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January 16, 2022

How a Slinky falls in slow motion

January 16, 2022 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'Riddley Walker' — a modern classic by Russell Hoban


I first read this novel a year or two after it was originally published in 1980.

At first I had trouble dealing with the remarkable, sui generis language, grammar, and vocabulary.

After about 50 pages something shifted in my brain and I began thinking in Riddley Walker-speak and the book came alive.

Below, the first page, to give you a sense of what I'm talking about:

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To say it's an account of life in southeast England two thousand years in the future after a nuclear apocalypse has destroyed civilization is to not even scratch the surface of the brilliance of this book.

Up top, the map (by Russell Hoban) from the beginning of the book, superimposed on the outlines of present day southeast England. The area is about 40 square miles. 

Look inside the book, including the opening six pages and the author's Afterword, here.

For those who'd like to learn more about this singular book's author, here's an excellent resource page.

If you'd like to explore the book in depth via annotations, notes on particular themes and subjects, and its rich and varied words and phrases, you'll find a treasure trove here.


Russell Hoban died on December 13, 2011, at the age of 86, but "Riddley Walker" is likely to be around long after you and I and everyone we know have vanished into dust.


Note: this post originally appeared on January 2, 2012.

You could look it up.

January 16, 2022 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Take control — pause the stream


Since forever I've been annoyed by my phone ringing while I'm watching a movie on TV.

Only the other day did it dawn on me that while the phone may be across the room, the TV remote is right next to me, and all I have to do is hit "Pause" while the phone does its routine.

Much better than being unable to pay attention to the movie while the phone rings.

But why did it take me so long to figure this out?



January 16, 2022 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Find the 12 differences


Original photo on top; altered image below.

Answers here.

January 16, 2022 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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From the website:

The lightweight rechargeable ShineLine creates an eye-catching line of light wherever you want, instantly attaching to a patio, tent, bike, car, or RV with just a twist of the included Gear Ties.

The ShineLine features integrated fiber optic and LED technology to create a truly seamless lighting setup anywhere.

Simply hang, spiral, or spread out the portable ShineLine wherever you need light — on the patio table for a family barbecue,

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around an RV site or campsite,

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on a bike for eye-catching safety illumination,

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above a hammock while you hang with nature,

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or in a kid's room for added ambiance.

Leave it bundled on a table for a concentration of light similar to a lantern.

When it's time to move on, simply coil up the string and wrap it tightly with the reusable Gear Ties for easy storage. 

ShineLine features pass-through power technology, allowing it to be powered by:

 An external USB battery bank

 Its built-in rechargeable battery

 A USB AC power source connected to a wall outlet

A USB DC power source connected to a vehicle adapter

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When it's time to charge up, the pass-through power keeps the string illuminated while it's charging so there's no loss of light.

Features and Details:

Water-resistant for indoor and outdoor use

 Recharges in approximately 1.5 hours

 10 feet of full-length illumination

 Easy push-button operation

 Glow and Flash modes

Run time: 6 hours

 Weight: 2.26 oz


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4 Gear Ties included

Flexible design


January 16, 2022 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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