October 17, 2014

A note from the bridge


You may have noticed that posts here have decreased in frequency (down from six to four per day) and complexity/length/links.

This is because I am still not back to my usual self since the onset of an episode (#4 in a series since 1977) of major depression late last year.

After resuming boj in May of this year when I thought I was getting over it, it turned out that that wasn't the case.

I've debated pretty much daily for the past month whether to go on hiatus once again as I did during the first four months of this year or to keep the flag flying, however diminished.

I just don't have the energy to continue at present so I'm going to take a break.

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Half Pint Glass




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Cleaning a corner eagle ornament atop the Chrysler Building in New York City in 1932


[via Historical Times and I Live in a Retro World]

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Glow-in-the-Dark Nuclear Soap


Three bar assortment: 



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October 16, 2014

How to make mathematically precise pancakes


[via io9]

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Anti-Paparazzi Reflective Visor




[via The Green Head]

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Los Angeles, 1966


I couldn't resist posting this picture, taken the year I arrived in L.A. from Milwaukee to matriculate at U.C.L.A.

I don't think I'm in the picture.

[via I Live in a Retro World]

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Giant Sausage Pillow


Apply within.

[via The Green Head]

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October 15, 2014


Akira Kurosawa's 1950 classic.

Free, the way we like it.

[via Open Culture]

October 15, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Kernel Filtering Popcorn Bowl


From The Green Head : "Popcorn is such a tasty healthy snack if you go easy on the toppings and seasonings, but when you accidentally chomp down on a rogue unpopped kernel, it's painfully annoying — or much worse. A solution is this cool new bowl from ceramicist Catherine Smith in Portland, Oregon. This ingenious ceramic dome-shaped popcorn bowl has a colander-inspired bottom that filters out pesky popcorn kernels that didn't pop, so you can enjoy popcorn without fear of the unexpected in a darkened room on movie night.


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5 MB IBM Hard Disk (1956)


Seen being loaded onto a Pan Am plane, the state-of-the-art device weighed over 2,200 pounds.

[via History in Pictures]

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What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: I don't know if it's larger or smaller than a breadbox.

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October 14, 2014

Apollo 13 Survival Hack


A step-by-step guide to the ingenuity under pressure that saved three astronauts in 1970.

[via Sploid and Bruce Sterling]

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You-Bumi Waterproof Book Cover Bath Bag Book Reading Case — Jacket for Bathing, Pool


From the website:



Sure, there are lots of waterproof pouches and cases out there, meaning you can enjoy your smartphone or tablet in the rain, shower or even under the sea.

But what about a book?

The Japanese are a curious mix of analog and hi-tech, and this item springs right out of that hybrid sensibility.

If you want to enjoy your favorite tome but haven't made the shift to the digital revolution yet, the Japanese have got you covered for every eventuality, including reading in the bath. Yes, the You-Bumi (literally "bath literature") is a brilliant invention of the why-didn't-I-think-of-that kind and we love its simple ingenuity.

Great for using in a pool, jacuzzi or bath, the inflatable You-Bumi retains air inside along with the book so it will float as well as protect against careless splashes.

On top of the holder and fastener for the book itself, it also has special slots for fingers so you can turn the page and grip your book naturally. While Japanese novels are usually quite small, the You-Bumi's bag is even big enough to hold a range of differently sized books.

What more could a bibliophile want?!

Features and Details:

  • Color: blue
  • Do not submerge
  • Can hold a range of book sizes (max. around 196 x 140mm, 7.7 x 5.5")
  • Instructions: Japanese (but easy to use)
  • Made in Japan



$85 (book not included).

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The chemistry of tomatoes — should they be stored in the fridge?


[via Compound Interest]

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