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March 20, 2019

Internet in a Baby — Richard Kashdan's Time Machine

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Internet in a Baby 

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was the Cool Site of the Day for April 2, 1995.

March 20, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Robot Gripper from the Bizarro World

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A wormhole opened up and this striking soft robot,

which looks like a wilted flower but can lift 100 times its own weight,

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slipped through.

[via the Verge]

March 20, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Generative.fm — "Endlessly unique ambient music"

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Made by Alex Bainter, who wrote: 

A platform for generative music pieces played in the browser. In addition to the site itself, I create and maintain the generative music systems currently featured on it. Every performance is unique and never repeats, and yet the music lasts as long as you're willing to listen. Even though you'll never hear the same thing twice, each performance of a piece is unmistakably familiar. I find the music is perfect for listening to during activities which require concentration, like reading, writing, or working.

For once, "there goes the day" does not apply.

Patron saint: Brian Eno.

March 20, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Death Mask of Pakal the Great


From Atlas Obscura:


The striking jade death mask of an ancient Mayan king is displayed in a replica tomb in Mexico City. 

When it was discovered in 1952 during an excavation of the Temple of Inscriptions (below)

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in the ruined Mayan city of Palenque (modern-day Mexico), this intricate jade death mask had been lying in a darkened tomb chamber for over a thousand years, covering a skull. Inscriptions on the walls indicated that the skull belonged to none other than the Mayan king K’inich Janaab’ Pakal, known today as Pakal the Great.

For much of his long 68-year reign during the 7th century, the Mayan king Pakal (meaning "Sun Shield") was the most powerful person in the entire Americas. But despite the lofty status he held in the twilight of his life, he began his rule as an unlikely and underestimated leader.

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Pakal ascended the throne at only 12 years old in a city devastated by war with the rival Mayan state of Kaan. The warring period with the kingdom Kaan had twice led to catastrophic sieges of Palenque, the massacre of its citizens, and the killing of its former ruler. The young king inherited a kingdom in a state of anarchy, profoundly scarred by war and its recent humiliating military defeat. Most of its stately buildings had been reduced to rubble and a large part of its population lay dead, butchered by the arrows, spears, and obsidian-bladed maces of the ferocious warriors of Kaan. The once-abundant crops of maize had been burned to the ground and the threat of famine loomed.  

All of this proved formative for the character of Pakal. His mother, Lady Sak K’uk, served as regent for three years while the young king matured.

Word of this ambitious young ruler and his city rising from the ashes began to spread across the Mayan world, and once again the kingdom of Kaan sought to destroy it, sending out an enormous army to crush Palenque into the ground forever. But when spies got word of the enemy's plans and reported them to the king, Pakal raised an army and attacked the Kaan kingdom outposts. The battle was fierce but the army of Palenque was victorious and returned home with several captured enemy lords. Pakal ordered these captives to be sacrificed to the god K’awill — a diety of serpents, lightning, and maize — as a public display of his power and a warning to his enemies.

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This military victory gave the rising kingdom some respite from fighting, as its enemies were ever afterward wary of declaring war on the king. His reign was far from free of conflict, but the city would never again be directly attacked or be besieged during his lifetime. The king lived to a remarkable 80 years of age and ruled for 68 of those years, one of the longest reigns in human history. 

His striking funerary mask was found inside the sarcophagus of the Pakal the Great during the excavation of a tunnel under the Temple of Inscriptions pyramid at Palenque.

It is now on display inside a superb recreation of Pakal's tomb (below) at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.

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You can find the death mask and replica tomb in the National Museum of Anthropology's Mayan hall. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day except Thursdays, when it is closed to the public. The entrance fee is 51 pesos but if you are a Mexican national or a foreign resident of the country you may visit for free on Sundays.

March 20, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Yuzu Juicy Citrus Face Pack — "Organic facial treatment beauty mask"



From the website:


This Yuzu Juicy Citrus Fruit Face Pack is made with Kochi Prefecture yuzu.

These Japanese citrus fruits are highly aromatic and often used in Japanese cooking.

Kochi is actually the top yuzu producer in the whole country, cultivating the fruit with water from the Shimanto River — known as one of the three greatest clear rivers in Japan.

The producers of this face pack use a steam distillation technique to extract the maximum aroma of essential oils from the yuzu, so that you can really smell the incredibly fresh yuzu scent.

It features 25ml (0.8 fl oz) of 14 different kinds of beauty components such as organic shea butter, squalane, glycerin, and more that offer anti-aging care and moisturizing power for your skin.

Don't waste a drop!

Features and Details:

• Yuzu from Kochi Prefecture

• 14 natural and organic components

• 99.9% natural ingredients


Apply to clean skin

Do not use on irritated skin

Stop usage if you feel irritation

Apply mask around eyes first and then to forehead and chin

Rinse with water if fluid gets in your eyes

Allow to remain on skin for 5-10 minutes

Instructions: Japanese



March 20, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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