Thursday, June 15, 2017

This is an O. Henry story waiting to be written.

  


http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/Lawrence-Ripple-Husband-Robs-Bank-to-Get-Away-From-Wife-428468593.html

www.nbcphiladelphia.com
A 70-year-old Kansas man who said he robbed a Kansas City bank so he could get away from his wife was sentenced Tuesday to six months of home confinement. A federal judge also sentenced Lawrence John Ripple to...



Monday, June 12, 2017

Time to get your Bollywood on !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnBbjc5hmho&ab_channel=UltraHindi




Saturday, June 10, 2017

Can't get enough of this word

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Which Is It: Prescription Drug or Tolkien Elf?

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Car Wars



Bob

Monday, June 05, 2017

It's raining


Listening to the Morse Code pitter-patter of raindrops on the windowsill. 
What does "htzbjc pfrdh kvf jvgf" mean?

Silent 3

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Marvel humor


Thursday, June 01, 2017

Adding this word will embiggen our English language dictionary


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Research Shows That Eating Chocolate Cake For Breakfast

Research Shows That Eating Chocolate Cake For Breakfast Is Good For The Brain And The Waistline

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I volunteer myself to continue this research. 

It's my unswerving commitment to national health that leads me to make this harsh and noble sacrifice.
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Towel Day - Celebrating the life and work of Dougl...


And a list of Towel Day events happening all over the world!

Did you know that his middle name is Noel?
That means his initials are DNA.


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Comic book, and genesis of title



Bob

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

the first clinical trial

May 2nd is international scurvy awareness day.

Here's a bit of history about limes, scurvy and the British navy.

Also the first clinical trial. 


Lind's major contribution to science was the first controlled clinical trial. In 1747, aboard the HMS Salisbury, Lind took twelve sailors suffering from scurvy and divided them into six pairs. Each pair received a different scurvy treatment. The two men who were given citrus fruit became well within six days and even helped to care for the other sailors. All of the other men remained ill.


https://library.missouri.edu/exhibits/food/lind.html


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dorothy Parker. "My Home Town"

This love letter to New York is from an an essay written by Dorothy Parker for McCall's magazine in 1928. I hope you enjoy it ...

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"My Home Town"

It occurs to me that there are other towns. It occurs to me so violently that I say, at intervals, "Very well, if New York is going to be like this, I'm going to live somewhere else." And I do—that's the funny part of it. But then one day there comes to me the sharp picture of New York at its best, on a shiny blue-and-white Autumn day with its buildings cut diagonally in halves of light and shadow, with its straight neat avenues colored with quick throngs, like confetti in a breeze. 

Someone, and I wish it had been I, has said that "Autumn is the Springtime of big cities." I see New York at holiday time, always in the late afternoon, under a Maxfield Parrish sky, with the crowds even more quick and nervous but even more good-natured, the dark groups splashed with the white of Christmas packages, the lighted holly-strung shops urging them in to buy more and more. 

I see it on a Spring morning, with the clothes of the women as soft and as hopeful as the pretty new leaves on a few, brave trees. I see it at night, with the low skies red with the black-flung lights of Broadway, those lights of which Chesterton—or they told me it was Chesterton—said, "What a marvelous sight for those who cannot read!" 

I see it in the rain, I smell the enchanting odor of wet asphalt, with the empty streets black and shining as ripe olives. I see it—by this time, I become maudlin with nostalgia—even with its gray mounds of crusted snow, its little Appalachians of ice along the pavements. So I go back. And it is always better than I thought it would be.

I suppose that is the thing about New York. It is always a little more than you had hoped for. Each day, there, is so definitely a new day. "Now we'll start over," it seems to say every morning, "and come on, let's hurry like anything."

London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it. There is excitement ever running its streets. Each day, as you go out, you feel the little nervous quiver that is yours when you sit in the theater just before the curtain rises. Other places may give you a sweet and soothing sense of level; but in New York there is always the feeling of "Something's going to happen." It isn't peace. But, you know, you do get used to peace, and so quickly. And you never get used to New York.
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Bright ideas for repurposing lab equipment

Back in 1984, when Rich Haack first laid eyes on a high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, he had a vision for the instrument that went beyond analyzing chemical compounds. "I thought if you could hollow it out, it would make a neat smoker, outdoor oven, or fire pit," he tells Newscripts.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Schrödinger's sugar. [Via Reddit]


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 25th

  

 

 


Sunday, April 23, 2017

This an amazing read, I implore you to give it a chance. (It's not a diet article, It's not clickbait)


http://www.everydayshouldbesaturday.com/2017/4/18/15342030/i-ate-three-eggs-every-single-morning-for-a-week-heres-what-happened




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thought for today



Bob

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

So worth the price


A Barista at Starbucks told me one of her customers ordered a coffee, gave their name as Bueller, and, unbeknownst to her, left the store. 

When the coffee was ready she called out, "Bueller? ... Bueller? ... Bueller?"



Happy Inception Day to Blade Runner Replicant Leon

Monday, April 03, 2017

The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America:

  


A must-have for anyone with a passion for shopping carts and a love of the great outdoors. 

In The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America author Julian Montague has created an elaborate classification system of abandoned shopping carts, accompanied by photographic documentation of actual stray cart sightings. 

Working in the naturalist's tradition, the photographs depict the diversity of the phenomenon and carry a surprising emotional charge; readers inevitably begin to see these carts as human, at times poignant in their abandoned, decrepit state, hilariously incapacitated, or ingeniously co-opted. 

The result is at once rigorous and absurd, enabling the layperson to identify and classify their own cart spottings based on the situation in which they were found.



Bob

Friday, March 31, 2017

Neural Networks Approach


 
Presented for your consideration

A scientific preprint titled "A Neural Networks Approach to Predicting How Things Might Have Turned Out Had I Mustered the Nerve to Ask Barry Cottonfield to the Junior Prom Back in 1997"

Full PDF at

Bob


Monday, February 13, 2017

Get to Know the Memes of the Alt-Right

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/get-to-know-the-memes-of-the-alt-right-and-never-miss-a-dog-whistle-again


Friday, February 10, 2017

12 websites from 90s show useless internet

https://timeline.com/useless-websites-betray-banality-748b8da4c977#.n0exuzfgz

Friday, January 13, 2017

“The Science Of Having Sex In Space”

  


https://omgfacts.com/the-science-of-having-sex-in-space-220874f792bb#.ud92bhv22

omgfacts.com
What goes up must get down.
Click that link.

You know you want to.



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

What Did We Get Stuck In Our Rectums Last Year?

http://adequateman.deadspin.com/what-did-we-get-stuck-in-our-rectums-last-year-1790335507

Friday, December 23, 2016

The 10 Least Successful Holiday Specials of All Ti...

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2004/12/01/the-10-least-successful-holiday-specials-of-all-time/

Timeless Classic bit of comedy.
Especially "Ayn Rand's A Selfish Christmas" 

 Also spoofed: Star Trek, the Muppets, Noam Chomsky, and the Algonquin Round Table


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Protect Your Library the Medieval Way, With Horrifying Book Curses

  

Medieval scribes protected their work by threatening death, or worse.

Given the extreme effort that went into creating books, scribes and book owners had a real incentive to protect their work. They used the only power they had: words. At the beginning or the end of books, scribes and book owners would write dramatic curses threatening thieves with pain and suffering if they were to steal or damage these treasures.

They did not hesitate to use the worst punishments they knew—excommunication from the church and horrible, painful death. Steal a book, and you might be cleft by a demon sword, forced to sacrifice your hands, have your eyes gouged out, or end in the “fires of hell and brimstone.”


full at
www.atlasobscura.com
Medieval scribes protected their work by threatening death, or worse.



Thursday, November 03, 2016

: Iggy Pop movie

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"Gimmie Danger" a film by Jim Jarmusch

Trailer at http://nyti.ms/2e5JL4r

nyti.ms
A preview of the film.

Hypnotized Chicken video at https://youtu.be/sqZZ95L2n7o 


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fwd: 6 New Entries Added to Oxford English Dictionary in Honor of Roald Dahl


Entries for scrumdiddlyumptious, human bean, golden ticket, oompa loompa, the "witching hour," and Dahlesque have each been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, the OED said yesterday, making permanent a few of beloved author Roald Dahl's contributions to the English language. 

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/6-new-entries-added-to-oxford-english-dictionary-in-honor-of-roald-dahl
Entries for scrumdiddlyumptious, human bean, golden ticket, oompa loompa, the "witching hour," and Dahlesque have each been added to the Oxford English Dictionary ...





Sunday, October 16, 2016

Remember this in Glenside?




Sunday, October 09, 2016

Jon Stewart stand-up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e43Bl8ONSFk&sns=em



YMH&OS
Bob