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Archive for June 8th, 2022

6 studies on how money affects the mind

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There seems to be a lot of research on how money adversely affects one’s mind and character. One study, however, does indicate that it’s healthy to have a certain minimum amount of money — below a threshold amount, cognitive ability seems to be negatively affected.

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8 June 2022 at 9:58 pm

Creating the never-ending bloom

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Another video on John Edmark’s work.

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8 June 2022 at 8:39 pm

Posted in Art, Math, Science, Video

Change the week

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Update: And the UK is running a 6-month experiment in which thousands of Britons will work a 32-hour week.

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8 June 2022 at 5:18 pm

When water flows uphill

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8 June 2022 at 11:06 am

Posted in Daily life, Science, Video

Rose/Yuzu/Patchouli and Queen Victoria

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The lather from Declaration Grooming’s bison-tallow soap this morning was exceptional, perhaps because I took extra care in shaking water from the brush before starting and then adding tiny amounts of water as needed during loading and while working up the lather on  my face.

Yaqi’s double-open-comb razors are really excellent, and this one had no problems at all in delivering a first-rate shave: three quick passes produced perfect smoothness.

A splash Chatillon Lux’s aftershave toner finished the job. This is one of the aftershaves that requires no assistance from Grooming Dept Hydrating Gel.

The tea this morning is Murchie’s Queen Victoria blend: “rich Darjeeling and Ceylon, smoky Lapsang Souchong and sweet Jasmine.”

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8 June 2022 at 10:21 am

Posted in Caffeine, Shaving

Slot machines are designed to induce a trance state

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I was thinking about Stephen Wolinsky’s book Trances People Live (see this earlier post), and I suddenly recalled reading years back a description of how slot machines are deliberately designed to bring a player into a trance so that player will continue as long as possible (since over the long run, the player inevitably loses: that’s why slot machines are made and indeed the money lost by players is what funds the gambling industry).

Thanks to modern search engines, I quickly and easily found an article describing slot machine design and specifically how the design is aimed at creating a trance (though the industry uses different terminology). Andrew Thompson’s article in Verge discusses the goals and means of slot-machine design, and it’s worth reading.

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8 June 2022 at 3:52 am

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