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July 10, 2019

Antarctica Time Zone Map


[via Joe Peach]

July 10, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Poisonous ABCs: From Aconitine to Zetekitoxin


[above: Fly agaric mushrooms (Amanita muscaria)]

Wrote forensic toxicologist Justin Brower:

I've been wanting to write the Alphabet of Poisons for some time now, and what better time than the 100th post of Nature's Poisons?

The structures are hand drawn with fountain pens, which you may have noticed in recent posts here and on Twitter, so if there's a smudge or the bond angles aren't perfect, that's why.

There are so, so many poisons and toxins to choose from — especially the letter C, inexplicably there are dozens of poisons that start with C — so if I didn't include your favorite, let me know, and maybe it will show up in another iteration.

I have links to poisons I've written about before at the end of the ABCs.

July 10, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Being Okay With Loneliness — Benny Profane



The remarkable essay above appeared as a September 28, 2012 review on Amazon of the Heimlich Helper, featured here on October 4, 2013.

Who is Benny Profane?

That I cannot tell you but all 78 of his — or her — Amazon reviews are here.

Perhaps by reading them you can figure it out.

If you do, please let me/us know.

Thanks in advance.

July 10, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

"Finland's Munch": Helene Schjerfbeck


[above, "Self-Portrait with Red Spot" (1944)]

Schjerfbeck (1862-1946),


one of Finland's best-loved artists, is little known outside her home country.

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Above and below, exemplars of her work.

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This month the U.K.'s Royal Academy of Arts

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is giving her a solo show

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featuring 65 paintings of some 1,000 she made during her lifetime.


[above, "The Convalescent" (1888)]

The show opens on July 20 and will remain up through October 27, 2019.

[via the Guardian]

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

bookofjoe's Favorite Thing: Splinter Tweezers


I featured these a couple years ago but since then have discovered applications other than removing splinters and thorns.

• Excellent for popping blisters — easier to control than a needle as well as allowing for precisely sized hole(s)

• Superb for maneuvering very small things in tight spaces, for example pill pieces in a pill splitter

• Useful for unknotting things like shoelaces and sweatpant/sweatshirt drawstrings

• Essential for electronics disassembly/repair (considering the name on the tool)

Up to 2017 I used Tweezerman's iteration, but they're rather expensive ($14.39).

I had my Crack Research Team®© drill down and see if they could find a cheaper alternative.


Exploring iFixit they unearthed the beauty pictured up top.

A snip at $4.99.

July 10, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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