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October 21, 2020

Dragonfly fossil

Dragonfly fossil

This incredibly detailed dragonfly fossil from the Jurassic Period (150 million years ago) was found in Solnhofen, Germany.

It measures 5.5 inches across.

October 21, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

If at first you don't succeed, fail again*

Rachel Cook!

At this time yesterday I featured Ms. Rachel Cook's email request that I fix a broken boj link from 2009.

55 minutes after that post appeared, I received a second email from her.

You could look it up: it appears above.

From it, we can gather two things:

1) She is persistent

2) She's not a regular boj reader (somewhat surprising since she homed in on an eleven-year-old post she wished me to update)

There are few things I admire more than persistence.

Thus, I have removed Ms. Cook's emails from my spam folder and will look forward to future correspondence from her.

*Beckett copy

October 21, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Who is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: a native of England.

Another: he was once a rock star.

A third: his biggest album sold 14 million copies.

October 21, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

On living the quantum lifestyle

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Since quantum theory emerged in the 1920s as the best explanation for what undergirds what we call reality, there's been a huge disconnect: while it provides useful tools for access to the very small that enables manipulation of atoms and molecules and the creation of our microelectronic and imminent virtual worlds, quantum theory doesn't seem to apply to the macroscopic world of things you stumble over in the dark.

That is, when we look around we don't see probability clouds but rather hard edges and objects which appear unambiguously real.

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But I digress.

Here's one way to start breaking down a worldview of reality as absolute, unambiguous, and fixed: when you can't find something, rather than look for it once it's clear it's not immediately at hand where you thought you left it, assume it's moved to a parallel world: when it reappears unexpectedly, rather than be surprised you couldn't find it before, consider the possibility it simply wasn't available at the time in yours.

Or just buy the book.

October 21, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Bedphones

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User review:

I searched high and low for headphones that I can sleep in. 

I can't sleep on my back, so big cans are right out.

I hate earbuds and things that poke into my ear canal, and headband-like arrangements slide around, are hot, and compress my ears painfully.

I finally found a set of small, disk-like phones that fit flat and in the center of my ear, just outside the ear canal; with a little extra padding, these are very, very comfortable.

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$89-$149.

October 21, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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