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January 21, 2022

'Termination Shock' — Neal Stephenson


It arrived today and I started reading and I couldn't put it down to take a breather until page 34 — and even then I had to forcibly extricate myself from the metaverse Stephenson had succeeded in weaving around my earthly presence in the first ten minutes.

How does the queen of the Netherlands cross paths with feral boars in Texas?

You're gonna have to buy the book to find out.

The master at the very height of his powers.

706 pages of heaven.


Cheap at any number of times the price.

January 21, 2022 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Same.Energy — 'Visual search engine'

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From The Prepared: "Same.Energy is a visual search engine. Search for a term or upload an image and it will surface a collection of similar images. It's great for inspiration, and uses tech similar to CLIP from OpenAI."

Free, the way we like it.

Fair warning: there goes the day.

January 21, 2022 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hand Terminal

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Which iPhone is this?


Alas, not coming anytime soon.


It's the hand terminal, ubiquitous on "The Expanse."

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See you in the Belt c. 2100.

January 21, 2022 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

20 Fastest Growing Jobs of the Next Decade


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BehindTheMedspeak: Double-blade pill splitter


[Above, 2016 Equadose pill splitter (blue plastic top) in foreground; Great Gray Cat clearly prefers the new kid on the block, the EqualSplit device.]

Longtime readers may recall my 2016 post on the then new, revolutionary Equadose pill splitter.

Or they may have long since forgotten it.

No matter.

There's a new contender in town.


Why is this one (above) better than the Equadose?

One reason — but to me it's convincing.

This one cuts by moving one cutting blade in a direct line with the opposing blade (below).


The previous champ employs a cutting edge that subtends an arc until it hits pay dirt (below).


An analogy: most audiophiles of the vinyl ilk (this is my assumption, not fact-based: I am not among them) prefer an arm that tracks perpendicular to each groove in a record rather than an arc.

In the case of cutting a pill, more accuracy; same with picking up every nuance and note from the vinyl.

Both pill splitters are made of aluminum with a plastic cover.

The new champ (below) — which is smaller,


lighter, and 33% cheaper than the previous incumbent (below),


but every bit as solid and well made — costs $19.95 (pills included with orders from Atlanta's southern suburbs: please specify Paxil or Prozac).

Related: my November 23, 2021 post entitled "BehindTheMedspeak: Pill Hack."

January 21, 2022 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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