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July 30, 2013

Who are the people of the (Google) Glass?


Above, every single Google Glass Explorer of the 4,238 who won their prize by tweeting what* they'd do with it (as of Monday, April 1, 2013 at 6:00 a.m. PDT).

Click here for full resolution (sample below).

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Did you find me?

I won via Twitter (got the word on March 29) but didn't have the patience to look at the blow-up person by person to find my picture.

Maybe someone who's really bored and restless, waiting for the 4:01 a.m. Catme 13/Glass Effect Insomnia Special Edition post, will go through the zillions of pix and find mine, then send me a heads-up as to where to look.

Maybe not.

[via Andrej Karpathy]

*My entry:


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Um (element of confusion) T-shirt



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1836-1838 Manuscript of Square Roots


From Ptak Science Books:



The author of this manuscript, Charles Fisher, took a solitary pleasure in calculating the square roots of numbers from 2  to 589, not bothering to write down the 24 perfect squares to 576.  (The sqrt being r2 = x for every non-negative real number x.) From the few bits that I have checked the man seems to have done a good job back there in the 1830s.

I cannot determine where this book was written or who Mr. Fisher was, though it is possible that he was a (Baptist) Minister from the few short textual notes that pop up here and there.

His work is pretty elegant.  Take for example his solution (and proof) for the square root (hereafter sqrt(x)) 309, which the calculator living under this page says is 17.578395831246947   

Mr. Fisher’s answer is 17 10/17 = 799/17=89401/989=309 100/989, and after some more involved arithmetic comes the lovely proof number of

4121989960986322995025/13339773336525317136 or


Which is getting pretty close.

The only note that Mr. Fisher makes on his calculations is for the sqrt(193), which he notes as "the hardest number to find the approximate root of any between 1 and 200. I have found it after repeated trials and have this evening wrote it in as above. March 1st, 1833. CF."

Note: This 140pp manuscript is being offered for sale at our blog bookstore for $1,500.


[via Jennifer Ouellette]

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Minimalist Chic: AeroSpace Aluminum iPhone Bumper


Less is more.


From top down:


Gun Metal, Blue, Slate, Silver, Red.


For iPhone 5: $79.99.


Same price for iPhone 4/4S iteration.

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Catme 13/Glass Effect 25 — Longest running regularly recurring Google Glass feature in the world

Above, the world premiere of "Fun in the Tent."

I just realized that with 25 daily 4:01 a.m. episodes in the can since the premiere on July 5, 2013, I've got a potential Guinness Book of World Records placement if I play my cards right.


FunFact: The Joe & Cary Show, featuring my BFF (since 1965 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) debuts Saturday, August 10, 2013. 

You don't want to miss it.

Trust me on this.

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Bleeding Skull Candle — "Bleeds as it burns"



[via Richard Kashdan]

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