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October 9, 2018

The slow evolution of electrical power generation in the U.S. 2007-2017


The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) recently published two interesting sets of maps to show how the U.S. energy mix has changed state by state between 2007 and 2017.


[via Ars Technica]

October 9, 2018 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life" — Erving Goffman

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A classic, first published in 1956.

Anyone who reads it will improve the quality of their life without much effort.

A snip starting at $6.23.

The copy I bought back in 1999


was prolly my second or third over the decades.

The Amazon reviews

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for once are spot-on.

But don't take their word for it: I like this book so much, this is an encore of last year's presentation in this space.

October 9, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Experts' Expert: How to maximize your champagne's bubbles

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Wrote Alice Lascelles in 1843, the Economist's bimonthly magazine, "It helps if the glasses haven't been cleaned too well; the fibers cast off from paper and cloth create the tiny air pockets — or nucleation sites — that bubbles need to form. If you poured champagne into a glass that was surgically clean, it wouldn't bubble at all."

October 9, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Designer Fire Extinguisher


What took so long?

From the website:



Safe-T have given the traditional fire extinguisher a touch of style.

These chic, bold, and unique devices offer a modern take on a very traditional item, and are just as efficient as their red counterpart.


While you still legally need to have a red fire extinguisher in public places and company spaces, no one's stopping you from having a designer model in your home.


Built per the strictest CE safety standards and made from the highest quality materials, Safe-T are the swankiest fire extinguishers you’ll ever own, dressed up for show and ready to be seen.

Features and Details:


• Steel and Brass

• Powder ABC 40 ABC ECSC

• Extinguishing agent: 2.2 lb.

• 3.25" L x 3.25" W x 11"H x 3.25"Ø

• Internal pressure at 20°C: 14 bar (Nitrogen)

• CE 0029 approved tank and EN 3-8 technical standards

• Minimum and maximum temperatures for use: -20°C and +60°C




October 9, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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