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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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Above, a Marshall Islands stick chart from the collection of the National Library of Australia, believed to be from the early 1970s. From the Guardian : They're thin pieces of coconut wood put together in a sort of lattice like... Continue reading
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I spotted this cheese from Switzerland at Whole Foods a few months ago: I have no idea why I only photographed it in situ in the cheese department instead of buying it to try it. Nor is it clear to... Continue reading
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Above, Season 1's. Below, Season 2's. Earlier this month I wrote about how much I liked Season 1 of "Dark"; Season 2 is even better, again with cinematography that's just breathtaking, in parts painterly. It's on Netflix. Continue reading
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Answer here this time tomorrow. Hint: bigger than a bread box. Another: made in the 1970s. Continue reading
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I discovered this very useful fact last Saturday after trying and failing to find just the right place and orientation for my Sony portable radio so I could listen to AM 1070 WINA's broadcast of the UVA-Duke football game (don't... Continue reading
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Robert Aitken's 1935 sculpture is located on the northeast corner of the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. The quotation is from William Shakespeare's play "The Tempest." I visited in 2012. Continue reading
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From websites: In 2016, Richard Mille and Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ, the Airbus subsidiary that manufactures bespoke private aircraft) co-designed a watch, the RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph, available in a 30-piece limited edition for $1.05 million. Now,... Continue reading
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Constant readers — and erstwhile commenters — know that 99% of the time, Typepad takes your comment to a "404 Page Not Found" dead end. Continue reading
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The new above-titled show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York features textiles, fiber art, and industrial design from the museum's vast collection. The show will remain up through spring 2020. Continue reading
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Answer here this time tomorrow. Hint: That's me. Extra credit: identify the source and author of the quotation. No cheating! Continue reading
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From the website: Wasabi (the green paste we all know from sushi), shoga (ginger), and umeboshi (dried plum) are three of the most common flavors in Japanese cooking. So much so that you won't find a refrigerator in Japan that... Continue reading
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Below, excerpts from Helen Thompson's Smithsonian magazine story. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Deep in the forests of Southeast Asia lives a silver-colored orb-weaving spider that decorates its web with a silky spiral pattern and bits of dead leaves. This isn't just to make... Continue reading
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Tom Cheney's wonderful cartoon appeared in the March 26, 2007 issue of the New Yorker. Continue reading
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"A healthy adult who drinks two liters of water a day would get a full drug dose every:" [via Popular Science] Continue reading
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From Atlas Obscura: Three thousand years ago, at least 140 fighters died in a battle along the banks of Germany's Tollense River. One of the fallen dropped a small kit containing tools and a handful of bronze scraps (top). Based... Continue reading
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From the Verge: Before I tell you more about the biggest tech gadget of 2019, I want to be perfectly clear that the Banana Phone isn't a phone — it's a Bluetooth headset that connects to your phone, and you... Continue reading
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From Richard Kashdan, my Crack San Francisco Correspondent®©, comes news of this wonderful invention. He wrote, "I don't remember who posted this on Twitter a few years ago, but whoever you are: you have improved every night I've spent in... Continue reading
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Who knew? Craig S. Smith's New York Times story about France's annual nationwide fall mushroom hunt would've been of much interest to me even if it hadn't contained the morsel up top in the headline. Here's the article. Chantraine Journal:... Continue reading
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I got all excited a couple months ago when I read in one of the fanboi mags that the upcoming iPadOS would include mouse support. Maybe for braingeniuses, but it's mos def not aimed at TechnoDolts©® like moi. Above and... Continue reading
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This is the checker shadow illusion, published in 1995 by Edward H. Adelson, professor of visual science at MIT. You could look it up. Continue reading
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Reviewed by M.B. Davidson in Cool Tools as follows: I recently realized that many people are unaware of seam rippers. You can buy one for under five bucks. Use it to remove an old hem before sewing a new one,... Continue reading
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From Atlas Obscura: In Northwest China's Gobi Desert, autumn tints the landscape a flaming scarlet. The fields of red aren't deciduous leaves blushing with the season. They're chili peppers, spread out to dry under the hot desert sun following the... Continue reading
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