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February 4, 2019

James Bond's Aston Martin — The LEGO Version

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From the Wall Street Journal:

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I've always dreamed of having a project car in the garage.

Something friends and I tinker with on the weekends as we drink beers, hats backward, staring into the engine and making excuses for its inadequacies.

"Probably the exhaust manifold," I’d say, not really knowing what that means.

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This weekend, sans garage (or friends), I — more-or-less — achieved my fantasy, putting the final touches on an automotive classic I've lusted after for 30 years: James Bond's Aston Martin DB5.

Debuting in 1964's "Goldfinger," it is the definitive 007 car, complete with radar tracker, machine-gun masking fog lights, revolving license plates, and ejector seat.

Granted, my DB5 was made of Legos and fit on my lap, but it was only slightly less seductive than the one Sean Connery steered through Switzerland, evading henchmen.

I decided to playfully confront the 1,295 Lego pieces in more than 20 bags that comprise the company's new Aston Martin kit, part of its Creator series ("expert level").

Though I have a disrespect for authority, I followed the instructions to a T, collecting all necessary pieces before snapping any two together.

What started as an awkward mess of interlocking shapes evolved into the DB5 during the 15-odd hours it took to build.

At times, I wasn't sure which part I was crafting until I slid it into its place, completing a satisfying puzzle.

On two different nights I looked up to see the clock winding closer to 2 a.m., but I didn't stop.

Each small step took only a handful of minutes so why not complete a few more before bed?

That meditative, immersive high is called "flow," when the challenge matches your skill set and you're fully engaged in an activity.

Too easy and you get bored; too complicated and you get stressed and frustrated and quit.

I'm no "expert" so I encountered plenty of frustration.

At one point, I realized I'd snapped two integral pieces into the wrong place (by one measly Lego stud!) eight steps ago, utterly preventing any progress.

Instead of throwing my DB5 against a wall (my go-to as a kid) I calmly backtracked, fixed it, and moved forward again.

I guess this is being a grown-up.

I loved the details of the DB5 kit, like a small red phone hidden behind a secret compartment in the door.

But I was oddly let down once I snapped the four tire scythes onto the car's chrome wire rims.

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After 263 steps I was done, but I no longer had a project to occupy my mind and satisfy my curiosity: now I just had a toy I didn't really need.

"I have a super-cool Lego Saturn V on my shelf," said Brian Volk-Weiss, creator of "The Toys That Made Us" on Netflix. "I'd never in 100 years do it again, yet it would be great to smash it and start again. It's always bittersweet when it's over."

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Wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?

February 4, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

justdelete.me — "A directory of direct links to delete your account from web services"

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They classify websites as easy, medium, hard, or impossible to leave.

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So great.

February 4, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

BehindTheMedspeak: One Night Cough Syrup

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Wrote Gilly Youner, "'One Night Cough Syrup,' some remarkable ingredients, manufactured in Baltimore, 1888."

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Got Sardines? — "All tins are not created equal"

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Mmmmm...

February 4, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Anti-Snoring Sleep Mask

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"Is there a snorer in your bedroom?"

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Hupnos 

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detects,

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tracks,

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and eliminates snoring.

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$125.

February 4, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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