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'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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After 90 years, things really haven't changed all that much, all things considered. [via History in Pictures] Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at bookofjoe
From the New York Times: •••••••••••••••••••••• "We treat light like a drug whose price is spiraling toward zero," the science reporter Dirk Hanson wrote in Nautilus. And when faced with the availability of cheaper and more efficient lighting technology, he... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at bookofjoe
From wgntv: •••••••••••••••••••••••••• One of the natural wonders of the world was a sight to behold this week, shrouded by a sea of clouds. A rare cloud inversion transformed the Grand Canyon into a foggy vision that was captured on... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at bookofjoe
From the website: •••••••••••••••••••••• This handheld vacuum with a telescoping nozzle uses a patented mechanical suction system to capture bugs without getting close to them. Requiring no electrical power, a pleated plastic bellows at the vacuum's bottom compresses by hand... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at bookofjoe
From The Economist's description: "The Intelligent Life iPad app is free to download and includes every piece from each issue of Intelligent Life, the award-winning magazine published by The Economist, covering life, culture, style and places. It publishes original features,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at bookofjoe
Finally, something of practical value. Who hasn't stood in front of a display of hundreds of lemons, wondering which one is best? Full disclosure: me. But I'm not you, and so here's Cook's Illustrated advice on how to identify the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at bookofjoe
[via Compound Interest] Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at bookofjoe
"Trolley coin." "Flat Phillips screwdriver." Must be a Brit thing, what? $9.59. [via CSYCB] Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at bookofjoe
A lot happens in 41 years. [via History in Pictures] Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at bookofjoe
From The Green Head: "When you take the original 1949 edition of the classic board game Scrabble, blow it up to gigantic proportions, and then hang it on the wall to be used as full-blown playable artwork, you get this....... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at bookofjoe
Below, excerpts from Hugh McIntyre's November 28 Forbes story. ••••••••••••••••••••••• In the race to win the television streaming race, Google is taking some big, bold steps with its Chromecast [above], including adding radio and other recordings to the lineup of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at bookofjoe
Columbia University mathematician Peter Woit's above-titled blog is quite entertaining if, like me, you're inclined to daydreaming occasionally about what your other selves are up to in other universes in a theoretical multiverse. He wrote, "Since 2004 I've maintained an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at bookofjoe
Above, "An illustration of the relativity of color in Josef Albers's 'Interaction of Color': The inner violets are alike. But the one to the right appears to match the outer violet on the left, which is actually lighter." Just out,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at bookofjoe
Rita's inquiry (above) came in early last Tuesday, along with the photos below. While I was still thinking about this clever piece of functional jewelry, early the very next day Beryl made her pitch: .......................................... These emails only serve to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at bookofjoe
Pretty much everyone's got a problem drawer. Jeanne Huber's November 19 "How To" column in the Washington Post dealt with the subject in the following Q & A. ••••••••••••••••••••• Q. We have an art-deco dresser from the 1920s-1940s that we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at bookofjoe
Above, photographs from Phoenix-based photographer Ernie Button's above-titled series. [via the New York Times] Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at bookofjoe
Hint: smaller than a bread box. Another: nothing to do with space. A third: not from Japan. Answer here this time tomorrow. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at bookofjoe
Graphic by Kai Krause. [via mediaite] Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at bookofjoe
Yukiko Morita's lamps are made from actual loaves of bread covered in a layer of resin. [via Spoon & Tamago] Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at bookofjoe
Above, the far side of the moon with the Earth in the background, in a photo taken by China's Chang'e 5 spacecraft in lunar orbit. [via Sploid] Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at bookofjoe
"Around 6:00 p.m. on October 6, 2002, the pedestal supporting "Adam" by Tullio Lombardo gave way, and the Venetian Renaissance sculpture (1490-95) fell to the floor, breaking into twenty-eight large fragments and hundreds of smaller ones." The Metropolitan Museum of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at bookofjoe
Res ipsa loquitur. Fluvanna County borders Albemarle County, Virginia (where I live) to the southeast. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at bookofjoe
My crack Los Angeles correspondent is beside himself with delight. [via Compound Interest] Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at bookofjoe
Impress your boss and officemates by greeting them in the morning asleep next to your desk. Think of the money you'll save in rent! From the website: ••••••••••••••••••••••• Whether you just want a way to get some sleep whenever the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at bookofjoe
Having seen the commercial about 200 times this past week, I decided to try one. Excellent. Lagniappe: just $2. What's not to like? Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at bookofjoe