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Experts' Expert: Gardening Knife

By Ben on Sun May 19 2013 |
Experts Expert Gardening Knife
Gear | Tools
Anne Marie Chaker's May 15 "Just One Thing" Wall Street Journal feature focused on Jonathan Wright — a professional gardener at the Chanticleer Public Garden in Wayne, Pennsylvania — and his indispensable Lesche Digging Tool (above).
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"Jonathan Wright is a self-identified "plant geek" with a soft spot for summer-flowering dahlias.
His Lesche Digging Tool, which he says he never gardens without… [is a] 12-inch knifelike tool [with] a serrated edge, which makes it useful for cutting and dividing perennials or even twine. Mr. Wright says the Lesche knife is a good substitute for a trowel when tucking bulbs or small plants into the ground. The action is slightly different from a more labor-intensive digging motion: "I stab it into the ground and pull toward me," he says, creating a cavity in the soil that makes planting "three times as fast" — significant when there are, say, hundreds of bulbs on the to-do list.
The knife's tip makes a handy wedge for lifting weeds or even pavers, which sometimes require resetting or weeding between. In the vegetable garden, the flat edge of the knife makes it easy to draw a straight line in the soil for seeding.
The steel tool's maker is W.W. Manufacturing Co. Inc., a Bridgeton, N.J., supplier of rakes, spades and other gardening and landscaping equipment. A plate just below the handle "guards your hand from sliding down" onto the blade, says Ingrid Hawk, co-owner of the company, which was founded by her father, Walter Lesche, in the mid-1950s and known as Walt's Welding.
Mr. Wright says he was given the tool when he started gardening at Chanticleer as a student fellow in 2001. "One of the gardeners said, 'Here, take this, it will be your new best friend,' " he recalls. Today, he is in charge of designing and planting terraces surrounding the mansion on the 47-acre property. "It did replace any other trowel or weeding tool I had," he says.
Another benefit: The red handle makes it easy to find if he leaves it in the garden. But even if that doesn't work, "I've bought a backup," he says.
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$36.95.
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Notebook with a hidden pencil

By Monica on Sat May 18 2013 |
Notebook with a hidden pencil
Gear | Tools
The clever notebooks have a real pencil nestled conveniently in its trompe l'oeil designed cover. Remove the pencil for use, and press it back in place for easy storage. 144 pages. $15.
  

Nerdy Cafe Latte Art

By Monica on Fri May 17 2013 |
Nerdy Cafe Latte Art
Gear | Pic
Japanese coffee artist Nowtoo Sugi uses colored bartender syrups to, as the hobby artist says, "paint" on coffee to create the amazing coffee art.
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Baby booties made from breast milk

By Monica on Fri May 17 2013 |
Baby booties made from breast milk
Gear | Baby
The inch-long booties were created by Nick Gant and Tanya Dean, both lecturers at the University of Brighton in East Sussex. The designer duo used proteins extracted from a woman’s donated breast milk to create tiny, hardened baby shoes.
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GIF: Giraffes are naturally born divers

By Monica on Fri May 17 2013 |
GIF Giraffes are naturally born divers
Gear | Pic
Giraffes are naturally born divers.
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Key Board Home Sweet Home

By Monica on Fri May 17 2013 |
Key Board Home Sweet Home
Gear | Gadget
An original key holder for couples, which is made ​​of beech wood. EUR 17.50
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Bra dryer

By Monica on Fri May 17 2013 |
Bra dryer
Style | Design
Thanks to the bra dryer, drying your bras without getting bras damaged is never difficult. With Ricasol Bra Dryer, your bra will stay beautiful and damage free. It takes only 20-30 minutes to dry the bras. Ricasol uses an infrared light that gently warms up your bra and evaporates the moisture in the bra padding and fabric.
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Hilarious baby makeup

By Monica on Thu May 16 2013 |
Hilarious baby makeup
Gear | Baby
Finder's Creepers of Facebook shares this hilarious baby makeup.
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Modern Renaissance

By Monica on Thu May 16 2013 |
Modern Renaissance
Gear | Pic
The images, entitled Modern Renaissance, exhibit the work of skilled photo manipulators with a sense of humor, using the images of celebrities.
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New Nexus 7 Tablet Leaked In Official Google Video

By Ben on Thu May 16 2013 |
New Nexus 7 Tablet Leaked In Official Google
Gear | Tech


The new Nexus 7 tablet was spotted by Cesi D’Alessio, and it appears at around the 21 second mark in the video, it has a flashing LED lighting up at the 21 seconds mark, the existing Nexus 7 tablet does not have. The new Google Nexus 7 is rumored to come with a 7 inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, plus one of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon processor...
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Zippo Wallet

By Ben on Thu May 16 2013 |
Zippo Wallet
Gear | Men
The Zippo's new product, Men Wallet($50)!
The wallet is just under half an-inch thick, and features a high quality stainless steel outer shell that protects against RF theft, a flexible polymer body, six credit card holder slots, an ID window, and a money pocket.
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