Category Archives: cool stuff

So Long Nokie! Thanks for the Tunes!

You might not have heard of Nokie Edwards, but you have certainly hard his guitar. He was the lead guitarist for the Ventures.  Here are the Ventures playing in 1960

Here is Nokie Edwards performing on his own. The dude could play!

And I am sure that you have heard this one


When Michio Kaku Talks, I Listen!

Michio Kaku is that rare scientist who can explain complex scientific ideas in simple terms.And he projects thinking forward. It is always cool to check out what he has to say. Here he is giving an interview to National Geographic. I like the part about sending my brain via a laser to another galaxy.  Enjoy!

Rediscovering Julia Child and Making My Own Croissants

I am confident that quite a few foodies will chuckle.  They never forgot dear Julia. Mea culpa,I did. But over the weekend, I rediscovered a few of her older videos.They are very cool!I especially enjoyed how she showed techniques. This one on how to make croissants is a good example. And  happen to love these little devils!

If you have a few moments, enjoy!


Chasing the Cheese Makers of Crete

A wonderful  travel article from Saveur starts off this way

Stelios Trilirakis is cooking goat on one of the four woodburning stoves outside his restaurant. An hour’s drive on winding mountain roads from the western port city of Chania, the restaurant, Dounias, isn’t easy to find. Nestled in one of the many bends in the road, it sneaks up on you. You know you’re there when you see the smoke coming from the small outdoor ovens, fed by long sticks gathered from his trees that now protrude from the flames like gnarled tongues. Atop the fires are clay pots filled with frying potatoes and long-roasted goat. Trilirakis uses no electricity and cooks with the meat and milk of animals he raises and the vegetables he grows. In addition to sheep and goats, Trilirakis has one of the few cattle farms on the island. His cows are known as gidomouskara, literally “goat beef,” for the goatlike feet that are a necessity on this cliffside terrain.

But the article isn’t really about Trilirakas. It is about the increasingly rare cheese makers of Crete A great read over coffee!



A Peek at the Web of the Future

In my presentation on Friday here in Tartu via a “Legal hackers” event, I tried to lay out a few things that we know about the web.Here they are

  • the web is MORE essential as a work tool than as an entertainment system
  • It is especially important in accelerating the process of innovation
  • in its current form, we lack dynamic innovation geared towards web services upgrade
  • we can re-architect the web that will give us the dynamism that we need

That is why I am interested in blockchain and crypto. And I was pleased to see Fred Wilson lay this out in a nice slide deck.

If you are interested in how the web will look in five years, check out the link.

Errr … and enjoy your sunday!


Where did Baudelaire Buy Shirts? And More!

Paris is loaded with fascinating public spaces that have historical interest. Few cities have more, and fewer still embrace their traditions the way Parisians do.

One of those historic establishments is the shirt maker Charvet.

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Wikipedia has this to say

The world’s first ever shirt shop, Charvet was founded in 1838. Since the 19th century, it has supplied bespoke shirts and haberdashery to kings, princes and heads of state. It has acquired an international reputation for the high quality of its products, the level of its service and the wide range of its designs and colors. Thanks to the renown of its ties, charvet has become a generic name for a certain type of silk fabric used for ties.

BTW, the founder’s father had been curator of the wardrobe of Napoleon. That gave Christofle Charvet a great head start. But there was something else going on

Christofle Charvet created the first shirtmaker store in Paris, for which the new term chemisier (shirtmaker) was coined. Previously, shirts were generally made by linen keepers with fabric provided by the customer,but in this store of a new kind, clients were measured, fabric selected and shirts made on site.[The development of this specialty trade was favored by a change in men’s fashion, with more importance given to the waistcoat and the shirt collar, which called for more propositions for the shirt front and a technical change. Previously, shirts were cut by linen keepers entirely of rectangles and squares. There were no shaping seams and no need for shirt patterns. The new interest for a closer fitting shirt led to curving the armhole and neckline or adding a shoulder yoke, by application to the shirt of tailoring techniques. The new kind of shirt was called chemise à pièce (yoked shirt).  Alan Flusser credits Christofle Charvet with the original design of a collar that could be turned down or folded, much in the manner of contemporary collars, and the concept of the detachable collar.

In those days, the most elegant men belonged to the “Jockey Club”. Charvet advertised himself as shirt maker to the club. Who could resist that?

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And if stories like the above interest you, check out this list of other Parisian destination locations! Most important, enjoy!


Fishing for Plastic Whales?

What a cool idea!

Plastic Whale takes thousands of people plastic fishing in Amsterdam’s canals every year, removing tons of plastic trash, according to their video. They’ve created fishing boats out of plastic collected and then decided to make something new with the garbage: office furniture. They enlisted the help of design firm LAMA Concept to design the pieces, and furniture manufacturer Vepa to produce and sell them

Even cooler – when the furniture wears out, return it. Plastic whale will make new furniture from it.

Here is a peek

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