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February 1, 2013

MOS Cable Control

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Wrote Natalia Repolovsky on Shoebox Dwelling,

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"If you are a reader of this blog, you know how I feel about untidy cordage piles. But with the number of gizmos we use daily comes the unavoidable multitude of cables and wires. We can leave them where they are, of course, and treat them as an OCD-defying exercise; or we can implement MOS."

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"The idea is simple enough — set the end of your cable on the MOS when it's not in use and the MOS will hold it magnetically in place until you're ready to use it again. Some cables, however, do not respond to the magnetic field surrounding the MOS. For these, each MOS includes three magnetized cable ties that can be wrapped around these troublesome cables, adding the ability to be held to the MOS."

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Took me about three zeptoseconds to order this.

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Can't arrive soon enough.

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$23.99-$39.99.

February 1, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Thomas Dold runs backwards 10K in 40:58

Don't worry, the highlight video lasts just over 7 minutes.

Among the 28-year-old Dold's other claims to fame: He's won the Empire State Building Run-Up the past 7 years (he'll attempt to 8-peat next Wednesday February 6 live on ESPN) and he currently holds 5 world records in backwards running between 400 meters and a mile (his mile time is 5:46).

Man, that is impressive.

FunFact: According to Wikipedia, backwards running is also known as Retro-Running.

I never even heard of this guy until a couple hours ago when I read Bill Donahue's story in last Sunday's New York Times Magazine about the suddenly booming sport of stair climb racing.

It sounds so horrible and painful, I think it might be right in my wheelhouse. 

I'm gonna investigate and maybe find one nearby and give it a try.

Acccording to the Times story, there are around 100 such events a year in the U.S. alone, though the sport is biggest in Europe and Asia.

February 1, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Brvtvs 14-Karat Gold Ear Cuffs

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Wrote Erica M. Blumenthal in last Sunday's New York Times Styles section,

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"Jason Wu's spring collection was sexier and tougher than what we've come to expect — his reference points were the photographs of Helmut Newton and Lillian Bassman, after all — yet he accessorized the leather and lace with discreet ear cuffs made by the jewelry designer Caroline Ventura."

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"'Jason’s clothing is so beautifully feminine, but not in an obvious, conventional way,' said Ms. Ventura, whose refined and minimal line is called Brvtvs."

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"'I wanted to reflect that in the jewelry.' For the show, she created gold ear cuffs that were shown individually and stacked together for an edgier effect."

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"Unlike full-on wraparound ear cuffs, it's a look any of us can pull off."

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$125-$190.

February 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Inner Lives of Fish

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From the Wall Street Journal:

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"The Smithsonian's National Collection of Fishes has an estimated four million individual specimens, representing more than 70% of the world's fish species. 'X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out,' an exhibit that opened at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington in February 2012, captures these aquatic wonders in X-rays. The prints offer a glimpse into the intricate inner workings of the fish and, for scientists, allow a detailed study of their anatomy and evolutionary development without dissection."

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Images from the exhibit, which will be traveling to sites around the country through 2015, from the top down: Viper Moray Eel; Wedge-Tail Triggerfish; Long-Spine Porcupine Fish; Torrent Loach.

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More: a Flickr stream of 40 fish x-rays from the exhibit.

February 1, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

4:01 a.m. Bottle Opener Series ('I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy") — Episode 13: Money Clip

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From the website:

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This money clip that has an integrated bottle opener on one end.

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With a tight spring mechanism and sturdy hinge, it maintains a firm grip on up to 20 bills at once and will not slip or loosen, even when maneuvered to embrace a bottle cap.

The clip fits around the accompanying black crocodile print wallet, which contains slots for six credit cards and a generous center compartment for business cards, etc.

Easily slipped into a pocket or jacket, the slim bundle provides unobtrusive organization while ensuring a host or party guest's crucial gadget is always handy.

Made from stainless steel with a gunmetal zinc alloy finish.

Presented in a leather gift box.

4"L x 2.75" W x 0.75"D.

Weight: 4 ounces.

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$69.95 (money included: how much do you need?).

[via Jerry Young]

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

Knitted Wigs by Louise Walker

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According to a Daily Mail article, the 22-year-old student from London "began knitting the wigs as part of a final year photography project entitled 'Wooly Head' — but now hopes to use them to give confidence to women dealing with hair loss."

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I think they're smashing.

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More: "According to Louise, the wigs are the result of a lifetime spent watching her hairdresser mother get creative with customer's locks."

"She said, 'My mum's a hairdresser so I've had loads of different hairstyles and colours over the years. I learned to knit around two years ago — and it took over my life. I like vintage stuff and I was inspired by the recent revival. This is a contemporary take on [the trend].'"

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Prediction: Lady Gaga will be getting in touch — I'd put good money on it.

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Can Ms. Walker create one just for you?

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Apply within.

[via dejoost and everlasting blort]

February 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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