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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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YouTube caption: Together, Harvard University and XVIVO developed this 3D animation journey for Harvard's undergraduate Molecular and Cellular Biology students about the microscopic world of mitochondria. The animation highlights the creation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) — mobile molecules which store... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at bookofjoe
You stand in the brook, mud smearing your forearms, a bloodied mosquito on your brow, your yellow T-shirt dampened to your chest as the current flees between your legs, amber, verdigris, unravelling today's story, last night's travail... You stare at... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at bookofjoe
[Nuking a burning candle] Robert L. Wolke, the Washington Post's longtime food writer, addressed the headlined topic in a "Food 101" column, noting that it's one of the questions that repeatedly appears in his mailbox. Here's the Q & A.... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at bookofjoe
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From the website: Be the coolest student (or teacher) in class with this multi-use and multi-purpose ruler. With an inbuilt set square, protractor, arc tool, and circular stencils, you can get your band back together and finish your geometry homework... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at bookofjoe
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Part 1 appeared here last week and evoked two comments, one of which I pursued via email with the commenter known as Brucexo.* Up top is part of our back-and-forth, which has confounded me since he sent it.** There's no... Continue reading
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Around 9:30 a.m. today I glanced up from my computer and saw what you see above and below. Reminded me of Wolf Kahn, whose works grace my monthly wall calendar. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at bookofjoe
From the website: Pour any wine, any amount — without pulling the cork. One sip or one glass: save the rest of the bottle for another week, another month, or another year, with the cork intact. $249.95-$799.95 (wine included with... Continue reading
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The pandemic has caused an inflection point in demand for these structures, with sales now going through the roof (as it were). Above and below, exemplars. You can too! [via the New York Times] Continue reading
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Answer here. Fooled me, that's for sure: at first I thought it might have been painted by Le Douanier (Henri Rousseau). Just goes to show that a painter's style can change radically from age twenty-four. "Mademoiselle Sicot," an 1865 oil... Continue reading
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This Nilometer is located on Roda Island in central Cairo. It dates back to 861 C.E., when the Abbasid caliph al-Mutawakkil ordered its construction, overseen by the astronomer Al-Farghani. It was built on a site occupied by an earlier version.... Continue reading
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From the website: This top-quality pencil features a miniature broom head-like eraser on the end. Enjoy sweeping your mistakes away. Features and Details: • Rubber, wood, graphite • 7.08"L x 2.36"W [broom] x 0.39"Ø $11.99. Continue reading
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Opened last year, its website is a treasure trove of largely neglected Indian form and design. Fair warning.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at bookofjoe
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Yesterday's post featured my mangled lyrics for "Smoke On The Water." Today I turn my attention to "Show Me The Way," Peter Frampton's 1975 megahit. What I heard on the radio: I wonder how you're feeling There's ringing in my... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at bookofjoe
YouTube caption: Flying snakes glide through the air, flattening their bodies to provide lift. But as they glide they seem to swim, undulating their bodies from side to side. Now a team in the U.S. has used motion capture technology... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at bookofjoe
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Batman's other car. "A rare opportunity for Rolls-Royce connoisseurs to purchase a fleeting icon." Apply within. Continue reading
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Above, the ancient city's Lion Gate. From the website: Explore the ancient Greek city of Mycenae in a newly released digital archive. Mycenae was a place of considerable power and a key site of the Mycenaean civilisation in the Late... Continue reading
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The headline is the title of a great book compiling misheard rock song lyrics. I've been making up my own best approximations since I started listening to AM radio back in the day. Below, what I heard when I listened... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at bookofjoe
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Long story short: it's not just the wear that matters: rubber degrades over time regardless of use or exposure. Ever notice that an old rubber band is stiff and breaks easily? nuf sed. But I digress. Car makers recommend new... Continue reading
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Who knew grass was so versatile? First a whistle, now this. Ballpoint pen with black ink. $3.25. Continue reading
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From Chapter 8 ("Seven Years Are Like a Moment: Why Life Speeds Up As We Grow Older") of Stefan Klein's superb book, "The Secret Pulse of Time: Making Sense of Life's Scarcest Commodity": William James noted wistfully: "In youth we... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at bookofjoe