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September 13, 2013

Two beautiful objects: Gray Cat's furry butt and Bayer's new aspirin bottle


I didn't even notice the Bayer container when I threw it into my shopping cart a couple weeks ago: it was only last night, when I reached into the cabinet and removed the bottle to get three aspirin (my decades-long remedy for pain of any sort annoying enough to require medication: three regular Bayer aspirin tablets and two 500mg Tylenols — I believe ALL the more recent and popular over-the-counter pain drugs like Motrin, Aleve, and their ilk are far more likely to result in unwanted side effects, don't work any better than the earlier generation I use, and cost significantly more to boot, making them suitable for fools and the general public).

When I went to open the jar the penny dropped: it's so easy to grip and use compared to the old version featuring that little white round plastic flip-off cap that you had to align just so, the points of the triangle perfectly juxtaposed, before using significant effort to lift off the top.

The knurled soft plastic screw-off top is a delight in the hand and the shape of the jar equally well thought out.

Huge kudos to the industrial design team that created this masterpiece of functional art.

September 13, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Mirror 180 — You thought Alice had it bad...


From the website:




Mirror 180 by Halb/Halb is a circular mirror with two angled halves, allowing you to see two perspectives of whatever's reflected.


A wooden fixture attached to the back allows the mirror to be suspended in three positions:

• One option allows two people to use the mirror at the same time

• A second can show people at different heights, and a third position reflects the ceiling and another area of the surrounding room.

Glass and wood.





September 13, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Graphic: A Century of "_________ That Changed the World" Books —


A most entertaining Wired magazine item by Peter Andrey Smith.

September 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Panasonic Smart Tea Kettle: Not your mama's whistling iteration


From Men's Journal: "The Panasonic NC-ZK1V Kettle improves an old standby: Its surface is cool to the touch, it can be placed flat on its power base at any angle, and the internal heating element automatically shuts down at a boil."


September 13, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Catme 13/Glass Effect 68 — A walk on the UVA Corner last Saturday night through Google Glass

So here I am doing something close to nothing, but different from the Glass video from the night before.

September 13, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

What is it?

41 copy 3

Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: equally functional in outer space and on the surface of the Earth.

A third: no known application in any of the liturgies of the Catholic Church.

September 13, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

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