In goes bread, out comes toast – magic!

This toaster_clip.jpg is recent, but not totally new news. It does not appear these are actually in production and available anywhere, but whenever these awesome ceramic toasters go up for sale, I want to buy one. Hopefully they can be made at an affordable price point.

designer’s own words:
There has been little development of the toaster since the start of the century, whilst other appliances have developed and improved incorporating new technologies and thinking, toaster have remained relatively untouched. When the toaster was first invented eating toast was a social activity that took place on the breakfast table, these days toasters have been relegated to cheap plastic objects hidden away in the kitchen landscape. This toaster is designed to engage the user, re-invigorating the social context of toasting by questioning everything about what we toast with today. I was also keen to make playful object to be proud of having on your breakfast table. Slip moulded bone china allowed me create this intricate and sculptural form, but also provided the material longevity that I required. This is a toaster that brings life and joy to a stagnant domestic appliance, and iconic object for the home.

[tags]Ceramic toaster, Toaster magic[/tags]

High class service? Goes down hard

When the headline says High-class hooker service goes down hard, you just have to see what the story is. And when the article ends with

“They didn’t provide us with any hands-on training or even an instruction manual, so at least in the beginning, the blow jobs we dispensed really sucked — in the negative sense of the term,” she complained.

you just have to laugh at the whole story. The real story is a high-cost prostitution service drew too much police attention, got less selective about the call-girls hired, didn’t provide training, and eventually got shut down because of lack of quality service and police pressure. But it’s way funnier to just read the headline, read the last paragraph, and fill in the rest yourself.

[tags]High-class hooker service goes down hard[/tags]

A possible restoration of rights and protections for Americans?

Finally we see a few members of Congress are growing the spines we need them to have to take back our rights and freedoms that have been slowly stripped away by President Bush, his lackies, and the until-recently roll-over-and-give-him-everything Congress. We have Senators questioning and harshly criticizing FBI Director Robert Mueller for the abuses of the PATRIOT act that have recently come to light. Members of the House Judiciary Committee look to be working to curtail the FBI’s record-gathering powers if these abuses aren’t fixed. Congress-critters, aware that since Karl Rove can’t even tell the truth under oath (premium content – I can post some of the information if requested, but it should be viewable via temporary pass), he and others in the Bush enclave shouldn’t be trusted to give believable statements in non-transcribed, non-recorded, non-mass media provided, not under oath questioning.

That means that subpoenas are authorized for certain White House advistors to require testifying under oath on the recent firing of several US attorneys general last year. It appears that the Congress-critters aren’t willing to accept Tony Snow’s “Executive Privilege is bad for Clinton and good for Bush” flip-flopping now. So maybe, just maybe, we’ll start to see our rights actually protected by our government rather than secretly stripped away via classified executive orders and Presidential signing statements which lack any legal force. Only time will tell.

Of course, I don’t expect this will lead to impeaching the man who is so committed to violating our rights, but I can always hope for that positive outcome.

[tags]Some in Congress may be growing enough spine to protect America from Presidential abuse[/tags]