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2021 Fall Foliage Prediction Map

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Use the slider under the map.




[via Kottke]

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

'Orinoco Flow' (Sail Away) — Enya

September 18, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Harpy Eagle

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From Wikipedia:

The harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) is a neotropical species of eagle.

It is also called the American harpy eagle or Brazilian harpy eagle to distinguish it from the Papuan eagle, which is sometimes known as the New Guinea harpy eagle or Papuan harpy eagle.

It is the largest and most powerful raptor found throughout its range, and among the largest extant species of eagles in the world.

Harpy eagles may measure up to 3'6" in length and have a wingspan of up to 7'4".

They usually inhabit tropical lowland rainforests in the upper (emergent) canopy layer.

Destruction of its natural habitat has caused it to vanish from many parts of its former range, and it is nearly extirpated from much of Central America.

In Brazil, the harpy eagle is also known as royal-hawk (in Portuguese: gavião-real).

The genus Harpia, together with Harpyopsis and Morphnus, form the subfamily Harpiinae.

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

'Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James'


The only thing I knew about Rick James before watching this great film was his song "Super Freak."

The movie gripped me from the get-go.

What an amazing, tragic life.

September 18, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Japanese work from home mini-office

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[The Hanare Zen is a 36-inch-wide and 71-inch-long home office that aims to help workers in Japan as the Covid-19 pandemic keeps them out of the office.]

I like it.

From the Guardian:

Japanese design is renowned for its minimalism, and for keeping things simple and uncluttered.

So it's no surprise that a leading housebuilder is trying to tackle the lack of space for pandemic-era working from home by marketing a tiny home-office building that can be constructed adjacent to houses in just two days, fine weather permitting.

The so-called Hanare Zen is a 91cm-wide and 1.8 metre-long building equipped with power sockets, a counter-type desk, and very little else.

KI Star Real Estate, a popular housebuilder, began taking orders for the Hanare Zen on September 6, hoping to find a market among those struggling to work in cramped homes.

Hanare means separate or detached in Japanese, while Zen is written in both the Chinese character for Zen Buddhism and the alphabet.

"We had already created the Hanare building as a kind of storage space, and with the situation in the pandemic, the idea came about to develop the Hanare Zen as a work space," said Chisa Uchiyama, a spokesperson for KI Star Real Estate. "The use of 'Zen' in the name represents the minimalist concept of stripping down the size and features to only what is necessary.

"It is designed for people who have difficulty in finding a comfortable space to work in their home and don't want to get in the way of their family," added Uchiyama.

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[A single chair fits snugly inside the tiny office.]

The Hanare Zen costs 547,800 yen ($4,992) and is available in Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures.

Order here.

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

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