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March 23, 2010

Polyrhythms — by Tina Kalivas

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Here

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is

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where

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the 

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fashion designer

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works.

[via What Alice Found]

March 23, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Hiroyuki Hamada

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Born

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in 1968

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in Japan,

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the

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sculptor

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lives in

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East Hampton,

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New York.

[via acidolatte and Trend Land]

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Car Nail Clipper

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Does Rob Walker know about this?

He will.

$5.95.

March 23, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Mt. Chipotle reels under heat wave, UVA team watches helplessly

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As if driving by the once magic mountain several times a week, watching it gradually dwindle from its winter storm magnificence, weren't enough, the Charlottesville Daily Progress's Ted Strong featured the sad diminution of my Podunk town's greatest claim to fame (being World Headquarters©™® of bookofjoe currently running a close second) in a story in this past Sunday's paper.

Above, a photo that accompanied the piece, featuring research scientists David Seakell (left) and Luke Cole atop the then 25-foot-high peak.

From the article:

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As Central Virginia glides into spring on balmy breezes, a reminder of cold, harsh winter looms over Charlottesville — Mount Chipotle, staunch bastion of icy grandeur and goofball science.

As of Friday, the tongue-in-cheek Mount Chipotle National Research Observatory was showing the rugged, snow-capped (and snow-bottomed) mountain at roughly 25 feet tall.

At the foot of the mountain, below its north face, runoff created by the sun’s energy has formed what hydrologists term a "braided" stream — relatively wide and exceedingly shallow, with a fine crisscross of currents.

The Mount Chipotle research effort began around an informal betting pool: Participants guessed which day the snow would disappear, and proceeds went to help the Graduate Student Association of the University of Virginia’s Department of Environ-mental Sciences bring in academic speakers and host receptions afterward. As the project gained traction, Chipotle’s corporate offices kicked in gift certificates to sweeten the pot.

But what was once a snowy wonder is now tarnished. A dark coat of grime now coats the outside of the mountain — much of it dirt, garbage and grit that was picked up as the parking lot at Barracks Road Shopping Center was plowed, and which has remained as the snow around it melted away.
Leading researchers at the Mount Chipotle NRO said that the pollution likely is speeding the demise of the icy giant.

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Below,

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the unnatural wonder

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as it appeared

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just

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five weeks ago.

March 23, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Hot Plate

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Heh.

Melamine.

Small: 7.8"Ø.

Large: 10.0"Ø.

$8/$10.

March 23, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Evolution of Nintendo Game Controllers

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March 23, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Hunch.com — A recommendation in 10 questions (or less)

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From the Hunch "About" page:

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What should I be for Halloween? Do I need a Porsche? Should I dump that loser? Is Phoenix a good place to retire? Whom should I vote for? What toe ring should I buy?

It's a cruel world out there. Coin-flipping, I Ching consultation, closing your eyes and jumping, postponing the inevitable, Rock-Paper-Scissors, and asking your sister are all time-honored means of getting a recommendation — and yet we think there's room for one more: Hunch.

In 10 questions or less, Hunch will offer you a great recommendation to address your choice, problem, or dilemma, on thousands of topics. Hunch's recommendations are based on the collective knowledge of the entire Hunch community, narrowed down to people like you, or just enough like you that you might be mistaken for each other in a dark room. Hunch is designed so that every time it's used, it learns something new. That means Hunch's hunches are always getting better.

Hunch was started by clever folks who were exploring how machine learning could be used to guide practical, smart, and highly-customized recommendations.

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How it works here.

On a related note, knowing just how much you can trust what someone or some source has to say is an interesting exercise in assessing credibility.

One rule of thumb I've used since I was in my early teens, and that has borne up under decades of subsequent experience, is to try and find what the source has to say about something you're very knowledgeable about.

As a rule, at some point the reference will be inaccurate or just plain wrong.

By noting how far into the material the erroneous information appeared, you can pretty much judge just how much you can trust anything else generated by the same person or group.

It's quick and dirty and works well enough for most purposes.

March 23, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Snake earring

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Spectacular.

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March 23, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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