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October 20, 2012

23-year-old Eudora Welty's job application letter to The New Yorker (she didn't get the job)

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From Letters of Note: "In March of 1933, in an attempt to secure some work, 23-year-old Eudora Welty wrote the charming letter above to the offices of The New Yorker. Incredibly, they turned her down."

"She went on to write numerous pieces for The New Yorker and later won multiple awards for her work including, in 1973, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel, 'The Optimist's Daughter.' Seven years later, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom."

October 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Martian Poop Soda


Official soda of Gene Weingarten.

[via Rosebud Ben-Oni]

October 20, 2012 at 10:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Silicone Kilim


By Heike Weber,


it's silicone on the floor.



a 2012 installation


at Salonstücke RELOADED,


City Gallery Villa Zanders,


Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany.


[via dcdocent and Margarita & the Blog Band]

October 20, 2012 at 09:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: Inedible.

That wasn't very helpful, was it?

OK then: Not made in Japan.

Still not helping?

Sorry, you'll just have to stew in your juices till mañana.

October 20, 2012 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Insomnia (Blast from the Past)


It's been over 8 years since this post originally appeared and you still don't look like you're getting a good night's sleep.

Sleep hygiene is where it's at.

Where can you get some?

Start here.

Another good resource here.

Below, the original October 8, 2004 post.


"One of the features of having chronic insomnia is that you sleep better away from your own home," according to Dr. Rafael Pelayo, a sleep expert at Stanford University School of Medicine.

I would go further: this behavior is pathognomonic for insomnia.

Well, now what?

Try better sleep hygiene, as a first step.

I can almost guarantee you that if you're plagued by insomnia, you're not doing what the sleep experts advise.

Try it.

In the not-all-that-distant future, there's gonna be a link here to a live infra-red webcam right next to my computer and bed so you can lie awake watching me sleep.

That ought to cure anyone's insomnia.


Note added today: Since the original 2004 post, Gray Cat has come on board.

Thus, the upcoming live infra-red sleepcam will feature the two of us cozily snuggled in for the night.

October 20, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Plastic Cutter


Wrote Kevin Kelly in the latest edition of Cool Tools, edited by Oliver Hulland: "This is just a cheap little knife with a sharp draw blade. You use it to score acrylic sheets (up to 1/4 inch or 6 mm) to cut them by snapping them along the score line like glass. This is easier than using a saw. Any make will do; this is a cheap one."


October 20, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Use Amazon Reviews graphic to instantly judge products

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Wrote Kevin Kelly in the latest issue of Cool Tools, edited by Oliver Hulland: The reviews on Amazon often don't know enough. Few reviewers have any experience with competing models or brands, or previous incarnations and older models. They gush over what they just bought, and are impressed by anything that works. Studies have shown reviewers have an uncritical bias to 5-star reviews. These 5-stars are useful only when their sum outpaces or overhangs the normal distribution curve, indicating something out of the ordinary. If there are as many 1- and 2-stars as 4- and 5s, that is a no-go."

Full disclosure: I've used this technique for years but it never occurred to me that others don't until I read Kevin's essay this morning.

October 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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