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December 4, 2013

Life imitates art: Meret Oppenheim's iconic 1936 fur teacup reincarnated as sheep's milk cheese

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You may recall that on the morning of Friday, November 8, 2013, I featured a sheep's milk cheese from France that comes wrapped in the wool of the sheep from whose milk it was made (below).

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About 45 minutes after that post appeared, it occurred to me that Meret Oppenheim's iconic 1936 sculpture, entitled "Object," (top), uncannily foreshadowed this cheese as presented in late 2013.

The sculpture is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; you can buy a half-pound piece of cheese for $25.95 here.

December 4, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: Inanimate and insensate.

A third: does not employ water in any way, shape or form.

December 4, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (11) | TrackBack

"From One Second To The Next" — Werner Herzog's new film about texting while driving might well save someone's life (if they're not watching it while driving...)

From the YouTube caption:

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Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog wants to bring an end to the scourge of texting while driving once and for all — and he just might do it.
In a powerful 35-minute public service announcement entitled From "One Second to the Next," Herzog hauntingly and painfully documents the tragic testimonies of individuals who have shattered lives — and have had their lives shattered — as a direct result of texting and driving.
The project, part of AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign, was distributed yesterday [August 8, 2013] to over 40,000 high schools across the country.
"There's a completely new culture out there," Herzog told the Associated Press. "I'm not a participant of texting and driving — or texting at all — but I see there's something going on in civilization which is coming with great vehemence at us."

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If I have any kind of forum or pulpit — such as a classroom, or morning rounds, or a meeting — I'm gonna bag what I intended to present and force people in attendance to watch this film.

Insisting first that all phones, tablets, and computers be turned off — not airplane mode, off — before the movie starts.

And if I see anyone surreptitiously trying to use an electronic device while the film is playing, I'm immediately stopping it, turning on the lights, and ending the session.

No exceptions.

Shape up.

Fair warning.

[via Jeri Dansky]

December 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

CopDots — label and track your stuff the way the police do: now on sale to civilians

Why should law enforcement have all the fun?

Just be careful when you go to reclaim your stolen stuff: you might wish you'd let the cops handle it before you're through....

Fair warning.

Details here.

$29.98.

[via Chelsea Anderson]

December 4, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Gray Cat espies a squirrel in a tree – through Google Glass

Res ipsa loquitur.

December 4, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Expandable Bread Box

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The same size as a bread box.

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Ha.

"Clear acrylic vented breadbox lets you see at a glance just how much loaf is left."

11" x 6¾".

$16.95.

December 4, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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