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Scanners capture sides of objects—especially Scrabble tiles

Normally when you scan something, you think your scan is going to be totally flat. But the only truly flat part of your scan is right down the center of your scanner. Anything sitting on the left part of your scanner will show the object’s right side. Vice versa for anything sitting on the right …

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What I learned this week from January 15, 2021

How to reduce digital distractions Advice from medieval monks: Think of bizarre elaborate mental structures. The stranger the better. Bigger MLB players have a better chance at improving over years, compared to smaller players Someone on fangraphs did an analysis of all the 27 year old players, and how they performed in their 27-year-old season …

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Capturing time

How in the world did this slow-motion video capture two moments at once? The cork just coming out of the bottle—AND—the moment when the cork hits the guy’s face? (look at the shadow on his shirt, you’ll see the cork hitting his face) How slow-motion video works When you imagine video being recorded at 30 …

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The awesome Christmas ninja toys from Oriental Trading

A great Christmas surprise this year? Christmas ninjas! With these fun little guys around the house, you’ll find everyone asking, “Hey, what happened to the Christmas cookies?” Ninjas. These little guys bearing peppermint weapons will surely bring a fresh breath of air to your Christmas. They could cause all sorts of mischief around your house. …

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is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?

Marcus Aurelius on getting out of bed to create order in the world

The Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius writes on how to begin each day for optimal sanity and the key to living fully. Brainpickings.org hand-picked out some of Aurelius’ quotes. (They do such a great job quoting and summarizing inspiring works of literature.) Here are some his quotes that stood out to me At …

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This cow has been tipped 2,162 times

[Disclaimer: First let me say that cow tipping is not a nice thing to do. It’s pretty much impossible to tip a cow. They are very squarely built.] In the virtual world of the world wide web, a page exists where you can tip over a tiny little cow gif. Go to: angelfire.com/oh/cow123/tip.html and click …

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Trumpet Fanfare playlist by semperpraesidio on Spotify

Trumpet fanfare for reprise of spoken words

Whenever you say something awesome over instant message, share this Spotify playlist with the recipient of your incredible words: Trumpet Fanfares. HEY WHY STOP THERE? CAN THE APPLE WATCH HAVE A DEDICATED PLAY A SPECIFIC SONG BUTTON? When you say something incredible, you just hit that button, and boom. TRUMPET FANFARE LIVE IN PERSON. And …

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