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January 31, 2013

Limted-Edition Elvis USB Drives — The "King" of Flash

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What took so long?

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Choose from either a jump-suited 1973 Aloha From Hawaii Elvis or the Limited-Edition G.I. Blues-era iteration.

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The USB 3.0 drives come with digital extras like wallpapers, screen savers, and actual Elvis video including an interview before a 1973 concert and one from when he mustered out of the army.

The 8GB-64GB drives measure 2.5" x 1" x 0.5".

You snooze, you loose.

Fair warning.

$19.99-$69.99.

[via Roy Furchgott in the New York Times]

January 31, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Breaking: "Finnegans Wake" tops Chinese best-seller list

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Wrote Jennifer Schuessler in the New York Times, "James Joyce's fiendishly difficult novel "Finnegans Wake" has been called many things since it first began appearing in portions in 1924, including "the most colossal leg-pull in literature," "the work of a psychopath," and "the chief ironic epic of our time. Now, it can add another designation: best seller in China."

Above, a large billboard in Beijing advertising the translation.

More excerpts from the Times piece below.

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A new translation of the novel has sold out its initial print run of 8,000 since it appeared December 25, thanks in part to an unusual billboard campaign in major Chinese cities, The Associated Press reported. In Shanghai, where the book was advertised on 16 billboards, sales were second only to a new biography of Deng Xiaoping in the "good books" category, according to the Shanghai News and Publishing Bureau.

The book's surprise success has drawn some clucking from Chinese observers (how do you say "coffee table trophy" in Mandarin?). But at a panel on Tuesday, the translator, Dai Congrong [below]

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of Fudan University, who spent nearly 10 years wrestling with Joyce's runaway sentences and knotty coinages, confessed that even she didn't fully understand the book. "I would not be faithful to the original intent of the novel if my translation made it easy to comprehend," she said.

The... puzzling vogue for Joyce, whose "Ulysses" sold more than 85,000 copies when it was first published in Chinese translation in 1994, may reflect an interest in avant-garde writers once dismissed or banned as "decadent."

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More here and here.

January 31, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: Smaller than a bread box.

Another: It will find no place in your batterie de cuisine.

A third: No flight capability.*

*As this copy is written — things can change in a Podunk town yoctosecond.

January 31, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

Dennis Hopper reads "If" by Rudyard Kipling on The Johnny Cash Show (1970)

The trifecta.

[via Caitlin Roper and Open Culture]

January 31, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

4:01 a.m. Bottle Opener Series — Episode 12: Swiss-Tech 6-in-1 Utili-Key

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First and foremost:

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This is likely to be confiscated by the TSA because of the knife blades.

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Bottle opener; straight blade knife; serrated blade knife; 3 screwdrivers — flat/Phillips/micro eyeglass.

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Polished stainless steel.

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Locks shut.

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$8.14.

January 31, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Anatomical body art made with Sharpies

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From Laughing Squid:

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"For a recent project, scientific illustrator Danny Quirk of Springfield, Massachusetts used Sharpies and acrylic latex to create amazing anatomical illustrations on people's bodies. He also has a similar series of paintings available on Etsy."

[via everlasting blort]

January 31, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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