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August 8, 2019

Cats in infrared react to a magnitude 6.0 earthquake yesterday in Taiwan

[via the BBC]

August 8, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

"Anathem" — Neal Stephenson


I finished this wonderful book last week and continue to think about it.

It's almost indescribable, being both entertaining and deeply philosophical.

Even the words Stephenson invents for objects, people, and places in his fictional world are enchanting.

I need another post or three to elaborate.

"When the student is ready, the master will appear" — who hasn't heard this old saw?

Yet in my case, it turns out to be true: no way would reading Stephenson's books (first his latest, "Fall; or, Dodge in Hell") when I was younger have made the kind of impact they do now, when I'm performing daily experiments with free will and the multiverse.

His novels are long: "Anathem" is 1008 pages and "Fall; or, Dodge in Hell" 880.

That's just fine with me.

August 8, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Salvador Dalí and Whitey Ford for Braniff

A 1968 TV commercial with Braniff's then-tagline: "When you got it — flaunt it."

August 8, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tunneling through paywalls — Part 2

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Part 1 (below) appeared on July 20, 2019.

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Last week Google released Chrome 76, which disables about a third of existing paywalls if you use Incognito mode.

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Try it, you'll like it.

August 8, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Band-Aid Neck Tie


From the website:

While your soul might be wounded from your boring everyday job, now there's a fun fix.

Our Band-Aid Neck Tie isn't for dressing your wounds — it's for dressing you up with a twist of awesome.

This clever neckwear will rejuvenate your everyday attire.

Wear this tie to work or a fancy gala event to provide fashionable support to your suit and heal the wounds that your boring old ties left behind.

This Band-Aid look alike is the perfect tie for doctors, mechanics, or dads... basically anyone who fixes things or needs fixing.

It's very realistic and the tie is actually puffy where the cushiony gauze goes — kiss those boo-boos goodbye.

Features and Details:

• 57"

• One size

• Polyester

• Non-sterile

• Includes gift box



August 8, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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