July 22, 2014

The unfinished films of Stanley Kubrick

From Devour: "One of the all-time great directors with a career spanning 45 years, Stanley Kubrick made only a dozen films. A perfectionist with diverse interests that went far outside filmmaking, he was unable to complete his magnum opus: a film about Napoleon."

July 22, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The unfinished films of Stanley Kubrick

From Devour: "One of the all-time great directors with a career spanning 45 years, Stanley Kubrick made only a dozen films. A perfectionist with diverse interests that went far outside filmmaking, he was unable to complete his magnum opus: a film about Napoleon."

July 22, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

DIY Calculator

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Lets you start with a blank sheet.

5.75" x 8" x 0.25".

Solar powered.

$11.99.

July 22, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Experts' Experts: Is eating eggshells good for you?

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C. Claiborne Ray's June 30, 2014 New York Times Q&A feature addressed the subject as follows.

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Q. I often include about half of one eggshell in the cup with my soft-boiled breakfast egg. Is eating it good for my health or bad?

A. Crunching coarse bits of eggshell will probably not make much difference in meeting your nutritional needs, but scientific studies have reported that powdered eggshells can be a useful source of dietary calcium.

2003 review article in The International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Research said that human and animal studies had found that a preparation of ground eggshells was a natural source of calcium and other elements, like strontium and fluorine.

"The bioavailability of calcium from this source, as tested in piglets, was similar or better than that of food-grade purified calcium carbonate," the authors wrote.

In postmenopausal women and women with senile osteoporosis, the authors said, the powder reduced pain and bone loss and either increased mobility and bone density or halted its loss.

An Argentine study published last year in The International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition found that the shell of a single chicken egg contained about two grams of calcium, roughly twice the average daily adult requirement. The researchers also found that eggshell powder prepared at home could be added to other foods, like bread, pizza or spaghetti, with no change in flavor and only minor changes in texture.

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[Times graphic up top by Victoria Roberts]

July 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Neon Letters

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From the website:

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The Seletti Neon Letter Light will brighten up any room with a gorgeous glow.

Boasting a tubular glass design in typewriter font, the light can also be connected to other letters and symbols, allowing you to spell out your own words and phrases.

6.7" high.

Please Note: The letters do not come with a power supply. You will need to purchase a transformer separately in order to power the lights.

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£24.99.

July 22, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Writing of Stones (51)

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July 22, 2014 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

July 21, 2014

What tree rings sound like played on a turntable

Somewhere John Cage and Harry Partch are smiling.

[via Weird Universe]

July 21, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Bacon Scarf

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What took so long?

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53" long; acrylic.

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$15.99.

July 21, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

dump.fm

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"This is dump.fm, the first ever real-time image sharing website."

Free, the way we like it.

July 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Vintage Sterling Silver Thimble

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$48.

July 21, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Writing of Stones (50)

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July 21, 2014 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

July 20, 2014

Driverless Cars of Yesteryear

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From WeirdUniverse: "Why can't Google do a fun ad like this for their robot cars?"

July 20, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

Juggle Bubbles

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From the website:

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Juggle Bubbles give kids hours of unstoppable, unpoppable fun.

Unlike ordinary blow bubbles, these won't pop when they touch your hands.

Just blow a bubble, toss it in the air, and catch with the special magic gloves.

Perform all kinds of cool bubble tricks and games: bounce them, spin them, balance them, pass them back and forth!

You get 4 oz. non-toxic bubble solution, tray, blower and one pair of gloves.  

For kids 5 and up.

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"5 and up?"

Why, that's nearly all my readers: I'm stoked!

$9.98.

July 20, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

What happens when you put an alligator on a treadmill

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When you come across a paper on "alligator kinematics," it's time to pay attention. Somewhere, at some time, a scientist wanted to find out deep secrets of evolution and decided the best way to do it was putting an alligator on a treadmill.

Crocodilians have two ways of getting around on land. There's a sprawling crawl that drags their belly along the ground, and there's the "high walk." The high walk lifts most of their body up off of the ground, and allows them to move fairly fast. Many species, like lizards and salamanders, are crawlers. Others, like dinosaurs and birds, walk upright and erect. Scientists posited that alligators and crocodiles represented a midpoint between these two modes of transportation. To find out about the transition from crawl to walk, they investigated the matter, resulting in the delightful paper, "Locomotion in Alligator Mississippiensis."

The paper has everything. Alligator pelvic diagrams. A series of photos of an alligator on a treadmill. Detailed discussion on how the timing and angle of alligator walks differ from those of lizards and birds. And, in the end, complete futility. Well, I shouldn't say that. Anything that gives us more complete knowledge about the world isn't completely futile, but as it turns out, the gators aren't the missing link in crawling versus walking upright.

"Essentially one could say that the crocodilian sprawl is a lower version of the 'high walk' or a low walk. Crocodilians . . . do not switch from a primitive sprawling posture to an intermediate semi-erect posture as posed in the Introduction. Furthermore, because it is only used to move short distances or in transitions to and from a high walk the sprawl should perhaps not be used for comparisons made to understand the evolution of vertebrate postures."

July 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Binocular Visor

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Stylish, what?

From the website:

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2-in-1 Binocular Visor shields your eyes from the sun's rays and delivers instant outdoor distance viewing.

Why strap a pair of heavy binoculars around your neck?

Ingenious sun visor features binocular lenses built into the brim.

No need to remove the visor to view; just pull down over your eyes for immediate 2.5X magnification!

Perfect for sporting events, bird-watching, all kinds of outdoor activities.

Has adjustable head strap for a comfy fit; one size fits most.

7-3/4" wide brim.

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$12.98.

July 20, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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