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February 2, 2013

Eye Candy: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color

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Wrote Julie Earle-Levine in the New York Times,

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"For those of us who didn't snare any rose gold jewelry for the holidays, consider Laura Mercier's new Caviar Stick Eye Color in rose gold as a consolation prize. Called 'Caviar' because it glides on and is easy to use, the eyeliner has warm tones that seem to work on any skin color. I've been wearing it during the day (it's a total mood lifter) and when the sun goes down, adding a little extra, for a soft golden glow at cocktail hour. A cheap luxe treat."

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Rose Gold and 11 other colors: $24.

February 2, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"Sound Of My Voice"

I watched this last night via Apple TV on my big-screen TV (I think it's important and relevant for a reviewer to tell us the venue because there's a huge difference between watching a movie on an phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, TV, or in a theater — in terms of just about everything.).

Long review short: I loved it.

Brit Marling is sui generis, excellent at/in everything she touches.

I wonder what would happen if Megan Ellison dropped an unlimited money bomb on her so she could do ANYTHING she wanted?

That would be epic.

Who knows?

Could happen.

But I digress.

This movie was just so watchable and interesting from the get-go and apart from one scene I won't describe — mainly because it might put people off from watching just reading about it (and no — I'm not worried you'll be put off by this paragraph because you'll have forgotten it in five minutes) — could best be described as "moving."

Marling has a rare quality of being willing to consider the possibility that magic is afoot in every waking moment.

Most people involved in movies — actors, directors, producers, the whole industry — have lost sight of this, assuming of course that it was ever even within their scope.

The final moments of "Sound Of My Voice" are perfect: resonant, disturbing, and memorable.

What if things are not what they seem?

That is the question, and here are 85 minutes of film that ask it in a way that — as of this writing at 9:55 a.m. today, about 11 hours after I finished watching — makes me consider doing something I never, ever do: watch the movie again.

February 2, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Easy Cutter Ultimate — Cut at an angle with accuracy & confidence

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Reviewed as follows by Adam Savage in the latest edition of Cool Tools:

Most people might not know about this lovely tool — unless you're a model maker. It is for precisely cutting things on a bias. The Easy Cutter has guides that make sure you get your angles correct and consistent. It can handle styrene, wood, foam core, and plastic stuff. For model making, when you're making tiny parts, this is a terrific way to make sure you're cutting small pieces precisely.

Reviewed as follows by April Canady in the August 27, 2007 edition of Cool Tools.

This tool allows miter cuts from 45°-135° of small pieces of wood, plastic, rubber, and even metal. As a miniaturist and model maker, I have found it invaluable for cutting one or a myriad of small parts at various angles and sizes.

To change the angle, you slide a self-indexing metal guide attached to the blade. I design and build furniture, accessories, and sometimes houses of the 50s, 60s and 70s in 1:12, 1:16, and 1:24 scales. When I'm in the middle of a project, such as the architectural model I'm working on currently, I use the Easy Cutter constantly — a few hours on at least a couple of days each month.

I have been using my cutter about three years now and a friend has been using hers well over five years without any trouble. You can buy new blades for this tool, but neither of us has found the need thus far. It's also worth mentioning that I have some arthritis in my hands and many tools are simply too difficult for me to use — not this one.

With one hand I can easily clamp the Easy Cutter down enough to cut through three layers of laminated Popsicle sticks. It's solid (hardened steel, rubber coated handles, stainless steel blades) and virtually silent — about the same noise as a pair of fingernail clippers, but without the annoyance of cuttings flipping through the air. Using it while talking or watching a film is completely unnoticeable. The Easy Cutter allows me to continue working while talking and sitting on the couch or on the porch with friends.

I have also handed this tool to my young friends (10 and up) when they're helping create miniature worlds alongside me, and although the spread of the handle is not geared to small hands, they have nonetheless found the Easy Cutter quite usable. I must caution, however, that the blade is VERY sharp and that this and any other cutting tool must be handled with respect for its damage capability.

I don’t know of another tool that addresses the need for an accurate, hand-held mitre-cutter at such an affordable price.

$23.01.

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February 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Experts' Expert: How to read Google Books on an iPhone

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The always helpful and refreshingly clear J.D. Biersdorfer — who wear at least two hats that I know of, one being her public face as the Gadgetwise Q&A columnist for the New York Times, the other staff editor at the paper — offered a particularly useful tutorial in Thursday's paper; the Q&A follows.

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Q. I know Apple has its own e-book store, but can I download and read the free stuff from Google Books on an iPhone, or do I need an Android phone?

A. You do not need an Android device to get e-books from the Google Play store. You just need the Google Play Books app installed on your iPhone and a Google account, both of which are free. The Google Play Books app is available in Apple's App Store and you can sign up for a Google account on the Web, or through the books app.

Unlike Apple's own iBooks app and online iBookstore, you cannot browse and buy books directly through the Google Play Books app. To get new e-books on your phone, open the iPhone’s Safari Web browser and go to this site. From here, you can browse Google's collection and select the books (free or paid) you want to download and read on your phone. After you log into the Web store with your Google account, your books appear in the Google Play Books app on the iPhone.

Google has full instructions for using its books app here. You can get books from Amazon and Barnes & Noble's e-book stores on the Web with the Kindle and Nook apps for iPhone, which are also available free in the App Store.

February 2, 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 14: Ribbon

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From the website:

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With a smooth form and a continuous ribbon-like loop that's the same on either side, the Ribbon can remove a bottle cap in both orientations — top or bottom.

• Stainless Steel

• 3" x 3" x 1"

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$27.

February 2, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Midnight Movie: "A Farewell to Arms" (1932)

Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes star in a film based on Hemingway's 1929 novel.

Free, the way we like it.

[via Open Culture]

February 2, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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