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March 30, 2018

Through Google Glass: Charlottesville 10-Miler race packet pickup and the drive home

YouTube caption: "This was shot last Friday, March 23, 2018, beginning in the parking lot of John Paul Jones Arena and culminating at the end of my driveway."

This June marks five years since I went to Google's office in New York City to pick up my Google Glass.

I thought at the time that it could be world changing but alas, it was not to be: bookofjoeTV remains pretty much a faint presence on the screen of reality, rather scrim-like.

No matter.

Mine still works perfectly and from time to time I like take it out for a spin, kind of like peeps with antique cars who on fine summer days trot them out for a leisurely drive in the country.

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Dustbuster: A thing of beauty

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Black & Decker improves its flagship Dustbuster every now and then.

It's a wonderful product: reasonably priced, tough, well-designed both for function and appearance.

It's perfectly balanced, such that you don't even need to grip it but rather can simply let it dangle from a couple fingers while it naturally assumes a position and angle of optimal function.

Above, the latest iteration of my favorite model.

It's got a 20V lithium battery, up from 16V in its previous incarnation: this translates into significantly longer battery life and stronger suction.

It makes an even louder noise than earlier models, which to me is a benefit, not a hazard, as Deckard might say: I equate loud whooshing noise with power and when it comes to vacuums and cars, I'm all about power.

But I digress.

It's the third in the series I've owned over the past 10-15 years.

All three come apart quickly and easily reassemble, which means I don't put off cleaning them, an otherwise tedious task.

In fact, I enjoy deconstructing the machines, so well-engineered and easy to handle are their parts.

I wish my Capresso coffee grinder broke down to its components like this so I could get it really clean, but alas its business section, where coffee grounds tend to accumulate over time around the motor housing, is off-limits to hoi polloi.

But I digressed yet again.

Below, my new Dustbuster's predecessor,

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now doing diligent duty in my living room.

FunFact: the two models above are identical in form; each part of each vacuum works with all the other parts of the other.

The only difference is the battery power and the devices' weight: the newest weighs 2 lbs. 11 oz., 2 oz. more than the earlier iteration.

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the first of the three in my series, at least ten years old, now in residence in my bedroom where it still performs perfectly, albeit relatively briefly compared to its successors, after years of removing dust bunnies et al from under the bed.

The latest model costs $54.96.

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