Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Comic book, and genesis of title


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.

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 ...


"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.

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)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thought for today


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.


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


Monday, February 13, 2017

Get to Know the Memes of the Alt-Right

Friday, February 10, 2017

12 websites from 90s show useless internet

Friday, January 13, 2017

“The Science Of Having Sex In Space”
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?

Friday, December 23, 2016

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

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

Thursday, November 03, 2016

: Iggy Pop movie



"Gimmie Danger" a film by Jim Jarmusch

Trailer at
A preview of the film.

Hypnotized Chicken video at 

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.
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


Monday, August 08, 2016

Download Voices of Eastern Backyard Birds
Free bird song downloads from the Cornell Lab

Download Voices of Eastern Backyard Birds


Download is a 15MB zipped folder of mp3 files with an accompanying guide.

Included species: Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch


Today in history

Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Three word vocabulary

Thursday, July 28, 2016

An Orlando man says he's considering taking legal action after he was arrested for having doughnut crumbs in his car.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

35 Mice Watched the Cult Film Touch of Evil for Science
Researchers at the Allen Brain Observatory mapped the visual cortices of 35 mice while they watched the classic Touch of Evil. Well, part of it, at least.

The team searched for a long, continuous scene of video—one without any cuts in it. They also wanted one with a number of different kinds of motion. The famous three-minute continuous scene that begins Touch of Evil was one of the few videos that fit both requirements.

Researchers are still analyzing the mice responses, but they already have some interesting results. The team, for example, found individual neurons that fired when the camera panned in Touch of Evil and shut off when it was still. Those same neurons responded strongly to pictures of butterflies—but not to any other natural photograph.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Terry Pratchet quotes


Terry Pratchet's best known for his "Diskworld" series, which now contains 36 books. They're funny fantasy (Diskworld is a flat world supported on the back of 4 elephants standing on the back of a giant turtle), and parody a broad range of topics, including other sci-fi and fantasy writers.
This was turning out to be the longest winter in living memory, so long, in fact, that living memory itself was being shortened as some of the older citizens succumbed. 
Everyone's heard of Erwin Schrodinger's famous thought experiment. You put a cat in a box with a bottle of poison, which many people would suggest is about as far as you need to go. 
Quimby was eventually killed by a disgruntled poet during an experiment conducted in the palace grounds to prove the disputed accuracy of the proverb "The pen is mightier than the sword," and in his memory it was amended to include the phrase, "only if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp."
Ankh-Morpork! Pearl of cities! This is not a completely accurate description, of course — it was not round and shiny — but even its worst enemies would agree that if you had to liken Ankh-Morpork to anything, then it might as well be a piece of rubbish covered with the diseased secretions of a dying mollusc. 
With magic, you can turn a frog into a prince. With science, you can turn a frog into a Ph.D and you still have the frog you started with. 
Magicians and scientists are, on the face of it, poles apart. Certainly, a group of people who often dress strangely, live in a world of their own, speak a specialized language and frequently make statements that appear to be in flagrant breach of common sense have nothing in common with a group of people who often dress strangely, speak a specialized language, live in ... er ... 


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Won the Internet


Friday, May 20, 2016

Funky Friday Venn Diagram

Funniest Amazon Review EVER! *Will cause laughter ...

funny: Amazon Diva cup review - thenest

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Get it?


Friday, May 13, 2016

This sums up November