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November 1, 2011

Robot solves Rubik's Cube faster than human world record holder

Remember a couple weeks back when I featured the 2011 World Champion?

This robot solves the cube in 5+ seconds, about 2/3 the time needed by the best the human race can produce.

So it goes.

[via TC_Chu's Point]

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Vintage NOS Gran-Prix Bubble Shield


$60 (helmet not included).

[via Fancy]

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Man napping at a flooded bus stop in Bangkok

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Above, a man naps at a flooded bus stop in Bangkok.

The photo appears on the front page of today's Washington Post.

The rest of the caption: "High tides that sent the city's main waterway to record heights have passed, and the center of Bangkok is still dry, but water levels fed by Thailand's worst flooding in more than half a century are continuing to rise in the city’s north and west."

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Pocket Therapist


From the website:


Do you need more therapy than your allotted hourly meetings?

Our Pocket Therapist will get intimate with all your deepest, darkest feelings and focus on you.

Sit back, relax, and work your thoughts out with delicate questions that'll soothe your anxieties.

Phrases include: "How does that make you feel?"; "Try to relax, it’s difficult, I know."; "Oh, I'm sorry, do you have a Ph.D in psychology?"; "How is your relationship with your mother?"; "Are you familiar with the term 'castration anxiety'?"; "Let's go to your happy place.";  "No, I don’t think you're crazy per se, you're just emotionally challenged."; and more.

Speaks in a very soothing male voice.

Batteries included.



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Marine Corps Marathon: The clothes I left behind


On Sunday I wasn't the only person to shed layers and items as the race went on, the sun rose, the temperature increased from the wind-chill-adjusted 27° at the start (33° on the thermometer), and body temperatures increased with exertion and energy expenditure.

The roads and curbs were festooned with all manner of garments left behind.

Here's how it went with me:

Mile 6 — took off my UVa hoodie (top) and left it on a sidewalk.

Mile 7 — good-bye to my (outer) DeFeet technical gloves (I kept my [inner] thin white cotton ones on for the duration), tossed aside on the street.

Mile 8 — off with my Patagonia lightweight longsleeve technical underlayer (my most comfortable shirt, sigh).

Mile 9 — UVa grey sweatpants, placed on a street sign.

Mile 11 or 12, I'm not sure — Patagonia headband, flipped to the side.

Mile 16 — Charlottesville Track Club short sleeve Dri-Fit T-shirt, given to some girl who nodded when I shouted, "Anyone?" I'd be surprised if she didn't leave it there — it was sopping wet with sweat.

Miles 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 25 — ClifShots dropped unopened in the street, my reward for reaching each respective mile marker.

Yes — I finished the race fully clothed in spite of my deaccessioning along the way.

What remained on my person as I crossed the finish line?

A midweight Patagonia longsleeve underlayer shirt, black Patagonia lightweight soft tights, and Patagonia lightweight running shorts over the tights.

The Marine Corps comes along after the race and picks up truckloads of abandoned clothing, washing it all and then giving it to charity.

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Utility rope with hook bracelet




[via Svpply]

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Experts' Expert: YouTube Leanback

Wrote Katherine Boehret in her October 4 Wall Street Journal "Digital Solution" column, "To see all of YouTube in a much more handsome layout, try Leanback, found at YouTube.com/leanback. This opens a page that's meant to be viewed far from your computer, complete with a black background and white text written in large font."

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Pomegranate Seed Remover


I happened on this tool in the November & December issue of Cook's Illustrated, which had this to say about it:

Picking the juicy seeds (called arils) from a pomegranate can be a messy, painstaking job. Enter the ART — Arils Removal Tool. You place half a pomegranate cut side down in its removable plastic sieve, which sits in a steep-sided plastic bowl. Then you cover the fruit with a soft silicone dome and give it a good whack with any heavy, large tool. The arils pass through the sieve and land intact in the bottom of the bowl. The dome and bowl corral any spraying juice, and a small spout lets you drain the juice away, while the sieve catches most of the white membrane and pith. All in all, it's a good tool. It squashes fewer arils than the old-fashioned method of simply holding the fruit over a bowl and thumping it with a spoon — and without any messy red splatter.

That endorsement by Cook's Illustrated is the equivalent of a lot of advertising money.

From the product website:



1. Remove the crown and cut the pomegranate in two across its hemisphere.

2. Place the grid on the cup.

3. Place one of the halves on the grid, cut side down.

4. Cover with the dome.

5. Hold the dome and strike it with a heavy spoon.

6. The seeds will fall into the cup.



• Includes cup, grid screen, and flexible dome

• Cup has handle and pouring spout

• Cup is 3.4" high x 6.25" wide

• FDA-approved plastic




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