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June 3, 2023

Paragraphica: AI-powered camera — without a lens


Wrote Kottke: "Paragraphica is an AI-powered camera without a lens. It uses your location data and data from various APIs (weather, time of day, nearby places) to construct a text prompt that's used to generate an image."


Free, the way we like it.

Fair warning: there goes the weekend.

[via Luke]

June 3, 2023 at 04:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

It's remarkable so few packages get lost in transit


Consider the tracking history of some cables I ordered this past Wednesday (above and below).


So far my parcel has been in eight UPS locations on its journey from Kalamazoo, Michigan as of 7:06 am today, en route to delivery this coming Monday.


June 3, 2023 at 12:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

POPit Jar Opener


Rain Noe took a deep dive on this device for an article in Core77; excerpts below.

Compact Jar Opener Doesn't Rely on Grip, Force or Leverage

Here's a good example of outside-of-the-box design thinking from British company Pro4UK.

Conventional jar openers are designed to increase grip and leverage, forcing reluctant lids open with brute strength.


Pro4UK reckons this is the wrong way to solve the problem.

"The reason why jars are so difficult to open," they write, "is due to the vacuum inside causing a pressure difference between the inside and outside of the jar. This difference in pressure creates a downward force on the lid, making it difficult to remove."

Their invention, POPit, "removes the problem rather than trying to overpower it."

It consists of two pieces of plastic, a top and a bottom.

Go ahead  try again

Inside is a spring.

A needle is embedded in the center of the top.

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When the top is rotated to the "unlock" position indicated by an icon,


you press it downwards.

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The needle then extends from the bottom.


By placing it atop a jar and puncturing the lid,


pressure inside and outside the jar is equalized as the vacuum is broken.


Subsequently opening the jar is nearly effortless.

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I don't imagine the diminutive pinhole in the lid would be a problem; it looks too small for bugs to get into, or for fluids to come rushing out of if knocked over.

I suppose one issue might be if you've got a strongly fragrant foodstuff (i.e. kimchi), you'd probably worry about the smell permeating the 'fridge.

But I'm guessing this would work fine for 99% of people.


On the fence?


the video.

June 3, 2023 at 08:03 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

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