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January 20, 2023

The Art of the Japanese Manhole Cover

Wrote Kottke:

From steel scrap to testing the final product with a ton of water pressure, here's how Japanese manhole covers are made.

The video is perhaps a little long in parts, so I would not blame you for skipping ahead to ~12:10 to see how some of the covers are hand-painted in brilliant color.

More here and here.

January 20, 2023 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

T.S. Eliot reads 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'

Turn on closed captioning to see the words as he reads.

James Joyce referred to the poet as "Tears Eliot."

January 20, 2023 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Corn Twister

Reviewed by Florence Fabricant in the New York Times as follows:

Every summer there's a new gadget to strip kernels from the cob.

I invariably return to a sharp knife.

But the Kuhn Rikon Corn Twister, a plastic corn look-alike, has changed my mind.

As you twist the hollow tube down the ear, its jagged metal teeth remove the kernels efficiently. The green leaves help hold the cob, and the twister when it's not in use.


January 20, 2023 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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