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August 10, 2020

bookofjoe jumping the snark?


The other day not one but two emails came in chastising me for simply reposting the web copy for some crazy items without adding some observations/remarks/asides of my own.

Wait a minute, said I — you must be confusing me with someone who wants to put out serious effort.

That is so not me.

For the most part what I have to say appears for no earthly reason I can figure out — it just happens.

So when I find something that to me speaks for itself, sometimes I just let the descriptive website prose stand as is.

And for this I get grief?

So, if you don't like what you're getting, hey, you know very well that the bookofjoe FerrousClad®™© guarantee applies, to wit: simply let me know and I will refund double — no, make that triple — the money you've paid to date.

No questions asked.

That's even better than L.L. Bean or Craftsman tools, the way I see it.

August 10, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

"100" (from 0 to 100 years in 150 seconds) — Jeroen Wolf

Wrote filmmaker Jeroen Wolf:

In October 2011 I started documenting people in the city of Amsterdam, approaching them in the street and asking them to say their age in front of the camera.

My aim was to "collect" a group of 100 people, from age 0 to 100.

At first my collection grew fast but it slowed down when it got down to the very young and very old.

The young because of sensitivity around filming or photographing children and the very old because they don't get out of the house much.

I found my very old "models" in care homes and it was a privilege to document these often vulnerable people for this project.

I had particular problems finding a 99-year-old (apparently 100-year-olds enjoy notoriety, but a 99-year-old is a rare species...).

And when I finally did find one, she refused to state her age: she simply denied being 99 years old!

But finally, some four months after I recorded my first "age," I was able to capture the "missing link" and conclude this project.

August 10, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Planet has got you in its sights

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Planet offers customized satellite imagery and analysis of anything its 150 satellites photograph as they make their daily orbital rounds.

From Wikipedia:

Planet Labs, Inc. (formerly Cosmogia, Inc.) is an American private Earth imaging company based in San Francisco.

Their goal is to image the entirety of the Earth daily to monitor changes and pinpoint trends.

The company designs and manufactures Triple-CubeSat miniature satellites called Doves that are then delivered into orbit as secondary payloads on other rocket launch missions.

Each Dove is equipped with a high-powered telescope and camera programmed to capture different swaths of Earth. 

Each Dove Earth observation satellite continuously scans Earth, sending data once it passes over a ground station.

The images gathered by Doves, which can be accessed online and some of which is available under an open data access policy, provide up-to-date information relevant to climate monitoring, crop yield prediction, urban planning, and disaster response.

With the acquisition of Blackbridge in July 2015, Planet Labs had 87 Dove and 5 RapidEye satellites launched into orbit.

In 2017, Planet launched an additional 88 Dove satellites, and Google sold its subsidiary Terra Bella and its SkySat satellite constellation to Planet Labs. 

By September 2018 the company had launched nearly 300 satellites, 150 of which are active.

More here.

As Tom — who tipped me off to Planet — remarked, "Feels like a 'there goes the day' link."

August 10, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Narrow the window

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Bag those pop-ups and all the scrolling, busy dreck on the sides of web pages by narrowing the frame.

What was the mess up top becomes this:

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August 10, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Stowaway Magnetic Cuff

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From the website:

Stowaway is a clean, minimalist, solid stainless steel cuff.

Simple and understated, it looks great on everyone.

So, why is it called Stowaway?

Stowaway has hidden functionality: it's magnetic.

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You can use it to hold any number of things: paperclips, screws, nails, pins, drill bits, etc.

Use it as a tool when you need it; enjoy its good looks when you don't.

Stowaway is available in two sizes:

• The smaller size fits wrists 7" around and under

• The larger size fits wrists 7"-8"

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$29.95 (watch and screw not included).

August 10, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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