February 26, 2016

Miscellany 34

Michelangelo's Tuscan Villa for Sale only $8 mil

 Michelangelo Villa

An Oklahoman grocer's great idea: stacked baskets on wheels. How the Shopping Cart Revolutionized the Way We Shop

Wile away some time at The Museum of Endangered Sounds.

David Zinn draws utterly charming Characters on the Streets of Ann Arbor.

 Zinn Chalk Drawings

Deere John. "A man and a 22 ton John Deere excavator dance a dance of discovery, fulfillment, and eventually, the loss that any diesel-based relationship must suffer."  Very well done.

The Unbearable Asymmetry of Bullshit

There is a veritable truckload of bullshit in science.¹ When I say bullshit, I mean arguments, data, publications, or even the official policies of scientific organizations that give every impression of being perfectly reasonable — of being well-supported by the highest quality of evidence, and so forth — but which don’t hold up when you scrutinize the details. Bullshit has the veneer of truth-like plausibility. It looks good. It sounds right. But when you get right down to it, it stinks.

When a 7-year-old girl channels her inner Steph Curry:  Unbelievable.  The assignment desk at ESPN is looking for the owner to license rights to show across "all platforms".

The Chemistry of Lighting a Match  I wish I could embed the gif

The process takes merely tenths of a second. But within that tiny amount of time, there's a lot going on. The American Chemical Society used a high-speed camera operating a 4,000 frames a second to illustrate the sequence of chemical reactions that take place when a match is struck against a striker. The simple match is a marvelously complex device.


Murderous cattle How Not to Get Killed by a Cow

Between 1993 and 2015, cattle killed 13 people who were out for walks in the United Kingdom. Dozens more walkers received broken bones or other injuries from the animals.
1. Don't take the pet dog close to cattle
2. Don't approach cows with young calves
3. Don't stroll through a herd of bulls.

The Rape of Europa — The Myth That Became Reality

The Final Days of Bob Hope

Towards the end, when his wife Dolores asked him where he wanted to be buried, the amazing Bob Hope quipped, “Surprise me.”

Lighthouse Libraries

The most precious cargo for lighthouses across America was a traveling library.  By 1885 there were at least 420 libraries circulating for lighthouse workers in the U.S., each one packed in a box that did double-duty as carrying cases and bookshelves.

 Library Case Bookshelves

The Truth About DDT and Silent Spring

While critics of Silent Spring have tended to focus on the one-sidedness of Rachel Carson’s case or on those of her claims that have not held up over time, the fraudulence of Silent Spring goes beyond mere cherry-picking or discredited data: Carson abused, twisted, and distorted many of the studies that she cited, in a brazen act of scientific dishonesty. So the real tragic irony of the millions of deaths to malaria in the past several decades is that the three central anti-DDT claims made by Carson and other activists are all false. We shall examine each in turn. 

From Imgur, "I have some terrible news"  You  have to laugh.

NASA’s Giving Away Brilliant Space Travel Posters For Free  These WPA-style artworks from NASA’s design studio are wonderful.


A few Random Reflections

I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.  I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven't met yet...
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