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February 10, 2013

Temperature-Sensitive Glass Tiles — Trick out your shower for $24,000


One of my post popular posts appeared four years ago — February 12, 2009 to be precise — and featured temperature-sensitive glass tiles, just commercialized and placed on the market at the time.


Back then they cost $15 apiece but the price has doubled, such that fitting out a square shower stall measuring 40" x 80" per wall, requiring 800 tiles, will set you back $24,000.

Not including labor.

Apply within.

February 10, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Roast Pork of the Gods — My spectacular food discovery on Rockfish Gap Turnpike


Yesterday, after running the Crozet 5K, I made my way back to the Interstate to head home and for no good reason decided to top up my half-full tank with gas.

Since a Citgo station was on the same side of the road (250 West, known in that portion of its traverse as Rockfish Gap Turnpike) as I was traveling, I stopped in to refuel.

While the gas was pumping I noticed a Coke sign on the ice dispenser that read "HECHO IN MEXICO"

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and thought "Hey, wait a sec — I've been trying to find Mexican Coke (sweetened with cane sugar as opposed to the high fructose corn syrup used in the American-made brew) for years."

Without success around these parts, alas.

After the gas tank was full I wandered inside the little concrete block store

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and asked the person in charge — Maria Garcia, the owner (top, left) — if she really sold Mexican Coke.


I bought all they could round up, a total of nine bottles.

As they were doing that, I noticed something smelled really good and I took a look around and saw that there were all sorts of visual delights in the area reserved for things just prepared:

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Turns out there were tamales of all sorts, chimichangas, burritos, chili relleno, posole, roast pork, rice, beans, and much more, all cooked by Ms. Garcia that day.

She opened the store four years ago and works there seven days a week, from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

I bought some of everything but let me just say this: I started eating the roast pork (above, to the right of the tamales) out of the container on the drive home and almost passed out, it was so good.

My head exploded.

This is world-class barbecue, tender and crusty and perfectly seasoned and smoky and crunchy and just.out.of.this.world.

Everything else I've had so far has been superb, with the green corn tamale a revelation.

Lisa Provence of The Hook wrote a glowing review of the food last year but I never saw her article.

No matter — now I know this place exists and it is mos def worth the 15 mile trip from my house.

I'll be back — way before next year's Valentine's Day 5K.

Highest possible recommendation for this fantastic outpost of Mexican cuisine, stuck out in the middle of nowhere outside the middle of nowhere.

Who'd a thunk?

The name and address for your GPS or Google/Apple maps: Las Cavañas — Gas Station & Mexican Food, 6098 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet, Virginia, 22392.

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The sign outside the store reads Las Cabanas but don't worry — this is the place.

February 10, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

PixelPad — Attention UX designers and app developers: your sketch notebook is in


"Each page is identical in shape and size to the mobile device it represents, letting you sketch, refine, and share your ideas without even touching a mouse."


Does Kyle Weiner know about this?


He will.


From $8.99.

[via Bem Legaus!]

February 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MetaPaper — Wallpaper blocks WiFi snooping

Who wouldn't want that?

Better: It's slated to sell for the same price as conventional wallpaper.

More on the subject here, here, and here.

February 10, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

4:01 a.m. Bottle Opener Series ('I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy") — Episode 22: Pliny the Elder Bottle Opener



But, but... what is the meaning of this?

That's for you to know and me to find out.

February 10, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Reg Presley, Troggs lead singer ("Wild Thing") — is dead at 71

He made my heart sing.


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