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bookofjoe
'World's most popular blogging anesthesiologist'
Interests: music, food, history, running, art, design, solitude, edges, space, origins, comfort, movies, books, philosophy, football, architecture, silence, quantum, boundaries, time, future, intensity
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Wrote Chris Plante on The Verge: ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• For 10 years the New York Botanical Garden has devoted time and resources to the Amorphophallus titanum, a single towering flower that, when in bloom, smells like a rotting corpse. Today, garden guests... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at bookofjoe
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From a review: "'Always take a banana to a party'.... Every Doctor Who fan knows that. I got some black enamel paint and added some realistic touches to the banana and so mine actually fools people into thinking it's real.... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at bookofjoe
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From BoingBoing: •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• A single bird has thousands of feathers, of different types, and there are some 10,000 species of birds. "Feathers" takes a broad view of the evolution of the bird and its feathers while focusing its lens on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at bookofjoe
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From the website: ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Our previous limited-edition (100) Forms in Nature light sculpture sold out. We are producing a new limited edition of 100 this year (2016). Forms in Nature resembles Darwinist Ernst Haeckel's drawings. Using a simple action, such... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at bookofjoe
A revelation. Think outside the chip space — this is MEGA. [via BoingBoing] Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at bookofjoe
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I don't know how many different kitchen sink stoppers I've tried that either quickly or slowly let water drain out. Annoying. How hard can it be to make a sink stopper? I mean, no moving parts: should be a no-brainer.... Continue reading
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I don't know if the claim in the headline is in fact true but I do know one thing for sure: if this puppy isn't the most expensive wireless speaker in the world, it's right up there. Video below. $2,390. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at bookofjoe
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From Dangerous Minds: •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Cecil Hepworth is one of the unsung heroes of early cinema. The son of a magic-lantern showman and novelist, Hepworth was one of the first producers/directors to realize the potential of making full-length "feature films" (his... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at bookofjoe
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What took so long? The product video (below), featuring My Hitch inventor Robert Lian, an airline pilot who flies Boeing 737's, is wonderfully calm and matter-of-fact, just what you'd expect from a pilot. Watching it made me decide to buy... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at bookofjoe
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From Open Culture: "He made a quiz with 'ten definitions of a reader, and from these ten,' he had students choose the 'four definitions that would combine to make a good reader.'" Answers below. Some artistic sense Imagination A dictionary... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at bookofjoe
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What's great about this device — besides the astoundingly low price ($149.95) for what only a few years ago was professional-grade technology — is that by stabilizing my videos before uploading them to YouTube I could skip the time and... Continue reading
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From websites: ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The ideal way of completely immersing yourself in your favorite songs — without any drugs. Connect the speakers to your 3.5mm-jack audio devices such as phone, tablet, computer, etc., to play music. Once connected to a music... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at bookofjoe
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Can your silly putty do that? Didn't think so. From the website: •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Phantom UV Putty is an amazing moldable putty that changes color when exposed to ultraviolet light. As with any standard putty, you can mold, stretch, twist, sculpt,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at bookofjoe
YouTube caption: "Snake mimic caterpillar Hemeroplanes triptolemus (Sphingidae) from the Amazon rainforest near Puyo, Ecuador. When disturbed, this larva of a sphinx moth expands and exposes the underside of the first body segments, mimicking a snake head with black eyes... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at bookofjoe
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It happened Monday. I'm old enough to remember when microbursts were first postulated as the cause of otherwise unattributable plane crashes on landing: most scoffed and said they didn't exist. "Once they reach the ground, microbursts have been known to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at bookofjoe
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As featured in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not." From the website: ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Factory sealed Bicycle® playing cards inside a glass milk bottle. An original wonder inspired by Harry Eng and impossibly bottled by Jamie D. Grant. As a featured item... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at bookofjoe
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[via Hacker News and pappubahry aka David Barry] Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at bookofjoe
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From thebrainfever: "I've always been curious to know what keyboards look like in various countries. What does the most ubiquitous item in a computer user's life look like in other parts of the world?" "As an Apple fan, I've also... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at bookofjoe
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Read about this sui generis 66-year-old Argentina-born artist here. Video below. [via RealityCarnival and Michele Filomeno] Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at bookofjoe
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From the website: ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Japan is a rainy place and so designers are constantly looking for new ways to make practical protection from the elements in more interesting ways. The Touken Kasakaban Samurai Sword Sheath Umbrella Bag is a chic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at bookofjoe
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And you thought boomboxes were over. "The BeatBringer is a backpack full of speakers that can connect to your phone over Bluetooth and blast music at up to 110 dB, equaling the noise level of a live rock concert." Hide... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at bookofjoe
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Photographer Francois Brunelle has found and photographed more than 200 such pairs over 16 years for his "I'm not a Look-Alike!" project. Above and below, a few exemplars. Many more here. A 2014 New York Times story about Brunelle's work... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at bookofjoe
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Say what? Tell us more. From BoingBoing: •••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Tsunago pencil sharpener lets you "chain smoke" your pencils by connecting pencil stubs together. The Tsunago ("let's connect") has three blades: One sharpens like a normal pencil sharpener. Another bores a... Continue reading
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