April 16, 2024

Is it raining in Vancouver?

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Note to Vancouverites: the most useful site ever.

Around the turn of the century I spent several wonderful days inline skating in Stanley Park along the path above.

April 16, 2024 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Evolution of the Coke bottle

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"The Coke bottle is the most perfectly designed package in the world." — Raymond Loewy

[via Larry J. Kolb]

April 16, 2024 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

World's smallest binder clip

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I ❤️ these.

Functions just like a regular binder clip with the strength to hold up to 20 sheets of paper.

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Clip is 3/8" wide with 3/16" capacity.

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10 for $4.25.

April 16, 2024 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

April 15, 2024

'Bias of Thoughts' — Optical Illusion Bookshelf

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From Neatorama: "How many shelves are there? Look to the left: four. Look to the right: three. The design is based on the illusion known as Impossible Fork or Blivet [below]."

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Designer John Leung of ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects in Melbourne, Australia wrote, "Thoughts are biased. When ideas are passed from one person to another, due to the transfiguration of the communication process and the frame of mind of the receiver, they are always perceived with bias."

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"Inspired by the famous 2D drawing of the optical illusive bookshelf,

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a 3D structure is translated and the 'Bias of Thoughts' bookshelf is formed. It can be used for shelving books and iPads as well as hanging magazines."

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"Visually, the optical illusion serves as a reminder that, whenever one picks up a medium, ideas can be misinterpreted when passed from one end to the other."

April 15, 2024 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

My review of Brian Greene's 'The Elegant Universe'

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Back story: in early 2000 Barnes & Noble held a contest in which entrants were required to explain, in 250 words or less, why a given book of their choice merited inclusion in what was to be called the Independent Thinkers series, a group of books selected for their original and provocative points of view.

Below is my submission for the contest.

Brian Greene's "The Elegant Universe," like any book, is an idea in two dimensions: words on paper. This brave text would put lightning in a bottle; its heart is nothing less than an explanation of how our everyday world is a kind of Potemkin Village, masking a violent, seething, unimaginably frantic 11-dimensional space of energy fields and matter exploding and vanishing within and around us.

The audacity of any attempt at a final "Theory of Everything" is always admirable and yet, ultimately, poignant and futile. In an attempt to understand all that appears mysterious by way of reason and mathematics, Greene shows how the greatest thinkers of modern physics open vistas of thought that appear tantalizingly close to success at explaining our universe. It is as if the belief of the leading physicists at the dawn of the twentieth century that everything important had been discovered, and what remained was only to fill in the details, never existed: what's past becomes prologue.

If indeed we are walking, talking, scheming, dreaming energy fields, composed of nothing but infinitesimally tiny vibrating loops of string-like stuff, sleeping and then waking each morning and resuming our 11-dimensional trip through time, each of us at a submicroscopic level indistinguishable from any other of the six billion souls on the the planet, so be it. The very idea of a shared nature, our common essence, is one so powerful and uplifting that the book containing it demands inclusion in the Independent Thinkers series.

I didn't win, place or show.

I still like the essay, though.

April 15, 2024 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Minute Maid Pineapple Zero Sugar FTW

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This new variation in Minute Maid's superb Zero Sugar line follows Lemonade, Fruit Punch, and Mango Passion.

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I think this one's their best flavor yet.

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Minute Maid has cracked the code to make zero sugar drinks not taste as if they're zero sugar.

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Remarkable.

At grocery stores everywhere.

April 15, 2024 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

April 14, 2024

BooksByMood

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Res ipsa loquitur.

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Free, the way we like it.

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Created by Gaël Thomas.

April 14, 2024 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'Plank' — Vincent Kohler

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A 2018 oil on canvas painting of a wooden plank.

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200 cm x 50 cm (79" x 20").

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Note an underlying motif/theme in today's first two posts?

Flautist?

Mike?

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Pippi?

Tamra?

Bueller?

Anyone?

April 14, 2024 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Wooden Ruler Height Chart

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Measures up to 150cm (59") high; 23cm (9") wide.

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£36.

April 14, 2024 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

April 13, 2024

Japanese House Wedge

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"If Joachim de Callatay's shoes have the height of a small building and the heft of a piece of furniture, perhaps it's because the Belgian studied industrial design rather than fashion. His first collection included a wedge (above) inspired by the construction of a traditional Japanese house."

More: "This pair was created by stacking blocks of wood of different grains going in different directions. De Callatay has also left small 'windows' in the structure reinforcing the formal relationship to architecture and demonstrating how different textures and grains of the wood work and interact with one another."

April 13, 2024 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Official 'Shotgun' Rules

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"The term 'Shotgun' refers to the front passenger seat of an automobile."

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April 13, 2024 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

HalGuard Fire Extinguisher

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Christina Bonnington reviewed it as follows in Wired magazine:

On looks alone, the HalGuard HG250C fire extinguisher announces that it has little to do with that red cylinder languishing under the kitchen sink [mine is on the counter next to the stove — but I digress].

By the way, when was the last time you checked the charge on that thing?

This chrome-plated steel knockout is corrosion-resistant and holds 2.5 pounds of Halotron 1, an EPA-approved nonconductive liquified gas.

If that nest of plugs and wires under your desk catches fire, the HalGuard will put it out without frying the electronics.

Halotron 1 also vaporizes almost instantly, leaving behind none of those sticky residues and lingering clouds of powder- and foam-based retardants — so it's also great for kitchen fires.

And since the HalGuard looks at home next to modern appliances, you can use the optional grooved bracket to mount it by your Sub-Zero fridge.

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$300.

Black: $250.

Red: $220.

April 13, 2024 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

April 12, 2024

Salt-N-Pepa Shakers

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These take me back to when I had a salt & pepper shaker jones and featured them regularly here.

They were created by Addie Gartland of Keansburg, New Jersey who wrote, "Finally, an easy way to tell the salt from the pepper. I can't tell you how many times I've grabbed for the pepper, given it a shake, and was like, 'What the hell is this white stuff?! Sugar!? Oh! It's the salt.' Now if Pepa was there all like, 'It's me you want. Ah, push it,' I would have enjoyed many a meal more."

More: "Now the confusion is over for you too! Each salt and pepper shaker stands 3.75" tall and 1.5" wide. These are glass shakers with stainless steel tops. These are my own illustrations, digitally cut out of vinyl and applied by yours truly."

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Alas, once upon a time for sale on Etsy but now sold out.

I suppose you could make your own if you've got nothing better to do.

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

Yeah, Mike — I'm talkin' to YOU!

April 12, 2024 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

5-year-old Flannery O'Connor reading c. 1930

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According to the New Georgia Encyclopedia, O'Connor, born in Savannah on March 25, 1925, began her education in that city's parochial schools.

April 12, 2024 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Periodic Table Belt

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Elementary.

From the website:

Our process starts with natural vegetable tanned raw leather which is hand-screened, hand-dyed, and hand-set with steel or brass rivets. Graphics are printed in water-based ink; color is hand-tinted, then applied using eco-flo, low-VOC leather dye. The dying process involves custom tinting eco-friendly dye and applying many layers in order to get rich and lavish tones.

The belts are then hand-polished with a waterproof protectant. The careful attention to each piece creates a one-of-a-kind, long lasting, and unique accessory that only gets better with time. All belts include removable buckles and keepers.

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Bringing it back to middle school Science class, this belt is hand screened with the Periodic Table of Elements. All belts are made to order and will be printed onto your color choice of leather. Please include size, color choice, and whether or not you'd like studding at checkout.

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Belts measure 1.5" wide and are cut to your size when you order. Back is branded with our custom Heartcore logo.

This is a unisex belt. For women send your measurement where you like to wear your jeans and for men, send your pants size.

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$110.

April 12, 2024 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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