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May 3, 2021

Ring with Cat and Kittens


From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

This ring dates from the Ramesside/Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1295-664 B.C.E..

It depicts a cat and its kittens perched above a bound bundle of flowering papyrus designed to represent a marsh.

In all likelihood, these elements symbolize the myth of the "Faraway Goddess," a story in which a feline plays a prominent role as a deity that must be coaxed back to the Nile Valley after she flees into the Nubian desert.

Her desertion disrupts the ancient Egyptian world of "maat" and she must be brought back by a variety of personages so that Egypt returns to stability and order and prosperity.

Elaborately carved faience rings typically date to this period when craftsmen had total mastery of the faience medium; this one is a superb example.

Such rings were most likely created to celebrate various festivals held in honor of the deities depicted on the rings.

May 3, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

My favorite potato chips


Pictured above, this is the only one of Kettle's nearly infinite variety of flavors that I like.


Deep River's Mesquite BBQ are a solid second.

Don't fret if you can't find them in your grocery store, which was the case for me for years until I finally woke up and smelled the Amazon.

Kettle's cost $8.94 x for a box of 6 2-oz. bags.

Deep River's will set you back $24.90 for 24 bags, a little over a buck a bag.

Considering they cost around $2/bag in stores, you'll be in the money.

May 3, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'A Quantum of Physics' — Oliver Jeffers

Not only are the visuals in this video striking, but also Jeffers' voice and accent make for an absorbing few minutes.

May 3, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?

Guess again

Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller (much) than a bread box.

Another: not a close-up of Gray Cat.

May 3, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Social Distance Keychain

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From the website:

Make social distancing fun with this keychain.

When someone comes within 6 feet of you, this handy device will alert you with a sound to remind you to take a step back and distance yourself.

Features and Details:

Requires 3 LR44 batteries [included? your guess is as good as mine]

2.2" x 1.6" x  0.6"


$13.99 (key included: please specify home or car).

May 3, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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