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March 14, 2020

Morning Hydration, Gray Cat Style

March 14, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Survey of Bookish Habits

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From longtime Crack Pittsburgh Correspondent©® Jo Novelli comes the following:

hey joe!
good to see you're still up and running at bookofjoe!
me too, over at thehabitorium.com
any chance you can send up a post to boj about my current effort?
The Survey of Bookish Habits is the basis for a link to the survey: https://www.thehabitorium.com/bookishhabitssurvey
and a link to the show:
and a blog post with pictures from the exhibition:
and a podcast:
i'm hoping to generate a lot of mail for the project and will be crunching the data for a report to the gallery by april 14. 
i sure hope you can see your way to help me get the word out. 
very warmly,
Like I always say to readers: "Your wish is my demand."

March 14, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Metro Project

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Chris M. Forsyth 


photographed metro stations


in Germany







De L'Église

and below,




From top down: 

Marienplatz, Munich

Rathaus Steglitz, Berlin

Olympia-Einkaufszentrum, Munich

Paracelsus-Bad, Berlin

Richard-Wagner-Platz, Berlin

Jean Talon, Montreal

De L'Église, Montreal

Champ-de-Mars, Montreal

Lasalle, Montreal

[via Atlas Obscura]

March 14, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Christine and the Queens — "La Vita Nuova"

Back story here.

March 14, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


I love stuff like this that challenges my balancing ability.

Having good balance is a huge plus in everyday life, even more so if you're a runner like me who does most of their mileage outside on uneven/cracked/broken sidewalks.

Every sidewalk square and step is a potential face plant with the possibility of serious injury.

About four months ago, a local runner about my age did a face plant while running and broke his nose, arm, and ribs: he hasn't run since.

I go down suddenly every few months: it was more frequent a couple years ago, perhaps because I'm slower now and have more time to react.

On the other hand, my reaction time is slowing in tandem with my running speed, so perhaps that's not the reason.

I've practiced falling while running on grass, and have pretty much mastered the ability to not fight gravity but rather roll and lean into the fall such that I kind of do a forward somersault, leading with my tucked-in arm and following with my shoulder and then coming back up.

So far it's worked: the only thing I've broken over the years has been my first Apple Watch: since that episode, I've used a protective case for my watch while running and haven't damaged it in during some 10-15 hard falls on pavement.

Anyway, I love the challenge of balancing myself on boards like this and hemispheric exercise ball platforms.

Anything I can gamify instantly becomes fun, so I'm always trying to gamify everything.

I've had one of these wooden wobbleboards for ages but mine only has two levels of difficulty and so I tend not to play on it very often.

I ordered the one featured here within a yoctosecond of seeing it.

From the website:


Improve balance and coordination with this wooden wobble board featuring six adjustable levels for a variable challenge.

Wobblesmart was developed by physical therapists to improve balance, stability, core strength, and agility.


It combines the best features of all wobble boards in one unique design. 

A wooden base and adjustable rubber dome make it both durable and easy to use.


Simply rotate the rubber dome on the bottom to adjust between six challenge levels.

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The clearly marked indicators allow you to quickly see which level you're on and easily measure improvement.

The rubber contact to floor ensures anti-slip security while the grip surface allows for stable footing, letting you focus exclusively on the exercise being performed.

Included list of basic exercises with instructions.


Supports up to 440 pounds.

Base diameter 15.3".


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March 14, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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