Dec, 2011


23 and 1/2 hours:

What is the single best thing we can do for our health? Dr. Mike Evans studies preventative medicine, and he’s found the #1 intervention to reduce the risk of just about everything.

Love this visual lecture, and love the message.

Before you watch it, what do you think it is?

(by DocMikeEvans)

I guessed it!

Dec, 2011


It’s the end of the year, the time when we take stock of what we’ve gained and lost, and what we expect (or hope) to gain and lose in the months ahead.

When it comes to technology, the gains and losses go pretty much hand in hand. We get new features and devices, and we set down old ones to collect dust on a shelf. Sometimes, a new gadget comes along and we can’t ditch the old one soon enough, but often, technologies disrupt conventions, institutions, and other technologies that mean something to us and that we don’t want to send off. We can feel change coming, and we don’t want it. Sometimes, our fears are overblown, but other times the disruption is real and permanent, such as the effect literacy had on society (for a more extensive discussion, see chapter two of James Gleick’s The Information).

Today, with Kindles and iPads and mobile phones changing so much of how we go about our business, there are more than a couple of things we fear are nearing the ends of their shelf life. Here’s a quick survey of what people are worried will become obsolete in the years ahead.

» via The Atlantic

Dec, 2011


Paradise Lost [&] Paradise Regain’d
John Milton. Birmingham, printed by John Baskerville for J. & R.Tonson, 1758.

Together 2 vol., first Baskerville editions, both lacking initial blanks, first volume with Life of Milton and list of subscribers, faint trace of ink signature on titles, nineteenth century black calf with giltt arms of the Merchant Taylors Company on upper covers, a little rubbed, [Gaskell 4 & 5], 8vo,