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April 22, 2011

Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to erase multiple emails on your iPad all at once


"Just go to your message list and click 'Edit' in the upper right-hand corner. A circle will appear beside each email message."


"Simply tap the circle beside all the messages you wish to delete, and then press the red Delete button at the bottom left."


"All the messages you selected will be erased simultaneously."

[via Mossberg's Mailbox in yesterday's Wall Street Journal]

April 22, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Jar Tops


FunFact: "90% of jars have the same size thread."

Which leads to the far-more-likely-than-not functionality of these items.

From the website:


Q. When is a jug not a jug?

A. When it's a jar.

By screwing on these plastic tops, readily available jars are turned into vessels with a specific function.


They fit on jars from all over the world.

Now you can re-use and preserve that memorable mustard jar from Dijon or that pickle jar from Poland.

A generic jar is transformed into kitchenware, creating practical and emotional value.

Set of five: cocoa shaker cap, sugar shaker cap, long-handled cap, creamer cap, and oil & vinegar cap.




April 22, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Cutting the cord: where the landliners are


Yesterday's New York Times story by Sabrina Tavernise is nicely summed up by the map above, which accompanied the article.

Long story short: the darker the state's color, the more cellphone-only households.

I predict telephone pole removal on a large-scale basis begins no later than 2020.

April 22, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Blah Blah Throw


Reversible 100% lambs wool throw hand woven in Scotland by Donna Wilson.


57" x 75". 



April 22, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"The Man With a Movie Camera" — Dziga Vertov's 1929 "city symphony" film

The 67-minute-long silent film , a definitive new restoration by EYE Film Institute Netherlands, was screened yesterday at New York's Museum of Modern Art, part of an ongoing retrospective (though June 4, 2011).

According to MOMA, the film is "among the most radical, and imitated, films in cinema history."

Notes by Charles Silver, a curator in MOMA's Department of Film, here.

Back story here.

April 22, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

LED Stilettos


Entourage Red 










St. Augustine.


[via reader Addie who wrote, "Came across these and thought they just might be ridiculous enough to pique your interest." Well, yeah.]

April 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Attention empaths: "Botox may deaden perception"


A study just published online in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science suggests that in addition to smoothing wrinkles, Botox may dull a person's ability to understand the emotions of others.

Said study co-author David Neal in today's USA Today story by Sharon Jayson, "'People who use Botox are less able to read others' emotions.' People read emotions partly by mimicking facial expressions, Neal said, so 'if muscular signals from the face to the brain are dampened, you're less able to read emotions.'"

This work follows on a paper published last year in the journal Emotion, which concluded that Botox injections may decrease a person's ability to feel emotions.

Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto.

The abstract of the Social Psychology and Personality Science paper follows.


Embodied Emotion Perception: Amplifying and Dampening Facial Feedback Modulates Emotion Perception Accuracy

How do we recognize the emotions other people are feeling? One source of information may be facial feedback signals generated when we automatically mimic the expressions displayed on others’ faces. Supporting this "embodied emotion perception," dampening (Experiment 1) and amplifying (Experiment 2) facial feedback signals, respectively, impaired and improved people’s ability to read others’ facial emotions. In Experiment 1, emotion perception was significantly impaired in people who had received a cosmetic procedure that reduces muscular feedback from the face (Botox) compared to a procedure that does not reduce feedback (a dermal filler). Experiment 2 capitalized on the fact that feedback signals are enhanced when muscle contractions meet resistance. Accordingly, when the skin was made resistant to underlying muscle contractions via a restricting gel, emotion perception improved, and did so only for emotion judgments that theoretically could benefit from facial feedback.


The abstract of the paper published last year in Emotion follows.


The Effects of Botox on Emotional Experience

Although it was proposed over a century ago that feedback from facial expressions influence emotional experience, tests of this hypothesis have been equivocal. Here we directly tested this facial feedback hypothesis (FFH) by comparing the impact on self-reported emotional experience of BOTOX injections (which paralyze muscles of facial expression) and a control Restylane injection (which is a cosmetic filler that does not affect facial muscles). When examined alone, BOTOX participants showed no pre- to posttreatment changes in emotional responses to our most positive and negative video clips. Between-groups comparisons, however, showed that relative to controls, BOTOX participants exhibited an overall significant decrease in the strength of emotional experience. This result was attributable to (a) a pre- versus postdecrease in responses to mildly positive clips in the BOTOX group and (b) an unexpected increase in responses to negative clips in the Restylane control group. These data suggest that feedback from facial expressions is not necessary for emotional experience, but may influence emotional experience in some circumstances. These findings point to specific directions for future work clarifying the expression-experience relationship.

April 22, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Matryoshkas Anonymous


Blank wooden nesting dolls from Russia, an empty canvas for whatever you choose.


Sets of three or five: three-piece set max. height = 3.25"; five-piece set height = 6".



April 22, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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