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November 26, 2021

Oscar Peterson Piano Lesson

November 26, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'Silverview' — John le Carré


Only 208 pages long, as opposed to his usual 500+, but every page is vintage wonderfulness.

I invoked SlowRead©® from the first word but even that was too fast: I went back and reread as I read, to deepen the spell and make it last even longer.


He is my favorite writer of them all, and has been since I read "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold" when I was fifteen.

That was the first time: I've reread it at least twice since.

I'm thinking it won't be until around 2050 that AI and ML will be able to replicate his style such that not even the most knowledgeable reader could differentiate between the machine-generated new books and the real McCoy.

Alas, I will have long been pushing up daisies by then.

Oh well.

I'll just have to wait for the time machine.

November 26, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'Why do people keep trying to declare that blogging is dead?'

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From OneMan&HisBlog:

Oh, Lordy. Here we go again.

This time it's Jacob Donnelly in A Media Operator:

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This will be news to all the bloggers out there still successfully publishing things and getting read on the internet.

This includes OG bloggers like Gruber or Kottke, along with more recent players in fashion or the outdoors.

Hell, even sites like Guido Fawkes are still essentially blogs.

So, yes, it might not have gone through a podcast-style revival and reinvention into big business.

But there's still plenty of blogging out there, and there's time yet for a revival.

After all, newsletters are older than blogging, and their revival is only just building up its head of steam.

Blogging may be less prominent than it was in the mid-2000s but, as people discover both the ownership problems inherent in social media, and the discoverability issues around newsletters, it's just about due for a revival, too.

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November 26, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Time of Emotions

Emotions x Google search 1:2

Above, Google searches on each emotion for one week.

Colors show the proportion of total searches that happened each hour.

Black lines indicate the most common hour for search for each of the 12 emotions pictured.

November 26, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pencil Nose — 'Turn your schnoz into a stylus'


That's different.

From the website:

Can you draw a rose with your nose?

A trout with your snout?

Find out with Pencil Nose, the party game where you make marks on a clear dry-erase board using a special set of glasses that have a marker protruding from them.

When you sport these specs you look a bit silly, but you'll be ready to doodle with your nose onto the dry-erase board.

Use an object from the prompt card and race against the clock to see if your team can guess what you're sketching with the marker attached to your sneezer.

For each round, the team with the most correct guesses gains a point: 7 points means you win.

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Features and Details:

 For 4+ players

Recommended for age 8 and up

Includes: 2 pairs of pencil-nose glasses with straps; 2 erasable markers; 1 eraser; 1 erasable drawing board; 90 object cards each with 6 objects; 1 sand timer

Pencil-nose-game copy


November 26, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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