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March 31, 2023

Helpful Hints from joeeze: No short charging cable? Make your own!

I've spent a lot of time looking for ultra-short USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to Lightning charging cables because my cat loves to attack visible cables and wires.

The closest I've come to what I want — 2"-3"-long connectors — are the 8" C-C puppy and 12" C-Lightning cables below.


The penny dropped just now: loop these cables and Bob's your uncle. 

Now you can make any cable/wire as short as you like.

Up top, I demonstrate this revolutionary concept in a new video release from boj Studios©®.

As always, this great tip is free, the way we like it.

Lagniappe: looping the cable makes it stiffer and less attractive as a feline play focus.

If this hack doesn't work out the way you hoped it would, well, I suggest you start looking for a website/blog whose grand panjandrum isn't so inept.

Shouldn't take all that long....

March 31, 2023 at 04:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

You are here

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This is the approximate location of the Sun in the Milky Way. 

The distance from us to the galactic center, where the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* is located, is 26,000 light years (152,844,259,702,773,792 miles).

Below, the first image of Sagittarius A*, captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), an array which linked together eight existing radio observatories across the planet to form a single "Earth-sized" virtual telescope.

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The telescope is named after the event horizon, the boundary of a black hole beyond which no light can escape.

Although we cannot see the event horizon itself, because it cannot emit light, glowing gas orbiting around the black hole reveals a telltale signature: a dark central region (called a shadow) surrounded by a bright ring-like structure.

The view captures light bent by the powerful gravity of the black hole, which is four million times more massive than our Sun.

The image, released in 2022, is an average of the different images the EHT Collaboration extracted from its 2017 observations.

To help you keep your feet on the ground, remember you're also here:

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This famous "Blue Marble" shot represents the first photograph in which Earth is in full view.

The picture was taken on December 7, 1972, as the Apollo 17 crew left Earth's orbit for the moon.

With the sun at their backs, the crew had a perfectly lit view of the blue planet.

March 31, 2023 at 12:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Desk Hook

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Easy-peasy, cheap tool to keep your backpack/purse/bag/headphones/whatever off the nasty floor and at hand in sight.

Features and Details:

• 5.5" long

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• Weighs 1/2 ounce

• Holds up to 11 pounds


• Ultra-portable: Folds flat

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Attaches to any horizontal surface using gravity

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• Metal arm has anti-mar protective polymer sleeve

• Black, White, Orange, Green, Navy, Light Blue



Suggestion: add a keychain attachment so you can make this part of your EDC.

One more thing: solve that problem with what's in the room.

March 31, 2023 at 08:31 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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