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Subtleties of online shopping

Excerpts from an interesting article in this month's The Atlantic: Our ability to know the price of anything, anytime, anywhere, has given us, the consumers, so much power that retailers—in a desperate effort to regain the upper hand, or at least avoid extinction—are now staring back through the screen.


There's a reason this series of cartoons is entitled "Real Life Adventures."

Habitat restoration exemplified

YouTube link. "Almost 50 years ago, fried chicken tycoon David Bamberger used his fortune to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land in the Texas Hill Country.

Wear a helmet.


"First water" explained

I was reading a Robert Frost poem in which he described something as being "of the first water."  The reference: I've tried the new moon tilted in the air Above a hazy tree-and-farmhouse cluster As you might try a jewel in your hair.

Man bowls a "300" in less than two minutes

YouTube link. Via Neatorama.

Guilty as charged

It has been pointed out to me, probably on several occasions, that I should not type two spaces after a period.  I've been doing this since my 10th-grade typing class, so I doubt I can change a 50+-year-old habit.  Today I encountered this rant on the subject: The two-spaces-after-a-period construction is outmoded and has no place in modern communication.  It’s not a coincidence that many of my friends who still use two spaces work in finance and law—two decidedly old-school industries populated by people who grew up in the two-space heyday.  The practice should be eradicated for good, especially in the digital communication age, when every device has proportional fonts.  Design experts agree that using two spaces creates an unsightly amount of white space, and increases the chance you’ll have a “river” snake its way through your paragraph.  Worse, it makes a person look old and out of touch.Here is the same text typed using one space after the periods.

Today is April 25

From Miss Congeniality, via.

"Slime videos" explained

A tip of the blogging hat to the elves at No Such Thing As A Fish for explaining in a recent podcast how "slime" is now a "thing".  I found a detailed explanation in a column at nymag.  Herewith some excerpts: Slime, if you haven’t encountered it on any of your social feeds — or at a child’s birthday party — is a strange, mushy semi-solid that can be made easily with Elmer’s glue, borax, and water, plus a mess of strange sequins, colored dye, and commentary.

"How Western civilization could collapse"

Excerpts from an interesting longread at the BBC: The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle whose wheels are kept spinning by economic growth.

Therapy dogs waitiing to see their children

Photo taken at an Italian children's hospital.  Via Reddit.

The dangers of kohl eyeliner

Kohl served multiple roles in Egyptian antiquity. Egyptians of all social classes applied the eyeliner daily in veneration of the deities, satisfying both religious obligations and beautifying desires.

Tilly Lockey and her bionic arm

YouTube link. The above video shows her first attempts to use the new arm; In the longer video below she tells her story: YouTube link.

"He's at home" was the term for a Nantucket dildo - updated

A long and quite interesting article at Literary Hub traces one writer's journey to document the use of dildos by the wives of Nantucket whalers.

Tongue-and-groove tree felling

Via.  Video here.

Divertimento #125

The 125th linkdump becomes the first "gifdump".  Deep-frying rice vermicelli noodles. Avalanche rescue dog having fun.

Seraphine (2009)

YouTube link I encountered this trailer for Seraphine while watching the DVD of A Man Called Ove and decided to give it a try.  Here's the blurb: Based on a true story, SÉRAPHINE centers on Séraphine de Senlis (Moreau), a simple and profoundly devout housekeeper whose brilliantly colorful canvases adorn some of the most famous galleries in the world.


Photo (and title) credit to this PoliticalHumor subreddit post.