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February 22, 2020

Over 150,000 illustrations of the natural world enter public domain

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From Hyperallergic:

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"The free images, uploaded courtesy of the Biodiversity Heritage Library,

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include animal sketches, historical diagrams, botanical studies,

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and scientific research."

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"The Biodiversity Heritage Library is the world's largest open-access digital archive dedicated to the natural world."

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Fair warning: There goes the weekend.

[via Crack San Francisco Correspondent®© Richard Kashdan]

February 22, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bungee Bed

YouTube caption:

Gray Cat prefers this napping spot above all others, prolly 'cause she's suspended on a web of stretched bungee cords (whose main function is to hold the 37-year-old chair together, now that its webbing has deteriorated to the point where it can no longer support a person's weight).

Air from the heating vent directly below rises and fills the space between the chair's original seat and the superimposed bungee arrangement, making for a very comfortable snooze.

When you weigh 5.5 pounds and your weight's distributed over a relatively large area (I did the math: she covers about one square foot of surface area with her furry self when reclining in sleep pose; 5.5 pounds x 16 ounces/pound  = 88 ounces divided by 144 square inches = 0.6 ounces/square inch = 17 grams/square inch pressure) when you sleep, life is good.

Note the bungee cord fibers and kitty's whiskers waving in the stream of warm air rising from below the chair.

February 22, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

A man who wears one watch always knows what time it is; a man with two is never sure

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Reader Pamela Barnes commented as follows yesterday:

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She was referring to footage in this video, a screen grab from which appears below.

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At first glance it does appear as if I'm wearing two watches — but take a closer look.

The square "watch" — featured in the picture that leads this post — turns out to be a conceptual piece by Berlin (Germany)-based artist Ina Seifart which I fell in love with at first sight decades ago and bought.

As I recall, she called it the "Timeless Watch."

From time to time, when I'm wearing it without any other wrist candy, someone will ask me if I have the time, and I'll flash it.

Expressions vary, but they're always amusing — at least to me.

But then, I'm easily amused.

It just occurred to me that anyone who loves this piece as much as I do would be someone I'd get along with great.

Alas, I've yet to meet that person (I mean one who loves the inherent conceptual genius of it as much as me).

Turns out the artist is still making them: here's one in gold

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that appears on her website.

February 22, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Pascal conductance electron train

OK, I hear you: what the heck am I doing posting this video?

Before you bury me in a hail of invective, try reading this explanatory piece.

Better?

If you're game, try the abstract of the paper, published February 14, 2020 in Science.

February 22, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Reflectacles

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From the website:

IRcloak, IRpair, Phantom, and Ghost eyewear block 3D infrared facial mapping during both day and night.

They also block 2D video algorithm-based facial recognition on cameras using IR for illumination.

There's even a universal clip-on that easily attaches to your current frames.

Reflectacles allow you to opt out of these systems that you never consented to in the first place.

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$84-$164.

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

February 22, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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