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March 25, 2013

Broken Zipper Repair — Episode 2: An elegant solution

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Episode 1 on Saturday brought news that there is an alternative to the bent paper clip that makes you look brain-damaged.

Though that does go pretty well with the safety pin you're using for your glasses.


But I digress.

From the same company as Episode 1's offering comes this nifty little number.

"Now broken zipper pulls are easy to replace in seconds! Simply press open the replacement and click onto the zipper."

Silver, Black, or Antique Brass.

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Three for $12.99.

March 25, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Where to be born in 2013 (It ain't in the USA)


Once upon a time, 25 years ago in a century far away, being born in the USA was a ticket to a good life.

Times change.

Witness today's best places to take your first breath (above), then compare them with a quarter-century ago (below).


[via The Economist]

March 25, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Finally, a ping-pong table that stays put



If you weighed 900 pounds you'd pretty much stay where you were too.

Wrote Megan Buerger in the Wall Street Journal: "James DeWulf, a 37-year-old Los Angeles designer, was turned on to concrete after seeing someone build prison beds at a concrete shop in 2004. Today, he's best known for his concrete ping-pong table, which sells for $7,000. Mr. DeWulf, who owns James DeWulf LLC, recently designed a pool table, which costs $16,000 for the indoor version and $18,000 for the outdoor version. Concrete has become a more acceptable furniture material, Mr. DeWulf said, because advances in the material have made it lighter, stronger and more stain resistant. 'And ours has this beautiful, buttery finish. At trade shows, everyone that walks by runs their fingers across the table.'"


Apply within.

March 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

"Takin' Care of Business" — BTO* delivers your Monday morning wake-up call

No better way to jumpstart your week.

Bonus: Keith Moon, looking as dapper and establishment as you're ever likely to see him, introduces the power rock group's live 1974 performance of their "heavy duty rock" classic.

This song will be played — full blast over quantum chromodynamic speakers — in the asteroid mining colonies both in our own solar system and those yet to be discovered and visited.

If not, I will cheerfully refund every penny you paid.

Hey, joe, wait a sec... what does that mean?


What, it's not enough I put up the song?

Now you want the lyrics so you can scream along?

Your wish, as I am wont to say, is my demand.


*For those of you who weren't even born (I'm thinking prolly 99% of those reading this) when this song electrified the U.S. in 1974, BTO stands for Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Back story here.

Oh yeah, almost forgot: How about that strange object on the wall behind Keith Moon in the intro?

That black structure with the round dial and holes?

Is that an ansible?

Never seen one except in The Smithsonian?

I figured that might be the case.

March 25, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Drop Stop Between Seat Cleaner


Say what?


Perfect for the person who has everything (or thinks they do).


Everybody knows one.


But I digress.


From the website:



Never again search under your car seat for dropped keys, change, food, pens, and other small items.


Drop Stop fits over the seat belt catch, wedges into the gap between the seat and the center console, and becomes almost invisible.

Liquid- and stain-resistant; wipes clean.

16.75" long — fits any car or truck.

Black neoprene.


Detailed review here.

Set of two: $19.99.

March 25, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: How to stalk your doctor


Start here.

March 25, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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