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September 22, 2019

Vantablack BMW

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From the Verge :

At next month's Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW will display a one-off version of the forthcoming third-generation X6 SUV that's been fully coated in Vantablack paint, in which carbon nanotubes are used to create one of the darkest substances on Earth.

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BMW tapped Surrey NanoSystems, the company that stumbled onto Vantablack a few years ago, to cover one of its new X6s in a newer version of the substance called VBX2. (The Verge actually just visited Surrey NanoSystems’ UK headquarters to get a look at Vantablack up close, check it out.)

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This Vantablack variant allows for the slightest bit of light reflection while remaining "super black," according to Surrey NanoSystems founder Ben Jensen.

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The Vantablack X6 is likely to cause a stir in Frankfurt. The paint is, by all accounts, a transfixing thing to look at.

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Hussein Al-Attar, the X6's designer, said in an interview that he could see it becoming an actual paint option on the new SUV, because "X6 drivers are among our most extroverted and free-spirited customers."

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September 22, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

ARKITIP unopened


Long story short: some years ago I subscribed for a year to an art magazine called ARKITIP.

Three issues/per year, limited editions of 1,000.

I have numbers 35 (above), 36 (bottom), and 37 (below),


still in their wrappers, unopened.

Why are they still in their wrappers, unopened?

Now we come to the self-revealing portion of our program.

See, as long as I can remember, I've had the habit of not immediately opening things that arrive in the mail or via delivery.

I'm reminded of that now-discredited theory that little kids who deferred gratification grew up to be more successful than those who couldn't resist temptation.

The more I'm looking forward to what's in the envelope or box, the longer I delay.

The way I see it, if you wait, you not only get the same or more gratification from the letter or object when you finally open the package, but you also get the delight of wondering what it is, for days, weeks, months, or even years, as is the case with my three issues of ARKITIP.

FunFact: I just had a look at the ARKITIP website, where I was surprised to learn that issues #35 and #37 have become collectors' items selling for $300 apiece.


Issue #36 (above) is a snip at $25, reduced from $200.

September 22, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Boot Camp for Nuns" — Sister Helen Prejean

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This article is excerpted from her new book, "River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey."

From the piece:

I'm nineteen years old, the year is 1958, and I've already made it through the first nine months of probation (called "postulancy") and am now a first-year novice at St. Joseph Novitiate in New Orleans. More than anything in the world I want to be a holy nun in love with God. I want to be a saint. And, according to Catholic teaching, by joining the religious life I'm choosing the most direct route to sainthood. By my vows I will become a spouse of Jesus Christ.

Or, rather, as I am learning, I am chosen by Jesus because you can't simply declare yourself chosen and become a nun just like that, because that might be self-will, not God's will. Jesus said, "You have not chosen me but I have chosen you," so you have to be invited and you have to pray long and hard, listening to your deep-down soul to hear the call. Then you have to ask admittance to the community, and merely because you're asking doesn't mean they'll accept you, and I prayed and prayed and wrote and rewrote my application to Mother Mary Anthelma, the superior, asking to be admitted to the novitiate. I also had to have my parish priest, Father Marionneaux, write to Mother Anthelma to assure the community that I was a Catholic in good standing. The novitiate, where I am now, is the training ground, the place where you and the community see if there’s a "fit."

In senior religion class at St. Joseph’s Academy, where I went to high school, Father William Borders taught us that religious life, or the Life of Perfection, is the "highest" state of life for a Christian, higher than marriage or the single life. That's because the other states of life must be lived in the world, which is full of traps, seductions, and temptations — all lures of Satan, who is hell-bent, you better believe it, on separating souls from God.


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

Where to park

In big parking lots, you can make your life easier by doing these things:

• Park far away from the store(s), where there's plenty of open space

• That means you can head into a spot that will let you exit without reversing, always fraught what with some 70% of the vehicles in the lot being SUVs or trucks, with their visibility-diminishing profiles (FunFact: in other countries, sedans make up 70% of vehicles)

• By being out in the boonies, your vehicle's much less likely to get dinged

• It's also easier to spot

• Lagniappe: you get some exercise without having to set aside time 

What's not to like?

September 22, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Chalktrail — Bicycle Sidewalk Chalking Toy


Wrote reader Jo Ilbury,


"This product


would have significantly improved


my childhood."


Ditto here.


Blue or Red: $19.95.

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

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