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October 19, 2011

Diving olive ridley sea turtle

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From the Wall Street Journal: "We're used to animals fleeing our presence: an elk dashing away in a far field, rabbits scurrying from our headlights at dusk. The wildlife that live on the edge of civilization are rightly wary of our ways. And as tourism increasingly tames even our wildest places, it's one more reason to be drawn to the deep. To look below the surface of the sea is to be surrounded by life unconscious of our intrusion, to still find awe in nature's wealth and variety: Schools of blue tang blithely swimming past, tarpon gathered around a rocky point, barracuda drawn to the violent motions of human swimming. Nothing, though, is so amazing as the languid elegance of the sea turtle. Mocked in cartoons and poetry as slow and steady, in the water he is as fast or smooth as he wishes. This diving olive ridley sea turtle (above), from Mark Laita's collection of underwater images, 'Sea,' is a tolerant lord unworried by intrusion on his demesne. Mr. Laita has spent 30 years trying to capture the way light and life play in the oceans. Because the reds of the color spectrum are diminished in water — giving 'everything we see a blue-green cast' — he uses custom-built fish tanks and sharp strobe light to restore the balance and show fish in sharp relief and bright true color. It is artifice in service of actuality, in the great still-life tradition of Chardin, Manet and Morandi. Like such painterly giants, Mr. Laita is interested in the play of form in repetition, working to catch the surface reflection and making the water itself a character in his images. The undulations of a wolf eel are mirrored in a wave, and a white-spotted boxfish is emphasized by painterly slashes of yellow. Here is craft honed to so high a level it becomes art. 'Sea' is simply a miracle of depiction."

October 19, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Charge & Go

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Keychain-size (2" x 3" x 0.25") USB phone charger with three tips: iPhone; Micro-USB; Mini USB.

$8.98.

October 19, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"If you have a phone, even space is within reach."

So begins Martin Giles' piece in the October 6, 2011 issue of The Econonomist featuring the Brooklyn Space Program.

More: "Last year Luke Geissbühler and his son, who live in Brooklyn, popped a high-definition video camera and an Apple iPhone into a sturdy protective box with a hole for a camera's lens. They attached the box to a weather balloon, which they released about 50 miles outside New York City. The balloon soared into a stratosphere and eventually burst. A parachute brought it to the ground. By tracking the iPhone's inbuilt global positioning system, the Geissbühlers were able to retrieve the box and the video [top] of their 'mission,' which shows the curvature of the planet clearly."

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Robot Tea Infuser

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"The robot-shaped stainless steel tea infuser has adjustable arms to fit any size mug. Includes tray that acts as a saucer when removed."

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Domo arigato.

$9.99.

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British Library 19th Century Collection

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From an October 12, 2011 New York Times editorial:

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"Many public domain books can be found in carefully curated digital apps like the superb British Library 19th Century Collection,

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the model of what e-book reading should look like."

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Free, the way we like it.

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Cabbie Napkins

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From the website:

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Ever enjoy the night too much and feel nostalgic for the days when your mother attached your address to your mittens?

Cabbie Napkins are a Dear John letter to your cab driver with space to write directions home and check boxes to locate money — pass them around at your next cocktail party before everyone stumbles out into the night.

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Pack of 12: $2.

[via Fancy]

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8.65 seconds: average solution time for 2011 Rubik's Cube World Champion

2011 Rubik's Cube World Champion Michal Pleskowicz's average time for five consecutive solutions was 8.65 seconds.

Videre est credere.

October 19, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Anti-Wrinkle Glasses (Anti-Aging Goggles)

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From the website:

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On the inside of the Mejikara there are specially-designed ridges which massage and help your skin.

It puts gentle pressure on the skin and pushes those sagging eyes back up to where they once were!

Details and Features:

• Glasses size: 5 x 16.5 x 0.8cm (2" x 6.5" x 0.3")

• Band sizes: Small, Medium, Large

• Silicone rubber

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$60.

October 19, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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