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February 9, 2013

Film Canister Salt & Pepper Shakers

















[via Bem Legaus!]

February 9, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack



Yesterday when I stopped by Coverjunkie, one of my favorite sites, to see what new magazine covers were up, I was struck by the one above.

Huh, I thought, what magazine's that one from?

The caption:



Sorry e'body...
due to a lot of work i can only upload a few a day!
In a few weeks it's back to normal


Too great.

February 9, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Star Wars Death Star Lollipop — Prepare your mouth for complete and utter annihilation


From hiconsumption:


These treats have been modeled after the iconic Death Star orbital battle station from "Star Wars."

Each and every lollipop has been crafted by hand, with each batch of six (6) taking the designer over two (2) hours to mold.

Each side of the mold is poured independently, which is what allows for the perfectly smooth shape replicating the battle station.

What exactly does a Death Star taste like, you ask?

This proprietary blend is marshmallow flavored.


From the maker's website:


The mold I use is unique and hand-crafted, allowing for no seams.

The front of the lollipop is a proprietary blend of isomalt, sugar, and corn syrup, which results in superb image clarity.

The back side is poured with a mixture of corn syrup and sugar: color = black.

Length including stick is about 5".

Lollipop itself is 1.5"Ø.

Weight: 1.2 oz.



Six for $13 — in my opinion way too cheap for a beautiful artisanal creation. 

Twice the price would still be reasonable.

But hey, what would I know about marketing and business and all, I'm just a brain-dead treadmill-walking blogging anesthesiologist who's breathed way too much unscavenged waste gas for way too many years to have anything useful to say about pretty much everything.

Which doesn't stop me from saying stuff.

But I digress.

[via juxtapoz and Rob Walker's sui generis ThingsThatLookLikeOtherThings, back from an extended holiday break — w00t!]

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Uraoshi Knife Sharpening

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Get yours here.

[via my LA correspondent]

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4:01 a.m. Bottle Opener Series ('I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy") — Episode 21: YETI Tarpon Beverage Entry Tool (BET) — For Right-Handed People Only


The graphic above clearly demonstrates that this tool is designed for use by righties only.




Lefties will please refer to your bespoke iteration here.

[via my LA correspondent, training in earnest for an insane 14-day hiking trip by walking for hours every day @3.5mph on an inclined treadmill carrying a 65-pound pack. Makes my night-time 10-mile runs in pitch blackness on uneven, cracked, and broken sidewalks wearing nothing reflective and no light — without my glasses — with in-ear headphones masking all outside sound while blasting "Paper Planes" at volume 10/10 look positively feeble. And yet — in the operating room giving anesthesia, when it comes to risk and patient safety I am insane about never, ever doing anything that could possibly increase the chance of something bad happening to a patient, to the extent that colleagues for years have called me a "little old lady." I'm down wit dat. As Flaubert remarked — in another context entirely to be sure — "Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work." FunFact: Magritte went to his studio every day dressed in a suit and tie.]

February 9, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"Old habits are like old friends — once you have them, they're awfully hard to get rid of."

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The headline above is from Simon Gray's fantastic play "Butley," the movie version of which starring Alan Bates is a great work of art.

FunFact: Amazon Prime members can watch it right here.

Free, the way we like it.

But I digress.

This is about habits, not friends.

Although friends can become habits too, if you think about it.

But I'd rather you not do that right now but instead work with me here.

I've been trying to drop two habits of many, many years duration with little success and figured I'd put my failings out right here in plain view.


1. I've nothing better to fill this slot with

2. Maybe by focusing on my failures, I'll jumpstart some sort of change in behavior

3. Perhaps someone out there in joehead Nation will bitchslap me into shaping up

OK then.

Habit #1 is unscrewing the cap of my Ultra-Brite toothpaste tube (how's that for geezer city? Ultra-Brite? Are you kidding me? Do they still even make that? [Yes]) even though in recent months Ultra-Brite switched to a new, 21st-century flash whiz-bang flip-off cap [top].

The problem for me is that the new cap also unscrews.

See, if they'd bonded the cap to the body so that the only way you could get at the toothpaste was by flipping up the cap, I'd be money.

But every single day, once in the morning and once at night before bed, I unscrew the cap, say to myself "You idiot, just flip it up!," screw it back on, flip it open, and brush my teeth.


If Ultra-Brite raised the level of its game, it's past time for me to do the same — shape up, joe!

#2: "Pardon The Interruption" (PTI) on ESPN is the only TV show I go out of my way to watch live, preferably when it's first broadcast at 5:30 p.m. ET. 

I like it SO much I sent Kornheiser and Wilbon personally inscribed copies of my book and they made my 2012 by sending me back a photo suitable for framing (framed, trust me) inscribed personally to me by each of them, which picture occupies a place of honor right next to Gray Cat's Comcast cable box toasty hot spot.

But I digress yet again. 

Sure, it's rebroadcast on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m. and I just accidentally discovered it's replayed again in the morning on one or more of ESPN's channels.

But that gets confusing.


Since I added the Watch ESPN app to my iPhone and iPads I've had the ability to watch ESPN and its offshoots from anywhere.

Works great, even over 4G in the middle of nowhere.

But I forget that I have this capability and still structure my day so as to arrive home in time to watch it on TV live at 5:30 p.m.

Yesterday, when I was out running by UVA's new track and perimeter trail, I finished up around 7:30 p.m., way too late for the day's PTI.

Then the penny dropped: Podcast!


Touch the Podcast icon on my iPhone and there's PTI, touch it again and there are the 10 most recent shows — without commercials! — ready for listening.

Now if only I'd remember that BEFORE I try to get home by 5:30 p.m., I'd be money.

February 9, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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