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November 23, 2019

What is it?

Fooled u

Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: plastic.

A third: no moving parts.

Lagniappe: designed and made in Japan.

November 23, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

The fallacy behind "do what you love, the money will follow"


It's exactly the same error in reasoning that leads to people anointing stock pickers who made the right call as great investors, when in fact anytime you lump enough people together, someone will get lucky and be right.

Lots of people — I'd dare to say millions — do what they love, but little in the way of money follows.

Instead, for the great majority there's frustration, anger and penury, with the love ultimately abandoned in favor of something that guarantees a regular paycheck.

A few people do get lucky.

Most of those just smile at their lucky fortune, like individuals who find they've got a winning lottery ticket.

But every single one of those who get lucky were indistinguishable at the get-go from far more exactly like them who crashed and burned.

For every successful artist, actor or musician there are a thousand equally talented but unlucky ones.

Save your money.

November 23, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

1913 Schilovski Gyrocar


From Retronaut:

In 1912 the Russian Count Peter P. Schilovski, a lawyer and member of the Russian royal family, visited the Wolseley Tool and Motorcar Company, and laid before their engineers plans for a two-wheeled gyroscopically-stabilised car. At that time Wolseley were a sizable manufacturer producing ordinary cars, double-decker buses, taxicabs, lorries and powerboat engines.


The Wolseley men were clearly impressed, as the job was accepted, and work began immediately, under the supervision of A. W. Dring, the Chief Experimental Engineer. The chassis took a year to build, which seems impressively fast given the amount of experimentation that must have been needed. The Count was a frequent visitor during this period to the Adderley Park works in Birmingham.


At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, The Count returned to Russia. Wolseley were fully occupied in war work, and the Gyrocar was not uppermost in their minds; it lay abandoned in a corner of the factory.


The Wolseley directors not unnaturally assumed that the Count had been a casualty of either the war or the Russian Revolution. Wanting to get it out of the way, but not wishing to dispose of it completely, they hit upon the extraordinary solution of burying it. This is not normally considered an appropriate method for the long-term storage of motor vehicles.


In 1938 it was decided to exhume the Gyrocar. It looks as though it was interred upside down. It was restored at considerable expense and put on display in the company museum.

[via Douglas Self]

November 23, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hip hop vocabulary compared between artists

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From Flowing Data:

Matt Daniels compared rappers' vocabularies to find out who knows the most words.

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As two points of reference, Daniels also counted the number of unique words in the first 5,000 used words from seven of Shakespeare's works and the number of uniques from the first 35,000 words of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick.

I'm not sure how much stock I would put into these literary comparisons though, because this is purely a keyword count.

So "pimps", "pimp", "pimping", and "pimpin" count as four words in a vocabulary and I have a hunch that variants of a single word are more common in rap lyrics than in Shakespeare and Melville.

Again, I'm guessing here.

That said, although there could be similar issues within the rapper comparisons, I bet the counts are more comparable.

November 23, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Snowflake Colored Pencils

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From the website:

A set of 3 pencils shaped and colored like the soft gentle crystals that fall from the winter sky.

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When sharpened, the accumulated shavings mimic the shape of snowflakes.

The 3 colors — white, silver, and gold — are mixed with small particles that glisten and shine.

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The exterior that forms the shape of the snowflake is made from recycled paper, which also makes the pencils easy to sharpen.

A high-quality color core completes the pencil.

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Features and Details:

• Material: recycled paper, polypropylene, pigment, wax

• Set of 3 pencils includes sharpener

• Designed by Toshihiro Otomo

• Pencil length: 7"

• Made in Japan

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November 23, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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