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May 16, 2021

Goldfish Walker



What took so darned long?

No matter, better late than never.

From Metro.co.uk: "Mick Madden, a metal worker from Huddersfield, has invented a goldfish walker so he can take his pets Malcolm and Ethel out for a stroll. Mick, 52, fits the goldfish bowl on his specially-designed trolley and takes his pets for walkies in the park or for a trip to the pub."

"'I was looking at my goldfish going round in circles in their bowl looking bored silly so I made this to take them out and about and they love it,' he said."

Well done.

May 16, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Trassel: Infinitely scrolling interactive painting

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Free, the way we like it.

Fair warning: there goes the day.

May 16, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Experts' Expert: How to prepare fresh sea urchin


And to think that not all that long ago fishermen in Maine considered sea urchins trash.

Times change.

A post on ComingAnarchy told how to prepare them; details below.

Uni Muki — How to prepare sea urchin

During a recent trip to Rebun Island, the northernmost island in Japan after Hokkaido, I had a chance to break open and prepare a sea urchin at a local fishery. The pictures of the experience are posted here for readers to enjoy below.

Sea urchins are a delicacy in Japan. Here is a tub of the spiny creatures waiting to be shipped across the country or otherwise served up for food.


The only edible part of the creature are its orange gonads. Access requires completely destroying the creature, breaking through its spines and hard crusty shell. To split the creature open, three tools are required — a chisel with a lever, a dull scalpel, and tweezers.


First, the chisel is stabbed into the top of the urchin about half an inch.


Then, the lever is pulled and the flat part of the chisel pushes the shell open, splitting the sea urchin in half.


With bare hands the sea urchin is then pulled apart. I asked a native supervising my experience if I would be hurt by grabbing the spines of this sea urchin. The lady replied, "the only one who is going to be hurt here is that sea urchin."


The dull scalpel is then used to scrape the inside of the sea urchin into a tray, trying to avoid the brown innards and aim for only the orange gonads.


Tweezers are then used to remove remaining bits of the brown innards. The gonads are then washed in salt water and served as is.


Pictured at the top is one popular tourist food — sea urchin served over rice, with wasabi on top.

[via my LA correspondent]

May 16, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Sending an Apple AirTag by mail to myself in the Netherlands. How well does the AirTag work outside?

YouTube caption: "Capture its location every 2 minutes using the automator on the iMac. I am trying to figure out the route of a letter by regular mail."

Back story here.

May 16, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

MTG Style BX Kids Posture Corrector — Children and teenager posture-shaping brace


From the website:

Ask any Japanese over 60 — and there are tens of millions of them — and they will quite likely tell you that one of the major problems with "kids these days" is that they "misbehave."

By which, they often mean that kids don't stand up straight.

And while for the elderly, this is more of a problem of appearances and propriety, the truth is that correct posture is an issue for children and teenagers, since it can affect the development of their body.

In other words, the MTG Style BX Kids Posture Corrector is a genuinely good idea!


Simple to put on and with wide straps that make it very comfortable to wear, the MTG Style BX Kids Posture Corrector is a brace that helps keep your child's body straight without impeding movement of any kind.

As a matter of fact, it's discreet enough to not show under your child's clothing, so they can have it on all the time.

In two sizes covering heights from 3'9" to 4'9", it helps keep growing pains away and contributes to correct posture and better health!


Features and Details:

• Strap width: 1.1"

• For children and teenagers

• Instructions: Japanese

• Materials: nylon 54%, polyester 42%, polyurethane 4%, synthetic leather



May 16, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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