To be a crackpot is not, however, enough in itself. — here
The next time you see a light bulb used in a cartoon as an image of a bright idea, remember at which end of the bulb the genius really lies. — there
Ah, that’s why I felt I’d heard the tune before. — here
It was a dark, moody night, I’d been chasing dead leads like a dog with a broken tail chases a rubber shoe down a blind alley full of tears and cynical calicoes. — there
This deadly assassin claims hundreds every morning. It’s probably in your house right now. — here
Technology is not (just) a smartphone with an app for locating a flunky to make you a sandwich. — there
Comment spam has been really horrendous lately. I used to get, usually, no more than 20 a day. Since last Saturday it’s been 300 – 500 a day! The first time comment moderation is stopping it all but I still have to take the time to delete all of them.
Someone once said that spammers should be crucified along side the highways. Right now that seems like a pretty good idea. But then I think, why litter the countryside with so much garbage. Let’s just publish their real names and addresses. But then I think, no I have a better idea. Let’s make them pay. Literally. Someone needs to come up with a system to automatically charge spammers by the minute, with the proceeds going to the website owner, minus a small percentage to maintain the system. Five cents for each minute until the spam comment is deleted, even if it is held in the moderation queue for that time. I would be wealthy!
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As you probably know there will be a partial solar eclipse late this afternoon. So of course it’s raining today. They do say that the clouds might clear out in time for the eclipse and I bought some eclipse shades so I’m ready just in case. I tried them out yesterday. These things are really dark. Put them on and you can’t see anything at all except a dim orange disk in the sky.
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A new creepy high tech way to power high tech devices. Actually the article calls the devices “theoretical” and the inventor said she did it “to provoke the thought about how far will we go to in order to ‘feed’ our addiction in the world of declining resources.” Okay, yeah, whatever. Maybe I read too much science fiction (Come on, that’s not really possible.) but it seems like a reasonable idea. Not that I would ever use one of them myself.
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I do like one of these 10 British Flavors Americans Will Never Widely Appreciate and there are a couple of others I would try. I went though an Earl Gray Tea phase for a several years, actually starting before Captain Picard made it popular. I still like it okay but not as much as I used to. Kedgeree doesn’t sound too bad except maybe the egg, though I could probably tolerate that part of it. I have always wanted to try Marmite just out of curiosity though I’m sure that I would hate it. But the one I really want to try is Irn-Bru – “sort of citrusy with a hint of ginger that leaves a long lingering finish”. That actually sounds very good.
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I think most of these Forgotten Words should probably remain forgotten but I really like tardigradous – “Slow-paced; moving or stepping slowly.” It reminds me of one of my favorite animals.
Because of the way our brains work, something rare and exotic is much scarier than something that’s familiar. — here
I would be irresistible to the ladies if only I had bright blue inflatable throat sacs… — there
… it’s “only drudgery if you’re reading it for school.” — here
…we are constantly barraged with health claims in popular culture, and evidence based medicine is the science of how we know what does good, and what does harm. Every popular claim is an opportunity to learn about the relative merits and downsides of randomised trials, systematic reviews, cohort studies, laboratory work, and more. — there
10 Interesting Facts About Lucid Dreaming
6 FAQs From Brits in America – That last question is one I frequently ask.
I Quilt… t-shirt – They need to make a version of this for knitters and other crafters.
16 Commonly Held Beliefs That Are False – I knew most of these.
Alexander Alland – Brief post about the photographer of “hyphenated Americans”
Emergent – Just headlines, true, false, or unconfirmed
Scrambled Eggs and Serifs – A history of typeface names
Fun With Oxygen – Chemistry is kinda fascinating, don’t you think?
Six Singing Sci-Fi characters
31 Useful Gadgets That Might Even Change Your Life – I don’t think any of these would change your life but there are a few useful ones, a few fun ones, and a few that might make you say, “Huh? What?”
Old Book Smell
Stain Solutions – Useful
They Wrote That?! Halloween Tales From Classic Authors – A very short list. I have read A Rose For Emily.
People Named Hitler – I have wondered about this. I always assumed most would have changed their names.
A bunch of cute comics
Historical Sass – a great collection of photos
Space Colony Art From the 70’s – I have seen a couple of these before.
Curious Places – I love this!
Endless Geyser of Awesome – Another really neat blog
Of all the pro-education stuff our parents did, that may have been the subtlest but one of the most important: if you don’t know something, don’t just shrug and go “meh,” go find out. — here
And while all partner abuse is unacceptable, it is especially problematic when domestic abusers are literally the people that battered and abused women are supposed to call for help. — there
It’s all about the avoidance of catastrophe. — here
The cumulus cloud of apathy has formed above our heads and is raining down a waste of time upon us; an absolute downpour. — there
The Crooked House of Windsor
Oxygen Thief – Sounds like it might be dangerous to be in the same room with this stuff.
Things that make kids cry – Some of these are hilarious. I like the corn dog kid and the pennies kid.
Shadows – Some (maybe all) of these are obviously deliberately arranged or Photoshopped but they’re still neat pictures.
Unusual Corner – Unusual cars and other vehicle related lists.
Beautiful Chemistry – Photos and videos of chemical structures and reactions
Aerial Design – Carpeting designed to look like aerial photos
Our Nerd Home – Nerdy art and home decor
Haiku – I wonder what grade this kid got.
Large Leaf Grass of Parnassus – Beautiful! I have never seen one of these before.
Nylon Journal – Interesting tights, leggings, and socks
Flowers that Look Like Other Things
Honestly, on the off-chance that I have kids one day, this scene is how they are learning the alphabet. — here
From what I can make out, our indignant Guardianista is upset that some white female celebrities have been happily drawing attention to their fulsome hindquarters, which are, it seems, the latest must-have fashion item among the suggestible and insecure. — there
Jackson’s life seems to have been generally free of drama, which surely disappoints anyone looking for demons and skeletons in her personal closet to account for the apparent darkness her imagination often generated. — here
I wept, and wept again at the inequality of the universe, and then considered that what I save on gas I can spend on MORE HelloKitty stuff… — there
Vintage Sci-Fi Covers – Wow!
John Malkovich Portraits – Famous portraits recreated with John Malkovich as the model. Some are silly; some work so well you can hardly tell them from the original. One NSFW.
The Chemistry of Autumn
Possibly the Best Conspiracy Theory Ever
Oops. I forgot to include these on yesterday’s links post.
15 Vintage Photos That Will Creep You Out – Mostly vintage Halloween photos. Odd and interesting.
Daryl Hannah’s Hippie Hideaway – Looks like a pleasant little weekend place. And it’s for sale!
18 Geeky Wedding Rings – In some cases it’s only the box that’s geeky but that’s still cool. Aside from being geeky there are some really nice looking rings here. I like the double helix and the R2D2 ring. The black widow rings are hilarious.
24 Blocks – a beautiful quilt site
Um… – Not to be overly critical of something that’s obviously hand-made but aren’t those lips placed in a rather odd location?
Health and Safety – Vintage Dutch health and safety posters. Some of these really make me wish I could read the language.
Wasabi – Interesting short article and a few lovely photos.
Weird Scientific Study – Maybe when you tell someone, “Your opinion stinks,” it might be more than just an expression?
Things Organized Neatly – a very nice Tumblr
It’s Nice That – great art and design website
Megatronic – a beautiful, artsy Tumblr. I especially like these.
Blue Ball Machine – It seems a little overwhelming at first but try following just one ball at a time. There. I just killed the rest of your day.
It’s hard to figure out the first question to ask when someone reads something like that, since “why” and “how” both jockey so effectively for attention. — here
Tuesdays are ninja Mondays: just as bad, but you never see them coming.” — there
I always include the legs – those are the scariest part. Naturalist type sites that give the size as “legs excluded” are totally missing the point. — here
(I’m sure no one will appreciate this interesting bit of information but I saw a thing on Facebook that said you are never more than three feet away from a spider at any given moment. It was just one of those silly things you see on Facebook, though. Probably not true. Don’t let it keep you up tonight.)
Humans are prone to rely on examples and experiences that can be easily recalled. The idea is that if we can remember it, it must be important. This mental shortcut is termed the availability heuristic. A key drawback of the heuristic is that it leads us to overestimate the prevalence of memorable events. — there
Oxonia Illustrata – Oxford illustrations and a poem
Historic Moments – 48 fascinating photographs
Sexy Keepers of Death – a rather interesting Tumblr
Man of little brain – Amazing. You’ve gotta wonder how many apparently normal (or at least functional) people there are with brains like this.
The secret of the “crying Indian” – Wow. I had no idea.
It’s the thought that counts – Heh. I’m not sure what to think of this one.
Anna-Marie Adda – a fascinating little art gallery
Cleaning a huge chandelier – and you think you hate to dust
Distracted by Ponies – Ha! Surely this could inspire some fan fic mashup stories.
7 Fake Quotes – I actually sort of hate these kinds of posts. People almost never said the things we wish they had said.
Surely, someone who believes that saying “Satan,” repeatedly, to a glass of water will alter the water’s physical properties needs to be treated with a dash of skepticism—no? — here
Of course it being the dictum that on the editorial front one must kill ones babies you’d think I should attack these sections more, or that later editorial input would see them getting chopped up. This is not the case, because that dictum is crap. — there
What exactly went on in this room, with its wall of windows, high work tables, and piles of fabric on the side? — here
It is a short trip, however, from banning someone for being a genuine troll, to using the label “troll” to ban someone who is simply expressing a contrary opinion. This can go from basic hygiene to sanitizing a site of any impurity of thought or opinion. — there
The labelling of classical tracks on Amazon, where they offer you little snippets to listen to, is routinely done by naming the pieces with such things as their tempo or loudness markings, while neglecting to tell you what the piece is or what number movement it is. They just can’t be bothered to get it right. — here
It is great to be around machines that make you laugh. We spend most of our days with machines that haven’t a funny bone in their bodies, machines that turn us into dour button-pushers, machines that conceal their workings in casings that cannot be opened, machines that invalidate their warranties if you even think about repairing them on your own, machines that are more likely to evoke a groan than a smile. — there
Fascinations – Hmmmm… What was I just saying about wanting things?
At the Office, ca. 1920’s – Great site, Vintage Everyday
Weight Loss, 1950’s style – It’s always been a little crazy.
Deepak Chopra Quote Generator – Wisdom anytime you need it.
Fictive Motion – Interesting.
Somewhere between Salvador Dalí’s illustrations of Montaigne, the weird and wonderful Codex Seraphinianus, and the visual history of Gotham’s imaginary apocalypse, the book is a singular shrine to some of the most eternal of human hopes and fears, and, above all, our immutable longing for grace, for mercy, for the miraculous. — here
When the aliens come, as they must, I’ll remind them that this world of ours is so incredibly diverse that there’s a disambiguation page for “Puke.” — there
apparently there was a lot of peeing going on in that duplex — here
(This post kinda went downhill after that first quote didn’t it?)
I have decided that I don’t believe in UFOs. (Spaceships are another story.) — there
I saw on Facebook this morning that Betty White had died. No, put away the tissues; Betty White is alive and well. Sheesh! I think someone needs to start an official Celebrity Life Status site. Sort of like the one for Abe Vigoda but for all celebrities. And by the way, when Abe Vigoda does really die will anyone believe it?
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Oh here’s a good one: The Ice Bucket Challenge is a Satanic Ritual. And Oprah is Satan. Or something like that. I don’t even know what to say about this, folks, except that it’s really, really effed up. Someone please go dump a bucket – no, a trash can – full of ice over Selena Owens’ head. Maybe the ritual will reboot her brain.
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Ah… perhaps it wasn’t the dryer that ate all the missing socks. And speaking of socks. Well at least there’s one place in the world where appropriate dress is still required.
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99 bottles of… No, wait! They’re cans.
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Erik Johansson – Surreal photography. Wonderful.
Kesh Angels – Moroccan girl bikers. Interesting.
Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake – must try
Dumb Science Jokes – a fun blog. I like this one.
Cloud Shadows – photos from the International Space Station
Michal Karcz – digital art. I love these.
Panorama Fail – Smartphone photo fails. Or maybe some of them were done on purpose?
White Temple – Amazing. Also amazing: that there are places this amazing that I have not yet seen pictures of.
Internet Archive Book Images – Over 2 and a half million images
As an aside, it’s interesting to note how nationalism could be such a potent force in driving the creation of some of the most wonderful music ever written, and yet, in politics, the nationalism of the late 1800s eventually led straight to the staggering catastrophe that was World War I. — here
…blessed are the easily amused for they shall have no shortage of things to laugh at. — there
My point is not that everyone must accept the legitimacy of abortion and same-sex intimacy. Reasonable people can disagree on these issues. My point is only that those who oppose abortion and same-sex intimacy should not look to the Bible to support their positions. That support is simply not there. — here
The word alone evokes a “get off my lawn, you damn kids” reaction in so many people, and some cultural commentators even insist it’s a sign of our increasingly narcissistic times. — there
The 1 Weirdest Thing You Never Knew About Your Home State – Fascinating stuff
Twist My Armoire – A lovely blog about home furnishing and decor
Lorem China – Fun with Google Translate
Funny “Facts” About Daily Life – Some of these are great.
Norman Rockwell’s Reference Photos – I had seen the last one before.
Hero – A wonderful story
Well, I’m not sure anything can follow that, except maybe this: