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December 28, 2010

Amanda Peet is no rocket scientist — but she is a professor of theoretical physics


Here are her research interests as related on her web page: "My goal is to understand the fundamental dynamics of all forces and particles seen so far in Nature, especially gravity. Broadly: I study the quantum dynamics of interactions between gravity and matter using string theory, with applications to black holes and cosmology, and links to gauge theory and particle physics. My past work focused on the black hole information paradox, black hole entropy, D-brane models of black holes, duality, holography, building of new geometries, spacetime singularity resolution, and cosmology. I will continue developing these interests, as well as develop others as new particle accelerator data from LHC and cosmological data (further) influence the field."

I'd never heard of professor Peet (top) until my semi-comatose crack research team espied in the third from last paragraph of yesterday's New York Times Business section front page story about the rise of TWIT, Leo Laporte's podcasting network, the following in reference to TWIT's chat rooms: "Amanda W. Peet, a physics professor at the University of Toronto, goes by Kiwi Nerd."

The team, figuring they were on to a good thing — it wouldn't surprise me at all to learn they thought actress Amanda Peet had obtained a physics doctorate in her spare time (FunFact: she graduated from Columbia University with a major in history, so it's not as if she doesn't have the intellectual firepower) — decided to abandon their usual and customary activities and drill down on this instead.

They learned that professor Peet received her bachelor's degree (from the University of Canterbury in Aotearoa, New Zealand) in 1990, which would make her about 42 years old today.

In contrast, the other Amanda Peet, born on January 11, 1972, is currently 38.

I wonder if the two have ever met?

Perhaps this post will lead to a meet-up in the future, you never know.

I like the professor's motto (below),


as illustrated on this link on her home page.


December 28, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack



From the website:


In Japan there is a "my chopsticks" movement because the wooden disposable chopsticks are a waste of resources.

But people miss the feeling when they pull them apart.


That ritual is the starting sign of the meal.

"Stickpecker" is a solution for that.

The magnet resembles the feeling of pulling apart wooden chopsticks.


Also the woodpecker and wood design remind you of a peaceful forest that you are protecting at that very moment.

You can say goodbye to the wooden ones.





December 28, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Edie Sedgwick's screen test for Andy Warhol

Shot in 1965, six years before her death by drug overdose at 28 in 1971.

Much better MOS, the way Warhol made it.

According to Ken Johnson's December 24, 2010 New York Times story, "he shot them [his screen tests] on 16-millimeter film and showed them slightly slowed down so that they had a languid, meditative mood."

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Decorative Rice Paper Masking Tape


From the website:


Kamoi Kakoshi was founded nearly 90 years ago in Okayama, Japan.

This is their world famous and completely original 'mt' brand rice paper masking tape.

Transparent (but not too much) and in so many beautiful colors.

To seal a note, decorate a gift, make a paper painting, in an album, anywhere for a bit of color.

Tape is easy to reposition and tear by hand.

Can also be written on for a quick note or label.


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December 28, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

26 short stories by Haruki Murakami


Fair warning:




goes the day.

December 28, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Adapter Rangers


From the website:









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38-second blizzard: 20 hours compacted

December 2010 blizzard shot by Michael Black using a Canon DSLR on a tripod with a remote timer taking one photo every five minutes, compressing 20 hours into 38 seconds.

[via Richard Kashdan]

December 28, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Unraveling Calendar

"This is a very, very long knitted scarf (called Gregor) and you just pull down the thread at Gregor's bottom bit by bit and like that you take away the days until you reach the end of the year. Calender year 2011 — made in Germany. Includes wood hanger."

"Developed and designed by Patrick Frey Industrial Design."

"Note: calendar in video is in German, but we have only English available (as shown below."


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