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December 31, 2009

Happy Holidays

our creative process/.01 from Casey Warren | MIND CASTLE.

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December 31, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

X-Ray Cosmetic Bag


"You may even get the TSA baggage scanner agent to smile with this carry-on."

Don't count on it.


December 31, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'A Christmas Carol' — see the manuscript for the first time ever


Bonus: You can do so in the comfort of your own home or office, courtesy of The Morgan Library and Museum in New York City, which owns the manuscript, and the New York Times, which was allowed this year to photograph and display the entire handwritten manuscript on the Web, right here.

Above, the first page.

Here you can zoom in on four selected, heavily revised pages of the manuscript.

As a rule, the manuscript is exhibited each holiday season at the Morgan, but only one page is put on view each year, under glass.

A related Times article is here.

December 31, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

7 Deadly Sins Earrings


Put your money where your mouth is — as it were.

Enamel, silver and gold, designed by Rome-based jeweler Delfina Delettrez.


[via Sandra Ballentine and the New York Times]

December 31, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Broken Heart Syndrome

"Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, which is transient and typically precipitated by acute emotional stress, is also known as 'stress cardiomyopathy' or 'broken-heart syndrome,' stated the authors of a 2007 paper in the Texas Heart Institute Journal which described four patients who exhibited the condition.

Takotsubo is not the name of the Japanese physician who first described the syndrome; in Japanese, "tako" means "octopus" and "tsubo" means "fishing pot," so "tako-tsubo" means "fishing pot for trapping octopus."

The left ventricle of a patient diagnosed with this condition resembles that particular shape (below), hence the name.

The syndrome's etiology is still not well understood, but several mechanisms including transient vasospasm, microvascular dysfunction or wraparound left anterior descending artery (LAD) have been proposed.

While the original case reports emanated from Japan in the early 1990s, more recently an increase in cases in the U.S. and Europe has been noted, perhaps because the syndrome previously went unrecognized before being described in detail in the Japanese literature.

The syndrome has been diagnosed primarily in post-menopausal women, but the reason for this gender predominance is not yet known.

According to Wikipedia, "On English death certificates, doctors would write 'broken heart' as the cause of death if they died inexplicably following the death of a spouse."

December 31, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Help Remedies — 'What's wrong?


They've got what you need.


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December 31, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

My 2009 Tweet Cloud


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December 31, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Onion Ring Mints — They're what's for breakfast (today, anyway)


According to Shane, Think Geek's resident onion ring expert, "... they tasted like breaded onion rings, not beer battered," much like those from Burger King.

"Enjoy the taste of onion rings anywhere."

2.25"Ø container with 100 mints: $2.99.


December 31, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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