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June 9, 2013

Grammarist.com — Heaven is a place online

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I happened on this heretofore unknown-to-me site earlier today after seeing the word "instinctual" in an ad and thinking to myself "Huh?" Is that even a word?

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Indeed it is.

And I found out a whole lot more about the difference between the "instinctive" and "instinctual" while I was there.

Along with diving down the rabbit hole to explore a whole bunch of other grammatical issues that have been vexing me since forever, like when did "preventative" suddenly become acceptable and suchlike?

Fair warning: If, like, me, you're a language maven, this site could seriously impair your getting stuff done.

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Stick-N-Find — "What happens when you lose the remote?"


From the website:



The Radar Screen displays all your devices within range. You can have your phone buzz, flash lights, or do both to alert you as to their distance from your phone.


The Virtual Leash allows you to create a virtual leash on a sticker: If that sticker moves away more than the distance you've selected on your phone, you phone will alarm you.


"Find It" Alerts cause your phone to alert you once a sticker that's been out of range (for example, one attached to your checked bag) is within range (for example, when it comes down the belt in the airport).


Features and Details:

•About the size of a quarter — 0.16 inches (4.1mm) thick so you can stick it practically anywhere

• Stick them on any device, item, or collar, then find that item, person, or animal using your phone.



Two for $49.99.

[via Jo Woo Bay]

June 9, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The moral self — Peter Brooks


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Arm Sleeper's Pillow

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What took so long?


It's obvious once you look at it: not rocket surgery.


And yet it's taken till now.

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From the website:


This medium-firm memory foam pillow promotes a full uninterrupted night's slumber for those who sleep with their arm under their heads.

A center groove and a recessed front edge let you fully extend your arm without it having to support the weight of your head and neck.

By allowing you to lie comfortably in your preferred sleep position and relieving pressure that can make your arm fall asleep or cause muscle stiffness, the pillow helps you awaken feeling rested and refreshed.

The pillow's hypoallergenic contoured memory foam lifts your neck and tilts your head back slightly to open your airway and help relieve snoring.

The velour cover is removable and machine washable.

22" L x 5" H x 15" W.



June 9, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to get muddy running shoes clean


After yesterday's 8 a.m. 5K splash/mudfest at Ash Lawn-Highland — James Monroe's home about 20 minutes from me, a few miles down the road from Monticello and his neighbor and friend Tom Jefferson — a woman and her posse asked me, as we were all heading out to our cars for the rainy drive home, if I knew of a good way for her to get the red clay mud off of her shoes.

That was one sloppy race, and along with the puddles and slippery footing it was darn hilly, pretty much run entirely through pasture that had been driven over by a heavy vehicle so that there was some ability to gain traction in the wheel-flattened grass.

But I digress.

In fact I did and do know the best way to clean up messed up running shoes and I told her no worries: cold water wash, regular detergent, make sure you take the liners out of the shoes and throw those into the machine too, then let the shoes and liners air dry and they'll look and smell as good as new.

Stick them out in the sun to dry if you want them to smell even fresher.

The key thing is not to toss the shoes into the dryer: while it won't visibly damage or ruin them, my sense is that the heat and evaporating water won't do much for their longevity or structural integrity.

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

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