September 27, 2023

Prime Video Channels > Apple TV+ Channels


If you love movies, you should take a look at some of the channels available on Prime Video and Apple TV+.

I've used both services in recent months and recommend Prime Video.

If you're going to use your computer or tablet or phone to watch, there's little difference in the two juggernauts, but if you like to kick back and watch on the big screen from your comfy chair, Prime Video Channels (top) is definitely the way to go.

The reason: you can instantly access your subscription channels (bottom row of the image up top) without any friction, simply by clicking on the circular icons.

Apple TV+, on the other hand, is set up in such a way that after you click on your channel's App tile on the grid (bottom row below),


you get a log-in screen that asks for your email and password (huh? I never used a password when I subscribed via Apple TV+) and from there it's a comedy of frustrated errors until you finally give up trying.

September 27, 2023 at 04:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Take a ride on a monorail roller coaster

Wrote video maker David J. Ellis, "This is a single-pipe alpine coaster in Mieders, Austria. You reach the summit via a cable car and then sit on a small car with a brake lever and off you go. Having ridden it once using a little braking, I decided to try it a second time without using the brakes. This is SCARY!"

[via Richard Kashdan]

September 27, 2023 at 12:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bottega Veneta Jeans — 'Use Your Illusion'

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From websites:

Bottega Veneta's pants caught the attention of the fashion press when they debuted on the brand's Fall/Winter '22 runway.

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An optical illusion, they look like a standard pair of straight-leg jeans

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but are actually made from leather with a denim-effect print.


They sold out in two weeks but now they're back.


A snip at $6,900.

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

September 27, 2023 at 08:27 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

September 26, 2023

'Fear and Desire' (1952) — Stanley Kubrick's first film

I only learned of the existence of this movie — released when Kubrick was 24 — in last week's New York Times review by J. Hoberman.

Hoberman wrote:

Seen in retrospect, a first feature by a major filmmaker can be a revelation particularly if, as with Stanley Kubrick's low-budget war movie "Fear and Desire," it concerns a career-long preoccupation — and even more so if the filmmaker has attempted to suppress it.

An independent production which, although fictional, premiered in the documentary section of the 1952 Venice Film Festival, "Fear and Desire" is getting a weeklong run at Metrograph, 70 years after its release in the United States.

Kubrick characterized "Fear and Desire" as "a completely inept oddity, boring and pretentious." While undeniably pretentious, the movie is neither inept nor boring. Its oddity lies in its being both a prelude and footnote to Kubrick's remarkable career.

Turns out you don't have to live in or travel to New York City this week to see the film: it's on YouTube (top).

It costs $3.99 to rent.

Or you watch it here free — the way we like it.

September 26, 2023 at 04:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Museum of Lost Memories

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This Instagram account seeks to reunite photos found in junk shops and flea markets with their subjects (or subjects' descendants).

Wrote Emma Beddington in the Guardian, "The hit rate is low, but if you click "Returned!" you can enjoy some really satisfying success stories.

September 26, 2023 at 12:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Coca-Cola Y3000 — 'Co-Created with AI'


The latest Sign of the Apocalypse.

From various Coke websites

The future is here: Limited Edition Coca-Cola Y3000 has arrived!

World, meet Coca-Cola Y3000!

Co-created with AI, this is your chance to taste the year 3000 today, showing you what a future full of positivity and optimism could look like.


Explore our Y3000 pack and discover the year 3000 right in front of your eyes.

In collaboration with Artificial Intelligence, you can create your own vision of the future in a snap.

You can too!

While it lasts, score Coca-Cola Y3000 here.

Reviewed here.

Limited-Edition Collection at the Coca-Cola Store.

September 26, 2023 at 08:26 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

September 25, 2023

BehindTheMedspeak: Your constipation is my normal


After two unpleasant days-long failed colonoscopy preps last year I realized what the problem was/is: the gastroenterologist's questionnaire I filled out asked if I had constipation and I answered "No."

Only after I pondered for a few days about what could possibly have gone so wrong — since I'd done everything according to the detailed preparation instructions I'd been given — did the penny drop.

                                     TMI ALERT

I poop about once every two weeks: it was around once a week after I started daily antidepressant medication in 1991 and now with my triad of lithium/Paxil/buproprion and being a geezer it's slowed down even more.

But to me that's not constipation — it's normal.

Words mean different things to different people.

I told the gastroenterologist it would be better if the questionnaire asked "How often do you have a bowel movement?"

He agreed.

September 25, 2023 at 04:25 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

David Rumsey Map Collection — 'Browse 125,216 maps and images'

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Cartography enthusiast David Rumsey

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has put his entire collection of maps online,

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from 16th to 21st century, terrestrial, maritime and celestial.

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Fair warning....

September 25, 2023 at 12:25 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

bookofjoe's Favorite Thing: RJ's Licorice


It's batch made in Australia, though enquiries are to be directed to their New Zealand office; I buy it from Amazon (U.S.).

About five years ago I got a licorice jones and had my Crack Research Team©®™ drill down and order myriad licorice varieties from around the world.

After an enjoyable month or so trying them all out, RJ's emerged victorious, head and shoulders above the rest.

Five 7 oz foil-lined resealable bags cost $29.99.

Note to those who, like me, grew up in the U.S. thinking Good & Plenty and Twizzlers are licorice: RJ's resembles those about as much as chalk resembles cheese.

Question for my Australia and New Zealand readers: how much does RJ's cost there?

Note to gimlet-eyed readers objecting to my opening sentence above:

It's batch made in Australia

when any fool can plainly see the bag (above and below) says 



That photo accompanies the product listing on Amazon's website.

My Crack Photography Team©™® — all of whom are now required to wear the Official boj Thong©™®*— took shots of my bag of licorice, which you can view below.

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nuf sed



September 25, 2023 at 08:25 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

September 24, 2023

Folgers' new lid is a step backward

Since forever, Folgers' instant coffee has come in a big red plastic jar with a screw-top lid.

This morning when I opened a fresh jar, I noticed something seemed different.

They added vertical ridges to the lid to enhance grip traction, but — but! — they eliminated the flip-top feature which made early morning semi-comatose access easier.


Bizarro World lagniappe: they also changed the jar's diameter such that I can't substitute my only remaining flip-top lid for the FAILed new iteration.

Up top, a video my Crack Media Team®© made demonstrating the design regression.

September 24, 2023 at 04:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

The Artist Project — 'What artists see when they look at the Met'

Long story short: Videos of 120 contemporary artists reacting to pieces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's extraordinary collection.

Free, the way we like it.

They're all on YouTube.


September 24, 2023 at 12:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

137 Years of Diamond Crystal Salt


Founded in 1886, Diamond Crystal has gone through of number of container redesigns.

The latest (below)

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aims to elevate its image from commodity Kosher salt to Maldon-level finishing salt flakes.

At grocery stores everywhere or if you prefer, Amazon will sell you a 1 lb. box for $8.99.

[via the New York Times]

September 24, 2023 at 08:24 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

September 23, 2023

Radiooooo — 'Musical time machine'

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Wrote Emma Beddington in the Guardian:

Pick a country from the world map, pick a decade and Radiooooo plays you music from that time and place (refined to slow, fast or "weird," if you want to be more specific).

I am writing this to a soundtrack of 1960s Morocco and feeling more cosmopolitan than I have any right to: "Oh, you're not familiar with Abdelwahab Agoumi? You should check him out."

More seriously, Radiooooo gives you that expansive feeling that the world is vast, various and infinitely creative.

That's nice.

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September 23, 2023 at 04:23 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Electric Blue Tarantula

News of the finding appeared in earlier this week with the headline "Jewel of the forest: New electric blue tarantula species discovered in Thailand."

Said a member of the research team: "The first specimen we found was on a tree in the mangrove forest. These tarantulas inhabit hollow trees, and the difficulty of catching an electric-blue tarantula lies in the need to climb a tree and lure it out of a complex of hollows amid humid and slippery conditions."

More: "The secret behind the vivid blue coloration of our tarantula lies not in the presence of blue pigments, but rather in the unique structure of their hair, which incorporates nanostructures that manipulate light to create this striking blue appearance."

Blue is one of the rarest colors to appear in nature, which makes blue coloration in animals particularly fascinating.


Read the original scientific paper, "A new electric-blue tarantula species of the genus Chilobrachys Karsh, 1892 from Thailand (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Theraphosidae)," here.

September 23, 2023 at 12:23 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Lie Down Laptop Stand



From Core77:

Strange Thing for Sale: It's Like an Unfinished ID Student Project

This looks like an ID student's initial mockup of a thing they're going to refine.

Shockingly, it's the finished object: A Lie Down Laptop Stand.


Actual quote from the product copy: "If you have a wireless mouse, we recommend leaving it on the floor beside you for easy access."

I don't even know where to begin with this.


The stability?

The ingress and egress procedure, for both the laptop and your body?

The $120 asking price?

At least that $120 will help save the environment; the seller makes the incredible claim that "100 trees are planted with each purchase."


$120 (laptop included with purchases from Atlanta's southern suburbs: please specify Razer, Alienware, or ASUS).

September 23, 2023 at 08:23 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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