Seeing as how it's T minus four days to Casino Royale, we'll be bringing you excerpts all week from The Book of Bond, a snappy, hard-to-find instruction manual from 1965 that promises to make "every man his own 007." And our weekly contest (which we'll tell you more about tomorrow) will call for new Bond-movie ideas, so get brainstorming! But first:
1. The book's author is purportedly "Lt.-Col. William ('Bill') Tanner." Without Googling: which well-known literary genius actually wrote the book under... READ ON
I was in Georgia this weekend, so tragically, I missed the second annual meeting of the Corduroy Club, an organization so ridiculous and Dave Eggers-ish that I'm sure it actually does exist. (The profile in last year's New Yorker also confirmed my suspicions.) At last year's meeting, attended by over 100 people:
"Betsy Franjola, manager of fabrics at Karl Lagerfeld... spoke about the history of corduroy, the different types of corduroy, popular misconceptions and the process by which the fabric was... READ ON
Even more awesome gadgetry! These two lamps are both on American Inventor Spot's new list of great office supplies. The first lamp seems a little SkyMall for me, but I'll confess to a weakness for anything Herman Miller, and I think I'm in love with the second one.
Best iProduct: iLamp
Four-step million-dollar marketing plan for the 21st century: 1) Find an everyday product. 2) Add an iPod dock and speaker set. 3) Put the letter "i" in front of it. 4) Sit back and watch the dollars roll in.... READ ON
Since Mangesh is all about the wacky inventions today, I thought I'd put this one up too -- because I need a verdict: Is this incredibly cool, or is it Hypercolor in a science-y (and somewhat gross)... READ ON
After watching the video of the Helsinki Complaints Choir a few dozen times (and having the song stuck in my head all week), I couldn't help but gripe this weekÂ about all the other stuff that was bugging me, particularly the stuff that showed up on the blog:
Products for sale got increasingly ridiculousÂ and extravagant.
The airwaves were dominated by political ads, propaganda,Â and corrupt rulers.
I was surrounded by splifficated muggins.
MyÂ fellow TV-watchersÂ wouldn't hand over... READ ON
As you may recall, Will, Mangesh and I traveled to the Idea Festival a few weeks ago, and one of the speakers we had the privilege of hearing was Burt Rutan -- whoÂ believes you can fly, provided you do so in his crazy-genius space-travel vehicle.Â His Idea Festival speech isn't available on the web, but you can now watch a similar presentation he gave at the TED conference in February here. Highly recommended.
Also, allow me a quick sidenote/rant: I love me some TED,Â but check out the three... READ ON
Y'know, as fun as it is to give Alex Kuczynski a hard time, occasionally her shopping column in the Times provides some useful information.
"Real Texas cowboys started manufacturing something resembling the modern cowboy boot in the mid-19th century (after they tired of the Wellington boot, which had enjoyed a brief popularity after Wellington's defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo). But the cowboy boot's prime influence was most likely the Hessian boot, a boot that fit under the knee with a V cut... READ ON
Last month, Dallas County inmates started acting like two-year-olds -- well, exceptionally violent two-year-olds. TheyÂ set fire to, and vandalized, theÂ jail in a spectacularly colicky fit. So Sheriff Mike RackleyÂ decidedÂ to redecorateÂ inÂ the sameÂ bratty spirit. The inmates' quarters are nowÂ pink with blue teddy bear accents:
"Teddy bears are soothing," [he said].Â "So we made it like a daycare and that's kind of like what it is, a day care for adults who can't control their... READ ON
And no, we don't mean the TV show, that's Grey's --Â even if it is the first Google result for "Gray's Anatomy" (don't get us started on how depressed that makes us). Anyway, if you like Gray's,Â you'll love the NIH's online exhibit of more rarified, and rarer, gorgeous old anatomical atlases. We particularly like this ancient Persian illustration of a woman with a fetus/homunculus curled up inside her -- we're just not sure if it's... READ ON
At left is the Chloe Gladys bag, which was sold at Neiman Marcus and other retailers last year for $2,000.
At right is a similar bag, which is currently available at the Gainesville, Georgia Target for $6.74.
I'm just... READ ON
When asked if Abe had any hobbies, Mary Todd Lincoln said, “Cats.”