The Execution

You are being led to you own execution.You are fixated on your impending death, and your mind is in shock as it desperately looks for a path of escape.For the first time in your life you are forced to face your own immortality.“This can’t be happening to me,” you say to yourself.Your senses flip to maximum overdrive as they search for something, anything that might lead to your escape.  But when your senses open up everything comes at you all at once, too much, too fast, and so it happens -- your brain overloads and your mind explodes.
Suddenly everything turns surreal, everything happens in slow motion. The input comes at you slower and you can now process it, but a penalty is paid: you see it all through the fog of a numbed brain.Everything is real and unreal at the same time.And there is one other thing.You are now standing outside yourself, looking down at someone marching ever so slowly to his death.
On both sides of the path that leads to the gallows, there stands a crowd hootin…

Nano Trucks

You are looking at a nano-truck, about the width of a single strand of DNA.  Well, actually, this is someone's rendition of one because you can't actually see it.  That would be silly.  Nonetheless, it's amazing, and something I hadn't heard of before.  Imagine the size of the tweezers used to place these few atoms and molecules together.  This probably took a while to achieve. Then, again, as fast as technology progresses, perhaps this little wonder was created overnight, while we were sleeping.  But, no, that can't be, because...

There's more than one.

There is an entire nano-transportation world out there -- trucks, taxis, limos, jeeps, 4-wheel drive, AWD, Nano-Uber -- if only we could see it, which we can't.  And they race them on nano-race tracks. Sorry no dimensions on the size of the track, but I'm sure its circular and about a nano-mile in circumference because there are no nano-towns to run a Grand Prix through.  But who knows what tomorrow b…

Science News Trivia

Warning!  Don't condition your hair after a nuclear attack. This one goes right along side the Internal Revenue procedures for collecting taxes after a nuclear attack.  I don't want to be that tax collector.

And here's a short NYT article on the IRS procedures to collect post-apocalyptic taxes.  ''Operations will be concentrated on collecting the taxes which will produce the greater revenue yield.''  Yield? That could be the all time example of double entendre.  Like I said, I don't want to be that tax collector.

Sneeze Trivia -- Did you know we can sneeze up to 10 miles an hour?  That our brain stem contains a sneeze command and control center?  That when we sneeze our body contracts from esophagus to sphincter?  Why do we close our eyes when we sneeze?  This and more just a click away.

Scientists report isolating the gene that produces large plump tomatoes.  How about rediscovering the gene that puts taste back into the tomato?  You know the gene I'…

Solar Elipse Overkill

Not everyone was enthralled by the eclipse.  A few, a very few, journalists thought the media had gone bonkers in its reverence.  Shepard Smith was one.  Here is a two minute video of Smith covering the eclipse, and it's hilarious.

Walking, What Could Go Wrong?

A couple of years ago I really got into walking.  I never run.  Walking is easier on your knees, ankles, and feet than running, and it can be just as effective at keeping you in shape as running.But there are people who swear by running.
“Great exercise, running.”
“I run 7 miles a day and do 5 marathons a year.”
“I meditate while running.”
To those who say running miles each day and doing a marathon about once every two months is great exercise, I say wait until age 60 when your knees and hips have been replaced with metal and plastic.  Then let’s see what you think of running.
As to meditating while running, well I see people at the recreation center reading books while walking fast on a treadmill, so I guess there are people who can do this, but I’m not one of them.About the only thing I’d remember from reading a book while on a moving treadmill is how out of breath I was.And the only thing I can meditate on while running is how boring it is.But I do have mantra I repeat over and over a…

Quote That Wears Well With Time

"He was willing to do anything for people except get off their backs and let them live their own lives. He would never let go until they forced him to and then it was too late. He never seemed to understand there's a big difference between trying to save people and trying to help them. With luck you can help 'em -- but they always save themselves."

-- Raymond Robbins (Sept. 17, 1873 -- Sept 26, 1954), economist and writer criticizing Woodrow Wilson and his foreign policy.

In the News

My personal favorite.  Finally, a website that clearly demonstrates the usefulness of correlation graphs.  Enjoy.

The problem with Priming Studies.  These studies make the news, but attempts to replicate often fail, which doesn't make the news.  Only 6 of 53 landmark cancer studies could be replicated.  What does this say about science and the "university-professional association-academic publication-research grant" industry?

It says this.  Perhaps universities, academic publications, and professional associations are to close to one another and scratching one another's backs.  Where does the contrarian scientist with a great hypothesis go to get grant money and publish his findings?

History and science continue to remind us that we have nothing over the Ancients.  Here's a 2,000 year old "computer" that predicted astronomical events, including eclipses.

What the Rwanda genocide tells us about mob mentality.  Local conditions matter most and marriage an…

Trump Chronicles . . . Day 207

Today President Trump lost his mind.  Aids have yet to find it but remain optimistic as they continue the search.  AP reports this is merely a figure of speech and that the president hasn't literally lost his mind.  Others disagree.  Still others say this happened long ago and what we've got we've got, so get used to it.

In related news, Vice president Pence, while visiting Colombia, South America, asked for asylum.  It is not yet clear if the vice-president was asking for asylum for himself or for one to put his boss in.

Update at 11.



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Twig Eater in White

No, this isn't a poem, although it would be a nice title for one.

The Moose is the largest animal in the deer family.  Its name is Algonquin for "twig eater," and these two beautiful specimens are rare white bull Moose.

A White bull moose is not an albino; it is a moose with white fur.  A moose is not a friendly Bullwinkle who hangs around with a flying squirrel; in fact, Moose don't hang around with anyone, including their own kind.  No, the moose is a grumpy, solitary ungulate that stands taller than a man and weighs 3 to 5 times as much.  In Alaska Mouse injure more people than Grizzly and Brown bears combined.  Imagine how easy it would be for one of these to blend into the snow -- they lay down to rest, especially after eating, and you could easily come upon one without realizing it.  But these two would look fine on anyone's front lawn during the winter holidays.  You could even hang Christmas bulbs and tinsel from their antlers. And they'd keep trespa…