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July 8, 2018

Garfield v Aliens: No contest


July 8, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

From Jennicam to Ice Poseidon: 22 years of live streaming

"Live streaming began in 1996, when a nineteen-year-old college student named Jennifer Ringley started broadcasting grainy images of her life in her dorm room."

So begins Adrian Chen's superb New Yorker profile of Paul Denino a.k.a. Ice Poseidon, who has nearly 600,000 YouTube subscribers to his live streamed broadcasts (exemplar above) of his daily life.

His legion of virtual fans is called the Purple Army and they sometimes show up at his home IRL to say hi.


Once upon a time I thought doing this sort of thing would be great fun and profitable besides, so much so that every so often for 10-12 years I'd reflect here about bookofjoeTV getting ever closer, every time another technical link was forged in the chain required to make live streaming easy.

When I got Google Glass in 2013 I thought, "Here we go!"

But that never achieved escape velocity and I came to my senses before I destroyed my life by going public.

All I ever wanted to do since I was a small boy was to sit quietly and read, and now that's just what I do.

July 8, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Space Candle


What does space smell like?

Not a whole lot of people could tell you.

Here's your big chance.

From websites:


Sadly, we don't expect to ever visit outer space.

For us, the final frontier will most likely remain unexplored.

But that doesn't mean it hasn’t fascinated us endlessly.

We've pored over books and watched countless documentaries about what exists beyond the Kármán line, and we've come away fascinated by a great number of things.

One of those things is a common theme mentioned by astronauts returning to Earth: the smell.

Yes, space has a smell.

When an astronaut returns from a space walk and removes their helmet, they're hit with a distinct scent.

We've read many descriptions and decided that since we can't go to space, let's bring a little bit of space to us.

This candle is designed to smell like outer space.

We took the descriptions those astronauts shared in various publications and crafted a 100% soy wax candle out of them.

This is space in a can.

No space suit required.

Features and Details:

• Space-scented candle

• 80+ hour burn time

• 100% soy wax

• Made in U.S.A.

• 16 oz.



July 8, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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