July 11, 2010
Thomas Pynchon speaks
[via Beautiful Life]
BehindTheMedspeak: Sleep deprivation as an antidepressant
Sounds kind of counterintuitive, in that insomnia features as a symptom in many depressed people.
Nevertheless, it's been known for decades that forced wakefulness beyond when sleep beckons has a powerful and — more important — rapidly acting antidepressant effect.
From a paper titled "Chronotherapeutics (light and wake therapy) in affective disorders" that appeared in the journal Psychological Medicine in 2005: "Wake therapy is the most rapid antidepressant available today: approximately 60% of patients, independent of diagnostic subtype, respond with marked improvement within hours."
Can your SSRI do that?
Didn't think so.
ExiTool — Seat Belt Cutter/Window Breaker/LED Flashlight
Designed by custom knifemaker Russ Kommer.
"Fits unobtrusively onto any standard seat belt with a simple folding clasp."
"Includes a seat belt cutter, tungsten carbide window breaker, and LED flashlight."
I like the industrial look of the device.
[via Bem Legaus!]
Life as a pie chart: When I find what I am looking for
My First Autobahn
Sticky street on a roll, toy car included.
Jabuticaba tree fruits on its trunk
Can your fruit tree do that?
Didn't think so.
Otherwise known as the Brazilian Grape Tree, this plant is native to South America, notably Paraguay, Argentina and (obviously from its name) mostly from Brazil. The fruit, a succulent looking purple color can be plucked and eaten straight from the tree.
It is also a popular ingredient in jellies and is juiced to make a refreshing summer drink. What is more, it can be fermented and made into wine and strong liquor. After three days off the tree, fermentation will begin so sometimes there is no choice.
If you want one of these in your garden then you have to be patient. The tree takes an age to grow, but once it reaches maturity it is worth it. However, it has proven to be very adaptable and although it prefers moist and slightly acid soils it will even grow well in an alkaline-type soil.
The flowers themselves [below]
appear on the tree at most twice a year. They look like some strange alien creature that has deposited itself on the trunk and branches. The habit of flowers doing this makes them cauliflorous. Instead of growing new shoots, these plants flower direct from the woody trunk or stem.
You might ask why it is this way. The simple answer is that it has evolved in this manner so that animals that cannot climb very high can reach it, eat it and then expel the seeds away from the parent tree to further propagate the species.
If the tree is well irrigated then it will flower and fruit all the year round. The fruit itself is about four centimeters in diameter and has up to four large seeds.
"The Cleaver Mirror will scare the hell out of others while allowing you to make sure you are looking your best."
I can see how that would be the case.
"Any time you want to give yourself a quick check, just pull it out and start gazing."
Lightweight shatterproof acrylic.
Comes with carrying bag.
7" x 2.3" x 0.2"
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say it's prolly NOT TSA-approved.
Pack one in your carry-on and you'll increase significantly the chance of missing your flight.
Worst case scenario: You and your bag will be hustled off through one of those unmarked doors down a grey corridor to a little mirrored room where you'll wonder why you ever bothered reading bookofjoe.