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July 12, 2013

"My new favorite building in Milan" — Michael Boodro

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Added Boodro in his tweet, "And how I feel returning to a cold, gray, and rainy NYC."

[via Laren Stover]

July 12, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: suitable for use both outdoors and inside.

A third: not intended for — nor is there a place for it — in anyone's batterie de cuisine (just sayin', Mr. L.A. correspondent). heh

July 12, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Concrete Tent

YouTube caption: "Watch Richard Ambrose and Jonny Phillips quickly construct a building made of concrete canvas — a material that has all the elements of concrete, but is flexible enough to be turned into any shape. This technology allows people to erect permanent structures in a fraction of the time needed for traditional building techniques."

[via William Gibson]

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

Mike's Belay Glasses — Can your Google Glass do this? (Mine can't)

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From the website:

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Mike's Belay Glasses are a no-hassle way of equipping oneself with the latest in Littrow prism technology to ease the belayer's lot in life.

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Basically, one looks forward to gaze upward, saving on neck strain. 

1. They allow the belayer to comfortably assume a position closer to the base of climbs, which translates to a safer belay.

2.  They allow the belayer to more fully concentrate attention to the task at hand, especially on long, protracted sessions.

3. They accomplish this at roughly 1/4 the cost of the other product on the market — much easier for average climber's budget.

4. One of the advantages of prismware is that it doesn't invert the image of the climber the way a mirror would — also, it slightly magnifies what one sees.

5. Note that all belay glasses currently manufactured use a 60° (not 90°) deviation. 90° would cause a great deal of the field of vision to be obscured by one's face and hair.

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$39.95.

[via a member of my Crack LA Correspondent Team®™©]

July 12, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Catme13/GlassEffect8: Pushups

Above, I attempt to do one more pushup than my previous best (14 + 1 = 15).

Fair warning: On days when I don't have the inclination or energy to make a 4:01 a.m. Catme13/GlassEffect video, my pushup effort will serve as a placeholder.

Full disclosure: I began my pushup campaign on May 21, 2013, when I was able to do 6.

Since then, I have made an attempt on average every other day, sometimes missing 2 or even 3 days before resuming my quest for (are you sitting down?) 100 uninterrupted in one session.

The reason I started in at all is that it occurred to me that my upper body is not nearly as fit and strong as my lower body as a result of the fact that my only strenuous physical activity is running.

I've never ever lifted weights, nor have I any interest in doing so.

I was told pushups — the old-fashioned kind you did in junior high school P.E. — are an excellent upper body strengthener, so I did some research and reading and that seems to be true.

Thus, my program.

Did I do 15 in the video?

Sadly, no.

Watch and witness my epic collapse as I approached my goal.

But as Annie sang, there's always tomorrow.

Allez!

July 12, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Bloom Pen

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Elegant.

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"The stem and blade of Pooleaf is made of silicone which is harmless to humans."

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"It has good grip and sways gently while you use it."

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Forest Green, Spring Green, Yellow Green.

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Pen body and cap.

Black ink.

$5.

[via the BERRY]

July 12, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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