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November 5, 2013

Blast from the Past: "They Tell Me It's Summer" — The Fleetwoods (1962)

I'd never heard of nor heard this song by this great group until reader Joe Peach sent it my way.

He wrote:

I have listened to a LOT of oldies stations.

I once had a job where I listened to oldie and doo-wop music 12 hours a day!

No, I'm not an expert by any means, but I have only heard this gem once or twice.

Some YouTube comments:

 I'm 68 and have been around since the beginning of rock 'n roll and this is one of the greatest songs ever. I've never heard it before!


Even though I grew up in the Fleetwoods home territory of Seattle in the 50s and 60s, I never ran across this incredibly beautiful song until recently. One of the best "B" sides EVER!

The Fleetwoods' "Come Softly To Me, their 1959 debut song which went straight to #1, has always been a favorite of mine.

November 5, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Toasty Feet Aerogel Insoles — "Space age comfort"

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From websites:


Whether you soar the heavens or keep your feet on solid ground, Toasty Feet insoles are just the thing.

The ultralight insoles feature aerogel, an advanced material developed for NASA to protect spacecraft from the temperature extremes of space.

Aerogel keeps your feet from getting too hot or too cold while providing superior arch support and impact absorption.

Trim to fit.


Women's or men's versions: $14.99.

November 5, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

She's back — "Girl With a Pearl Earring" returns to Gotham after being away for 29 years


Since Vermeer's iconic painting last visited New York City in 1984, a lot has changed.

Including the painting itself: "In the 1990s, art conservators cleaned her up and smoothed out cracks that had come to mar her flawless skin, leaving her looking fresh-minted. More important, after being the subject of a hot novel, a tony film and, most recently, a stage play, she's now a media sensation, one of the most famous faces in Western art."

You can see the picture at the Frick Museum, where it's part of the show "Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting From the Mauritshuis," up through January 19, 2014.

[via the New York Times]

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Tyvek World Map Poncho


From the website: "Lightweight, paper-thin, super-tough, crushable, packable, water-resistant. The same material used to wrap houses and ship packages, printed with a colorful map of the world. 36" long, completely covers your arms. One size."



Note added at 4:06 p.m. today: reader Lorelei A. Smith just sent me this picture:


That perked me up, so much so that I had my Crack Research Team®™© drill down into my archives: they discovered I'd featured the Tyvek World Map Poncho over eight years ago, on August 30, 2005.


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A walk out back in my untended yard — through Google Glass

Yesterday (Monday) morning around 7 a.m. I went for a walk out back to see what there was to see.

It was 34° at the time.

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Bolt Power Strip


Designed by Jan Habraken.

14.5"L x 5"W.


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