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August 25, 2013

Iris van Herpen will print a dress for you

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Above, her ballerina dress: it "looks organic but was built with algorithms," wrote Jonathan Keats in a September Wired magazine story.

Can she print one for you?

August 25, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Panasonic Solar Lantern with High-Powered LED Lights and Rechargeable Battery: Sum of all fears for power companies

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Developed for use in the Third World where electricity doesn't exist,

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this breakthrough device heralds the end of the great electric utilities in the developed world.

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It is becoming very clear that power companies realize solar can disembowel their business models by enabling every person on the planet to eventually generate all the power they need without being connected to a grid.

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Thus, the sudden turnabout in Big Electric's attitude toward solar panel subsidies: where they once encouraged them, they've now enlisted all manner of high-priced legal help to forestall and slow walk and delay the inevitable.

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What a wonderful time to be alive.

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I myself have figured out how to power my house when the power goes down by using my car and a serious inverter, but that's only a stopgap till Mr. Sol takes over 24/7/365.

I'll be getting one of these Panasonic lanterns the day they become available and I'll feature them here at that time.

Stay tuned.

August 25, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

I've cracked contests!

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Remember how before Steve Jobs died he exclaimed that he'd cracked TV?

Well, it'll be two years in October since he departed this mortal coil and apparently he took the code with him 'cause Tim Cook sure hasn't unveiled the solution to the ongoing nightmare of trying to watch TV.

Too bad 'cause a real Apple TV — big 60-inch Retina Display, voice and gesture control, the whole nine yards — would've saved the company.

As it is, Cook's looking more and more like Gilbert Amelio as he shucks and jives and doesn't produce any of the magic he keeps telling us is coming real soon now.

Too bad.

But I digress.

Readers have been beating on me for years to have contests on bookofjoe: I've tried but have found without exception that they're far more trouble than they're worth — at least from my perspective, where I have to create the contest, pick and notify a winner, then find a prize and ship it to the person.

Far too often the actual real world time, effort, and cost involved in choosing, packing, and shipping turns out to be a royal pain in the butt: I cannot tell you how many people do not seem to be able to give me a valid U.S. mailing address such that the package I painstakingly wrapped and took to the post office, standing in the obligatory line forever, is returned weeks later marked "Undeliverable."

Never again.

You know who you are.

But I digress yet again.

Anyhoo, contests are about to resume.

This time around, though, the prize process is gonna be somewhat different.

From now on, when I have a contest the prize is going to be copy of my latest book, featured up top.

It costs 99 cents on Amazon but since nobody ever buys it I figure why not give it away?

And so I will.

It's an ebook so if you don't have a Kindle you'll have to download Amazon's free Kindle Reader to enjoy your winnings.

Second prize: two copies.

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But wait — there's more!

Amazon had the genius to realize most people would much prefer other stuff than the drivel people like me are trying to cram down your throat.

Thus, they've enabled you to apply the 99 cents toward the purchase of anything else on the website.

Surely you can find something that appeals to you more than a collection of truisms and whatnot.

Can't you?

I sure could....

heh

August 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Cast Iron Whale Bookends

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Painted features.

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Total length: 9 inches.

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2.5"H x 2"W.

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$54.99.

August 25, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Catme 13/Glass Effect 49 — Part 1 of Gray Cat's visit to the vet through Google Glass

This past Thursday (August 22, 2013) was her annual checkup.

Here's how it went down after we entered the examination room.

Note that the second part of the visit appeared here yesterday — Saturday, August 24 — at 4:01 a.m.

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

Magnetic Dumbbell

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I've known a few.

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But I digress.

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From Well Done Stuff:

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[via Yanko Design]

August 25, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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