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November 4, 2011

In 2100 the third most populous nation in the world will be... Nigeria?


Videre est credere.

Even more surprising, at least to me: Tanzania, projected to be number five.

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Lim C LED Table Lamp

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From the website:


A 2009 design by San Francisco-based Pablo Pardo.

Arm attaches discreetly via a magnet and conceals an array of high-powered LEDs, which create a brilliant, warm white light source.


• Magnetic undersurface mount feature maximizes tabletop space and enables easy adjustment and 125° rotation.

• 3300K high-output LED array with optical diffusing film.

• LEDs have a life span of up to 50,000 hours.

• High/Low/Off touch control.

• Detachable power adaptor.


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November 4, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Avoiding an accident in a parking structure


It would seem obvious that if you're underground you'd turn on your headlights while looking for a parking spot, but it's not common practice.

Let's say, though, that you already do that or start today.

There's another thing that might decrease your chance of having someone back out into you or yourself backing out and being hit: turn on your hazard lights/flashers along with your lights.

The changing light levels might register where a steady intensity doesn't, and you'll never know about the fender bender you missed because you had the good sense to add this trick to your repertoire.

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot:


as they say in England.

November 4, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Elephant Watering Can



[via Design Happens]

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BehindTheMedspeak: Can you die from fright?


Long story short: Yes.

Buried deep in an excellent article by Melinda Beck about risk takers in the October 25, 2011 Wall Street Journal are the following paragraphs:

Fear can be fatal. Martin A. Samuels, chief of neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, has collected hundreds of reports of people whose hearts have suddenly stopped during times of extreme stress or emotion.

"The heart muscles contract involuntarily in a characteristic pattern, and they don't relax again because of the huge rush of stress hormones," says Dr. Samuels, who thinks that many disaster victims may die from fear rather than injuries, although obtaining proof in autopsies is difficult.

Researchers have noted a spike in sudden cardiac deaths following earthquakes and other disasters. For example; there were triple the typical number of heart attacks at 11 Worcester, Mass., hospitals on Sept. 11, 12 and 13, 2001, immediately after the terrorist attacks, according to a according to a 2005 study in the American Journal of Cardiology. People have also suffered sudden heart attacks at times of extreme joy or excitement — such as hitting a hole-in-one in golf or being acquitted of a crime.

And in rare cases, people have had fatal reactions to make-believe situations. One woman in Wichita, Kan., died of an apparent heart attack while watching the 2004 film "The Passion of Christ," with its crucifixion depiction, and at least two children have apparently been scared to death on amusement-park rides.

I hate it when people scare me by shouting or suddenly appearing in my peripheral vision, so much so that I ask friends to make noise when they stop by rather than suddenly entering a room where I'm reading or walking on the treadmill or whatever.

Robert Graves' famous 1929 story, "The Shout," centers on a man who has perfected the ability to shout at a person and kill them.

Just don't come 'round my place to practice on me.

Longtime readers may recall (I didn't until I looked it up) that I posted on this subject back on February 22, 2005.


You could look it up.

November 4, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Climbing Keyholder




White or Red.



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Wisteria Tunnel


Located in Japan's


Kawachi Fuji Garden.


[via Fancy and stomaster]

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Ice Cream Cone Shower Cap


A must-have.

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From the website:


This delicious pink sprinkled Ice Cream Cone Shower Cap melts over the cap of your head and forms a snug cover for your for your great hair.

The little cone on top won't topple over despite the mess atop your head.

You know how good you'll look when you're singing in the shower — and you can even wear it outside in the real world.

People will shout from the rooftops when they get a look.

When you stop to tie your shoes, dogs will make leaps and bounds to lap up the spill.

Birds will plan their holidays in the pink marvel that is your head.



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