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June 29, 2013

"Pleco has absolutely changed my life" — Fuchsia Dunlop


From Kate Murphy's June 1 New York Times interview with the British chef and popularizer of Chinese cooking:


"Pleco has absolutely changed my life."


"It's this free [for the basic app] Chinese language software."


"Looking things up in Chinese dictionaries is hard because it's not alphabetical."


"I might have to check a bunch of dictionaries for a more obscure character or phrase."


"Now I can key it into my iPhone."


"Or you can draw a character with your finger and get it. It's completely brilliant for traveling."


To reiterate: the basic app is free, the way we like it.

June 29, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pragmatic Vase — "Let them eat cake"


Another whimsical creation from Molly Hatch.


Stoneware inspired by old Delft porcelain.

Someone at Anthropologie's got their head screwed on right: the person responsible for picking Ms. Hatch's work out of the hoi polloi slushpile should be running the company.

Failing that, at least given a raise.

6.5"H x 11.25"W x 2"D.


June 29, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Electrifying: Anthony Newley on Ed Sullivan in 1965

Flautist used the word in the headline in her email to me with a link to the YouTube video.

I won't argue.

June 29, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Kangaroo Water Bottle


From GearCulture:


"Whether jogging, cycling or simply short on space and time, the Kangaroo Water Bottle is an absolute gem. Such a simple and effective idea."


"The bottle is not only tough, spill proof, and fully operational with just one hand, but also features a built-in secure storage compartment in which you can store a key, cards, and even cash."


$9.71 (key, money, and credit card as pictured not included. Stand down, Flautist. heh]


[this was the third of three items submitted in one email by Jo Woo Bay, who of late is uncanny: everything suggested seems worth posting — and usually is. Way to go. You must have an NSA/Prism brain tap on me activated but if so I'm OK with that. Carry on.]

June 29, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Midnight Movie — "It Happened One Night"

Wrote Flautist, "I don't know if you've ever featured this movie before, but it's an absolute delight from start to finish."

"I hadn't seen it in ages. I don't know who's more adorable, Clark Gable or Claudette Colbert."

"Here's a wonderful 3-minute excerpt featuring the famous hitchhiking scene."

Many consider this director Frank Capra's greatest film.

June 29, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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