August 11, 2011
Who are they?
Answer here this time tomorrow.
Bonus points if you can name the venue.
Undo iPhone Case
"Designed by Ed Nacional of Brooklyn, New York on July 5, 2011."
From the website:
The case itself is both slim and durable, constructed of high-density plastic.
The one-piece form easily snaps onto either the Verizon or AT&T iPhone 4 and allows for direct access to all features.
The image wraps around the sides of the case and is embedded deep into the case's surface to prevent fading, peeling and chipping.
The image below
of a blank case shows the shape of the case.
As noted above, on the actual case the artist's design wraps around the sides.
BehindTheMedspeak: Is it mental — or physical?
An excellent article by Melinda Beck in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal focused on a little-appreciated aspect of mental illness: many people who are considered mentally ill actually are not but, rather, have medical ailments which result in a presentation of mental illness.
A profound and disturbing problem.
Excerpts from the story:
More than 100 medical disorders can masquerade as psychological conditions, according to Harvard psychiatrist Barbara Schildkrout, who cited these examples among others in "Unmasking Psychological Symptoms," a book aimed at helping therapists broaden their diagnostic skills.
Studies have suggested that medical conditions may cause mental-health issues in as many as 25% of psychiatric patients and contribute to them in more than 75%.
Untangling cause and effect can challenge even seasoned clinicians, and the potential for missed diagnoses is growing these days, said Dr. Schildkrout, who has more than 25 years of clinical practice in the Boston area. Most mental-health counselors rely on primary-care doctors to spot medical issues, but those physicians are increasingly time-pressed and may not know their patients well. Neither do the psychiatrists who mainly write prescriptions and see patients only briefly, she said in an interview.
Some underlying conditions are readily treatable. Others, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and some brain tumors, are not. But a correct diagnosis can save months or years of frustration and ineffective treatment.
In some cases, a psychological problem is just the first sign of a serious medical issue. "Depression predicts heart disease and heart disease predicts depression," said Gary Kennedy, director of the geriatric psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y.
About one-third of people who have their first episode of depression after age 55 have changes in brain circuits that are associated with hypertension, diabetes and heart attacks. Such patients are usually apathetic, have difficulty with executive planning and don't respond well to antidepressants. Making sure their blood pressure and blood-sugar levels are on target is crucial, though medical and psychotherapy may be needed as well, Dr. Kennedy said.
Recognizing an underlying medical condition can be particularly difficult when there is also a psychological explanation for a patient's dark moods. For example, victims of domestic violence are often anxious, depressed and withdrawn—but mild brain injury could be causing such symptoms, too.
Finally clarifying a diagnosis can be a relief to clinicians and patients—particularly when therapy hasn't been working or patients have spent years blaming themselves. "When you find the right diagnosis, not only is there appropriate treatment, but it can make a dramatic improvement in terms of healing their self esteem," Dr. Schildkrout said.
Stuffed Burger Mold — "Think inside the bun"
From the website:
1. Just press ground beef inside, then load on the cheese, bacon, veggies, or whatever suits your fancy.
2. Cover with more meat, then close the lid to seal.
3. Release the perfectly packed and stuffed burger patty onto your grill or pan.
9¼"L x 4¾"W x 2½"H.
Experts' Expert: Why is a 3-legged stool more likely to be steady than one with 4?
Long story short: "The 'mathematical' answer to your question is: A 3-legged stool 'solves' a system of three equations in three variables, while a four-legged stool changes its mind about which three of four equations to solve for the same three variables."
Hey — I'm just the messenger, read the long story if you want the step-by-step version.
[via Noll Steinweg]
Where's the picnic?
From the website:
Yard sign in an instant
Our exclusive, patent-pending Roadside Chalkboard™ is a two-sided multi-purpose powder-coated steel sign that is reusable and will last for years.
Its uses are nearly unlimited — advertise a yard sale, announce a party or other event, use it as a 'for sale' sign, etc.
It can even be utilized as a warning sign, such as 'Beware of the Dog' or 'No Trespassing.'
Simply write your message with ordinary chalk — or use colored chalk to add a festive touch.
Wipe it clean with an eraser, damp sponge or cloth, and it's ready to use again.
Chalkboard is 20-gauge steel, so magnetic letters can also be used.
Measuring about 12"H x 16"W, it mounts securely on the included two-piece pole that's made of solid 3/8" steel rod and has a three-prong step-on base for easy placement in the ground.
The powder-coated sign with baked-on finish stands about 40" high with both pole pieces installed.
For a shorter sign, use just one pole piece and it will stand 23" high.
Assembles and breaks down easily for storage.
"To Philosophize Is to Learn How to Die" — Simon Critchley
There goes your life.
The English philosopher "argues that philosophy commences in disappointment, either religious or political. These two axes may be said largely to inform his published work: religious disappointment raises the question of meaning and has to, as he sees it, deal with the question of nihilism; political disappointment provokes the question of justice and raises the need for a coherent ethics."
Critchley is the head philosopher of the International Necronautical Society, whose website "... says its central tenet is 'inauthenticity' and its purpose... devotion to the study of death, a 'space which we intend to map, colonize and eventually inhabit," wrote Dinitia Smith in her January 29, 2009 review of Critchley's new book, "The Book of Dead Philosophers."
Bacon & Egg Earrings
They're what's for breakfast.
Handmade from crafted glass and mounted on surgical steel wire.
Egg: 1.75" L x 0.75"Ø; Bacon: 2.5"L x 0.5"W.
Two strips of bacon, two eggs or one of each: $35.