What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Linkee-poo will fly by night away from here

Anatomy of an internet rumor. In this case about a "new screw" from Apple. This is how it works, folks. Rev up the snopes-o-meter! (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

A not entirely complete, or accurate list of sea monsters. It also has the occasional SyFy movie monster thrown in for good measure. For various values of "good".

Linxy word recognition with definition app for your iPhone. In case you're reading text and really don't want to retype the word into Google. Free, unless you want all the definitions of the words to show up (and then it's $2). (Pointed to by John)

In case you thought Rachel Maddow was being alarmist on the Ohio Secretary of State defining different early voting rules in Ohio, now the ACLU and other organizations are getting involved. They're also reminding Sec. Husted about his previous comments wanting to keep elections uniform across the state.

The Army tests a new hybrid airship. Cool.

A typogeographical map and tour of Europe (well, mostly Germany). Lots of culture and how it ties into written languages. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

What's so bad about a boy who want to wear a dress? On our society coming to grips with how we think about ourselves and the somewhat arbitrary gender trait assignments. After all, even less than 2000 years ago men wore what would now be called dresses. It was only a hundred years ago every child would wear a "dress" until a certain age.

Since I know a few things about swords, I knew about S. Pacific islanders using sharks' teeth on their weapons (which if you're interested mirror the adoption of obsidian in Pre-Columbus Central American Cultures), but never thought they might shed light on ancient shark populations. Cool. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"… (O)ptical images have an ultimate resolution limit, and this (printing) method hits it. When two objects are too close together, light reflecting off them will diffract, and the two objects blur together. This effect… sets in when the distance between two objects is equal to half the wavelength of the light used for imaging. The wavelength in the middle of the colour spectrum is about 500 nanometres. That means the pixels in a printed image can’t be spaced any closer together than about 250 nanometres without looking smudged. Yang’s images pack the pixels at just this distance." the highest resolution printing possible, done with electron-beam lithography and gold and silver tipped nanorods. It's like a retina display for light waves. (Pointed to by John)

The fifteen heaviest coffee drinkers by profession. Let's see, there I am at #2, #4, and soon to be in a closely related field for #13. Joy. Although I usually only drink tea. (Grokked from Jay Lake) Why can't Romney tell the truth? That might sound like a partisan jab, but it really isn't. "… Romney again praised Ryan for 'working across the aisle' to find solutions… The argument belies Ryan’s storied record as a no-compromise conservative ideologue… wedding nearly all Republicans to a blueprint that has failed to win over a single Democrat… In almost 13 years as a congressman, Ryan has proposed just two bills that have passed and become law, one of which involved renaming a post office in his district… He has introduced many bills, including a Social Security privatization measure in 2004 so far-reaching that the Bush White House called it 'irresponsible.'… Ryan’s voting record makes him almost as conservative as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and more conservative than Rep. Allen West (R-FL)… Ryan has also helped thwart bipartisan efforts at debt reduction, an issue he frequently touts as a top national priority… The Romney campaign’s lone evidence that Ryan is a bipartisan leader amounts to a vague blueprint he co-wrote with Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) late last year that mirrors key elements of his Medicare plan. Wyden voted against Ryan’s budget and said Romney’s characterization of their work was dishonest." Next Romney will be touting Ryan's grand total of a few months in the private sector working for a family member as his "sterling record in industry helping to create jobs." And I'm not the only one who wishes this was a real election talking about real issues.

Alligator Quotient: You can feel them getting restless, even in the dark and their scaly bodies grind against your skin.

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