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April 3, 2020

We get questions

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Earlier this week a reader asked:

Q. Have you ever dyed your hair?

A. Nope. Never have, never will.

But why stop there?

Q. Joe, have you ever had plastic surgery?

A. Nope. Never have, never will.

I'd have answered a comment with a comment but for the fourth consecutive week, I am unable to comment on my own blog.

See this post for details.

April 3, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"The Persian Expedition" — Xenophon


Tell you what, reading Xenophon in Rex Warner's 1949 translation is a whole lot easier than reading Edith Wharton in the original.

And much more entertaining.

But I digress.

From Wikipedia:

Xenophon became commander of the Ten Thousand at about 30, with noted military historian Theodore Ayrault Dodge saying of him, "the centuries since have devised nothing to surpass the genius of this warrior."

What a fantastic adventure story is "The Persian Expedition" (more commonly called "Anabasis").

Read it in its entirety here.

Free, the way we like it.

April 3, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Being popular sometimes gets annoying

What's interesting is that I didn't even realize that there was a reflection until I watched the video.

April 3, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)



75 years on, what's old


is new again.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said yesterday, "We are in a war."

You could look it up.

April 3, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Limited-Edition AirPods Bag

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From the Verge:

What we have here is a tiny leather handbag from Twelve South designed for absolutely no other purpose than to carry your AirPods.

It's a limited edition release in honor of April Fools' Day, and there are 671 units left at the time of this writing (12:53 pm April 1, 2020).

It's called the AirBag, and it's my absolute favorite thing ever.

"But!" the haters are probably objecting. "Who on earth would actually buy such an impractical and clearly overpriced object?"

The answer to that question, haters, is Rihanna.

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The singer was spotted rocking a $1,000 tiny Delvaux purse last fall (from a collection called "Les Miniatures Big Apple" if you're curious).

Just check it out.

It's an aesthetic.

Don't you want a Rihanna aesthetic?

I'm telling you all: astronomically tiny purses are the next big thing.

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Lizzo also carted one to the American Music Awards.

Hers was a Valentino creation, and apparently there are only three in the entire world.

When asked what her bag contained, the singer replied, “

"I got tampons in here, a flask of tequila, condoms."

So there you have it: Lizzo is now carrying her hygiene products in one of these luxurious miniature handbags.

Don't your AirPods deserve one, too?

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I know, I know.

The AirBag probably isn't worth $49.

But think about how much you spent on those AirPods.

They deserve to travel in style.

Plus, you only have so many hands in which to hold the case, and you don't need to take your big purse with you if you're just going out for a walk.

Can you really put a price on that convenience? (Well, apparently Twelve South can — and did.)

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Update 8:16 a.m. ET Friday April 3, 2020, just after this post appeared:

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I had my Crack Mathematicians©® do the math: 

1) There were 671 left on Monday April 1

2) 593 remain

3) They've sold 78 in 2 days

4) 78/2 days = 39/day

5) 593/39 = 15 days till they're sold out

6) You have until April 18, then, to pull yourself together

April 3, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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