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November 12, 2013

Ian Fleming's 1950 Royal Quiet Deluxe Portable Typewriter


Fleming used this machine to write the second draft of "Casino Royale", published in 1953, and all his subsequent James Bond novels.


[via the New York Times]

November 12, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Fumippa Anywhere Exercise Block — Stepping Fitness Training


From the website:



This compact and mobile Fumippa Anywhere Exercise Block is perfect for the working woman (or man) worried about their body but without the time (or inclination) to commit to time at the gym each week.

Or perhaps your problem is more that you don't live near anywhere suitable to do outdoor exercise?

Well, just use this convenient Fumippa fitness stepping block at home or in the office, whenever you have a window of time to spare.

Just five minutes per day and you will feel rejuvenated again.

There are placeholders to tell you where to put your feet, plus notice the angle of the incline on the block — that's deliberate, designed to help train your spin.

You can also use the block to do stretches and other basic aerobics.

And the brilliant thing? It's made of reinforced cardboard!

Features and Details:

• Reinforced cardboard (with rubber coating to prevent slips)

• Handle for ease of transport

• 13.4" x 12.4" x 5.9"

• Weight: 3.5 lbs.

• Made in Japan



November 12, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

The great David Bogner — Grand panjandrum of Treppenwitz — gives a lesson on comment spam


He emailed me as follows:


Hi Joe,

Hope this finds you well.

I think a comment of mine may have ended up in your Spam folder (I tried to post several times).  I'd appreciate it if you'd fish it out and publish it.


David Bogner (Treppenwitz)



I responded that I have just accepted disappearing comments as the price I pay for using TypePad: it vexes me and many readers who, annoyed by the recurring nonappearance of perfectly innocent contributions, have simply stopped commenting altogether.

I don't blame them.

Anyhoo, David didn't simply say "Oh, O.K." — no, instead of giving me a fish he decided to take pity on me and teach me how to fish, as follows:


It happens on my TypePad blog also.

From the dashboard if you go into Comments and then filter for Spam Comments you'll almost always find the missing comment.

Just click on the right side and select Publish and it will show up on the blog. 

If you report that this worked to TypePad they will go on and figure out why that comment got selected as Spam and try to fix it.



Darned if it wasn't just like he said, when I took a minute away from my fevered activity here keeping Gray Cat entertained and took a look behind the TypePad curtain.

The results: comments labeled as "Spam" for no good reason by TypePad and thus doomed to never ever appear on the big stage instead find themselves featured as the main event (above) — how great is that?

Thanks, David! 

FunFact: I discovered Treppenwitz and David Bogner so long ago I don't remember how it happened. 

Maybe he'll throw up a non-spam comment to enlighten us all.

November 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Annoying Sounds Generator — "Looking for another excuse to get on people's nerves?"

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Me, I don't need any other excuses but you might not be nearly as much of a pain in the butt in your everyday incarnation: it's for people like yourself that this device was invented.

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From the website: "Palm-sized sound machine has 20 studio-quality sound effects such as nails on chalkboard, a siren, car trying to start, dentist drill, vomiting, and others."


November 12, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Me and my shadow, looking toward the Blue Ridge Mountains — through Google Glass

A stroll through the woods out back.

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

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