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February 26, 2019

Got noise? City Soundproofing will sort you out


"Based in Manhattan, serving the world."

A comprehensive guide to the science — and art — of blocking noise, "specializing in neighbor noise abatement."

Home, recording studio, conference room, what have you, noise is a never-ending problem for many people.

Perhaps it's not a fact of life.

February 26, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

BehindTheMedspeak: What's wrong with this picture?


Look at the picture above.

What do you see?

The caption for the photo — which accompanied a Wall Street Journal  article on unconventional treatments for depression — reads, "Psychiatrist Ronald Parks combines conventional and alternative medicine."

Auscultating a sitting patient's abdomen through clothing — as opposed to placing the stethoscope against the skin of a supine individual — is indeed unconventional — besides being diagnostically worthless.

All you'll hear is the rustling of fabric against the instrument.

Why Dr. Parks allowed himself to be pictured looking so foolish — he's an internist as well as a psychiatrist, so he can't claim he forgot — is beyond me.

Oh, well, I suppose it doesn't matter much — I just hope the story spelled his name correctly.

February 26, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Let's talk about bread boxes


Above, what boj reader TOM* sent me.

It was created by the formidable yakult drinker, whose Twitter account is @aurelianrabbit.

*Going forward, all attributions to submissions by boj readers will appear in ALL CAPS/BOLDFACE.

It's the most I can do — wait a sec, that's not right....

February 26, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

"Pine Gap"

New on Netflix, a six-episode thriller centering on the Australian Outback listening post crucial to U.S. intelligence efforts around the world.

Sparkling cast (none of whom I'd ever seen nor heard of before), excellent story, but the best part is the spectacular Australian landscape.

A wonderful six hour journey to what might as well be, for most peeps in the U.S., never-ever land.

February 26, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Dreem Sleep Cap

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Things to make you sleep better — devices, techniques, methods, etc. — are like remedies for hiccups: the fact so many exist means none really work.

But I digress.

From the Washington Post: "This lightweight cap* tracks your brain activity, heart, respiration, and movement. You can use the data as feedback for breathing and relaxation exercises. And Dreem also touts the ability to emit 'sound stimulations' while you're in deep sleep, improving its quality."

If you believe that, you need your ducts cleaned yesterday.

$499 (sold out when I created this post earlier this month).

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*The company calls it a band, not a cap. You can see what it looks like above: what would you call it?

And no — "scam" is not acceptable. Be nice.

February 26, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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