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March 28, 2020

"Halt and Catch Fire"

Superb 4-season x 10-episodes/season series about the rise of the digital world and Silicon Valley in the 80s and 90s.

Five wonderful lead actors, all but Mackenzie Davis — who is scintillating — completely new to me.

Season 4 introduces two teenage daughters of two of the leads: they're also superb.

I have no idea how it is that it's only two weeks ago that I first read about how good this series — which premiered in 2014 — is.

March 28, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Do cats dream of electric mice?

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This is my favorite Gray Cat nap position.

Her face, ears, and paws twitch as she sprints after her dreamed quarry.

March 28, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

In the Morning, Before Anything Bad Happens — Molly Brodak

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Molly Brodak died at 39 on March 8 near her home in Atlanta.

The cause was suicide.

March 28, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Penguins in the Aquarium

This video instantly went viral (perhaps not the most propitious word: a substitute needs to be invoked instanter).

It was taken in Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, where I spent many happy hours as a boy.

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An aquarium in Chicago has let its penguins wander around freely after closing to visitors indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Shedd Aquarium said on social media: "While this may be a strange time for us, these days feel normal for animals at Shedd."

March 28, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Lettuce Notepad


From the website:

The Japanese are famous for consuming huge amounts of seafood but what every visitor soon discovers is that they have an insatiable appetite for vegetables, too.

Visit any supermarket in Japan and you will see rows upon rows of leafy greens in transparent bags with blue lettering.


This, in case you are wondering, is where the packaging of the Tokyo Kakeru Lettuce Notepad by geodesign comes from.

The resulting notepad is a clever idea that will revolutionize the way you write things down.

The Tokyo Kakeru Lettuce Notepad is a set of 40 green and white sheets of paper crumpled and assembled in a way that looks like a real head of lettuce.


Peel off the lettuce leaves one by one to write your notes at home or at the office, and make a pro-environment and pro-healthy diet statement with a stationery item that is also distinctively Japanese.

If you always wanted to get rid of those unimaginative yellow sticky notes, nothing can beat this lettuce manqué.

Features and Details:

• 40 sheets

• Dotted on reverse

• Each sheet measures 3.9" x 3.9" unfolded



March 28, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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