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February 4, 2013

Limited-Edition Ujimatcha Latte Kit Kat

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"Ujimatcha Latte Kit Kat is made from an air-bubble filled green tea chocolate atop a base of milk chocolate. Try this limited-edition chocolate while supplies last!"

7-piece package: $5.

Don't come crying to me all unhappy because they sold out while you put it on your to-do list.

Fair warning.

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John Coltrane plays "My Favorite Things"

From Open Culture: "First released in 1960 on an album with the same title, this complex reworking of the song made famous by 'The Sound of Music" came to be Coltrane's most requested tune. The 1961 video shows 'Trane literally and figuratively breathing new life into the soprano saxophone."

February 4, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Giant Magnetic Doorstop


Can your doorstop do that?

Photo copy

Didn't think so.

Photo copy 2

I have about 10 of these giant (6.25" long x 3.5" wide x 2" high) doorstops scattered around the house, in every room with a door.

Some are bright yellow like in the pictures above and below and some are hot orange.

What took so long until some braingenius thought of adding a magnet to this already formidable piece of kit?

I don't know but I sure like it.

Guaranteed to be an appreciated gift for anyone you know — or I will refund every penny you paid for it.

That's the bookofjoeGuarantee®™© — since 2004 and until The Singularity finally puts paid to/makes meaningless drivel like this.

And you can quote me.

From the website:


Master Caster Giant Foot Magnetic Doorstop No-Slip Rubber Wedge

• Attaches to any metal surface

• For heavy and oversized doors

• Extra-high for clearances up to 2" from the floor



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"Marry or not?" The decision making process of young (29) Charles Darwin


From Lists of Note: "In July of 1838, six months before wedding Emma Wedgwood, his first cousin, 29-year-old Charles Darwin drew up a list [above] of marriage pros and cons. Indeed, the pros were too great to ignore, and the couple remained married until his death in 1882. They had 10 children." 

Transcript below.


This is the Question


Children — (if it Please God) — Constant companion, (& friend in old age) who will feel interested in one, — object to be beloved & played with. — better than a dog anyhow. — Home, & someone to take care of house — Charms of music & female chit-chat. — These things good for one's health. — Forced to visit & receive relations but terrible loss of time. —

W My God, it is intolerable to think of spending ones whole life, like a neuter bee, working, working, & nothing after all. — No, no won't do. — Imagine living all one's day solitarily in smoky dirty London House. — Only picture to yourself a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire, & books & music perhaps — Compare this vision with the dingy reality of Grt. Marlbro' St.

Not Marry

No children, (no second life), no one to care for one in old age.— What is the use of working 'in' without sympathy from near & dear friends—who are near & dear friends to the old, except relatives

Freedom to go where one liked — choice of Society & little of it. — Conversation of clever men at clubs — Not forced to visit relatives, & to bend in every trifle. — to have the expense & anxiety of children — perhaps quarelling — Loss of time. — cannot read in the Evenings — fatness & idleness — Anxiety & responsibility — less money for books &c — if many children forced to gain one's bread. — (But then it is very bad for ones health to work too much)

Perhaps my wife wont like London; then the sentence is banishment & degradation into indolent, idle fool —

Marry, Marry, Marry Q.E.D.

[via Darwin Online]

February 4, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

4:01 a.m. Bottle Opener Series ('I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy") — Episode 16: Diabolix


Red plastic.


7" long.



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Earth From Space — The Art of Landsat


From the Wall Street Journal:

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"For the past four decades, Landsat satellites have taken continuous digital images of the planet. Collected and distributed by the U.S. Geological Survey, the images are free to researchers for studies on subjects like agriculture, forestry and land use. Sometimes it just happens that they look a lot like art."


"A selection was on display in 'Earth as Art 3,' at the Library of Congress through May 31, 2012. The vivid colors — purple deserts, red-hued rocks — aren't always true to life."


"The information relayed from outer space contains multiple layers of data along the spectrum of visible and invisible light. There are many options for color coding, and different wavelengths are used for different types of studies — to emphasize, say, the amount of moisture in plants or organic matter in soil."


Kenneth was right: It really is all about the frequency.


View all 40 images — accompanied by detailed captions — in high resolution here.


My tax dollars at work?


down wit dat

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