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ooooh, these boots were made for walkin'. kind of.

- dave 12-14-2013 5:27 pm [link] [2 refs] [1 comment]

i read very little of this technical history but have been listening to a lecture series about world war one and they were talking about the problem of mounted machine guns shooting through propellers so i sought out more information. that always seemed problematic when watching aerial combat in war movies but they pretty quickly overcame it in reality. hard to believe they could synchronize the guns and propellers at those speeds. who knew? science! (and killing machines!)

- dave 12-14-2013 3:04 pm [link] [1 ref] [5 comments]

rainbows and unicorns

- bill 12-13-2013 11:35 pm [link] [1 comment]

when headline writing goes horribly wrong.

Twitter's shock block unlock deemed cockup, gets a lockup
Blocking block BLOCKED after 'blogger blindfold blip

- dave 12-13-2013 2:37 pm [link] [add a comment]

But why are nastiness and snideness taken to be features of our age? One general point of agreement, in denunciations of snark, is that snark is reactive. It is a kind of response. Yet to what is it responding? Of what is it contemptuous?

Stand against snark, and you are standing with everything decent. And who doesn't want to be decent? The snarkers don't, it seems. Or at least they (let's be honest: we) don't want to be decent on those terms.

- dave 12-12-2013 3:17 pm [link] [6 comments]

A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday.
- bill 12-11-2013 5:07 pm [link] [2 comments]

RIP Bill Porter, door to door salesman.

- steve 12-11-2013 12:57 pm [link] [1 comment]

Mommy, they shot Hedwig!

Port Authority backs off of owl shooting after public outcry.
My mailbox has been overflowing with this.

- alex 12-10-2013 12:17 pm [link] [1 ref] [2 comments]


- steve 12-10-2013 6:29 am [link] [1 comment]

Weather Underground

- steve 12-09-2013 12:38 pm [link] [add a comment]

mt pleasant has become less so (for me) without comments but its good to see there is still a twinkle in its eye, or maybe thats just a reaction to the glare off the windshield.

Everybody's talking at me
I don't hear a word they're saying
Only the echoes of my mind

People stopping staring
I can't see their faces
Only the shadows of their eyes

- dave 12-05-2013 7:03 pm [link] [5 comments]

- dave 12-04-2013 11:27 pm [link] [add a comment]

- dave 12-04-2013 11:23 pm [link] [1 ref] [7 comments]

vet mentioned we could get neuticles for the cats after their procedure yesterday.  for reals. 

- linda 12-04-2013 3:54 pm [link] [3 comments]

- dave 12-03-2013 8:08 pm [link] [add a comment]

500 million migrating birds can't be wrong

- bill 12-03-2013 2:17 pm [link] [add a comment]

Delivery drones

- linda 12-02-2013 3:35 am [link] [4 comments]

Incredible ant colony excavated

- linda 12-02-2013 3:33 am [link] [1 ref] [add a comment]

- steve 12-01-2013 9:38 pm [link] [1 comment]

Harvard classics

- bill 12-01-2013 6:44 pm [link] [add a comment]

- dave 11-28-2013 3:13 pm [link] [4 comments]

three (bootleg) stories jd salinger

- bill 11-28-2013 1:02 pm [link] [5 comments]

taking "hummer" to another level.

- steve 11-22-2013 5:31 am [link] [11 comments]

Beer can camping stove. Or home cooker when the power's out. 

- linda 11-20-2013 4:45 pm [link] [4 comments]

helen and edgar at the public
- Erin Boberg 11-19-2013 8:02 pm [link] [1 ref] [add a comment]