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Why Breathe When You Can Swallow?

From a recent ad spotted in Running Times magazine, we discover a way to get oxygen into the bloodstream of athletes without using the lungs. Yes, it’s SportsOxy Shot from Scientific Solutions LLC. They’re selling “super oxygenated” water that’s supposed to drastically improve athletic performance. A “serving” is 10 milliliters and it contains 15 volumes…

How Well Can You Count?

And now for something almost completely different on The Refuge: How well can you count? No, not like in grade school. I wrote and recorded a tune the other day. It’s called Timmy Umbwebwe Lights A Candle (yes, I have a thing for odd titles). The initial beat was composed on the drum kit. Not…

Correspondent SDC, reporting in from the Land o’ Hoosiers, offers an awe-inspiring account of a recent visit to the famous Creation Museum, located “just seven miles west of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.” A teaser follows. The rest of the article (including photos), copiously dusted with SDC’s dry sardonic humor, may be found here: Elitist…

I am so pleased to see that Adam Kay’s masterwork has made it to the big time: YouTube. Happy holidays, bonobos! (Pharma-phunnies, some medically graphic, contained therein.)

Bible Verses Illustrated

Here’s a wonderful rendition of 2 Kings 2:23 Who says the Bible can’t be a source of hilarity? (hat tip to vdrums.com)

Well, at least Stevie Van Zandt and Britain’s Youth Music seem to think so. A recent article in The Times refers to research by Youth Music indicating that the games have prompted upwards of 2.5 million children to take up musical instruments. I’m skeptical. No doubt the games are a lot of fun for people…

Fun Is Where You Find It: The Tune

Much has been written on the Refuge regarding what might be termed fine motor co-ordination experiments. That, and something to do with playing the drums in a manner that most drummers don’t, you know, like backwards. Some might ask “What is the point of practicing a double paradiddle on a bunch of left-side mounted toms…

Happy Birthday Rene Magritte

Today would’ve been Magritte‘s 110th birthday. The Google homepage has an homage to the Belgian surrealist painter, a combination of the works The Son of Man and Golconda. I’ve been attracted to his work for many years and have a reproduction of The Son of Man in my office and a lovely little Golconda magnet…

How a Setback Thermostat Saves Energy

There is some confusion as to precisely how a setback thermostat saves energy. In fact, because of misunderstandings I have heard a number of people proclaim that a setback doesn’t save energy. There are two common arguments: 1. Although you save energy as the house is initially cooling during the setback period, the furnace has…

Electronic Design has released their 2008 salary survey for electrical and electronic engineers. Average salary for design and development engineers is now $94k (base salary). Engineering management is up to $116k. The highest paying regions are Pacific and Mountain at $114k and $103k, respectively. The lowest regions are East North Central and West North Central…