvania with my piece of paper that I was assured was a valid Virginia driver's license. 

I had my doubts but what was I gonna do?

That's when it occurred to me that it would have been nice to have a copy of my real license to pull out along with the flimsy piece of paper if I were stopped by a trooper.

So now I have a copy of my new license tucked in my glove box next to my car registration and proof of insurance.

And so should you.

So no dilly-dallying: get up, go make a copy of your driver's license, then put it in your glove box.

You'll thank me.

October 31, 2012 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

Pi Mount — Elevate your phone above the fray

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October 31, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Color Sensing Pen Reproduces Any Color It Detects

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I'll take one.

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From TAXI: "Designer Jinsun Park has developed a concept pen that is able to scan and reproduce any color that it detects."

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"Called the 'Color Picker,' it's a pen with a built-in color sensor and RGB ink cartridges."

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"By simply scanning a color sample the pen's sensor is able to detect the color and mix the required inks to reproduce the target color."

 "According to Enpundit, the Color Picker will allow artists and designers to be 'more connected to their surroundings and inspired by the changing colors in nature when creating drawings and renderings.'"

October 31, 2012 at 08:31 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Ninja Cat

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