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September 29, 2018

"In a Better World"


Just watched this superb Danish thriller,


filmed in Denmark and Kenya.


It won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

September 29, 2018 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

A note on the word "parallel"


While I was preparing last Sunday's 12:01 p.m. post ("Haruki Murakami on parallel realities"), for some reason, for the first time in my life, it occurred to me that the two parallel "l"s in "parallel" are a beautiful illustration of the meaning of the word.

That got me thinking about whether there are other words in the English language that also show what the words mean simply by existing.

I can't think of any at the moment, but perhaps you can.

Public in the comments or private via email, if you've got the energy and inclination, then go for it.

And while you're at it, how about a name for this sort of word?

Here's your chance to become a meme, or at least a Wikipedia entry if it takes off.

September 29, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

"American Kingpin" — Nick Bilton


I'm only on page 27 of this 321-page book, published last year, and already I've invoked slowread mode so as to make it last as long as possible.


It's the story of Ross Ulbricht — pseudonym "Dread Pirate Roberts" — who created Silk Road, the first modern darknet market.

Silk Road was launched in February 2011 and shut down by the FBI in October 2013.

At its peak it was generating $500,000 a day in profit for its creator.

Below, what his mother had to say about the book.

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September 29, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Air Frame

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Fly the friendly skies of your cubicle.

From the website:


Air Frame is a photo frame that looks like an airplane window.

There's something relaxing about gazing out the window of a plane flying to far off places.

It gives you a chance to take a break from the everyday.


Now you can get that feeling in your own home — plus, you'll always have the window seat!

Features and Details:

• Can be hung on a wall or displayed on a table

• Available as a single frame or a set of 3

• ABS plastic, acrylic

• 10"H x 8"W



Apiece, $59.

September 29, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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