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September 6, 2011

Should I renew bookofjoe.com — or let it expire on July 9, 2012?

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Above, a notice that appeared in my inbox this morning.

I've got 10 more months before my ownership of bookofjoe.com expires.

Worth the $34.99 to renew it for a year?

Or should I opt for five ($114.95)?

FunFact: As some have speculated, the inspiration for the domain name was the Book of Job — not Jobs.

September 6, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (21) | TrackBack

Yoga Dogs


"Downward, Fido."


But I digress.




"Amazing images created by photographer Daniel Borris show dogs and puppies* in various yoga poses."


*"No animals were harmed in the making of these images."


Tell you what: As you read these words, Gray Cat and I are working on a blockbuster sequel.


Stay tuned.

September 6, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The Richter Scale is over: Meet the Moment Magnitude Scale

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From today's Washington Post story:

The Mineral, Virginia earthquake that rattled the East Coast was measured as a 5.8-magnitude quake.

In the past, that number would have been determined simply by how much an earthquake moved the needle on a seismometer. The size of the jolt was then assigned a position on the Richter scale, a logarithmic chart on which each step is 10 times as jarring as the previous step.

But for earthquakes larger than 3.5, seismologists now use moment magnitude scale, which represent the amount of energy released during an earthquake. In use since 1979, the scale factors in a fault's rigidity, the area of its rupture surface and the distance that the Earth moves along the fault.

While the shaking of a 6.0-magnitude quake is 10 times greater than that of a 5.0 — as in the Richter scale — the amount of energy released is 32 times greater. A 7.0 will shake 100 times more than a 5.0, but the energy released is 1,000 times greater.

The diagram above uses spheres to compare relative amounts of energy released by earthquakes. Each sphere represents the amount of TNT that would be required to release as much energy as a quake of the specified magnitude.

"Since 1979" — why are we only finding out about this now, 32 years on?

September 6, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Broken Image Necklace


From the website:


The necklace is on a 17" leather cord closed with a sterling silver clasp.

The pendant itself is lightweight, made from non-toxic shrink plastic (with a protective coating) and measures about 1 inch square.

Handmade in California.



[via Fancy]

September 6, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Skate (or bike) Tempelhof

Long story short: Last year Berlin's Nazi-era Templehof Airport, in 1948 the gateway for the Berlin Airlift, was transformed into an urban park.

Wrote Erik L. Olsen in yesterday's New York Times "In Transit" Travel section story, "The park is coming into its own as one of Europe's more distinctive urban experiences. On a sunny day it attracts as many 50,000 people."

"The airport has been left very much like it was in 1948. The control tower still looms over a huge building complex that was once the largest in Europe, and runways stretch to the horizon. Where planes once left for distant lands, people now cycle, run and skate."

Talk about swords into plowshares....

September 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: Made of aluminum (aluminium to the cousins across the pond).

Another: Will have pride of place in your batterie de cuisine should you opt to own one.

September 6, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (16) | TrackBack

Top 10 countries for foreign students in U.S. colleges and universities

• China, 127,628 (18 percent)

• India, 104,897 (15 percent)

• South Korea, 72,153 (10 percent)

• Canada, 28,145 (4 percent)

• Taiwan, 26,685 (4 percent)

• Japan, 24,842 (4 percent)

• Saudi Arabia, 15,810 (2 percent)

• Mexico, 13,450 (2 percent)

• Vietnam, 13,112 (2 percent)

• Turkey, 12,397 (2 percent)


The list above appeared along with Jenna Johnson's story in yesterday's Washington Post.

The data are from the 2009-10 school year and were generated by the Institute of International Education.

In parentheses are the percentage shares of the nationwide total of 690,923.

It seems to me that if we keep sending back to China some 30,000 graduates every year, the overwhelming majority of whom come from the Chinese version of the nomenklatura, there can't help but be movement over time toward a more open society.


September 6, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Wood Laptop Valise


By Thessaloniki-based industrial designers Athanasios Babalis and Christina Skouloudi, to be unveiled at the upcoming London Design Week 2011.


Houses a laptop, power supply and mouse in its felt-lined interior.

Accommodates notebooks up to 17" via hinged opening.

Stainless steel door secured by lock or thumb screw.

[via Core77 and Interior design room]

September 6, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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