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March 9, 2013

BehindTheMedspeak: "Best non-invasive thermometer"


Reviewed in Cool Tools by Alan Greene, M.D. as follows:

I like the Exergen TemporalScanner because with a gentle stroke of the forehead, I can get a person's temperature accurately and almost instantly — without having to stick something in their ear, mouth, or any other orifice. I can even check a child's temperature while they sleep. It's very easy to use — but do read the instructions to get the right swipe motion.

The device takes 1,000 readings per second, selects the most accurate among them, and adjusts for room temperature to give you the temperature of the temporal artery (near the temple) — which is an earlier signal of disease than rectal temperature. This temporal artery thermometer is more accurate than ear thermometers and is less affected by the sources of error that can make oral or underarm temperatures misleading. (However, for many purposes, temperature precision isn't that important. Just knowing whether there is a fever or not is far more important than knowing the temp within a few tenths of a degree. And often fever is helpful, anyway.) But accurate thermometer readings can bring great peace of mind.

I use one of these at our home and carry one with me everywhere in my pediatrician doctor's bag.


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

bookofjoeTV is on the air: Live from Charlottesville City Market Saturday, April 6


Save the date!

Just in (above), word from the management that I've been approved to begin broadcasting bookofjoeTV live around the world from right smack dab in the middle of my Podunk town's Saturday morning market.

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What, you prefer to watch cartoons on Saturday morning?

Wait till you see the craziness going down in my market stall.


Oh, what fun I'm gonna have.

Wanna be an instant global celebrity?

Stop by and I'll Vine you planet-wide in a Charlottesville yoctosecond.

If Google Glass comes through as I'm hoping it will between now and then, it's gonna get REALLY wild.

Hope to see you there during my premier show on April 6, 2013.



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

Nameko Saibai Fungi USB Heated Slippers — "Touch Detective mushroom character warm hot double feet" [sic]

From the website:



Nameko Saibai (or called Mushroom Garden in English, a spin-off from Touch Detective) is a popular iPhone game right now in Japan and with its super kawaii (cute) characters, it's easy to see why!


In the game you cultivate mushrooms.

Okay, that hardly sounds like the most groundbreaking of games, but it's super addictive and cute, believe us!

Fans of the game's visual style will love these Fungi Paradise USB Heated Slippers, a neat and practical way to keep both your feet warm.

Just pop this under your desk at work and connect it via a USB port, and then your feet will always be snug whatever the weather... and in the cutest way possible!

The slippers come in two versions based on different characters from the game, Nameko or Masaru.

Features and Details:

 • Based on Nameko Saibai (Touch Detective) fungi iPhone game

• Size: around 300 x 300 x 150mm (11.8 x 11.8 x 5.9")

• Materials: ABC, PVC, ABS, metal etc.

• USB cord: around 1500mm (4.9 ft)

• For both feet



March 9, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Del Posto puts warm washcloths at Masa in the shade


Wrote Florence Fabricant in Wednesday's New York Times Dining section: "Let the French have their finger bowls, the Japanese their warm washcloths. At Del Posto, if you are served something like lamb chops or shellfish that requires your dainty digits to touch the food, the captain will produce a folded napkin on a plate and pour warm water onto it from a little teapot. Inside the napkin is a slice of lemon and a sprig of thyme. Joseph Bastianich, an owner, said it was done in restaurants where he worked in Italy, and he brought the idea home."

[photo by Agaton Strom for the New York Times]

March 9, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Electronic Duck Timer — "Quacks when time's up"


Minutes and seconds.


5.1"H x 3.9"Ø.



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

Allstate Mayhem: Water Heater Rocket Man

I'm sorry — I simply cannot resist these Allstate commercials.


This one premiered only yesterday but is sure to soar up the Views chart in a hurry once word gets out.

To the moon!

March 9, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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