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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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About five or so years ago Mercedes-Benz identified the Takata airbags in my 2010 vehicle as among those that needed to be replaced because there had been reports of the airbags spontaneously exploding and maiming or killing front seat occupants.... Continue reading
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From Atlas Obscura: When Mount Vesuvius exploded nearly 2,000 years ago, the residents of Pompeii and Herculaneum were directly in its path. Some fled before the explosion, others tried to shelter in place, while still more attempted to flee. All... Continue reading
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From the website: This Pilot fountain pen comes with a retractable black ionized 18k gold nib — just click to expose or retract. A hidden trap door helps keep the nib from drying out when not in use. A Pilot... Continue reading
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There's a reason a standard set of 26 identifying words were selected to identify each letter of the alphabet. Lives can hinge on getting them right. Doesn't hurt to memorize and use them when you're on the phone spelling out... Continue reading
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I just finished this 2003 novel based on the Patty Hearst kidnapping. Choi's second book, it was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Like all three of her novels I've read previously — the most recent, this year's "Trust Exercise," featured in... Continue reading
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From the Guardian: The use of facial recognition software for commercial purposes is becoming more common, but, as Amazon scans faces in its physical shop and Facebook searches photos of users to add tags to, those concerned about their privacy... Continue reading
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From The Awesomer: The KitchenSafe will help you fight your craving and curtail your bad habits. Store food, gadgets, cigarettes, and more, then keep the lid locked for up to 10 days. The clear container is rubbing it in, though:... Continue reading
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From 99percentinvisible: There is more than one way to pin a map, as evidenced by 27 pages devoted to the subject in Graphic Methods for Presenting Facts. Author Willard C. Brinton dedicated an entire chapter of this 1919 book to... Continue reading
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Yesterday, having tried and failed to find Ultrabrite toothpaste — my longtime toothpaste of choice, since maybe last century — in either Kroger or Harris Teeter on repeated visits, I amped up my quest by paying a special visit to... Continue reading
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From Twisted Sifter: From 1887 to 1913 this incredible telephone tower served as one of the main junctions in Stockholm, Sweden. About 5000 lines were connected here. Even after the tower was decommissioned in 1913, it remained as a landmark... Continue reading
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Only this morning, looking at the endless columns of emoji (below) in Apple's email options, after having spent countless minutes and cumulative hours searching for a particular emoji that I've used a zillion times but for some reason never favorited... Continue reading
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Talk to the hands. From the website: Scrub like you've never scrubbed before. Simply put these gloves on, soap up, grab a dish, and start scouring. The durable silicone scrubbers find every nook and cranny of even your hardest-to-clean pots... Continue reading
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Above, the selection of one of the many vendors and purveyors of myriad vegetables, fruits, exotic dishes, and a dizzying array of cheeses, baked goods, and drinks available at this morning's Farmers Market downtown. I never saw such a beautiful... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at bookofjoe
Live in New Orleans February 16, 2019. Back story here. Continue reading
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You can too! "Made by Monica who was initially annoyed by something else." [via the Verge] Continue reading
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From websites: Easily convert rocker-type switches into arcade-style buttons. Simply remove current faceplate and screw this one into place. $9.99. Continue reading
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From the website: Happiness It's what most people say they want. So how do we know how happy people are? You can't improve or understand what you can't measure. In a blow to happiness, we're very good at measuring economic... Continue reading
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Below, excerpts from Nicholas Bakalar's New York Times article. Emergency surgeries performed on a weekend may have poorer results than the same operation performed on a weekday, a new study concludes. Researchers used a large database of hospitalizations nationwide to... Continue reading
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Above, how it appeared then relative to the U.S. Below, Greenland's actual size relative to the U.S. and the world. I'm really surprised the BBC used the map up top in today's story. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at bookofjoe
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Above and below, a selection from the shortlist of finalists for the Royal Photographic Society's Science Photographer of the Year competition. Winners will be unveiled at the Science Museum in London in October. From top down: Tribolium confusum (Confused Flour... Continue reading
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Videre est credere. From the website: Now you can call me crazy. Since I started doing this, many have. In 2008, I introduced these "Numismatic (Coin) Jigsaw Puzzles" as a joke to a customer in Texas who was always trying... Continue reading
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A wonderful 2000 film written and directed by the Coen brothers. The cast includes George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter, and Charles Durning, among others. Continue reading
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For me it's not an issue since I keep an Igloo cooler in my back seat so I can put ice cream and sorbet inside under a couple of tightly packed t-shirts and keep the freeze on for a while.... Continue reading
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