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October 23, 2017

Chinese Terra Cotta Soldiers

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I've never before seen a photo of these remarkable figures en masse, much less what appears to be in situ.

Above, some of the 8,000 clay soldiers and other figures that were discovered beneath a Chinese persimmon orchard in 1974.

Some 2,200 years ago, they were built by the emperor Qin Shihuangdi in a massive public works project that lasted about 30 years.

A new exhibition at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia features 10 of these soldiers.

From the New York Times: "While some of these 10 warriors have been exhibited elsewhere, the institute is enhancing the experience with augmented reality technology to digitally recreate weapons and other objects that were originally held by the statues [below]."

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"The original artifacts crumbled and vanished as earthen walls and roof timbers collapsed during the warriors' long occupancy of three underground pits."

The show runs through March 4, 2018.

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"You Can Leave Your Hat On" — Randy Newman

His 1972 song, sung by him, is the best song about hats ever.

It's not even close.

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bookofjoe's Favorite Thing: Cordless Digital Alarm Clock

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What I like about this clock:

1) Cordless — great for travel

2) Directions printed on the bottom

3) Three brightness levels selectable

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4) Wonderful right angle parallelepiped shape

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5) Large, easy-to-read digits (1.4" or 1.8" high)

6) Matte black the way a bedroom clock should be

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7) Cordless (it's surprisingly hard to find a large-digit cordless alarm clock)

8) Clock can be set to automatically switch to Night Mode and dim from 8:00pm-6:00am

9) Ultra-low power consumption — clock said to work over one year on a set of alkaline batteries

10) You can start/stop the flashing dots that almost always are a default setting on these types of clocks

11) The red digits don't reset your brain/body clock if you check the time while you lie there unable to fall asleep

12) Runs on 2 regular D cell batteries rather than some idiotstick weird-size button cells you'll never be able to find to replace

13) It passed the drop test. The drop test is how we evaluate whether anesthesia equipment is suitable for daily OR use: you simply drop the device from the height of an anesthesia machine or cart onto the hard OR floor and see if it still works. This clock has inadvertently hit the deck — a hardwood oak floor — at least three times from three feet up and never lost a second or cracked or had anything come loose inside.

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$19.59-$23.99.

I eat my own dogfood:

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