Wednesday, June 30, 2010

6th PA - July 4th weekend @ National Constitution Center

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Revolutionary War Re-enactment
National Constitution Center 
 
Friday, July 2 – Sunday, July 4, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
The 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment and 6th Pennsylvania Regiment will set up camp on the Center's front lawn, complete with an infantry unit, rifle unit, surgical group, and more. 
 
The Regiment will show visitors what life was like for soldiers during the Revolutionary War and allow them to experience colonial life through living history demonstrations. 

 
Children's Musket Drills: 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Drill Demonstrations: 11:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Surgeon's Presentations: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

http://constitutioncenter.org/ncc_calen_Landing.aspx?code=3619

   

National Constitution Center
Independence Mall, 525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

215-409-6600
America's most historical square mile.
http://constitutioncenter.org/

 


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"Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week."

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Elena Kagan shows off sense of humor in confirmation hearings


Kagan brought the house down during an exchange on Tuesday with Sen. Lindsey Graham. The South Carolina Republican was about to ask Kagan whether terrorists like the Christmas Day bomber in Detroit should be given Miranda warnings before being questioned for intelligence information.
 
"Where were you on Christmas Day?" Graham asked, setting up his line of questioning.
 
Kagan could see where he was headed and attempted to dodge the question. "That is an undecided legal issue," she said.
 
Graham persisted. "I just asked you where you were on Christmas?"
 
A gleam appeared in Kagan's eye. She laughed out loud. "You know, like all Jews, I was probably in a Chinese restaurant."
 
The hearing room erupted in laughter followed by applause. Perfect delivery. Perfect timing.
 
"Great answer," Graham responded.

 
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D) of Vermont added, between laughs: "I could almost see that coming… Senator Schumer explained this to me."
 
Sen. Charles Schumer (D) of New York chimed in: "No other restaurants are open."

 
 
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2010/0630/Elena-Kagan-shows-off-sense-of-humor-in-confirmation-hearings


 
 
 

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The new white meat

Canned Unicorn Meat

Pâté is passé.    Unicorn - the new white meat.

Excellent source of sparkles!


Unicorns, as we all know, frolic all over the world, pooping rainbows and marshmallows wherever they go. What you don't know is that when unicorns reach the end of their lifespan, they are drawn to County Meath, Ireland. 


The Sisters at Radiant Farms have dedicated their lives to nursing these elegant creatures through their final days. Taking a cue from the Kobe beef industry, they massage each unicorn's coat with Guinness daily and fatten them on a diet comprised entirely of candy corn.


 


 


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RE: June 30th... Day of the Living Dead in India

My friend Paul commented:

 

> God bless America. As infuriating as it can be, you pretty much don't have to bribe the bureaucracy to do its job.

 

I replied:

Indeed, things are quite different here in the USA.
In Chicago, even the dead can vote. 


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http://www.dailypioneer.com/265187/UP%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98dead%E2%80%99-await-justice-resurrection-on-June-30.html

 

 



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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June 30th... Day of the Living Dead in India

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http://www.dailypioneer.com/265187/UP%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98dead%E2%80%99-await-justice-resurrection-on-June-30.html

 




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On Earth, some places suck more.

 BBC News:
 
 
Goce satellite views Earth's gravity in high definition
 
It is one of the most exquisite views we have ever had of the Earth.
 
This colourful new map traces the subtle but all pervasive influence the pull of gravity has across the globe.
 
Known as a geoid, it essentially defines where the level surface is on our planet; it tells us which way is "up" and which way is "down".
 
It is drawn from delicate measurements made by Europe's Goce [Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer] satellite, which flies so low it comes perilously close to falling out of the sky.
 
 
full @ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8767763.stm
 
 
 
 
 


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Monday, June 28, 2010

Instant Mass Commnication

 
The Globe and Mail has a story about arrests made at the G20 summit.
 
the interesting part is the scrolling comment box just below the story.
 
Protesters, using their mobile devices, have posted a blow-by-blow account of the arrests,
almost minute by minute.
 
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/news/police-protesters-clash-near-detention-centre/article1620427/
 
 


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FW: Everything for your Superhero needs !

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My friend Paul informed me of their website

 

 http://www.superherosupplies.com/

 

 

 



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Everything for your Superhero needs !

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 My mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and Cozy went to Brooklyn to visit Seneca.
Here's a store thay saw.
 

Remember to use this information for Good, and never for Evil.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Science wins a round.

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The Institute For Creation Research Gets Slammed, Rejected By Federal Judge
 
The Institution for Creation Research was a California-based school that moved to the Dallas area three years ago.

They applied to Texas' Higher Education Coordinating Board for certification to give master's degrees in science; the HECB reviewed their curriculum and turned them down. They sued.

A federal judge in Austin has ruled against the group and in favor of the HECB, in a ruling that stings pretty hard.

"It appears that although the court has twice required [ICR] to re-plead and set forth a short and plain statement of the relief requested, plaintiff is entirely unable to file a complaint which is not overly verbose, disjointed, incoherent, maundering and full of irrelevant information," Judge Sam Sparks wrote.
 
And then he got to the meat of the case.


The Court notes for the record it enters no opinion here on whether it agrees with the Board's decision. It does not " judge the wisdom, fairness, or logic" of the Board's decision, because it has no jurisdiction to do so. The Court simply comes to the conclusion, which is inescapable, that the decision was rationally related to a legitimate state interest.
 
He noted that the ICR is free to teach the course any way they want even with his ruling; they just can't offer a certified master's degree in science to graduates.

And that's probably a good thing. In his summary judgment ruling Sparks said Joseph Stafford, one of the people reviewing the issue for the state:


quoted the following excerpts from ICRGS's program catalog:

1. "It is the position of the institute that...all genuine facts of science support the Bible."

2. "The phenomenon of biological life did not develop by natural processes from inanimate systems but was specially and supernaturally created by the creator."

3. "All things in the universe were created and made by God in the six literal days of the Creation Week described in Genesis...[.] The creation record is factual, historical, and perspicuous; thus all theories of origin and development that involve evolution in any form are false. (emphasis added by Stafford).

Dr. Stafford concluded these statements (and others) constituted a rejection of the fundamental principles which guide what scientists do, because scientists must "remain open to all facts and all observations of natural phenomena in order to refine and improve their comprehensive explanations of how natural processes appear to work."

The National Center for Science Education praised the ruling, calling it "a significant legal defeat" for the ICR.

 
 
http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2010/06/creationism_higher_ed.php


 




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French Cannibal Sentenced to 30 Years


While serving time for several rapes, Nicolas Cocaign murdered his cellmate and ate his lung with some onions after the two argued over a shared toilet.

Read original story in New York Daily News 

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I guess he couldn't get Fava Beans and a nice Chianti ?
 
 
 
 


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The BP “I Hate to Clean Up” Cookbook

from the New Yorker:
 
 
The BP "I Hate to Clean Up" Cookbook
http://www.newyorker.com/humor/2010/06/28/100628sh_shouts_marx
 

a sample recipe:
 
Blackened Prawns
This is such a favorite with the guys on the rigs that the running joke is that our company was named after the dish! Believe me, you won't have leftovers (but, if you do, they'll last and last).
 
Ingredients:
 
Prawns. If prawns are extinct, use chicken drumettes.
Enough finely chopped garlic to overcome aroma
 
1. Coat prawns with garlic. If necessary, use glue gun.
2. Broil. Watch for flareups.
 
 
 


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more on "fusioneers"

from BBC:
 
 
"By day, Mark Suppes is a web developer for fashion giant Gucci.  By night, he cycles to a New York warehouse and tinkers with his own nuclear fusion reactor."
 
"Mr Suppes, 32, is part of a growing community of "fusioneers" - amateur science junkies who are building homemade fusion reactors, for fun and with an eye to being part of the solution to that problem."
 

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/us_and_canada/10385853.stm
 
 
 
 
 

 


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Hey Kids! Create a Fusion Reactor in your basement!

   http://www.fusor.net/

 

 Every now and then, one of these basement fusor projects makes the local news. Here's an article from a recent edition of the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle about the fusor that Matthew Honickman built to start the New Year: 

 


"This is fun," he said. "For a lot of people, fusion seems kind of like something that's only done in really, really large, expensive government facilities."
Ted Kinsman, one of Honickman's science teachers at Brighton High School, said that he is aware of only a few high school students who have ever constructed fusors.
"It's quite an accomplishment," he said. "Basically, I applaud him. That's a lot of work."
 
 
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As we all know, radiation creates Superheroes.
Perhaps we'll soon have a new crop of them


 
 

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YCMTSU

 Dostoevsky-Themed Metro Station Prompts Suicide Concerns

 

Moscow transit officials have opened a new metro station in honor of Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, despite concern that the writer's gloomy temperament could turn the Dostoyevskaya stop into a "mecca" for suicide. True to Dostoevsky's dark prose, the station is covered with somber black-and-gray murals depicting scenes from his novels.
 
 One wall features a character from The Demons holding a gun to his head, and another "re-enacts the moment when the main character in Crime and Punishment murders an elderly pawnbroker and her sister with an axe."
 
 Lucky passengers are also treated to a "depressed-looking" portrait of Dostoevesky, which greets them while they wait for trains. While psychologists worry that the gloomy décor could "attract people with an unnatural psyche," artist Ivan Nikolayev dismissed concerns as ridiculous. "What did you want? Scenes of dancing?" Nikolayev asked. "Dostoevsky does not have them." 
 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/7843557/Moscows-Dostoevsky-station-could-be-suicide-mecca.html


 

 

 



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10 interview questions to help make the best geeky hire

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TechRepublic Blogs: 10 interview questions to help make the best geeky hire

 
 
Anyone who has been involved in the hiring process knows how tough it can be to pick a candidate with not just the right technical skills, but with the personality to fit into an IT department or some other technical role.
 
After all, the only thing worse than hiring someone who is clueless about the job is hiring someone who is clueless about critical geek subjects. So we've put together a set of questions to test the mettle of any would-be tech employee to help you make sure a job candidate not only carries a geek card, but that it is up-to-date and of at least "advanced" status.

 
 
see the list @  http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=1609


 


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lots of NPR podcasts

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On the official NPR podcast website, you can only download the latest show's mp3.

On this site, you can d/l older shows, too.
  http://nprpods.habilis.net/
 
 (e.g., you can access the last TEN episodes of Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me, Fresh Air, World Cafe, Science Friday, etc.)


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Hidden message in $8.5 million dollar NYC apt.

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  The New York Times reports on a Da Vinci Code-esque scavenger hunt built in hidden riddles, poems and numberless secret doors and drawers by architectural designer Eric Clough in a 4,200-square-foot Fifth Avenue apartment once owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post. It was only accidentally discovered by Clouch's clients, and the puzzle took them weeks to solve.

    In any case, the finale involved, in part, removing decorative door knockers from two hallway panels, which fit together to make a crank, which in turn opened hidden panels in a credenza in the dining room, which displayed multiple keys and keyholes, which, when the correct ones were used, yielded drawers containing acrylic letters and a table-size cloth imprinted with the beginnings of a crossword puzzle, the answers to which led to one of the rectangular panels lining the tiny den, which concealed a chamfered magnetic cube, which could be used to open the 24 remaining panels, revealing, in large type, the poem written by Mr. Klinsky.


Read the entire story @ http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/12/garden/12puzzle.html

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Lemmie guess...
 
The hidden secret message was "Be Sure To Drink Your Ovaltine."


 
 



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Monday, June 21, 2010

Viral Seatbelt Advert - UK

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FW: Seatbelt ad - UK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8PBx7isoM


This is the new "wear your seatbelt" ad campaign the UK is doing . 
It's a beautiful commercial. 






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And those are normal sized radishes

 from my friend Paul

 

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Look what they done to my dip, Ma.

NY Times:

Hummus Catches On (As Long as It's Flavored) 

 




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Friday, June 18, 2010

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center
Revolutionary War Re-enactment
 
Friday, July 2 – Sunday, July 4, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
The 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment and 6th Pennsylvania Regiment will set up camp on the Center's front lawn, complete with an infantry unit, rifle unit, surgical group, and more. 
 
The Regiment will show visitors what life was like for soldiers during the Revolutionary War and allow them to experience colonial life through living history demonstrations. 

http://constitutioncenter.org/ncc_calen_Landing.aspx?code=3620
 
 
 
National Constitution Center
Independence Mall, 525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
215-409-6600
America's most historical square mile.
http://constitutioncenter.org/

 




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Another amazing piece of pseudoscience

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The Psionic Hieronymous Machine™

In 1948 a scientist, inventor named T. Galen Hieronymus patented a machine which was designed to "detect the presence of any element or combination of elements that may be in substance under investigation to determine their intensity an/or quanity thereof by the detection of their emissions or emanations." This simply means the device can locate any element by its individual freqency. The device turned out to be far, far more.

1. In the Cumberland Valley a scientist from the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau put a photo of an insect infested field into the machine commonly called a "Black Box". Along with it they put a tiny amount of insecticide. Forty-eight hours later, the insects in the infected field, many miles away, were all dead!
 
2. A scientist named George de la Warr, head of a huge of laboratory in Oxford, England put a piece of ordinary photographic film into an opening in the device and after a few minutes, removed a picture of his wife and himself on their wedding day, 30 years before.
 
Yet, why then does the A.M.A. claim it's all quackery? Mostly because Orthodox science cannot accept the way it supposedly works.

 

http://www.lifetechnology.org/hieronymus.htm
 
 
 

 


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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ya can't make up stuff like this.

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RE: Amazing Math Art


The dragonfly page is at:
http://www.etereaestudios.com/docs_html/nbyn_htm/intro.htm
 
 
Categories are "About" "Stills" "Movie" and "Works in Progress"
 
 


From: bob_bendesky@hotmail.com
Subject: Amazing Math Art
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 11:12:34 -0400




In "Nature by Numbers," filmmaker Cristobal Vila presents a series of animations illustrating various mathematic principles, beginning with a breathtaking animation of the Fibonacci sequence.
 
Then it moves on to the Golden and Angle Ratios, the Delaunay Triangulation and Voronoi Tessellations.
 
This would be math-class gold, and it's awfully sweet even if math class is years behind you.  http://www.etereaestudios.com/ 
 
 Click on 'Nature by numbers' dragonfly. Extremely well done!


 


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Amazing Math Art




In "Nature by Numbers," filmmaker Cristobal Vila presents a series of animations illustrating various mathematic principles, beginning with a breathtaking animation of the Fibonacci sequence.
 
Then it moves on to the Golden and Angle Ratios, the Delaunay Triangulation and Voronoi Tessellations.
 
This would be math-class gold, and it's awfully sweet even if math class is years behind you.  http://www.etereaestudios.com/ 
 
 Click on 'Nature by numbers' dragonfly. Extremely well done!


 


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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

 




 

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Those damn Vuvuzelas

from New Scientist
 
What makes the sound of vuvuzelas so annoying?
 

Love 'em or loathe 'em, the blaring plastic trumpets have become the hallmark of matches at the 2010 World Cup. We asked Trevor Cox, president of the UK Institute of Acoustics and an acoustic engineer at the University of Salford, UK, to explain their appeal – or otherwise

 
article @ http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19041-what-makes-the-sound-of-vuvuzelas-so-annoying.html
 
 
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If you hate the sound, you can download a bit of software that filters out those annoying blares:
http://isophonics.net/content/whats-all-about-vuvuzela
 
 
But if you LOVE them, may I suggest the Vuvuzela Orchestra.
http://vimeo.com/3854584
 
 
 


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Monday, June 14, 2010

Fawlty Research

When you've officially run out of legitimate research topics:
 

Gricean theory and linguicism: Infringements and physical violence in the relationship between Manuel and Basil Fawlty 
 
 published in the Journal of Pragmatics,
  Volume 41, Issue 3, March 2009, Pages 470-483.

 

 

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Feel like a puzzle? This one’s not too hard.

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from my friend John


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: Separated at birth ?

 


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Friday, June 11, 2010

PopSci Archives

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Search the 137 years of Popular Science magazine.

 

http://www.popsci.com/archives

 

 

 

 



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5 famous sci-fi movie quotes as infographics

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for your amusement...

http://scifiwire.com/2010/05/5-famous-sci-fi-movie-quo.php
 
 
 


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Thursday, June 10, 2010

World War II as it would have appeared on Facebook

 
http://www.collegehumor.com/article:1802364


 

 


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Is It Worse To Play Video Games or Smoke Two Packs a Day?

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Scientists say elite video gamers have "the reflexes of fighter pilots and the bodies of chain smokers."

Read original story in The London Telegraph | Wednesday, June 9, 2010

 
 
 


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Vodka Brand Differences May Reflect Water-Alcohol Arrangement

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Spectroscopic analysis of vodkas finds that brands differ in the clustering of ethanol molecules in cages of water molecules, which could account in part for customer preferences.  

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=vodka-brand-differences-may-reflect-10-06-10

 
 
Different vodkas can have different molecular "structures," which could drive drinkers to favor one brand over another. 
 
 Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,
[Naiping Hu et al., http://bit.ly/bktqSV

 
 



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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

This Day in History

 June 9, 1902:
 
Joe Horn and Frank Hardart open the Automat at 818 Chestnut St. in Philadelphia.  It's America's first coin-operated cafeteria.

Read More http://www.wired.com/thisdayintech/2010/06/0609first-automat-opens-philadelphia/
 

 ("automat" comes from the Greek automatos, meaning "self-acting.")


 

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Monday, June 07, 2010

JPost: An open letter to Helen Thomas

An open letter to Helen Thomas




In light of your recent remarks that Jews must "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go home," I think I should tell you about my parents' families.



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What if academics started writing the news?

from Slate.com
 
A new article in the Columbia Journalism Review discusses the differences between political journalism and political science.
 
What if academics started writing the news?
 
 [excerpts]
 
A powerful thunderstorm forced President Obama to cancel his Memorial Day speech near Chicago on Monday—an arbitrary event that had no affect on the trajectory of American politics.
 
Chief among the criticisms of Obama was his response to the spill. Pundits argued that he needed to show more emotion. Their analysis, however, should be viewed in light of the economic pressures on the journalism industry combined with a 24-hour news environment and a lack of new information about the spill itself.
 
Republicans, meanwhile, complained that the administration has not been sufficiently involved in the day-to-day cleanup. Their analysis, of course, is colored by their minority status in America's two-party system, which creates a strong structural incentive to criticize the party in power, whatever the merits.
 
 
full @ http://www.slate.com/id/2256068/
 
 
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Friday, June 04, 2010

"It's on the Internet, so it must be true..."

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Help Save the Endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
 http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/

 
This is a great example of an hoax website. It looks authoritative, but it's all balony.

 "Tentacled Tree Hugger Disarms Seventh Graders"
Inkling. Matthew Bettelheim (March 14, 2007).
 
"Of the 25 seventh-graders identified as their schools' best online readers, 24 recommended this bogus website to another class that their teacher had told them was also researching endangered species.".
http://www.inklingmagazine.com/articles/tentacled-tree-hugger-gets-legs-up-on-twelve-year-olds/.
 
 
Rule #1:    Don't believe everything you read.
Rule #1a:  Especially if it's on the internet.
 
 
 


 


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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Prototype

 
 
 


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From the NY Times Laugh Lines blog

from my friend John
 

A computer algorithm capable of identifying sarcasm in written text has been developed. Like that would ever be worth anything.

 

     – Jim-Bob Williams, St. Albans, W.Va.

 

 

 

 



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Life Imitates 'South Park'

 from WSJ's Best of the Web:



Life Imitates 'South Park'


  • "The United States Department of Defense has received a video from the terrorists, which shows they are holding the survivors of the attack hostage, including Butters. . . . Unsure of how to counter the terrorists, they turn to Hollywood, hoping that they can use their creativity to get ideas."    --Wikipedia.org episode summary for "Imaginationland Episode 1," aired Oct. 17, 2007

  • "Federal officials are hoping film director James Cameron can help them come up with ideas on how to stop the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico."    --Associated Press, June 1, 2010
 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703561604575282641609432772.html
 
 
 
 


 

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The evolution of Beer

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xkcd mouse hover text

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Today's xkcd deals with the BP Oil Spill -- and it's funny -- but the best part is the text that pops up when you hover over the image:
 
 
<img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/worst_case_scenario.png" title="To get serious analyses of hurricanes and oil slicks, see Jeff Master's blog. To get serious discussions of worst-case scenario thinking, see Bruce Schneier's blog. To get enough Vitamin D, don't read any blogs and go outside instead."

  

 


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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Woo-Hooooo !!!


The cartoon dad from "The Simpsons" beat Harry Potter to take the top place on Entertainment Weekly's survey of the greatest TV and film characters in the past 20 years.
 
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/homer_hammers_harry_tMUZ5EoTaygYeg1gNAkQVI

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But Harry will knock Homer out of first place with the Expelliarmus spell.
 
 




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Gravity-defying ramps take illusion prize

 . Kokichi Sugihara stand onstage. A screen behind him begins playing a video.  A cardboard structure appears, consisting of four ramps ascending to a raised platform.
 
A hand places a wooden ball at the base of a ramp, and it rolls uphill, before stopping on the 'super-magnetized' platform. As the same trick is repeated for the other three ramps, the crowd lets out an "ooh".
 
Only there is no super-magnet. He's a mathematician at Meiji Institute in Kawasaki, Japan, and his display is — officially — the world's best visual illusion.


 http://www.bioedonline.org/news/news.cfm?art=6349
 
 
 
 
 

 



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