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December 2, 2021

'Ink and Brush: Follow a Wandering Line' — Lynda Barry

Yes, that Lynda Barry.

"A little tutorial for an easy brush exercise to help you get to know your brush."

December 2, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Oreo Thins — Wegmans v Amazon: No Contest

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[L: Oreo Thins; R: Original Oreos]

On my most recent — approximately monthly — foray to Wegmans I suddenly had a hankering for Oreo Thins, which to me verge on being candy — excellent candy — more than cookie.

From a 2015 review when they were introduced: "Dunk away to your heart's content, but the Oreo Thin will need a little more time than the original to saturate with milk. The original softens at 19 seconds, while the Oreo Thin takes 37 seconds to soak."

More: "Throwing journalistic objectivity out the window, this writer much prefers Oreo Thins. They're crispier and more chocolaty because of a higher cookie to cream ratio." 

Note to self: offer the writer, Stefanie Tuder, a job on my Crack Research Team©®.

But I digress.

I stood in front of the Oreo wall, which featured zillions of permutations and variations on the original, but espied no Thins.

Then I took a few minutes to carefully inspect each of the many rows of Oreo variants looking for Thins: though I discovered many that were new to me and mildly appealing, my ThinQuest©®* yielded nada.

So, once I returned home I ordered Thins from Amazon, which always has them in stock.

Amazon triumphs because product placement space IRL is always going to be limited.

Remember when people used to fight having a Walmart because of its effect on local stores?

Same thing happened when Amazon rose: so many people saying they'd never buy stuff online, especially from Amazon.

Hard to find someone these days who hasn't shopped at Walmart or Amazon.

*See what I did there?

December 2, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

'Planktonium' — What lies beneath? (Part 2*)

From Colossal:

With the aid of multiple microscopes, filmmaker and photographer Jan van IJken unveils the otherwise imperceptible maneuvers and bodily transformations of plankton.

He focuses on a diverse array of underwater organisms, which all fall under the same taxonomy because of their inability to swim against the tides.

They are crucial to life on Earth, providing half of all oxygen through photosynthesis.

Set against black backdrops, the marine drifters appear otherworldly in shape and color;

The filmmaker documents water flea eggs visible through translucent membranes, the spiked fringe of cyanobacteria, and the minuscule movements of various creatures as they wriggle across the screen.

Planktonium is accompanied by an audio composition by Norwegian artist Jana Winderen, which features sounds that are generally too difficult for humans to hear unaided, including the gurgles of water deep below the surface.

In addition to the truncated film shown above — find the full 15-minute version here — van Ijken also released a photo series of the strange creatures, which are available in prints as part of a limited-edition boxed set on his site.

*Part 1 appeared on November 25, 2021.

December 2, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: bigger than a bread box.

Close-up:

Horiz

 

December 2, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pure White Hell Jigsaw Puzzle

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Just the thing for your best frenemy.

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From websites:

Finished puzzle size: 15" x 10"

1000 micro pieces each approximately 0.5" x 0.5"

• Perfect for the person who has to finish what they start:

• "I bought this puzzle because my team at work was going through one 1000 piece puzzle a week. This puzzle stopped them dead in their tracks. They managed about 10 connections over the course of a month, after they separated the pieces into quarter puzzles based on the pattern on the back. They eventually gave up and got back to work."

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$19.99.

That's less than 2¢ per piece.

You could calculate it.

December 2, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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