Writer’s Nostalgia: Fragile And Suspended Memories Of The Pencil

From an 1843Magazine.com article by Ann Wroe:

colored-pencils-in-butter-crock-jean-grobergPencils are discarded, as lighters and umbrellas are, because at some crucial moment they fail in their purpose. They refuse to ignite, quail before a shower, or simply snap. But pencils have merely suspended their usefulness. Their potential still lies within them. They can go on setting down by the thousand the words by which the world works.

Yet the pencil’s marks are worryingly fragile. I have worked on Percy Bysshe Shelley’s notebooks, 200 years old, where the pencil-scrawled originals are forbidden to all but the most careful hands. Shelley used pens and ink-bottles both at his desk and out of doors, but he preferred pencils in the open air, and perhaps not just for practical reasons. To look on his pencilled drafts is almost to see the graphite dust sifting away before your eyes – blown by the wild West Wind, perhaps.

In Praise of the Pencil 1843Magazine ILLUSTRATION MIKE MCQUADE

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Top New Travel Products: “The Layover” Travel Blanket Is Perfect For Flights, “Super Packable”

From YankoDesign.com article:

Layover Travel Blanket PackabilityDesigned with the soul of a sleeping bag, the Layover is a blanket explicitly built for traveling with. Its construction beats those flimsy, tiny, smelly blankets they hand out on flights, and gives you a full-body comforter that wraps you in its cocoon-esque design. Crafted with a breathable nylon exterior and an insulated interior, the Layover is cozy and can keep you warm in those often-chilly flights. Unlike traditional flat, rectangular blankets, Layover’s design comes with pockets and pouches for your hands, legs, and even a few key belongings (like your passport or boarding pass), giving you an experience comparable to being a baby kangaroo in its pouch. The Layover fits your body like a glove, keeping you absolutely snug and ensuring that the blanket doesn’t come off when you move or turn in your sleep. Pair it with a good eye mask and neck pillow and you’ve got yourself the holy trinity of effective transit-napping.

Layover Travel Blanket Warmth + Comfort

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Website: https://www.graveltravel.com/

To continue reading Yanko Design article: https://www.yankodesign.com/2019/07/18/the-layover-travel-blanket-is-the-most-innovative-travel-product-since-the-neck-pillow/

Top RV Campgrounds: Indian Dunes National Park Offers Challenging Hikes, Abundant Campsites

From a New York Times article by Henry Alford:

Indiana Dunes National Park map NY TimesThe volunteer encouraged me to take the 3 Dune Challenge, a 1.5-mile hike up Indiana Dunes’ three highest dunes (Mount Tom, 192 feet; Mount Holden, 184 feet; Mount Jackson, 176 feet), adding that completion of the Challenge would yield a “special reward.”

Back at my well-shaded and firepit-equipped campsite, I surveilled the campground’s 146 other sites. The R.V.-to-tent ratio was about ten to one. My thumbnail sociological findings: The people in R.V.s tended to have a baseball cap and a spouse, while the people in tents tended to have a beard and a slightly unsettling stare. I also took note of the 20-mile-per-hour winds that would be present throughout my stay: These made for cool nights and for campfires that were ridiculously easy to get going.

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Future Of Health Care: Skin Sensors Will Reveal Medical Problems Earlier, Then Monitor Recovery

From a Nature.com article:

Skin sensorsThin, soft electronic systems that stick onto skin are beginning to transform health care. Millions of early versions1 of sensors, computers and transmitters woven into flexible films, patches, bandages or tattoos are being deployed in dozens of trials in neurology applications alone2; and their numbers growing rapidly. Within a decade, many people will wear such sensors all the time. The data they collect will be fed into machine-learning algorithms to monitor vital signs, spot abnormalities and track treatments.

Medical problems will be revealed earlier. Doctors will monitor their patients’ recovery remotely while the patient is at home, and intervene if their condition deteriorates. Epidemic spikes will be flagged quickly, allowing authorities to mobilize resources, identify vulnerable populations and monitor the safety and efficacy of drugs issued. All of this will make health care more predictive, safe and efficient.

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Exhibitions Worth Seeing: “Inside Claude Monet – The Truth Of Nature” At The Denver Art Museum

From a Denver Art Museum online article:

denver_art_museumThe Denver Art Museum will be home to the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades. The exhibition will feature more than 120 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and will focus on the celebrated French impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked.

Monet traveled more extensively than any other impressionist artist in search of new motifs. His journeys to varied places including the rugged Normandy coast, the sunny Mediterranean, London, the Netherlands, and Norway inspired artworks that will be featured in the presentation. The exhibition will uncover Monet’s continuous dialogue with nature and its places through a thematic and chronological arrangement, from the first examples of artworks still indebted to the landscape tradition to the revolutionary compositions and series of his late years.

Website: https://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/claude-monet

 

Boomers Health: Five Ways To Reduce Crippling Hand Pain (Harvard Medical)

From Harvard Medical School Health Letter:

Harvard Medical SchoolHand pain is more than just annoying. The stiffness and swelling that go along with hand pain can sap strength and diminish the ability to carry out routine functions, like buttoning clothes.

One common cause of hand pain is osteoarthritis—when the shock-absorbing cartilage between bones in the finger joints and at the base of the thumb becomes worn or damaged. Hand pain can also result from nerve conditions, like the pain and tingling you feel when there is pressure on the median nerve in the wrist or the ulnar nerve near the elbow. Sometimes hand pain results from tendinitis, an inflammation of the tissue that attaches muscles to the bones. Here are five methods to help manage hand pain, retain hand function, and avoid surgery.

 

  • Splinting

A splint stabilizes the position of your fingers, thumb, or wrist. “Wear a splint for a few weeks if arthritis flares, so the inflammation can settle down,” says Dr. Philip Blazar, an orthopedic surgeon and associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

  • Injections

An injection of a corticosteroid into a joint can reduce inflammation. “The relief it provides can last up to a year,” says Dr. Blazar. For some people the amount of relief diminishes with subsequent injections.

  • NSAIDs

A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) helps relieve hand pain by blocking enzymes that produce pain and swelling, but Dr. Blazar says it’s not effective for carpal tunnel syndrome. Long-term use of oral NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) are linked to ulcers, stomach bleeding, liver damage, and increased risk of heart attacks. Topical NSAIDs, such as diclofenac (Voltaren), may pose less risk.

  • Heat and cold

Heat can loosen hand stiffness. Dr. Blazar says a hot shower will do the job. Cold is effective for hand pain that results from activity, such as playing golf. “Apply it in the form of flexible gel pads you keep in the freezer, or even bags of frozen peas or corn, which conform well to the three-dimensional complexities of the hand,” says Dr. Blazar.

  • Exercises and stretches

These focus on your hand’s tendons and muscles. A physical therapist or occupational therapist can guide you through exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles, which can help absorb the stress on joints in the hand and reduce pain.

Top RV Campsites: Piñon Flats Campground In Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO

From Fodors.com online:

Piñon Flats Campground“After a day sledding down the largest sand dunes in North America, Piñon Flats, a decidedly un-sandy campground protected by the shade of cottonwood and conifer, is where you want to be. The Great Sand Dunes National Park’s April-October seasonal campground has 88 individual sites and 15 group sites, all of which are framed by views of the dunes and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the distance. All campsites require reservations and come complete with fire pits and picnic tables. Each loop of the campground has restrooms with flush toilets and potable water.”

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Website: https://www.nps.gov/grsa/planyourvisit/pinonflatscampground.htm

Apollo 11 Tributes: “Landing On Airwaves” Recounts Media Impact Of 1969 Lunar Landing (Video)

Directed: Jonathan Napolitano
Produced: Brian Bolster, Jonathan Napolitano, Kayleigh Napolitano
Executive Producer: Matthew A. Stewart
Associate Producers: Elizabeth J. Davis, Chris Harder, Vinnoth Krishnan, Mo Scarpelli
Edited: Jonathan Napolitano
Title Animation: Maggie Noble
Music: Cemeteries

Landing On Airwaves Apollo 11 Landing on Moon 1969 Short Film

On July 20, 1969, an estimated 530 million people from around the world watched the Apollo 11 moon landing on television.

Website: https://www.jonathan-napolitano.com/

Boomers Travel: 2019 Study Finds Over Fifty Percent Of Travelers Concerned With Climate Change & Overcrowding

From “MMGY Global’s 2019–2020 Portrait of American Travelers”:

  • Overtourism: Sixty percent (60%) of American travelers believe tourism overcrowding will have a significant impact on destinations they choose to visit within the next 5–10 years.
  • Climate Change: Forty-eight percent (48%) of travelers agree that climate change will have a significant influence on what destinations they want to visit in the next 5–10 years.

MMGY Global's 2019–2020 Portrait of American Travelers study

Website: https://www.mmgy.com/industry-insights/test/

Racing Car Nostalgia: “Type 64 – The Oldest Surviving Car To Bear The Porsche Name” (Video)

Director: Andrew Schneider
Director of Photography: Mike Koziel
Photography: Jack Schroeder
Production: PorchHouse Pictures

This is the story of the first car to bear the Porsche name – The Type 64.

Type 64 by Porch House Oldest Surviving Car to Bear the Porsche name 2019

Developed 1939, the car survived war torn Germany to go on to be the baseline for one of the greatest modern auto manufacturers. To think it all started here, with this shape, and this engine layout, is remarkable.

We sat down with legendary filmmaker and founder of Radical Media, Jeff Zwart and Porsche Factory driver Patrick Long to find out more about the machine.

Website: http://www.porchhousepictures.com/

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