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Erosion Table

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A 2009 piece made of olive ash by Ireland-based Joseph Walsh.

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63" x 34" x 20".

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

BehindTheMedspeak: Is it true that you sleep better in a cool room?

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Long answer short: yes.

Anahad O'Connor's "Really?" feature in the New York Times Science section has more; it follows.

The Claim: Cold Temperatures Improve Sleep

The Facts: Avoiding caffeine, sticking to a schedule, and drinking a glass of warm milk are the usual tips for a good night's rest. But the right room temperature can also play a crucial role.

Studies have found that in general, the optimal temperature for sleep is quite cool, around 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. For some, temperatures that fall too far below or above this range can lead to restlessness.

Temperatures in this range, it seems, help facilitate the decrease in core body temperature that in turn initiates sleepiness. A growing number of studies are finding that temperature regulation plays a role in many cases of chronic insomnia. Researchers have shown, for example, that insomniacs tend to have a warmer core body temperature than normal sleepers just before bed, which leads to heightened arousal and a struggle to fall asleep as the body tries to reset its internal thermostat.

For normal sleepers, the drop in core temperature is marked by an increase in temperature in the hands and feet, as the blood vessels dilate and the body radiates heat. Studies show that for troubled sleepers, a cool room and a hot-water bottle placed at the feet, which rapidly dilates blood vessels, can push the internal thermostat to a better setting.

The Bottom Line: A slightly cool room and a lower core temperature are optimal for sleep.

August 3, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Ode to Billie Joe"

I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard this fantastic song.

I was in a car driving on Gayley Avenue on the edge of the UCLA campus in 1967.

As it started a great friend, with tremendous musical skill (piano), said to me, "Stirt, you're not gonna believe this song."

That was no humbug.

The version up top is the one I heard on the crummy AM car radio.

Full disclosure: I've been called "Stirt" since college and everywhere I've worked.

August 3, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

boj readership just doubled

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Something is happening, but ya' don't know what it is/Do you, Mister joe?

I'd been happily posting to about 300 readers/day since forever by Typepad's count until mid-June, when there was a sudden bump (above) that's not only persisted but also in the past three days doubled my readership yet again.

I have no idea why nor do I care enough to have my Crack Statistics Team®© drill down to find an explanation.

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

August 3, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Find Me Arrow

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From the website:

Do you often misplace your keys or other small valuables?

Find Me is a clever & practical solution to this problem.

Featuring a large, eye catching red arrow that's hard to miss, use it to spot your keys, wallet, or any small, important item that is easy to lose.

You'll never misplace your small valuables again. Baked enamel on steel.

Designed by Jianing Ding.

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$10.

August 3, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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