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April 21, 2019

Kitchen storage on the cheap


How does free sound?

Is free good for you?

'Cause it works for me.

Besides which, as everyone knows: that's the way we like it.

From now on, whenever you're in your grocery store of choice that has a salad bar, double cup every item and then double top it using the clear plastic containers furnished.

Nobody will notice or care, and when you get home you remove the pristine extra lids and containers and build your storage collection.

The containers come in at least three sizes.

Lagniappe: they all use the same size lid.

If one gets oily or funky, trash it: plenty more where it came from.

April 21, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Art Imitates Life: Antony Gormley's "Another Place" and the Neskowin Ghost Forest


My July 17, 2005 post:

On Crosby Beach near Liverpool, England, one hundred cast–iron life–size male figures, cast from sculptor Antony Gormley's own body, stand like sentinels (above), planted between the high– and low–tide marks.

They stand in positions carefully plotted on a chart and fixed by GPS, welded to 3–meter–deep piles driven deep into the sand to prevent their (unintended) removal.

All stare out to sea on an identical compass bearing and will continue to stand vigil until November of next year.

They gaze from their positions close to the mouth of the Mersey estuary toward the west and the setting sun.

Below, the Neskowin Ghost Forest on Oregon's Tillamook Coast.


It consists


of the remnants


of some one hundred once-towering Sitka spruce trees


likely felled during a major earthquake


that hit the Cascadia subduction zone in 1700.

[via Atlas Obscura]

April 21, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio


From Atlas Obscura:


A mere half-hour train ride from Dublin, Ireland lies the charming fishing village of Howth.

There among the pleasant pubs, romantic ruins, and breathtaking bluffs, a curious explorer may find a 19th-century stone tower looming over the harbor.


This is Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio.

The museum is the brainchild of Pat Herbert, who moved his collection of vintage radios, record players, and televisions into the tower in 2003.


Known as Martello towers, these squat forts featured thick, rounded walls and heavy artillery that could rotate a full 360 degrees, perfect for coastal defense.

The British built this particular tower in 1805 to help detect potential invasions from Napoleonic forces.

After Napoleon was exiled to Elba in 1814, the invention of high-powered rifle artillery eventually made such towers obsolete for military use.

In 1903, early radio pioneer Lee De Forest sent the first successful wireless transmissions between Howth and Holyhead.

Two years later, Guglielmo Marconi tested his own system, sending wireless telegraph transmissions to an offshore ship, the HMTS Monarch.

April 21, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bypass paywalls for Firefox

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Even better than Apple News+.

You can too!

April 21, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: plastic.

April 21, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

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