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Mini Birthday Hiatus October 23, 2020

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Heading up to the mountains to celebrate the passage of my 6th decade next week, so if blogging in the recent past has been light, you can look forward to a week that is simply . . . evanescent.

Funny to think that I was in my early 40s when I first dove into the blogosphere.

At least we can all age together.

Almost Enough Books October 22, 2020

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I don’t know anything about architecture but I do love me a good bookstore, so even I was impressed by this Chinese bookstore that appeared recently in The Architectural Digest. Using lighting, mirrors, and some printed images of books, the store designers created this:

Many more cool pics at the link, as well as a more coherent description of how they did it.

Life Imitating Art October 22, 2020

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Via H2:

Tesla Finally Admits Model 3 Bumpers Fall Off In Rain And Will Fix The Damage Under Warranty

Retired Geezer posted this video some 6 years ago, but it seems especially relevant now:

Who Does Number 2 Work For? October 21, 2020

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From the Unfortunate Headlines File:

After being her own boss, Kamala Harris embraces new role as Biden’s No. 2

When You Just Gotta Pet That Dog October 19, 2020

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A little old (~ 7 months), but then, aren’t we all?

Moving the Money Around October 18, 2020

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According to the Congressional Budget Office’s October 2 report, the redistribution of income in 2017 (the year before Trump’s tax cuts took effect) looked like this:

After the redistribution, the lowest quintile saw its income raised by 68.5%, while the top quintile lost 25.8%.

Is it fair? I dunno. I don’t really care about fair so long as hard-working people have mobility among the quintiles.

But if you’re going to make it more fair, you have to stop importing people into the bottom quintiles.

Transportation Innovation, Florida-Man Style October 18, 2020

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Dean Kamen spent over 7 years developing the Segway to “revolutionize human transportation.”

This fellow spent about 45 seconds developing his version:

The Segway stopped production in June, BTW.

Effin’ Coca-Cola Company October 17, 2020

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I’ll be in mourning over the never-to-be-purchased-from-again company’s decision to kill off Tab, which has been my primary drink for 40 years. Haven’t been able to get any since Covid reared its ugly head, but I had hoped that production would resume after the pandemic was under control.

Now I have to live a gray, meaningless life. Even if Biden doesn’t get elected.

Missed It By That Much October 15, 2020

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Let’s Get Small October 13, 2020

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The annual Nikon Photomicrography Competition has just finished, with 88 entries shown at the site. They’re all worth a gander, but here are a couple of my faves:

Fossilized Dinosaur Cells
Motor Neurons from Stem Cells

Not Sobek? October 10, 2020

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Super seekrit sketching.

A Wondrous Monday October 5, 2020

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Thought I’d kick off my week (and yours) with an old Stevie Wonder song.