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August 22, 2019

"Pontiac" — Mary Ruefle

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Apple Watch Easter Egg

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Red light spares night vision.

For that reason I always choose alarm clocks with red digits.

The other day I was sitting here, doing something close to nothing (but different than the day before) when it suddenly occurred to me that if I could find a face on my Apple Watch that featured only red digits, it would be fine to wear it while I sleep so that when I wake up in the dark, I can have a look and not hinder my falling back to sleep.

Above and below,

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iPhone Watch App screenshots of my customized bedtime look.

Hey, wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?

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World's largest tube bell gongs — in Aarhus Public Library — whenever a child is born at nearby hospital


Back story here.

August 22, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

An Introductory Field Guide to Plastic Bread Clips


From 99percentinvisible:

Glimpsed in the bread aisles of a neighborhood supermarket, it would be all too easy to assume that all members of class Occlupanida (from: occlu: to close, and pan: bread) were functionally identical.

The Holotypic Occlupanid Research Group (HORG), however, begs to differ.


HORG's growing collection of plastic clips represents an impressive span of colors, shapes and sizes.

This variety forms the basis for a meticulous and thorough occlupanid classification system.


HORG explains that occlupanids are members of the Microsynthera kingdom and Plasticae phylum.

On their website, each specimen is further sub-categorized into an order and family.

Descriptions, dimensions and photographs are provided for each genus and species.

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"Much like insect wings," the site authors elaborate, "occlupanids are grouped according to the dentition (or lack thereof) in their oral groove, which often dictates both their ecological niche and biogeographic location."

Each bagged specimen is also tagged on the site with an "ecological classification" based on the biomes in which it has been found (e.g. grocery aisle, hardware store, asphalt road, landfill, oceanic gyre, or gastrointestinal tract).


According to some sources, the bread clip was invented by Floyd G. Paxton of Yakima, Washington.

He is said to have invented his "Kwik Lock closure" on a flight in 1952 when he opened a bag of peanuts and had no way to close them. Paxton then used a pocket knife to carve out a prototype closure device from an expired plastic credit card.

His invention was later adapted for commercial use as an easy way to initially seal and then reseal bags.

HORG, however, vigorously disputes "any claims that occlupanids were somehow 'invented' by one man in the 1950's" as "a creationist myth fabricated by tax cheats" that "can be dismissed out of hand."


While this overview should be helpful to budding occlupanologists, it would be impossible to do justice to the extensive writings of HORG exclusively through secondary accounts.

Those interested in learning more should visit their explanations of occlupanid TaxonomyMorphologyGrowth, and Development as well as their historical pages concerning the Origins of the Occlupanidae and History of Occlupanology.

HORG also encourages people to contact them with new unique findings.

August 22, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Match Holder & Striker

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From the website:

There's something to be said for stylish, simple display pieces that also serve a functional purpose.

By sand casting each Strike Up Match Holder and Striker from solid aluminum, the naturally rough texture on the exterior also serves as the perfect striker surface for the strike-anywhere matches you can store within.

Whether you're using your matches to light candles, incense, sage, or even a cigar, they'll look a lot better displayed in this stylish accessory than they would anywhere else.

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Features and Details:

• 4"Ø x 1.75"H

• Made in the USA

• Includes green-tipped strike-anywhere matches

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August 22, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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