December 11, 2017

"Elizabeth Gerhard With Hat" — August Macke


Oil on canvas, 1909.

Below, a 1908 photo of the couple.


Macke married Gerhard in 1910.

More on the artist here.

The painting is in the collection of the Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte in Munster, Germany.

December 11, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Never buy another bad running shoe"


That's the promise of RunRepeat, where "134,867 runners have reviewed, ranked, and compared over 1,000 running shoes."

From the website:


RunRepeat is run by geeks.

One of us ran around the world, another ran a marathon in 2:30, and a third was a 1500m Olympic games participant.

For each shoe, we spend 15-30 hours to research technologies, upgrades, read user and expert reviews, and run in the shoes ourselves.

To stay unbiased, we never include our personal opinion.

To make things simple, each running shoe gets a score from 0-100 called the RunScore.

The higher the score, the better the reviews.

December 11, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Black Truffle Potato Chips


It took about one yoctosecond for me to order these after they appeared on my screen.

Who ever heard of such a thing?

From Deep River, which makes my all-time fave chipAged Cheddar Horseradish.

24 1.5-ounce bags of the Black Truffle iteration cost $33.87.

December 11, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

December 10, 2017

Dice become ordered when stirred, not shaken


Welcome to physics, Mr. Bond.

But I digress.

Photo caption: Sufficiently vigorous twisting of a cylinder containing 25,000 randomly-oriented dice (left) leads to a nearly perfectly ordered arrangement (right). The more conventional technique of tapping the system takes a long time and requires a carefully-controlled "annealing" procedure.

The research was published December 1, 2017 in Physical Review Letters.


December 10, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Advantages of a Residence Telephone

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1905 advertisement.

[via Atlas Obscura]

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Timeless Watch — "For the practical-minded as well as the vain and voyeuristic"


From websites:



A disk of crystal-clear mirror glass.

Use to check your look, your makeup, or angle your wrist to discreetly scan the room.

At first glance it displays all the formal and materi­al credentials of a classic high-end wristwatch.


Features and Details:

• Stylishly discreet accessory functions as a useful wing mirror for cyclists

• Precision-machined brass or stainless steel case

• Hand made vegetable tanned leather strap

• Designed by Mark Holmes.

• Face: 1.6"Ø




December 10, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

December 9, 2017

"The Keeper of Lost Causes"


This 2013 Danish film starring my new favorite actor, Fares Fares, was the top-grossing movie in Denmark that year.

It's based on a novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen, the first of four features taken from his Department Q series.

Fares and his co-star, Nikolaj Lie Kaas (also excellent) appear in all four.

I found this movie utterly absorbing and can't wait to see the next three.

The second in the series, "The Absent One," broke the box office record set by its predecessor; the third, "A Conspiracy of Faith," premiered in Denmark in March 2016 and in the U.S. in June of last year.

December 9, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

2017 Area Code Map


[via LincMad]

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Spaghetti Scrub


From the website:



Made from corn cobs (Coarse Scrubs) or peach pits (Gentle Scrubs), Spaghetti Scrubs bring a new standard for eco-friendly cleaning.


Features and Details:

• They dry quickly so they never become moldy or smelly• Unlike a regular sponge, lasts for months• Form and shape allows the scrub to expand to cover large surface areas or contract to squeeze into the smallest kitchen cracks


• Except for the greasiest tasks, no detergent is needed for general cleaning• Coarse scrub is perfect for removing stains from metal cookware or peeling vegetables• Gentle scrub safely removes stains from glass, wood, plastic, and any other surface prone to scratches• Designed by Hiroki Hayashi• Made in Japan



Box of two: $11.

December 9, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

December 8, 2017

30 days at sea: 10-minute time-lapse follows a cargo ship from the Red Sea to Hong Kong

From Aeon: "Assembled from 80,000 photographs taken over the course of a month, this video traces a cargo ship's path from the Red Sea to Hong Kong as it makes stops and captures scenes of storms, sunrises, and squid boats along the way. With constellations swirling over the horizon's line and oceans passing in a flash, the time-lapse is a powerful reminder of human smallness, both in the scope of our planet and in the cosmos."

Video by Jeffrey Tsang.

[via Kottke and Colossal]

December 8, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

1947 Original Area Code Map


This time tomorrow: 2017 area code map.

Full disclosure: it's a bit busier.

[via LincMad]

December 8, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: Made in Japan. 

December 8, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

December 7, 2017

Events by Country: Who Knew the U.S. was par-TAY Central?


From ChartsBin:


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"Paris' favorite cheese is Brie, but France's favorite cheese is Comté"


So opens a recent Tomato Kumato post.

Say what?

Tomato Kumato is the blog-website of Emily — not Emiglia — who writes, "I was born and raised in New York City. My father's family is from Italy (Sicilia and Napoli), and my mother's family is a mix of German (Prussian), Irish, and Portuguese.


It's great on several levels: wonderful photographs of things Parisian focusing on food; interesting writing with in-depth articles about a wide variety of places and things, laid out in a visually appealing manner; clear, straightforward recipes.



December 7, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Galilee Table — Ini Archibong


From The Economist: "Ini Archibong, an American designer, plays with the liquid look of blown glass. His Galilee and Orion tables consist of marble tops supported by glass legs like columns of water."


Apply within.

December 7, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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