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September 24, 2021

'For a historian... there are heroes; for the artist... there cannot and should not be any heroes, but there should be people.'



The passages above are from "A Few Words Apropos of the Book 'War and Peace,'" Tolstoy's appendix to his novel, published in the magazine Russian Archive in 1868, before the final parts of the book had appeared in print.

If the appendix is this good, finally reading the novel after 50+ years full of false starts on my part promises to be even better than insanely great, as people have been remarking about it for the one hundred fifty-four years since it was first published in 1867.

September 24, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?

Not Johns

Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: bigger than a bread box.

Another: located in upstate New York.

A third: not a painting by Jasper Johns.

September 24, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Riding a Rocket-Powered Bicycle

I'm fascinated by that stray dog wandering around the road as Rocketman gets ready.

Weird that no one thought to corral it before he engaged the throttle and zoomed off; the dog just barely escaped being part of a Bizarro World accident.

Pro Tip: Wear a helmet. And bring a leash, just in case....

September 24, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

World's highest and lowest university tuition fees

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September 24, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Stainless Steel Cylindrical Four-Way Nail File — 'Industrial-level metal in innovative design'


From the website:

Once in a while the Japanese come up with ideas that can change some of our concepts forever.

It may sound like a wild exaggeration but take a look at this Stainless Steel Cylindrical Four-Way Nail File and you should see why.

Into a small piece of SUS303 stainless steel often used in the aircraft industry, its designers have crammed four different abrasive surfaces that can help you take care of any broken nail emergency.


Small enough to fit any purse or pocket, the compact Nail File Cylinder's main innovative elements are the two circular files that allow you to work on broken nails in the same way you would work an old-school manual pencil sharpener.

Add two more regular files on its sides and you have a mini toolbox capable of fixing everything from a hair-thin splinter to a full-on break.

If you ever wished to have 24/7 access to your manicurist, now you can!


Features and Details:

• Dimensions: 0.7" x 0.5"

Weight: 0.8 oz (22.5 g)

• Storage pouch included

• Made in Japan 



September 24, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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