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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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Superb website featuring every stamp currently available. Way better than going to the post office to see what stamps they have only to find out — after parking, walking there, and standing in a long line in an unpleasant, crowded... Continue reading
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From Hyperallergic: "The free images, uploaded courtesy of the Biodiversity Heritage Library, include animal sketches, historical diagrams, botanical studies, and scientific research." "The Biodiversity Heritage Library is the world's largest open-access digital archive dedicated to the natural world." Fair warning:... Continue reading
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YouTube caption: Gray Cat prefers this napping spot above all others, prolly 'cause she's suspended on a web of stretched bungee cords (whose main function is to hold the 37-year-old chair together, now that its webbing has deteriorated to the... Continue reading
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Reader Pamela Barnes commented as follows yesterday: She was referring to footage in this video, a screen grab from which appears below. At first glance it does appear as if I'm wearing two watches — but take a closer look.... Continue reading
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OK, I hear you: what the heck am I doing posting this video? Before you bury me in a hail of invective, try reading this explanatory piece. Better? If you're game, try the abstract of the paper, published February 14,... Continue reading
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From the website: IRcloak, IRpair, Phantom, and Ghost eyewear block 3D infrared facial mapping during both day and night. They also block 2D video algorithm-based facial recognition on cameras using IR for illumination. There's even a universal clip-on that easily... Continue reading
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From The Pudding: If a picture is worth 1,000 words, one could argue that the hairstyle in your yearbook photo is at least 990 of them. Hair is decade-defining — it’s hard to think of the 1930s without finger waves,... Continue reading
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[This updated version of the iconic "Pale Blue Dot" image taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft uses modern image-processing software and techniques to revisit the well-known Voyager view while attempting to respect the original data and intent of those who... Continue reading
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Just in from my Crack Pittsburgh Correspondent©®: "TIL that the iPhone calculator app — when the phone is turned sideways — becomes a scientific calculator." Well, butter my butt & call me a biscuit: it's true! So easy, even a... Continue reading
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From the website: After Darth Vader, Darth Maul is Star Wars' most distinguished Sith Lord, and a huge fan favorite thanks to both his amazing skills with the crimson double-bladed lightsaber and his devilish looks. So when Isshindo Honpo created... Continue reading
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"A low-brow, crass approach to plant ecology as muttered by a misanthropic Chicago Italian." Res ipsa loquitur. Over 200 videos. Fair warning: there goes the day. Continue reading
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Lawrence Weschler's masterful review and appreciation of Robert Irwin appeared in the New York Times on February 13, 2020. It follows. At 91 years of age, Robert Irwin, one of the founding masters of California's experientially-pitched Light and Space movement,... Continue reading
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I have two areas of focus currently: stinkbugs (above) and bird poop in my house. Stinkbugs because of their very annoying habit of dropping onto my head at night while I'm reading in a dark room lit only by my... Continue reading
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Not just a figure of speech, but the real deal. Halfway down the screen and a bit to the left of center. It stopped by yesterday for a visit. Continue reading
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From websites: Unlock a world of magic and mystery with this magnetic keychain. It will keep your keys in order on the fridge (or any other ferrous metal surface) so you'll never have to search for them again. Features and... Continue reading
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Wrote Flautist, "This is wonderful. What a master! Maximum tap with minimum (visible) effort." From Wikipedia: "Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson... was the best known and most highly paid black American entertainer in the U.S. during the first half of the twentieth... Continue reading
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From the Guardian: Every February, Horsetail Fall is lit by the setting sun, bringing thousands of people to Yosemite to watch the phenomenon Aaron Meyers vividly remembers his first firefall. The spectacle of Yosemite’s famous Horsetail Fall lit up by... Continue reading
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YouTube caption: "She just wanted to prove that — contrary to popular belief — she doesn't sleep all the time." Continue reading
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From designyoutrust: EARNE$T announces the upcoming auction of The Davos Collection, a portfolio of artifacts covertly harvested during the 2018 WEF at Davos. The Collection presents the unique opportunity to gain genetic insights into a most influential population and a... Continue reading
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The new advanced version (above) is the best of two worlds: the old version (below) and BrushPicks (below). The old G.U.M. style was too small, too soft, and too fragile; BrushPicks are too harsh and stiff. The new G.U.M.iteration is... Continue reading
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This video totally made my day. When can I try it? Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at bookofjoe
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1. Cleaning 2. Cooking 3. Movement No wonder my house is so clean. What with my rather sporadic housekeeping (Mario Buatta once remarked that dust protects furniture from sunlight wonderfully), heavy reliance on the microwave, and movement pretty much confined... Continue reading
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Bob Mankoff named this one of his all-time 11 favorite New Yorker cartoons, wryly noting, "You can't go wrong with stupidity. When in doubt, make fun of an idiot." He relented: "But this is done in a lovely way. The... Continue reading
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