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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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I really, really liked this movie. YouTube caption: "Hold Fast": Stories of maniac sailors, anarchist castaways, and the voyage of the S/V Pestilence.... Over the course of two winters, four members of the Anarchist Yacht Clubb [sic] rescued a derelict... Continue reading
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Back when I bought my first and only house in 1983, radon was a big deal. Sometimes a sale was contingent on the radon level inside a house. Like most things, it mattered until it didn't: by the end of... Continue reading
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You heard it here first. The other day I was wondering how long till my right knee, underneath the patella, stops hurting so I can resume my running routine. It started in early June so it's now coming up on... Continue reading
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This last week marked a monumental achievement by NASA: a controlled touchdown on asteroid Bennu some 200 million miles away — with hoped-for sample retrieval to be returned to Earth, the first extraterrestrial material to do so (excepting meteorites) since... Continue reading
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From the website: A block of sticky notes with gold-plated edges. 3" x 4". Made in France. €10. Continue reading
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Absolutely stunning. I never tired of watching and listening to this wonderful introduction to each episode. Continue reading
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From Outdoor Revival: 2,300-Year-Old Scythian Woman's Boot Preserved in the Frozen Ground The Altai Mountains run through Central and East Asia for about twelve hundred miles from the southeast to the northwest, spanning China, Mongolia, Russia, and Kazakhstan. Much of... Continue reading
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From the New York Times: "I was so prepared when it [the pandemic] happened," Mr. Newbold said. "I was ready to bug out. Marc could tell you. It's like, 'Well, Nick's ready to go anywhere.' I was like, 'I have... Continue reading
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If you've ever lost your straw in a soda can or had it fall out, you'll be pleased to discover a use for the hole in the tab. Slot your straw through and it's held in place, making it much... Continue reading
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From the website: Zax is a throwing axe that's funky, foam, and fun-sized! Give this toy tomahawk a toss and it'll safely stick to almost any flat surface. The three Softek foam suction cups on the "blade" make it easy... Continue reading
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From Atlas Obscura: The first utility poles in America weren’t really supposed to be there. It was 1843, and telegraph inventor Samuel Morse was granted $30,000 by the U.S. Congress to construct a line that could send messages more quickly... Continue reading
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I featured this supernova K-pop group three weeks ago. Now comes their Netflix documentary, which drew a rave review from the New York Times. Continue reading
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It's where you'll find the avatar of Morteza Vaseghi. Continue reading
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Just before you do something, do something else. Let's say you were going to put on a shirt: instead, put on your shoes. The trick is to immediately do whatever pops into your mind that isn't what you'd normally do.... Continue reading
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From the website: When stress and anxiety from your everyday life leaves you feeling a little bent out of shape, reach for some Angry Putty, the pliant plastic plaything that gives you more resistance the more you stretch it! This... Continue reading
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Created by Daniel Kontur. From BoredPanda: This commercial doesn’t come from Burger King itself, but rather from film director Daniel Kontur. Daniel got on the website Specbank.com, where he found the script from an unauthorized commercial written by Dan Sorgen.... Continue reading
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Above, his approximately nine-foot-tall bronze sculpture, cast in 1960 during Giacometti's lifetime, to be sold in a sealed-bid auction by Sotheby's. Giacometti is my favorite artist but I'm gonna have to pass this time. Go for it! From Barron's: Sotheby's... Continue reading
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I'm getting the feeling I'm being played but hey, that's kewl. Constant readers will recall that Ms. Cook first contacted me this past Tuesday, following up on Wednesday. Nothing from her Thursday so I figured she's moved on, only to... Continue reading
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Above, the library's card, designed by Morteza Vaseghi. Below, the card's obverse. Aim your phone's camera at the QR code and it takes you to the library's website. Go ahead, try it: it worked for me the first time. Big... Continue reading
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I stumbled on Hybrid Green Label's website just now and was fascinated by the highly original designs of their extensive line of men's shoes. Their uniquely-patterned rubber soles (below) are said to be inspired by a fingerprint. I like them.... Continue reading
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In two-and-a-half minutes you'll find out why it is that people flee the room when you start to sing. Free, the way we like it. Wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing? Continue reading
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Last month's Part 1 featured Banksy's drolly titled 2005 painting (above), a reimagining of Claude Monet's water lilies which added abandoned shopping carts and a traffic cone to the famous garden scene. Last night it realized $9,800,000 (€7,500,000) at a... Continue reading
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Above, part of a page of my latest phone bill. I noticed with pleasure that next month's $45.60 payment for my 2018 iPhone XS Max will be #24 of 24. The only thing my dad ever said that was worth... Continue reading
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Answer here this time tomorrow. Hint: smaller than a bread box. Another: free (the way we like it). Continue reading
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Back in the day in high school, having an old beater car to work on in the garage was pretty much routine. For patching and body fill, you used Bondo (introduced by 3M in 1955). Turns out 3M has amped... Continue reading
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