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November 16, 2017

"The Quantum Spy"


David Ignatius's tenth novel, the previous nine of which I have read.

I consider him America's best spy fiction writer.

This book was sort of slow getting itself sorted out, but about halfway through the 320 pages, it was as if someone figuratively lit a fire under the story and it it took a hockey stick-shaped bend upward for the final half, just excellent.


Besides which, any book which has "Quantum" in its title must be good.

Who said that?

November 16, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Diamond Signs


From the website:


"During our summer vacation in 2003, my wife and I amused ourselves by taking leisurely drives in Ohio and photographing every diamond-shaped highway sign that we saw along the roadsides (well, not every sign; only the distinct ones). For provenance, I also stood at the base of each sign and measured its GPS coordinates."


November 16, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Drosselmeyer Nutcracker


Just when you thought every permutation of a nutcracker had been invented, out of Sweden comes this formidable looking piece of kit.

From the website:



First handheld nutcracker with a double lever action and a container to collect the shells.

• Minimal exertion or damage to nut — can be taken apart to clean

• Zinc with gold colored plating on handle

• Container to hold shell bits

• Lifetime warranty on lever

• Cracks all hard shell nuts


Me, I'm waiting for the iPhone XII, rumored to have a stereotactic x-ray laser that first visualizes the edible portion of the nut and then vaporizes everything else.

But I digress.


You can own the Drosselmeyer nutcracker for $49.99 (nuts included only for buyers residing in greater Atlanta).

The more I look at it, the more it seems like something you'd find on the tool belt of a Navy SEAL.

November 16, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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