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September 17, 2019

Hidden Landscape — Sculptures by Matthew Simmonds


From ufunk:


"The sculptures of the artist Matthew Simmonds,


who carves marble and stone to create fascinating architectural fragments,


letting appear colonnades and arches hidden inside rocks."

September 17, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Look on the bright side — Or, rationalizing why it's OK that my new iMac is so slow

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Long story short: earlier this year my 2009 iMac bit the dust.

That's OK, 10 years of excellent service with nary a problem was a fine run.

I decided to replace it with the machine up top.

Nice price, $999 from B&H, what's not to like?

Got a minute?

At first I was all thrilled with it, great screen, but from the very first day I noticed that the SBBOD — Spinning Beach Ball of Death —


appeared whenever I did something like open a new window or drop-down menu or even preview a picture, just like my 2009 machine, only slower.


My trusty adviser on all things Mac, who likes to stay under the radar using the stealth handle adt, tweeted that I should return it and get a different version, with flash rather than a hard drive.


I hadn't even noticed the hardware inside when I bought it, just the nice price.

After a number of months watching that beach ball spinning, I must say it's getting old.

Yesterday, watching the colorful rotating icon do what it does, it occurred to me that I could make lemonade out of my lemon by looking at it differently:

The SBBOD is the computer equivalent of slow food.

Once I added that lens, I was money.


'Cause while that ball spins, I can look over at Gray Cat and think about how it can be possible for her brain, about as big as a walnut inside her small skull, to create behavior which provides endless happiness for me, day after splendid day.

September 17, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Once upon a time in North America — 77 million years ago — flew the "Frozen dragon of the north wind"

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Above and below, an artist's conception of Cryodrakon boreas (Greek for the moniker in the headline), a new species of pterosaur just identified in what is now called Alberta, Canada.

It could reach up to 13 feet tall with a wingspan of 30 feet, making it one of the largest flying animals ever.

"Like other pterosaurs, Cryodrakon had awkward proportions, with a long neck, huge wings, and a slender head about 3.5 times the  length of its body."

Since it was unable to chew, its diet consisted of whole lizards, mammals, and baby dinosaurs.

Read the study in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology here.

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[via the Washington Post]

September 17, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Talk to Books

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"Browse passages from books using experimental AI."

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Fair warning....

September 17, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Inflatable Empire Chair

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Plastic seat filled with holographic glitter

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folds into an 11" x 9" square

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when deflated.

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Blue, Gold, or Purple.

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September 17, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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