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Artstor Public Collections

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"This guide provides an overview of the Artstor Public Collections."

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September 20, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Big ups to AAA

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Wednesday my car wouldn't start.

I knew that would be the case the around 8 p.m. night before, when I belatedly removed my key from the ignition, which I'd left in the ON position for about seven hours after opening the sunroof to clean out the drainage channels (another story entirely, for another time).

I tried to start it before removing the key Tuesday night but nothing happened: no sounds, lights didn't work, etc.

The only thing active was the speedometer indicator, a glowing white line in the instrument cluster.

Even that disappeared overnight.

I called AAA and had an outstanding experience.

• The voice AI menu was clear and easy to use

• Hold time until I spoke to a human dispatcher was under a minute

• The guy was a native English speaker located in the U.S., a rarity these days in customer service

• I opted for their new-to-me real-time tracking feature (top) on my phone, which instantly appeared (note the time, 7:47) and actually did let me follow technician Charles Montgomery's truck's progress on its 29-minute journey to my house.


How good was that tracking? So good that when it showed the truck was turning the corner onto my street, I went outside to my mailbox and there it was coming over the rise (below).

• Not only did Mr. Montgomery diagnose the obvious — my dead battery — but he also ran a series of tests, whose results he showed me, that indicated the reason my relatively new-but-now dead-battery (installed 18 months ago after many years of faithful service from the previous one) was kaput was because my alternator was just barely working.

He recommended I have the car towed to a mechanic to get the alternator and battery replaced.


Since the alternator was still functioning, albeit borderline, I opted instead to have him install a new battery right then and there such that I'd have a functioning vehicle which I could drive to the mechanic for alternator replacement at my convenience.

September 20, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

20 most-surveilled cities in the world*

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Want more?

Your wish is my demand:

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*Based on number of cameras per 1,000 people

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September 20, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wolf Kahn NOT Mark Rothko


After many years of Mark Rothko wall calendars (below),



I decided to shift gears for 2020.

Going up January 1: Wolf Kahn (top and below).




turns 92


next month.

Wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?

September 20, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Twister 3D


From the website:

This version of the 60s classic challenges up to 10 players to touch different colored dots on a playing surface using only their hands and feet.

Built by a company that only manufactures products for the amusement industry, the inflatable 18 oz., double-stitched vinyl 15' x 15' playing mat is comprised of 64 colored dots arranged in 8 rows of 8 dots each.

An included 24" diameter, 3'-high wheel spun at the beginning of each turn indicates which hand or foot players are to use and what color dot to touch.

Contortions and human pretzel poses aside, no other part of the body may touch the playing surface; the last player to remain "standing" wins.

A 1-hp air blower that keeps the playing surface inflated plugs into AC.

Features and Details:

• Supports up to 1,500 lbs

• 15'L x 15'W x 15"H

• 125 lbs.


September 20, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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