August 23, 2017

Baby Octopus

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Wrote caretta156: "I found this little guy inside of a scallop in baja."

August 23, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

How to stay alive when driving while tired

I invented a trick that has come in handy at those times when I know I should pull over and nap or just stop for the day/night but stubbornly refuse, preferring to continue, stupidly determined to get where I'm going.

Many cars have memory settings for the driver's seat.

Mine has three.

I set up #1 and #2 such that both end up with the seat in a position suitable for driving yet require each of the three moving parts — bottom, back, and headrest — to take a position different from each other.

The change in head, neck, and body orientation, achieved by simply pressing one button, is sufficient to get my attention and force me to reorient myself.

I do it as often as necessary along with opening the windows, turning on the AC, and singing — you know the drill. 

Wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?




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August 23, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Star Wars Light-Up Chop Sabers


I have you now.

From the website:


These Star Wars Light-Up Chop Sabers illuminate at the touch of a push-button on their intricate hilts.

Features and Details:

• Easily dismantled so they can be washed safely

• Powered by 8 LR41 watch batteries (included)

• 12"L


Luke Skywalker (Blue) or Darth Vader (Red).


Per pair, $26 (sushi et al not included).

August 23, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 22, 2017

Bicycle shop owner Wilbur Wright's letter of May 30, 1899 to the Smithsonian requesting information about flight





August 22, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Droplet Microcosmos: Famous buildings in water droplets


For 15 years Serbian photographer Dusan Stojancevic 


has enabled viewers to consider world landmarks from a unique perspective:


reflected in water droplets.


From the top down: Brooklyn Bridge; Guggenheim Museum; Sagrada Familia, Barcelona; Grand Central Station.

[via Atlas Obscura]

August 22, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Indoor Snowballs


"Take it inside."




Mesh carrying bag.


10 for $10.

August 22, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 21, 2017

LEGO Archimedes Screw

Back story here.

[via RealityCarnival]

August 21, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Name-Letter Effect


From Wikipedia: 


Jozef Nuttin (1933–2014) was a Belgian psychologist who discovered the name-letter effect, the strong preference people have for letters in their own name.

The idea for the psychological experiment to assess if there is an effect came to him in around 1978, when he noticed he liked car license plates that contained letters of his name.

He was a scientist working for the Laboratorium for Experimental Psychology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, a lab he had founded in 1963.

In 1985 he published his name-letter research.

He and others have since found the effect independent of language.

After a few years of relative obscurity, this effect is now used in psychological tests as a measure of implicit self-esteem.

August 21, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Underwater Disco Light Show


Think outside the bathtub space: for example, how about using it shake out the cobwebs in the morning?

Plop it in your bathroom sink and Bob's your uncle.



Features and Details:

• Requires 3AAA batteries (not included)

• Red, Green, and Blue LED lights

• 4 different light patterns 

• Clear plastic case

• 3.3"Ø x 3"H 

Note: not suitable for photosensitive epileptics.




August 21, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 20, 2017

Experts' Experts: Why do avocados turn brown?


[via Compound Interest]

August 20, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Blood Ties"


How did I never hear of this superb 2013 thriller with a fantastic cast until last night?

August 20, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Balenciaga Men's Speed Knit Sneakers


So me.

If only they came in a particular shade of green....

From the website:



Designed with a sock-like fit, Balenciaga's dark red elastic knit Speed mid-top sneakers are styled with a black textured sole.

Features and Details:

• Black logo lettering at side

• 1.75" black midsole

• French terry insole

• Rib-knit topline

• Made in Italy

• Memory sole

• Rounded toe

• Dark Red

• Slips on




August 20, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 19, 2017

The Pitted and the Pendulum — Seth Fleishman

Seth Fleishman

August 19, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Olympus Mons (largest [known] volcano in the solar system) compared to France

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From amapaday and BrilliantMaps:


Olympus Mons is the tallest mountain and largest volcano on any planet in the solar system.

Its height from base to peak is 13.6 miles (72,000 feet), well over twice that of Mount Everest.

Olympus Mons is the youngest of the large volcanoes on Mars.

It was likely formed during the Hesperian Period, between 2 and 3.7 billion years ago, and has been known to astronomers since the late 19th century.

It is a shield volcano (similar to the volcanoes than make up the Hawaiian Islands).

It has very gently sloping profile with an average slope of only 5°.

Because of the size of Olympus Mons and its shallow slopes, an observer standing on the Martian surface would be unable to view the entire profile of the volcano, even from a great distance.

Similarly, an observer near the summit would be unaware of standing on a very high mountain, as the slope of the volcano would extend far beyond the horizon, a mere 1.8 miles away.


At this very moment the first person to set foot on Olympus Mons is going about her or his business here on our blue planet.

August 19, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

15 Minute Timer: Anti-Procrastination Tool?


It's so much harder to start something than keep doing it.

Say to yourself, "I'll give it 15 minutes and then quit."

More often than not — at least for me — once I've begun, continuing isn't nearly as difficult.

This timer was created by Polite for the School of Life, a London collective.

5.1"H x 2.2"Ø.

Made in the U.K.



Hey, wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?

August 19, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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