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February 18, 2021

Jack Kerouac meets William F. Buckley (1968)

From Open Culture: "Jack Kerouac, author of the 1957 classic 'On The Road,' appears (seemingly drunk) on William F. Buckley's 'Firing Line.'"

Much more Kerouac video and audio here.

February 18, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

BehindTheMedspeak: Counterfeit N95 Masks Flooding the U.S.


Many millions of ersatz faux-protective masks have made it onto the faces of unwitting Americans.

You could look it up.

I finally decided to up my mask game from the dwindling supplies of 3M 8210 Plus N95s I had on hand when the epidemic began, having ordered a 12-pack from Amazon a while back for about 50 cents apiece to protect myself while doing stuff in my workshop.

The other day I saw the picture up top of President Biden above a story in the Guardian and I figured if it's good enough for him, it's good enough for me.

"NIOSH" on a mask is the one certain indicator you've got the real deal: putting it on a fake is a federal crime.

The CDC has compiled a list of NIOSH-approved particulate filtering facepiece respirators.

I Googled "3M Aura 9205+ N95 NIOSH" and the first result was this site.

Looked good to me, and the price — $23.95 for five — is about what it should be for a genuine high-grade mask.


You can too!

February 18, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Perseverance Mars Rover Landing is Today*


Live here.

YouTube caption: 

Watch an epic journey unfold on Thursday, February 18 as our Perseverance rover lands on Mars.

To reach the surface of the Red Planet, the rover has to survive the harrowing final phase known as Entry, Descent, and Landing.

Only then can the rover — the biggest, heaviest, cleanest, and most sophisticated six-wheeled robot ever launched into space — search Jezero Crater for signs of ancient life and collect samples that will eventually be returned to Earth.

Tune in to a live video feed of key landing activities and commentary from Mission Control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

*knock on wood

February 18, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tiffany Dragonfly Lamp


This "Dragonfly" table lamp, made in the Tiffany Studios in the early 20th century, is the most beautiful one I've seen.

Bronze, mosaic (note missing piece on the base's lower left), and leaded glass.

Private collection.

FunFact: By the 1920s and 1930s, Tiffany lamps were considered fussy and old-fashioned, and wealthy families would give them to their servants.

A dragonfly lamp from the collection of Andrew Carnegie sold for $2,110,000 at a Sotheby's auction in 2015.

You could look it up

February 18, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

No trace fabric marker


Lesley Creed's Cool Tools review follows.

The Hera marker is an ingenious little plastic marker that makes a shiny line on fabric, perfect for marking hand quilting lines that need no removal.

Technically, this is called a "tracing spatula."

The shine on the line on the fabric is caused by the friction of the edge of the tool on the fabric fibers, and it makes a small crease in the fabric as well.

The shine and crease will be covered by stitches or will be smoothed out when the item is washed, leaving no trace.


February 18, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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