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August 2, 2014

"The telegraph has caused vast injury"

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The more things change, the more they remain the same.

Above, a passage from the 1858 New York Times.

Added Bruce Sterling, "The guy who wrote this may have been right."

August 2, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

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Insects build carapaces of gold and pearls

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Artist Hubert Dupras observed that the aquatic caddis fly begins its life in a larval stage and must build an artificial carapace in order to survive into adulthood.

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He wondered what would happen if the caddis flies were given gold flakes and pearls to build with rather than their customary sticks and rocks.

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Above and

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below, the results.

[via Colossal and io9]

August 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Apostrophic Doorstop

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From the website: 

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The "Stoppy" is an apostrophe-shaped (or boteh-shaped — the little curly thingy in paisley fabrics) doorstop that measures 3-7/8" along the curve and is designed to fit gaps from 1/4" up to 3-1/2".

Made of flexible plastic and non-marking rubber, it will also wedge open that window with the broken rope you keep meaning to get fixed.

In assorted stylish colors.

Made in Germany.

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$2.75 (door included).

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The Writing of Stones (62)

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