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January 11, 2020

Dark Side of the Moon

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Above and below,

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images taken by China's Chang'e 4 spacecraft.

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These pictures were taken by the spacecraft's camera and its Yutu 2 rover.

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From ArsTechnica:

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"Since the landing, the rover has driven a little more than 350 meters across the Moon's surface, studying rock formations and taking additional photos. The data was collected over a period of 12 lunar 'days,' or most of the last year."

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

January 11, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

BehindTheMedspeak: The therapeutic aura


For me, an infallible indicator of where I am in the course of a major depressive episode (there have been four: in 1977, 1991, 2001, and 2014-15) is how early I arrive at my psychiatrist's office.

When really at rock bottom, I tend to get there way before my appointment time — 30 minutes, even a hour — and just sit in my car in the parking lot or on one of the crummy chairs in his waiting room.

Somehow, just being in the vicinity is comforting to a degree.

After we're done, I'll sit in my car for a while before heading home.

That way, my session lasts for hours (from leaving home till returning), a lot more bang for my therapeutic buck than the allotted 50 minutes by the wall clock.

Try it, you might like it.

January 11, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

CW Pencil Enterprise

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Attention pencil fanatics:

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January 11, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pro Tip: How to tell if off-the-shelf cowboy boots are well made


"Look for wooden pegs rather than nails in the soles; when wet, the wood expands and contracts with the leather."

[via the Economist]

January 11, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Automatic Trash Can

From websites:

Townew ties off the bag when full and pulls a new bag into place.

Features and Details:

• Self-closing

• Infrared motion sensor

• Touchless design opens lid with a wave of the hand

• Bags automatically cut and sealed using thermoplastic technology

• Rechargeable battery life approximately one month after 10-hour charge

What could go wrong?

$119.95 (trash not included).

January 11, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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