February 04, 2011
Björk and PJ Harvey — "Satisfaction"
Live at the Brit Awards at Alexandra Palace in London in February 1994.
What's so special about the rings?
Answer here this time tomorrow.
It was just one of those things
A couple of months ago I decided to stop reposting entire articles and stories and cartoons from elsewhere, in favor of quotes and excerpts.
I did this because I'm kind of a contrary person, and the more I saw others reposting more and more stuff, the less interested I became in being one of the crowd.
Besides which, I haven't received a cease-and-desist letter in the longest time which means, I guess, that no one really cares what I do or don't post.
I mean, the New York Times featured me and my treadmill (top) in a 2008 article and continued to put bookofjoe among its links on various subjects even as I repeatedly republished whole stories from that wonderful paper.
No doubt they'll drop those links now that I'm straightened up and flying right.
Anyway, I'm thinking few people noticed or care about this change, but if you did have a sense that something's been different here, well, that's one of the things, so you're spot-on.
The idea is to have more of the content be original, and importing less is the lazy man's way of upping his percentage.
Now where have I seen that picture before?
Good Morning/Good Night Poster
"Printed on 110 lb. 100% cotton paper in a dark/light orange gradient (top) and glow-in-the-dark ink (bottom)."
18.25"W x 26"H.
$45 (frame not included).
Top 5 Most Used Computer Passwords
According to an article in this week's Bloomberg BusinessWeek, "50% of computer users choose a common word or simple key combination for a password."
Tree Chunk Toothpick Dispenser
Dispenser for round toothpicks holds 80
and dispenses one at a time.
Solid maple, signed and numbered.
Designed by David Tsai.
The Stroop Effect
No, it's not the title of an unpublished Robert Ludlum novel but, rather, the name for John Ridley Stroop's 1930s discovery that naming the color of a word is faster and more accurate when the word and color match ("red" in red letters) than when they do not ("red" in blue letters).
Don't take my word for it: see for yourself.
Wrote Bruce Bower in a May 9, 1992 Science News article, "J. Ridley Stroop achieved instant scientific prominence when his doctoral dissertion appeared in the December 1935 Journal of Experimental Psychology. Yet Stroop published only four studies between 1932 and 1938, before he abandoned the psychology laboratory for a life devoted to teaching, preaching and writing about the Bible. Stroop's students and colleagues at David Lipscomb College, a small Christian college in Nashville where he served as head of the psychology department and a popular instructor of Bible classes, referred to him as both 'Doctor Stroop' and 'Brother Stroop.'"
He died in 1973 at the age of 76.
From the website:
Wrap-a-Nap (WAN) is the first-ever pillow+blindfold+sound supressor combo offering 360° of padded comfort, giving you the sweet relief of complete darkness, muffled noise and circumferential padded plushness.
Extended Velcro fasteners allow for wide variation in fit and pressure so that "WAN size fits all."
Worn around your forehead, it's a perfect reading pillow.
Wrapped around your neck, it offers all the support of a neck brace, only softer and less humiliating.