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November 4, 2012

Magnetic Project Mat

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Oliver Hulland, editor of Kevin Kelly's Cool Toolsraved about this mat in the latest edition.

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If someone as skilled and experienced as Oliver says it's fo shizzle then it's plenty good enough for me.

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Below, his review.

In the past few months I've had to repair my iPhone, my digital camera, and my Macbook Pro and I've found iFixit's magnetic mat indispensable.

Not only does the magnetic surface mean fewer lost screws, but it's whiteboard surface also means I can keep track of what came from where.

Intelligently, iFixit includes a very nice fine-tipped dry-erase marker from Staedtler for quickly jotting down repair notes (the marker also features a bit of wool on the cap for erasing).

The Pro model mat, which I own, also features a nonslip foam backing much like that of a mousepad which, when flipped upside down, features cutouts that act like cups.

I like mine so much that it never leaves my desk, where it serves as a miniature whiteboard, mousepad, and DIY repair station.


Standard or Pro: $12.95–$19.95.

November 4, 2012 at 10:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Post-Sandy in the New Third World: Bernardsville, New Jersey

bookofjoe's intrepid correspondent, Paul Biba, embedded in his cold, dark, waterless, and powerless house in Bernardsville — located in Somerset County, among the top ten wealthiest counties in the U.S. — continues his compelling daily video reporting with yet another boj World Exclusive Premiere.

The prospects don't look good for the return of normalcy any time soon: it looks like it could be another week or even two till Paul's electricity, Internet and TV (Verizon FiOS, the fiberoptic line ripped to shreds and lying exposed to the elements in the street outside his home) and water (electrically-powered well) will be functional.


Good reason to move to Gotham, what?

Paul once mentioned to me that Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" was one of his favorite books: I don't think he ever dreamed at the time that one day soon he would be living in conditions approximating that fictional landscape.

November 4, 2012 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Florian Maxi Lopper

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Where was this puppy today while I was out back for nearly four hours in the woods of my backyard cutting debris with my trusty Fiskars Lopper?

Yeah, it worked fine but after reading the Florian reviews on Amazon and Cool Tools I realized I was playing in the minor leagues when a ticket to The Show was out there waiting for me to take it.

Sold for $179.95.

November 4, 2012 at 07:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Leah Conner is my favorite Podunk town runner

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All you have to do is come out to a 5K in Charlottesville.

You can't miss her: She's the one in a tutu.

Her move to Wichita, Kansas next year will be lamented by all of us who worship style and class that's sui generis.

And you can quote me.

Her website (screenshot up top) is beyond the comprehension of lesser mortals like myself.

November 4, 2012 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Most anticipated film of 2012: Spielberg's "Lincoln" starring Daniel Day-Lewis

Just reading the back story in today's New York Times gave me goosebumps.

The movie opened Friday.

Prediction: Day-Lewis's New York Times obituary will note his depiction of Lincoln in its opening sentence.

November 4, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

TIME's All-Time Top 100 Gadgets


How many have you owned?

Me: 26.

November 4, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

Someone's messing with me on Amazon's Author Central

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I was happily bottom feeding there like always until last Sunday, October 28, when I woke up to see something had happened while I'd been sleeping to propel my author ranking out of the murk up onto the Olympian Heights.

I mean, look at the slope of that line!

Who's #1?!

Anyway, a week of drilling down by my Crack Research Team®™© — haven't heard much about them lately, have you? They've been on assignment, Deep Black variety — yielded no explanation for this burp in my ranking.

Thankfully, the rise to fame has been terminated and I'm slowly seeking my proper level down where the sun don't shine.

November 4, 2012 at 09:31 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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