Thursday, April 20

10E2589: Empty Bowls Somerville - this Saturday

Always a great evening - supporting Food for Free a food security initiative in Massachusetts - held at Mudflat in Somerville. You do get to keep the hand thrown bowl you use that night.  We have been for several years and quite a social evening too.   [Tickets here]   See you there!

Thursday, April 6

10E2588: Carhartt x ’47

The big souvenir shop by Fenway Park... you know - before you go in on the corner of Yawkey Way. I buy a team pack of baseball cards there every year. It was created by a pair of brothers, twins Henry & Arthur D'Angelo who started out selling felt pennants then moved into hats and more; Twins Enterprises. If you crawl eBay you'll know that name... Their family grew up working in the store and semi-recently relaunched as '47.  Clever collab right now with Carhartt and '47 on some iconic hat shapes to celebrate opening day for both Detroit and Boston. The trusty watch cap, and a 'Sox flavored duck 6-panel.

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Sunday, March 26

10E2586: RE.BIN recycling bin

100% recycled plastic bin to hold your grocery store shopping bag, to clean up your recycling game.

RE.BIN. $43 (that's $5 off) if you buy via Huckberry.  In the similar vein to those ceramic white egg carton holders - or permanent ceramic white 'paper' plates or coffee cup.

Like this - and not just cause made in VT.  A smart way to tidy up your act.  I know a certain pair of grandparents that walk from the kitchen to back room every few hours with an arm load of bottles or paper to recycle - this would be an option without an inbuilt.

  • Made from 100% recycled polypropylene
  • Fits a standard paper grocery bag as a recyclable liner
  • Fingerprint-proof matte finish
  • UV stabilized to protect color
  • Made in Vermont, USA

Friday, March 24

10E2585: Steele | Ice Crusher Kit

From the people that brought you one of the original coal/ice totes, Steele Canvas. They have revised their 1960's Ice Crusher Kit. $30. Made in MA.

"Fill with ice and whack for coarse or tiny chips.  Hang from brass eyelet to dry."

Wednesday, March 8

10E2584: That Shuttler Look

A smart lady told me recently to get out of the house more. Have started going to old man badminton in the evenings. A few good lookin gents out of Darjelling-Limited-central-casting wipe the floor with me without moving their feet. Doubles is the most fun. It is all about the sidelines, as much as the drop shots which you might assume.

...a badminton birdie (aka shuttlecock) is the fastest recorded object in sports. (In) 2013, Malaysia’s Tan Boon Hoeng set a new world record with a 493 km/h smash. - via
 Stripes def make you play better...

Monday, March 6

10E2583: Topo Designs K9 Control

Dog leash. Gap in the market time. Treat your furry friend with their own clip-n-go Topo Designs style.  $29. USA.

"Made from heavy-duty nylon webbing we use on many of our packs and bags, featuring a double-loop handle for adjustability, and finished with a paracord loop (for keys, treats or waste bags) and a durable, lightweight aluminum carabiner clip.
All of our Dog Leashes are handmade here in Colorado." - via Topo Designs

Wednesday, February 1

10E2582: HOTH

There MUST be other snowboard vids titled HOTH [great name - ed] but I don't remember them.  

Found via YoBeat - they had me at "high contrast".  #desktopvacation

The quotes and voice are Alan Watts the British philosopher.

Tuesday, January 24

10E2581: Brexit Barbours

Mainly due to the Brexit decision, the UK's pound Sterling/quid/sovs/sheets is weak against the dollar. Not 1:1 but was edging... Good time to revisit this post about using to snag a Barbour...


I interpret one of the planks of the "buy American" movement as meaning "buy goods from their original manufacturers". Boots and blankets should come from Minnesota, camping gear from Oregon (or California) and moccasins from Maine. Plus, coats come from North Dakota and pencils come from Pennsylvania... Right?

On that tack, a few months years back The Trad revealed a nice tip that should have been obvious but wasn't... when buying British goods, especially nicely aged stuff like say, a Barbour jacket, use British eBay. Bolt of lighting time...

"Ahem, a small word of advice that’ll save you a couple hundred bucks – - Go to Ebay UK for your Barbour. Dirt cheap and beat to hell for about $50. Throw in shipping for $30 and you have the real McCoy with distressed character." -Tintin (The Trad)

Excellent advice. Took a little watching but managed to snag [another -ed] "BARBOUR BEDALE Waxed jacket 38" for 16 pounds sterling - at the moment about $20. Insane.

In the UK a Barbour has some slightly loaded social connotations (i.e. you may be an upper class twit) but no doubt that is just my insecurity showing. Fine, fine piece of kit. The fit with the top pockets was discontinued in 1998 (?) - thus essential.


Related tip from Oma that I won't need this time, "distress a Barbour to avoid the ignominy of appearing to have a new one... elastic bands wound round the arms and leave it in the back of the car for the dogs to trample on."