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October 20, 2020

Belly slapping with a seal

via Flautist who wrote, "This bit of silly makes me laff way more than I prolly should. If I could slap my belly with a seal I just know everything would be fine."

I second that emotion.

October 20, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Broken link on bookofjoe


Above, an email I got the other day.

I get about two of these per week.

Let's break it down.

The link alluded to appeared on August 20, 2009, over eleven years ago.

Half my readers weren't even alive then.

But I digress.

You could look it up (the link, not the age of my readers).

Why would anyone in their right mind waste time asking for an update on something that last appeared in 2009 and probably won't ever be clicked on again?

And I'd have to be even more crazy to take the time and effort to fulfill this request.

"It would really help" — help whom?

Certainly not me.

But wait, there's more.

Let's say I was feeling especially kind and generous and decided to accommodate this request.

Guess what?

If you click on the "broken link" referred to in the email, you find that there's nothing there regarding Universal Sports.

But even if there was, I can't see how fixing it could make any difference to Ms. Cook or her employer.

Speaking of which, how do companies like hers even stay in business if this is what they do all day?

I don't get it.

But wait: there's more.

Why would I even bother replying to this email as requested at the end rather than just dump it in my spam folder so that I never see stuff from them again?

I don't get that either.

October 20, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

TAB — R.I.P.

Coca-Cola just announced it's retiring TAB, the first diet soda to gain enough purchase to crack the sugary soda hegemony.

Up top, a 1978 Tab commercial from the golden days of commercials, when the jingles were memorable and you liked watching and hearing them.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Launched in 1963, Tab was Coca-Cola's first diet soda.

Company executives worried that it could hurt sales of traditional Coke, but they were trying to catch up to Royal Crown's Diet Rite Cola, which was becoming popular among calorie-conscious women, according to Mark Pendergrast's history, "For God, Country and Coca-Cola."

Tab was sweetened with saccharin, which gave the drink an astringent, metallic taste.

The flavor was polarizing.

Some hated it; others loved it.

The brand took off in the 1970s.

In television spots as men gaped at bikini-clad women, Tab's jingle proclaimed it the drink "for beautiful people."

By 1980, Tab had a commanding lead over all other diet sodas.

October 20, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Casio F-91W watch is like Zelig

First, in the excellent travel documentary "Long Way Up," where it's star Ewan McGregor's timepiece of choice for his epic 12,000 mile-long electric motorcycle adventure from Tierra del Fuego, Argentina to Los Angeles.

Then, later that same day, watching the strange but enjoyable movie "Logan Lucky,"

I noted that erstwhile Charlotte Motor Speedway cash vault robber Channing Tatum is sporting one as well.

I've previously featured this enduring timepiece, a paragon of industrial design which came out in 1989, and which I've seen worn by so many actors in so many films over the decades the number's gotta be in double figures.

According to Wikipedia, annual production is 3 million units per year some 31 years after its introduction.

That's how I define successful design.

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Nice price, too: $13.99.

October 20, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Hermès New York Meteorite Watch

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From Barron's:

Hermès has released a U.S. exclusive version of the Arceau L'heure de la lune, a watch made from a New York meteorite featuring a moon-phase composition.

Each watch in the 16-piece numbered limited edition will retail for $69,950.

The meteorite used is the only one that bears the name "New York," so named in 2008 by meteorite hunter Luc Labenne, who purchased it from a private collector whose family had owned it since 1965, according to Hermès.

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After the French luxury goods manufacturer acquired the meteorite, it used it to create this limited edition piece.

Cased in platinum, the Arceau L'heure de la lune features a unique moon-phase complication developed with Jean-François Mojon, head of Chronode.

The two time-and-date display subdials move in order to reveal the moon, with the simultaneous display of moon phases in both the northern and southern hemispheres.

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At 12 o'clock, the moon is adorned with a Pegasus designed by Dimitri Rybaltchenko, who has been responsible for many of Hermès' signature scarves.

At six o'clock, the view of the moon from the northern hemisphere provides a realistic depiction of its surface.

The watch measures 43mm in diameter, and 3.7mm in thickness.

It comes with a Havana Matte alligator strap and a platinum folding clasp.

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Apply within.

October 20, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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