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September 14, 2021

Miley Cyrus for Hers

Great commercial.

Miley Cyrus is so off the hook, she's perfect for flogging acne cream online.

September 14, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'Beautiful World, Where Are You' — Sally Rooney

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This is her third novel, following a pair of huge best-sellers.

It's every bit as good as the opening duo, so I invoked SlowRead™ from the get-go.

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Rooney only turned 30 earlier this year.

I'm a fan for life and will read every book she writes as long as I'm compos mentis.

This is an epistolary novel reshaped for the 21st century, consisting largely of emails between two young women who've been friends since college.

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A few things I like about Rooney's books, in no particular order:

• The lack of punctuation in dialogue which makes it so much more natural on the page and in the mind

• The Salinger-esque matter of factness and flatness of mood and description, which somehow make the story compulsively readable

• Rooney's simple vocabulary, never a word I need to puzzle over or look up or read on without knowing what it means

• How similar her characters are to her in real life, as best I've been able to suss out after reading innumerable profiles and interviews, in which she's even more laconic than her characters, which is saying something

September 14, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Kengo Kuma Hangs Glimmering Sheets of Metallic Chain Inside Gaudí's Casa Batlló

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From Colossal:

Renowned architect Kengo Kuma (previously) amplifies the already magical nature of Antoni Gaudí's Casa Batlló in Barcelona with layers of shimmering curtains.

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Lining a staircase that stretches from the coal bunkers in the basement up eight flights, the immersive installation suspends 164,000 meters of Kriskadecor's aluminum chain, positioning the lighter shades on the upper floors and black on the lowest level to emulate the gradient in the Casa Batlló courtyard.

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The billowing drapes reflect light in kaleidoscopic patterns around the museum and stand in contrast to the otherwise colorfully whimsical architecture, which Kuma describes:

We have imagined this space dressed in aluminum link curtains which, with their meticulous materiality, catch the light, as if they were fishing nets, and show it to us in all its forms: brightness, silhouettes, shadows... this way, by omitting the use of any other materials, and erasing the presence of this blind box and its staircase using these chains, we are able to speak of light and light only.

Because of the material, the ceiling of Casa Batlló was outfitted with special acoustic panels to muffle any noise produced by the chains clanking together.

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The photos shown here were taken by Jordi Anguera, and you can find more of his shots and stay up-to-date with Kuma's designs on Instagram.

September 14, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'How a Cat Falls'

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G. Lasellaz (19th century).

Engraving from "Les Dernières Merveilles de la Science" by Daniel Bellet, 1899.

Chromolithograph; Private collection.

September 14, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

CORE LED Lantern

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I've got three of these in my laundry room along with a supply of fresh D batteries. 

This is a wonderful piece of industrial design.

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These excellent lights employing Cree LED bulbs have served me well during power outages in the past and will no doubt do so in the future.

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One is enough to light up a good-sized room well enough for people to read, cook, etc.

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The no-nonsense On/Off switch with its raised surface is easy to locate in the dark and has a simple mechanism: push once for High, a second time for Low, a third for Off.

The diffuser tube evenly lights large areas.

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Two modes: High is 500 lumens x 19 hour run time; Low is 200 lumens x 65 hour run time.

$24.99 (3 D batteries not included).

One more thing: don't store seldom used devices like this with the batteries in place; just being connected drains them.

Besides which, sometimes the batteries will leak and wreck the device.

September 14, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

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