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December 9, 2012

"5 Tips on Treadmill Desks" — World Exclusive*


*It all depends on what the meaning of "World Exclusive" is.


I wrote this brief guide (top) at the request of best-selling author A.J. Jacobs for his book "Drop Dead Healthy," which was a big hit.

It's Appendix C, pages 357 and 358.

He wanted it as an add-on to his main text, probably because I'd spent some time with him both on the phone and online and at least once via FaceTime helping him set up his own home treadmill workspace, where he wrote much of the book and for all I know is hard at work on his next.

Anyway, he was kind enough to include my email address for readers who had questions about treadmill desks and from time to time a reader of the book who thinks she or he is emailing A.J. uses my email address — the only one in the entire book — and so I get a nice steady stream of feedback intended for him which I happily forward.

Once in a while one of the emails is for me, like this one last week:


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Tiny Tim Book Light


5.1 inches tall with an LED bulb and on/off switch.


Clips to books/e-readers or freestanding.



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Isaac Asimov's "The Foundation Trilogy" — Unabridged audio — FREE


Precisely 469 minutes and 55 seconds long, divided into 8 parts.

In your alternative time frame, Earthling, that's nearly 8 hours.

Pure Asimov.

From archive.org, where the listening experience resides:

The Foundation Trilogy consists of: 

1. Foundation

2. Foundation and Empire 

3. Second Foundation

The Foundation Trilogy is an epic science fiction series written over a span of forty-four years by Isaac Asimov. It consists of seven volumes that are closely linked to each other, although they can be read separately. The series is highly acclaimed, winning the one-time Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series" in 1966.

The premise of the series is that mathematician Hari Seldon spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory, a concept devised by Asimov and his editor John W. Campbell. Using the law of mass action, it can predict the future, but only on a large scale; it is error-prone for anything smaller than a planet or an empire. It works on the principle that the behavior of a mass of people is predictable if the quantity of this mass is very large (equal to the population of the galaxy). The larger the mass, the more predictable is the future. Using these techniques, Seldon foresees the fall of the Galactic Empire, which encompasses the entire Milky Way, and a dark age lasting thirty thousand years before a second great empire arises. To shorten the period of barbarism, he creates two Foundations, small, secluded havens of art, science, and other advanced knowledge, on opposite ends of the galaxy. 

The focus of the trilogy is on the Foundation of the planet Terminus. The people living there are working on an all-encompassing Encyclopedia, and are unaware of Seldon's real intentions (for if they were, the variables would become too uncontrolled). The Encyclopedia serves to preserve knowledge of the physical sciences after the collapse. The Foundation's location is chosen so that it acts as the focal point for the next empire in another thousand years (rather than the projected thirty thousand).

Free, the way we like it.

The dead tree iteration is available here.

[via a man who purports to be my Los Angeles correspondent but in recent weeks has been sending signs and signals that indicate his origins may be extra-planetary. Stay tuned.]

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Rubber Cuff Links


From the website:


Just break off when needed.

Easy to put on, machine washable, durable, 4 pairs & 4 designs in a pack — no worries if lost.

Injection-molded rubber is a new, stylish, and contemporary accessory material.

Pink or Black.


$25 CAD (Personal Accessories — Page 5)

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Landscaping around a tree stump

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Longtime reader Joe Peach, after reading Wednesday's post about an unexpected and thrilling recent raptor sighting on a tree stump right here at boj World HQ, sent me this link featuring "2,156 Landscaping Around a Tree Stump Home Design Photos."

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I'm using only about half in this post, saving the rest for a future entry.


Above and below, exemplars of what can be done with a tree stump.

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Originally I was going to create a walking ladder up the side for Gray Cat to come and go up and down my stump, which is about seven feet high.

When, a couple months ago, I declared her indoors only for life, I decided to just leave the stump as is.

Nabbed me a raptor dining experience, it did.

And I suspect it won't be the last.

But future episodes won't feature Gray Cat as the main course.

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Limited-Edition Gregor Unraveling Knitted Calendar Scarf


From the website:


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An unraveling sweater is not a very good thing, but this unraveling calendar scarf designed by Patrick Frey is genius.

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As the year progresses, you can pull on a stitch that unwinds, allowing the calendar's month to diminish as time passes.

Made in Germany for calendar year 2011.

Includes wood hanger.



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