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January 21, 2021

Bicycle at Burning Man

January 21, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to tighten your eyeglass stem — with what's in the room


You know how every now and then one of the screws holding the stem of your glasses or sunglasses to the frame gets loose?

I used to get all bent out of shape until I could get home — where I have a jeweler's screwdriver set, mandatory since sometimes the screws are slot and sometimes they're Phillips head — or stop by a jewelry store to get it tightened.

Then one day last year I thought to myself, come on: there's got to be a better way.

So I stuck my thumbnail in the screw slot and twisted hard.

Lo and behold, the tiny bit of torque was just enough to firm up the screw and put the stem back into proper functioning mode.

I love that I was able to once again invoke one of the defining mantras of my life, a quote from the great Dr. Edwin H. Land: "Solve the problem with what's in the room."

Try this approach with every single thing that vexes you and you will surprised and delighted at how many problems melt away as if by magic into solutions.

January 21, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Three Stooges' Greatest Hits: Curly Yodeling

Watching classics like this 60 years after first being delighted when they appeared after school on afternoon TV in pixelated B&W on our little TV screen via a rabbit-ears antenna is almost like seeing them for the very first time.

[via Joe Peach, who knows good yodeling when he hears it.]

January 21, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Origami Samurai Warrior

Created by Juho Könkkölä.

One large sheet of paper; fifty hours of expert folding; no cutting or ripping.

Paper used: 27" x 27" CMC-treated Wenzhou paper.


Finished warrior is ~8" tall.

January 21, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Underwater Walkie-Talkie — 'Scuba diver two-way radio communication device'


From the website:

Yamagata Casio have come up with this brilliant way for divers to communicate.

The Casio Logosease is the world's first two-way underwater radio walkie-talkie device.

With a range of 164 to 328 feet and the ability to work at depths up to 131 feet, you just have to face each other to speak to your fellow diver.


But radio waves do not travel underwater, so how can you talk to another diver?

By ultrasonic waves.

The unit transforms voices into ultrasonic waves.

Simply attach the device to your diving mask and you will be able to converse via an air regulator in your mouth.

Tap once to start transmitting and then tap again when you are finished.

Your partner(s) will then receive your audio as modulated ultrasound which is demodulated via a bone conduction speaker.


While the voice and audio quality is not as perfect as on land, it is still clear enough to enable safe communication.

Already approved for use in its courses by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the world's leading scuba diving training organization, the Logosease name derives from "language" (logos), "sea" and "ease".

No more reliance only on hand signals.

In this set you get two units in matte white.


Features and Details:

• Size: 3.5"x 1.8" x 1.6"

• Weight (each unit): 3.8 oz

• Time to full charge: 2 hours

• Bone conduction microphone

• Use temperature range: 32°F-104°F

• Magnetic-type bone conduction speaker

• Power: 560mAh Li-ion battery; charge via USB

• Ultrasound: 1 channel 32KHz USB, 4KHz SSB-AM basis

• Power lasts for up to 3-hour dive (if used 10% of time for transmitting)

• Instructions: Japanese — but Casio Yamagata has FAQ and other information online in English

• In Japanese waters there are no restrictions on the use of ultrasound; please check laws in other countries before using

$1,939 (Scuba gear included with all orders from the southern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. Please specify size).

January 21, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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