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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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From The Economist: "As as biologists can tell from the fossil record, only four groups of animals have evolved sustained, powered flight. These are the insects, the pterosaurs, the birds and the bats. Many others, though, can manage powered flight's... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at bookofjoe
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From websites: •••••••••••••••••••••••• The definitely retro "Back to the Future" Desktop Hoverboard is a miniature working version of Marty McFly's iconic levitating hoverboard. The tiny hoverboard itself is made from pyrolytic graphite that hovers naturally over a slightly curved base... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at bookofjoe
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From the website: ••••••••••••••••••••••••••• A fan, parasol and rain umbrella in one! The Rurudo Fan Shade is your ultimate cooling gadget, cutting UV rays by 99%. Inside the black canopy are three fan blades that spin and generate a gentle... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at bookofjoe
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"The sun can't shine through like that now due to the surrounding tall buildings." [via History in Pictures] Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at bookofjoe
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From the website: •••••••••••••••••••••••• Squeeze this foam brain to relieve yours. Nicely squishy, light gray and measuring 2-3/4" x 2" x 1-1/2", it's stamped (discreetly) DiscoverySchool.com, which is why you get five (5) brains for so cheap. •••••••••••••••••••••••• Five for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at bookofjoe
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Answer here this time tomorrow. Hint: Smaller than a bread box. Another: Not an eraser. A third: Cheap at twice the price. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at bookofjoe
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at bookofjoe
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Features and Details: • 6" tall x 3" diameter • 360-hour LED flame • Genuine wax covering • 3 AA batteries required (not included) • 3 settings: Amber flame, Red/Green/Blue morphing, or both $5.95. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at bookofjoe
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I only happened on the work of Nesbø, Norwegian crime fiction author supreme, a month or so ago. I'd finished reading/rereading the books of the espionage thriller authors I like most (John le Carré, Gerald Seymour, and Charles Cumming —... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at bookofjoe
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at bookofjoe
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From the website: •••••••••••••••••••••••••• Battery-powered cup with a cow-themed handle stirs your favorite flavor into single servings of milk with a powerful whirling vortex. Just pour in milk, add your favorite flavored syrup or powder, and press the button on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at bookofjoe
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"The Great Wall is likely China's most recognizable landmark... but enormous portions of it have disappeared in recent years. "The Great Wall of China is actually a series of multiple walls, built, destroyed, and restored at different points in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at bookofjoe
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Just the thing to surreptitiously place on the desk of that bozo who goes ballistic at the slightest provocation. Make sure you wear rubber gloves so he or she can't lift your prints and track you down. $6.99. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at bookofjoe
"Hack project by Monobo is a motorized computer mouse which randomly moves and clicks on web pages." [via Bruce Sterling] Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2015 at bookofjoe
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Fork and knife hook together to create an easy-to-use pair of chopsticks. Made from tough and durable food-safe silicone and plastic. Dishwasher safe. $9.99. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at bookofjoe
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Book and Bed Tokyo opens this coming September in the city's Ikebukuro neighborhood. The new lodging will combine beds with a bookshop to create the ultimate bibliophile dream, beds actually embedded into bookshelves. The book selection will be curated by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at bookofjoe
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It's never to early to start, what? This year being the 800th anniversary of King John's affixing his seal to the Magna Carta, the British Museum and the Library of Congress and others are offering all manner of Magna Carta... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at bookofjoe
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Red, gained population. Blue, lost population. [via Bruce Sterling] Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at bookofjoe
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Reviewed by Mark Frauenfelder in Cool Tools as follows: ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• It didn't take me long to get the hang of the Stem Gem Strawberry Huller and once I did, I was able remove the stem and core of strawberries much... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at bookofjoe
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at bookofjoe
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From the website: •••••••••••••••••••••••• A "hammock" for making your face smaller (kogao), retaining your beauty and youth couldn't be any easier than by just slipping this Agaru Sleeping Kogao Hammock Face Mask on over your ears, and letting it do... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at bookofjoe
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Answer here this time tomorrow. Hint: smaller than a bread box. Another: one size fits all. A third: requires minimal effort for optimal function. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at bookofjoe
Some of the top ski racers in the world describe what it's like during a World Cup downhill — literally, life on the edge. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at bookofjoe
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From the website: "This stuff is used to stick pieces of cloth together and measure them so you don't have to use 15 pins and a wooden ruler. Our version is 17 feet long and has 1/8" and 1mm markings... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at bookofjoe