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December 25, 2012

1,000 most influential tracks on SoundCloud


Fair warning:










of the year.

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Wintercheck Factory Consoliwallet

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From Wired:

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"Constructed of two aluminum panels held together by a cloth-bound rubber shock cord,

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the [RFID-blocking] Wintercheck is way tougher than leather and

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way easier than a binder clip for slipping into the pocket of your skinniest jeans."

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"Cut, stamped, and powder-coated in Los Angeles, California. Assembled in Opa Locka, Florida."

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@JaneFriedman, call your office:

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While this won't accomodate your mini it'll do nicely for the rest of your stuff.

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Industrial Scratch Aluminum; Matte Black; Red Gloss; Orange Gloss; Yellow Gloss; Green Gloss; Blue Gloss.

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$25 (currency and other items pictured not included).

December 25, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Seven Blunders of the World


From Wikipedia: "The Seven Blunders of the World is a list that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi gave to his grandson Arun Gandhi, written on a piece of paper, on their final day together, shortly before his assassination."

[via Joe Peach]

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Matrix Audio Qube: World's smallest 3-watt speaker — 1.5 inches in any dimension







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BehindTheMedspeak: Significant Advance in Black Widow Spider Bite Treatment


Long story short: Since the 1930s Merck has been making antivenom for black widow bites but side effects — fatal in a few cases — and poor sales caused the company to limit distribution in 2009. Many doctors prefer not to use Merck's formulation and instead treat just the symptoms, the worst being two days of crippling pain, since black widow bites rarely kill.

Now comes molecular biologist Alejandro Alagón of the National Autonomous University of Mexico with a new antivenom that is safer and less expensive.

Wrote Erik Vance in the January 2013 Scientific American, "The method is based on the one scientists used in the 1800s: they inject venom into animals that have powerful natural defenses against the toxin. They then harvest and purify the antibodies, which are Y-shaped molecules that attach their forked end to the venom and neutralize it. In the case of antibodies directed against black widow bites, the molecule's tail (the bottom of the Y) can interact with the human body and occasionally cause a negative reaction."

"Alagón and his team came up with a twist on the old formula: they chemically cut off the tail of the antivenom antibody, making the Y into a V to lower the risk of side effects. Alagón says the updated formula [Aracmyn PLUS]... is safer than the old one and cheaper than a hospital stay — it can eliminate symptoms in 30 minutes."

Because the new antivenom is much cheaper to produce, it marks a huge advance in poor countries unable to afford the older, pricier drug.

December 25, 2012 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The check in the mail


The cartoon above by Jack Ziegler appeared a long time ago in the New Yorker and has been on every refrigerator I've ever used since the day I first espied it.

Though it has picked up various scars and signs of age and decay, its message is as sardonically true today as it ever was.

And I suspect its sentiment will be valid in some way, shape or form even amongst our descendants aboard starships in millenia to come.

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Sinéad O'Connor busking on Grafton Street in Dublin Christmas Eve

Yesterday outside Dunnes she performed "Nothing Compares 2 U" with Glen Hansard on guitar.

[via Broadsheet.ie]

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