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June 18, 2016

"An Unseen World" — Camera trap footage from deep in the Amazon rain forest

Fantastic stuff.

YouTube caption: "'An Unseen World' is one of five films that won an Award at the International Forests Short Film Festival. The film weaves together camera trap footage taken on an Amazon rain forest tributary located in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. It represents nature film making at its most raw and innovative — a stark drama of unfolding forest life as it happens. The film gives us a glimpse of the rich biodiversity of the region — from patrolling pumas and hunting jaguars to curious anteaters. Explorer, writer, and film maker Paul Rosolie was awarded at UNFF10 in Istanbul, Turkey, on 10 April 10, 2013."

[via bookofjoe's Crack®© Pittsburgh Correspondent]

June 18, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Slotdog Hot Dog Scorer


I love hot dogs and have three or four for breakfast several times a week.

FunFact: Hot dogs, known as pølser in Denmark, are in fact that country's most popular street food.

You could look it up.

I don't live in Denmark, do I? 

I live in Podunkville aka Charlottesville, Virginia, pop. 45,593.

But I digress.

boj's longtime San Francisco correspondent Richard Kashdan (whose earlier incarnation as Mark Bernay involved Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs,


who famously said of his Bernay/Kashdan-inspired antics, "If we hadn't made those little blue boxes, there might never have been an Apple computer") sent me a link (heh) to this nifty device, out of Canada of all places (who knew they even had hot dogs in Canada?).

From The Grommet:


A freshly grilled hot dog is often the first sign of cookout season — the period when Americans consume about 7 billion dogs.  

But while we were busy chowing down, an enterprising Canadian created a hot dog scorer that takes those backyard meals up a notch.


Slotdog is a bladed tool


that makes diamond-shaped cuts in hot dogs.


These cuts create caramelized, crispy edges when they hit the grill.


And those nooks are the perfect place for mustard, ketchup, and other condiments to seep down into.


Another benefit: the scored surface releases steam.

Your hot dogs won't burst or bend into unappetizing shapes.

Maker Daniel Crichton experimented with different cuts and pokes on hot dogs to try to liven them up — and ultimately created this tool that takes them in a new taste direction.

The blades on Slotdog are sharp — so be careful when you press it into the hot dog.

Press on one side, flip, then press into the other, and that's it — you're on your way to a better hot dog.


Even though my dogs are prepared in a Black & Decker absolute-bottom-of-the-line ($29.95 not on sale) toaster oven rather than outdoors on the grill, I've gotta think crispy edges are crispy edges no matter where they happen.

But wait, what's this? 

The only review on the site says "A great idea but it doesn't work."

Now I'm not so sure about dropping $15 on this puppy (heh).

What say you?

On the fence?

Watch the video, maybe it'll help you decide.

$15 (hot dogs not included unless your name's Flautist, in which case please specify the brand you prefer).

June 18, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

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