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March 5, 2019

How fast 5G mobile internet feels








fired up.

March 5, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Atlas Obscura goes AO

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The wonderful website Atlas Obscura's Twitter avatar (above) is quite similar to the Australian Open's slick logo (below).


I'm thinking there may not be a whole lot of Venn diagram overlap between the two, such that this happened.

March 5, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Never Let Me Go"

The other day I happened on this 2010 movie while browsing Netflix or Prime Video, I can't remember which.

Anyhoo, it seemed to me vaguely familiar but I didn't think I'd seen it back when it came out... or did I?

Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley, that's a formidable pair of leads.

I started watching it (on Amazon, as it turned out) and even as the movie unspooled I still wasn't sure if I'd seen it before.

Question: if you've seen a movie before but don't remember you saw it, did you see it? 

If you had a time machine and could go back and watch yourself watching it, then no question: but I don't have such a machine just yet.

When Charlotte Rampling appeared about a quarter of the way into the film, the penny dropped and I was certain I'd seen it.

Oddly, though, I couldn't remember anything about it.

So I decided to watch to the end, and that was that.

A quiet, rather depressing film, much like the mood the book evoked — though I'm not even sure I read it.

Much remains uncertain, but in a quantum world, that's the only thing that's certain.

March 5, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

The origin of cubism 2,000 years before the birth of Picasso

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Above and below, a magnificent relief of a lion in the wall of the remains of the second century B.C.E. Qasr Al-Abd ("Palace of the Slave" in Arabic), located outside Amman, Jordan.

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The first-century C.E. historian Flavius Josephus, in his book "The Antiquities of the Jews," described it as a large white castle into which "animals of a prodigious magnitude" were carved.

[via Atlas Obscura]

March 5, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Möbius strip coat hanger


Be still my twisted two-dimensional topological heart.

When I first encountered Möbius strips and Klein bottles, I was utterly enchanted.

I still keep a place in my heart for them, so when I saw this wonderful coat hanger, I thought to myself, what a perfect gift for someone like me or anyone with a mathematical/geometric/topological jones.


Here's an easy A if you give it to the right teacher for Christmas.

But I digress.

From the website:



This accessories hanger is ideal for ties, scarves, and belts.

Bent plywood, due to its versatility and ability to take unusual and often surprising forms, is used to create the looped body, allowing accessories to hang elegantly, whether out on display or in the closet.

Hook is made from powder coated steel.

Dimensions: 10.2"H x 7.9"W x 3.1"D.




March 5, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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