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September 15, 2019

How to make the world's best popcorn* — fastest, easiest, and cheapest ever


In the December 10, 2003 issue of the Washington Post Jeanne McManus provided a quick and dirty guide (above and below, the original article as cut out of the paper by me, after being lovingly curated for 16 years+, hence the yellowing and curling of some of the edges) to making your own fantastic popcorn.

The red Sharpie brackets were added by me in 2003 to help me focus on the meat of the piece — even then I was addled enough to require editorial additions.

No matter.


Make it and then tell me I'm wrong about any of the claims in the headline up top.

*Gray Cat-approved so you know it's got to be good.

September 15, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Magnus — Shazam for Art

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"Take a photo of an artwork and instantly know the artist, title, and price."

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Free, the way we like it.

Back story here.

September 15, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Chunking* — Or, how to read a book by Neal Stephenson

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As I reached page ninety-something of "D.O.D.O." yesterday morning, it became evident that it was time to perform the delicate surgery that enhances Neal Stephenson's magnificent, massive, Morton's-steak-like novels.

What I do is carefully separate the book's backing and attached pages into four or so more manageable segments, each easily held by one hand, which is how I like to proceed when ensconced on my reading couch.

Waking from a nap induced by a daydreamy envisioning of glamour**, it occurred to me that reading "D.O.D.O." is very much like entering the ODEC: your own world, when you put the book down, seems to have become contingent, a sheaf of possibilities all in play for becoming the next moment.

*Not the former name of the Chinese city of Chongqing

**The shimmering produced by overlapping universes in the book

September 15, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Dyeing* poison dart frog

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My favorite frog of the year.

It's not even close.

They live in the Kaw Mountains in French Guiana.

*As opposed to dying

[via the New York Times]

September 15, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Derucap Collapsible Safety Helmet — Disaster Head Protection


From the website:

You never know when a natural disaster might strike.

The Japanese are probably more aware of this than anyone, which is why they create these kinds of head protection items.

The Derucap Collapsible Safety Helmet starts off completely flat.

But pop it over your head and pull it down, and then it transforms instantly into a sturdy piece of protection.

Simple, compact, yet ingenious, this is a superb choice for home or workplace safety.


Features and Details:

• Polyethylene

• Weight: 3 oz.

• Fully collapsible

• Integrated chin strap

• Instructions: Japanese

• For head sizes 21"-24"

• Dimensions: 12" x 10" x 2"



Still not convinced?


the movie.

September 15, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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