the allusionist: supername Unless I missed the great Helen Salzman does not once mention that the title of her podcast is a superhero name, like this guy in Michael Chabon’s book “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay“, which is also great.
So, another study in mice is being touted as the new cure for Alzheimer’s. No human trials yet for this use, so just a tad premature. The stuff is called Mefenamic acid and its an existing drug that’s been around long enough that its available generically. It’s a (an?) NSAID, a pain killer, same type… Continue reading Rip off
Queanbeyan Age newspaper Wednesday 24 December 1879 The paper still exists. News is not all that different.
This is Alfred Jarry. I ran across this photo kind of randomly. He looks just very contemporary, so I looked him up. Turns out he was an archetype Artistic Genius. French, iconoclast of the first order, famous and successful in his day, into absinthe, probably gay, died penniless at 34 in 1907, of TB exacerbated… Continue reading Alfred Jarry
British anti-road protest manifesto. No idea what this is all about, probably a joke that found its way to the internet. But oddly engaging, as British locution so often is. Lollipop men/ladies are what we would call crossing guards, so called because they use round stop signs attached to a stick. Giros are unemployment… Continue reading Manifesto
Set Up a Low-Tech, Whole-House Speaker System Through Existing Phone Lines. This is a post that ran on Lifehacker, a few years ago to my immense satisfaction. The system works great. I added an Airport Express device that makes it all “wireless”, ie without having to physically connect the computer. Marion very correctly thinks that… Continue reading Set Up a Low-Tech, Whole-House Speaker System Through Existing Phone Lines