Cool Tools: Sony Pocket AM/FM Radio.
Hey, hipsters. Are you hip enough to carry an AM/FM portable? Didn’t think so.
... the excitement over Super Bowl *advertisements* ...
Peas from Austria. Why?
I just noticed on my package of frozen peas from Trader Joe’s, that they are grown in Austria. Why, I wonder? Did California drop off the map? The breadbasket Midwest get consumed in a tornado? Florida, sink? How can this be economical? Like their Dutch tomatoes and other products, I just don’t get where TJ’s transportation costs are hidden. And I won’t even start on the carbon footprint.
ArtDaily: Rare 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet heads for Bonhams Stuttgart sale.
GadgetFlow: KeyMouse™ Re-invents the Keyboard and Mouse.
This is the kind of gizmo I’m usually a sucker for. Not at this price, though.
ArtDaily: The gloves from Ali-Liston II in 1965, ready for auction.
The Coolist: Leatherman Tread Wearable Multitool Watch Bracelet.
Nice, but you know the TSA will ban it eventually.
Cascadia Vehicle Roof Top Tents.
Mazda Miata, “Classic”.
It’s now 25 years since the original Miata. In many states, a car has to be a minimum of 25 years old to be considered a ‘classic’ car.
I’m feelin’ old.
Mondo: The Iron Giant Deluxe Figure Pre-Sale Info!
Just the thing for an office. (if you loved the movie)
NY Times: In Texas, Hunkering Down for the Oil Bust.
You know, there was a huge uptick in “tourin’ Texans” in Santa Fe over the holidays. Last ‘whoop-it-up’ before the crunch? Might explain it. More international tourists at present.
BikeEXIF: How To Build A Cafe Racer.
Supercharged: Retro Italian Racing Posters.
The Luminous Landscape: Gimbal/Monopod use with long lenses.
Of interest. You know I was unimpressed with the sharpness of the Tamron 150-600. Sigma has a new lens at the exact same mm’s, and I look forward to a rental.
BarnFinds: Six Wheeled Party Bus - 1969 Alvis FV620 Stalwart.
OY! I had that Matchbox toy! Buy this, and be your own Space Family Robinson (Resembles ‘The Chariot’ from Lost In Space).
Mashable: What American high school students dressed like in 1969.
Notice, in particular, that virtually noone wore black. The profusion of polyester gave us patterns and colors and shapes. Hippies were not ‘organic cotton.’
ITintheD: What Taking My Daughter to a Comic Book Store Taught Me.
“‘All their ...’ ... and her voice dropped to a whisper ... ‘boobies are hanging out, Dad. These can’t be for kids, and comic books are for kids, and kids aren’t supposed to see that. That Wonder Woman looks like she’s in a video, and I don’t know who that is, but it’s not Harley Quinn. Harley Quinn wears clothes.’” Wisdom from unexpected sources.
NY Review of Books: They’re Watching You Read.
“These statistics are certain to perplex writers who have so often been told by their publishers that a book’s popularity will not be affected in the least by costly newspaper or magazine advertising, but only by the more unpredictable, much desired — and free — publicity generated by ‘word of mouth.’ Are we now to assume that readers are telling their friends to read books that they themselves have failed to finish?”
ArtDaily: 10K photos taken between 1840 and 1920 from Jerome Manin’s collection to be sold.
Mashable: GoPro stock plummets after Apple granted patent for mounted cameras.
Pulling the rug out from under, if Apple decides to compete. GoPro is pretty mature at this point; it’s a big leap from nothing to marketshare for Apple. GoPro has lots of competition, none have knocked it off yet. Color me skeptical.
OilPrice: Could The Oil Bust Last?
Doesn’t really tell us much we don’t already know, but: “We will learn more about the state of the U.S. oil and gas industry over the next few weeks as fourth quarter earnings are released. For the energy sector as a whole, profits are expected to fall by 19.1 percent. Some companies will be in worse shape than others, which could give us an indication of where production levels are heading, and with them, how long oil prices will stay low.”
KK/CoolTools: Stayhold. Prevents grocery bags from tipping in your trunk.
Brill. Backordered, so stuck on my wishlist for future reference.
Barn Finds: Rusty Gold - 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk.
These were gorgeous cars. There was one parked outside, under a tarp, just up the road from me for almost a decade. Someone bought it, flats and all. Body was in better shape than this one - look at the rust along the welds inside the door. Major body work needed. But definitely worth restoring.
WaPo: BPA alternative disrupts normal brain-cell growth, is tied to hyperactivity, study says.
“A lot of the alternative chemicals have not been adequately tested because they don’t have to be.” Perhaps many have traded their BPA for something worse. I went with uncoated stainless steel.
France 24 [Article from 2011]: Govt targets Marseille’s AK47-wielding gangsters.
I was wondering how easy it was to obtain AK-47s in France. Very easy, apparently.
Then there’s America.