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November 20, 2023

Video: 18 seconds of James Joyce in Paris in the 1920s

From Open Culture

The narrator of this rare clip describes James Joyce — arguably the greatest novelist of the 20th century — as a "small, thin, unathletic man with very bad eyes."


And it gets worse.

According to the voiceover, when Joyce and drinking buddy Ernest Hemingway faced a potential brawl, Joyce would hide behind his more imposing comrade and shout "Deal with him, Hemingway, deal with him!!!"

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

'Parade Best'


The great Maira Kalman's New Yorker cover made me stop and look some twenty-seven years later.

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

World's First Volume Button For Your Ears



From websites:

Knops is an adjustable analogue acoustic hearing solution that will give you full control of the sounds surrounding you.


It lets you adjust the volume of life itself.


Whether you need silence while you're studying in a loud environment, or you want to tune down the noise of the vibrant city around you, the Knops can do just that.


It's like a world audio volume button that you can adjust.


Finally, you're in control.


Each pair has 4 steps:

Step 1 is what you would hear with no plugs

Step 2 will reduce the volume to filter the noise of a vibrant city

Step 3 will adjust the volume to a live music setting

Step 4 will create a silent environment ideal for work


The Knops is available in different colors and trims to match your style.


It occurred to me that these could double as an emergency trephination guide in a pinch.


But that's prolly just me.


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

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