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March 16, 2009

'Four on a Bench' — Magdalena Abakanowicz

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Her 1990 sculpture is among the works on display at the Hirshhorn Museum's current show , "Strange Bodies," through early 2010.

March 16, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Bear Sleeping Bag — 'Greatest sleeping bag ever'

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Created by Amsterdam-based Eiko Ishizawa.

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Prolly best not to employ it

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when camping in bear country.

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I'm just saying....

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Gotta have one?

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Contact the designer: hello@eikoishizawa.com.

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March 16, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Depression 2.0 — Did Rob Walker coin it?

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It appeared in the final sentence of the fourth paragraph of his "Consumed" column in yesterday's New York Times magazine and was the first time I'd seen it.

Just goes to show you how out of touch I am.

My crack research team went deep and brought back a Market Oracle post

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by Christopher Laird dated February 1, 2008, whose headline appears up top.

Anyone who can show me an earlier reference gets instant fame right here in an update to this post.


March 16, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Life is short, eat the brownie — by Nancy Wu

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Picture 8

Concur.

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March 16, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Mathematician's foolproof Sudoku solution — Solve any puzzle, no matter how hard

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So big the news appears on the front page of today's USA Today.

Computer scientist J.F. Crook of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina published his solution in the current issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society.

Reporter Dan Vergano wrote in his USA Today article that "many players and strategy guides intuitively take steps like those Crook outlines, but that he [Crook] says his study offers the first mathematically guaranteed way of solving the puzzles."

All set?

Just follow these steps:

1. Scan the puzzle for any "forced" numbers in blank squares within the 3-by-3 boxes — ones in which there are enough surrouding numbers filled in that it could be only one number.

2. Mark up the rest of the puzzle, noting in the open squares every possible number that might occupy the square.

3. After you've marked up the puzzle, look at the number combinations by row, column by column and interior box by interior box. If one number stands out as unique in that row, column or box, it belongs in the square in which you've written it.

4. Repeat this search until only one of the numbers you've written in each of the squares is left. It will be the right number.


Important note: "Even using his method, there may be two possibilities for a particular box. In that case, the player would have to guess which one is right and then repeat the steps to see whether they lead to a solution. He counsels switching pencil colors at this stage. If the first guess doesn't work, erase and try the other option."

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Crook's paper is online here.

March 16, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Soap Leaves

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From the website:

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Soap Leaves

Only Mother Nature could form soaps as beautiful as these honey-scented Soap Leaves.

The soap is made through a process in which soap resin is mixed with a secret Thai formula, then hand-poured over a dried and cured lattice-like frame of real mango tree leaves to form individual soaps of unmatched exquisiteness.

Please note that as these items are handmade, so expect color and size differences between the leaves in each box.

Each 1.5" x 2.5" leaf is good for one or two washings.

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20 leaves for $12.95.

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March 16, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Sardine Society

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Its full name is the Society for the Appreciation of the Lowly Tinned Sardine.

Jonny Hamachi [sic] emailed me recently as follows: "Thought you might enjoy our blog."

He got that right.

All things sardine for those of us who love them.

Email Jonny (sardinesociety@gmail.com) and tell him I sent you.

Anything to let him know it's not just him and me out here....

March 16, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

March 16, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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