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August 1, 2013

Helpful Hints from joeeze: DIY Carpet Stain Removal Guide


[via Infographics Showcase]

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bookofjoe's Favorite Thing: Staedtler Cylinder Pencil Sharpener


Less is more.

It does what it says.

Simple elegance and function: what do you want for your lousy $4.09, anyway?


[Cat not included]

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

That Awkward Moment When the Woman You Try Robbing Knows Systema (Video)

From Elite Daily: "This footage was taken from an underground subway station in Russia. You're going to see a man come down the stairs and try to steal a phone from the woman leaning against the wall."

"What happens next is most definitely the coolest thing you will see today and probably for the rest of the week. Let's just say this was not the right woman to mess with."

[via Marius A. Eriksen and Coleen Baik]

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MOCAP (MOtion CAPture) Wall Clock — "Is time an illusion?" (Video)

Sure looks that way to me....

From the website :


This big bamboo wall clock will catch your eye by changing shape when you walk around it.

When you stand in front of the clock, the numbers are clear and visible.

When you walk around it, numbers slowly dissolve and seem to fall apart in little floating white balls.

This optical illusion results in a striking and intriguing piece of wall art.

MOCAP was inspired by the MOtion CAPture technique used in movies such as "Lord of the Rings" and "Avatar."

Features and Details:

• Dimensions: 23.6"Ø x 0.79"D

• Clock face finished in matte black, causing the bright white balls to seemingly float in mid-air

• Clock hands finished in glossy black so they are subtly visible against the matte black background




[via Utrecht, Netherlands-based J.P. Meulendijks Design Studio]

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Catme 13/Glass Effect 27 — Gray Cat dematerializes for a while, then reappears in the basement (POV through Google Glass) [Video]

Videre est credere.

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Flautist's Favorite Thing: Grether's Blackcurrant and Glycerine Pastilles


Why should I have to do all the work around here?

That's what I've always thought but not until Flautist emailed me yesterday afternoon did I have any knowledge of these little treats.

Here's what my favorite Georgia*-based artist had to say:


You might already know about these and like or hate, but I'll tell you all about them anyway.

Grether's Blackcurrant and Glycerine Pastilles — Blackcurrant is my favorite berry flavor, not very popular here in the U.S., but I've never figured out why.

These pastilles have the consistency of very firm Gummi candies, and they cost a small fortune, so you really want to make them last.

You can get them in different size-and-price tins, and I do NOT recommend the sugar-free variety.

I think they're imported from Sweden or something [actually, Switzerland].

They're slightly tart, and with a berry taste like nothing else.

I think they're fantastic & maybe someday when you feel rich & adventurous you might want to try them. 


I told my Crack Research Team®™© to get on this and they brought back the following from Amazon:


Throat-soothing and palate-pleasing, these candies date back to 1930, but they have many current fans, including former President Clinton. Made with glycerin and vitamin C, they satisfy a sweet tooth, moisten a dry mouth, and can even ward off colds.

They contain a high quality glycerin which helps keep the mouth and throat moist, protected, and soothed. Agar-Agar (derived from dulse) lends the pastilles their silky consistency while the natural extracts of fruit give Grether's Pastilles their great taste. Before the pastilles are packaged into the classic gold Grethers tins, they must be allowed to ripen for three months.

Grether's Pastilles are recommended for hoarseness, sore throats, croaky voice and dry mouth. People who have to use their voices a lot, e.g. through singing or extensive talking, benefit particularly from the calming, soothing and nourishing effect of Grether's Pastilles.


I forwarded this information to Flautist who responded:


In a follow-up email after I'd told her I was gonna feature these, she wrote

Holy dulse!

Maybe they could even qualify for the Official Pastille of bookofjoe!


3.75 oz. tin: $12.83.

*The state, not the country. Yes, I'm aware that the word "state" can in some contexts mean country but you know what? I don't care.

** See revised About me link

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

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