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January 17, 2022

Toothpick Towers of Power

From Kottke:

Perhaps intuiting our shared love and fond remembrance of school engineering competitions (egg drop! toothpick bridge!), Spencer Wright alerted me to the latest issue of The Prepared, specifically this bit about a competition to design toothpick towers that can withstand simulated earthquakes. Wright writes:

I'm a big fan of egg drop contests, in which teams make some kind of contraption that lets a raw egg fall — and not break — from a high height. Well, Sojo University's Department of Architecture holds a seismic loading competition, in which teams of high schoolers build toothpick towers that stay standing when shaken by a simulated earthquake. The towers fail in delightful ways — some lean slowly, some topple all at once, some twist up over a period of minutes before collapsing on themselves. The full 2021 competition (which was live streamed!) can be seen in this video, though highlights of the 2010 competition (top) are perhaps more fun to watch.

January 17, 2022 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

A Sentence — Louise Glück

Everything has ended, I said.

What makes you say so, my sister asked.

Because, I said, if it has not ended, it will end soon

which comes to the same thing. And if that is the case,

there is no point in beginning

so much as a sentence.

But it is not the same, my sister said, this ending soon.

There is a question left.

It is a foolish question, I answered.

January 17, 2022 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

myNoise — White Noise Generator

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From the website: "myNoise creates beautiful noises to mask the noises you don't want to hear: your chatty colleagues, tinnitus, or even your inner voice when you can't shut it down. The concept is simple, works extremely well, and does not require expensive noise-cancelling headphones. Thanks to its unique audio engineering, myNoise sets the standard among background sounds."

Free, the way we like it.

January 17, 2022 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

PEZ Museum — R.I.P.


Opened in 1995, it was located in Burlingame, California.

Jenny Odell's delightful account of her visit, "A Trip to Pezland,"  appeared in Food for Fashion in 2015.

Alas, the museum closed permanently in 2019. 

January 17, 2022 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Portable Device Holder for Lying Down


That's different.

From the website:

Whether we like it or not, the portability of our electronic devices has made us their slaves.

For work, fear of missing out, or simply for fun, we need to check our smartphones, tablets, or laptops all the time, even when we are in bed.

And because this isn't convenient or good for the back, we've all thought of something like the Portable Device Holder Stand for Lying Down.


But is it surprising that it was the Japanese who actually came up with it?

Sturdy, flexible (the counter for holding devices is adjustable to 360 degrees), lightweight, and compatible with a range of devices up to a 15.6-inch laptop, the Portable Device Holder Stand for Lying Down will become your most valued peripheral.

Cuddled up in your favorite armchair, slobbing out on a couch, or even lying down on a bed, you can fit your device on its main surface, secure it with the two bottom grips and the top bar, and then browse as long as you like without your arms and hands getting tired.


It even works with books and magazines, so it's also a great gift for the Luddites in your life!

Features and Details:

 Convenient support stand for using electronic/digital devices while lying down

 Height adjustment: 12.9"-18.8" in six steps

 Dimensions (support counter): 16.5" x 9.4"

 Dimensions (folded): 21.6" x 10.6" x 3.5"


 Dimensions (in use): 30" x 18.5" x 20"

 Weight: 1.8 lbs.



January 17, 2022 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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