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October 28, 2019

Riding the rails with Paradox

From Vimeo: "Over a period of 4 years, Cpt. Olf followed at close range Paradox, Berlin's most secretive pixação writer and urban climber, as he took photographs from near-impossible vantage points."

"He apparently works best when clinging to the roof of a high-speed train or dangling from a wind turbine."

October 28, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Experts' Expert: How cats see in the dark

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C. Claiborne Ray's New York Times Science section Q&A feature, below, explains how cats' eyes enable them to see far more than humans when darkness falls.


Q. Does the slit shape of a cat's pupil confer any advantages over the more rounded pupils of other animals?

A. "There are significant advantages," said Dr. Richard E. Goldstein, chief medical officer of the Animal Medical Center in New York City.

"A cat can quickly adjust to different lighting conditions, control the amount of light that reaches the eye and see in almost complete darkness," he said. "Moreover, the slit shape protects the sensitive retina in daylight."

The slit-shaped pupil found in many nocturnal animals, including the domestic cat, presumably allows more effective control of how much light reaches the retina, in terms of both speed and completeness.

"A cat has the capacity to alter the intensity of light falling on its retina 135-fold, compared to tenfold in a human, with a circular pupil," Dr. Goldstein said. "A cat’s eye has a large cornea, which allows more light into the eye, and a slit pupil can dilate more than a round pupil, allowing more light to enter in dark conditions."

Cats have other visual advantages as well, Dr. Goldstein said.

A third eyelid, between the regular eyelids and the cornea, protects the globe and also has a gland at the bottom that produces extra tears.

The eyes' location, facing forward in the front of the skull, gives cats a large area of binocular vision, providing depth perception and helping them to catch prey.


Times illustration (top) by Victoria Roberts.

October 28, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

You remain alive as long as memories of you exist in someone living

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I remember reading this post's headline once and thinking that it was a fair representation.

The thought came to mind earlier today when I was preparing a boj post and referred to a 2006 boj post that linked to an article that had appeared in a 2006 issue of the New York Times magazine.

Except when I clicked on the link in the 2006 boj post, I got the page pictured up top.

So if I hadn't reposted the 2006 Times piece in its entirety, it would no longer exist, at least in the sense of this post's headline.

Of course, it exists all over the place in innumerable multiverses but I'm talking about our iteration of it. 

October 28, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What's your bag worth?

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I don't know how many boj readers have a Venn diagram overlap with Kylie Jenner when it comes to their handbag collections but the world being as big as it is there's got to be at least one.

For you, then, this post, which features New York Times fashion editor Vanessa Friedman's musings and observations about the high-end bag resale market.

Above and below,

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a summary of her findings.

October 28, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Snack Socks

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Something for everyone.

If you can't find a pair featuring your favorite junk food, maybe it's time you rethought your choice.

Just sayin'....

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Still not convinced?


the video.

October 28, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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