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February 2, 2023

Why we all need subtitles now

Wrote Kottke:

Dialogue from movies and TV shows has become more difficult to hear in recent years, prompting many to switch on subtitles for much of what they watch.

As this video from Vox details, the reasons for this shift come down to a desire for realism, choices that filmmakers have access to because of technology, and mediocre at-home sound systems on TVs, computers, and devices.

I dislike watching movies and shows with subtitles on (unless there's non-English dialogue) because if there are words on the screen, they capture 95% of my attention and I find it extremely difficult to pay attention to all of the other things going on — physical acting, cinematography, pacing, effects, etc.

Movies and TV shows are much more than plot-delivery mechanisms and all of that other stuff is important!

But with dialogue harder than ever to hear these days (and with my mild misophonia), it does mean more rewinding and not watching anything unless I'm in a quiet room or using noise-cancelling AirPods.

February 2, 2023 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


Carsized lets you compare the size of two different cars.

Free, the way we like it.

Fair warning: there goes the day. 

February 2, 2023 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Retractable Tweezers


Wrote Rain Noe in Core 77:

If you're doing splinter-prone work, a pointy pair of tweezers is handy to have, but not the kind of thing you can carry in a pocket without eventually goring yourself.


Veteran knife designer Bob Terzuola thus designed this Tac-N-Tweeze, a stainless steel pair of tweezers that smartly retracts into a sturdy brass handle.


A knurled wheel attached to a sliding screw locks it into any position you'd like along the slot.

From the designer's website:

The Tac-N-Tweeze are one of Bob Terzuola's latest and innovative designs.


The Tac-N-Tweeze aren't your average tweezer.


Opening and closing with the twist of the sliding screw, you can push the tweezer up and screw it in place or slide it back into its compact handle.



The Tac-N-Tweeze is convenient for easy carrying, made of black stone-washed steel with a black and brass handle.

Manufactured by Civivi.



February 2, 2023 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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