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economics

Money can be exchanged for goods and services.  And the selling prices of goods and services are determined, in the broadest sense, by the forces of the marketplace.  Material things are worth what people are prepared to pay for them.  … Continue reading

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old school photography to blow. your. mind.

No, we’re not talking about film here.  No Instamatics or Polaroids,  not even a box Brownie.  No, we’re talking daguerreotypes, a marvelously complex system for making a photographic positive on a mirror polished metal plate. The year is 1848.  The … Continue reading

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save the phone doodles!

We’ve discussed before the long and honorable history of the phone doodle, that marvelous school of art practiced by practically everyone in the days when there was always a pad of paper (or a conveniently placed painted wall) near the … Continue reading

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you save big money, big, big money …

Almost all Americans who live in the part of that big, big country we call the Midwest can complete that sentence with the phrase “when you shop Menards”.  Menards, for those living elsewhere, is a regional big box store. 90% … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: magritte in photographs

More Magritte photographs– not photos of his work, but photographs of the man himself, all connected with his famous painting “Attempting the Impossible”.  (See previous post.) There is a famous photograph of Magritte posed in front of an early version … Continue reading

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today in my mailbox

These are the twilight years of two great American cultural institutions: the daily “snail mail” home delivery and the print magazine.  Fortunately for those of us who grew up with, and are very fond of, both of them, the desperation … Continue reading

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congratulations, mangalyaan!

Good news from Mars, space people.  Mangalyaan (“Mars-craft” in Sanskrit), launched by the Indian space agency ISRO ten months ago, has arrived safely in Mars orbit and begun transmitting data.  This makes India the first Asian country to reach Mars, … Continue reading

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popular plant fibers around the world

Here in the file of Things I’m Saving Because There Might Be A Blog Post In Them is the tag off a “TEKLA” dish towel from Ikea.  That’s the thin white one with the red stripe, the one that’s so … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday on monday– iowa’s numerical fun fact

Iowa hung this post from the tumblr of “thepowerofmoonlight” on The Bulletin Board the Number People Use (the one outside the Math and Statistics bay in the SciTech Library) and posted it on the general Noakes Library tumblr, too.  After … Continue reading

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american politics made simple

Overheard at today’s local festival parade, where local groups compete for public attention by throwing treats and trinkets to the neighborhood crowds waiting at the curbs: “The Democrats have better candy than the Republicans.  And beads.”My beads did indeed come … Continue reading

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