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This Angle is Obtuse

Sharron Angle has said some pretty obtuse things before, but for the most part, I’ve resisted the temptation to comment.  But this one is a gem: The 16-page flier, available at TPMM, accuses gay people (aka “sodomites”, “perverts”) of everything from child molestation, to serial murder, to debasing rodeos, to contaminating the water supply by…

Tech Tip #9

This one is useful for very few persons. The story is this: I wanted to get one of those mats that goes under a treadmill, to protect the floor. So I went to Sears, where I got the treadmill, because I had seen an ad for the mat. Thirty dollars is what they wanted. Seemed…

Ghost Chile Update #2

I’ve written before about the world’s hotter chle pepper: the bhut jolokia, rated at over 1 million scoville units. (Sauce available here.)  Now, India has a new use for the infernal things: combatting terrorism. India deploys world’s hottest chilli to fight terrorism Bhut jolokia, or ‘ghost chilli’, to be used for teargas-like grenades to immobilise…

Happy Birthday, Linus

Today is the birthday of Linus Torvalds. That is all.

Making Fun of Scientology

In general, I try to be respectful of cultural groups, even ones that are rather aberrant.  Somehow, though, I find it exceedingly difficult to muster any sympathy or respect for Scientology. By now, you probably have heard that Scientologists were fined $600,00 Euros in France: Scientologists convicted of fraud in France …The Paris case followed…

The Chicken-Hydrogen Connection

IEEE reports that chicken feathers are superior to carbon nanotubes: Scientists at the University of Delaware say that carbonized chicken feathers could be a cheap way to store hydrogen for fuel cells. According to chemical engineering professor Richard Wool, the heat-treated feathers could hold more hydrogen than costlier competing technologies, such as metal hydrides and…

Pretty Good Snark

This is good.  Indeed, it may qualify as the type specimen (holotype) of snark.  From The New Yorker: It’s So Obvious From Avi Zenilman, online news editor, The New Yorker:     Do you think the right is upset about President Clinton’s mission because he didn’t free the hostages by going through the Japanese to sell…

Art Fairs in 177 Seconds

AnnArbor.com (HT: Edward Vielmetti) has a youtube time-lapse video at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs.  Get the whole thing, compressed into 177 seconds: This probably is the very best way to experience it.  I still remember going to the first one, at age 6.  It seemed overwhelming then.  Strangely, the Art Fairs have grown at…

Kalamazoo Beers

It has come to my attention that Kalamazoo is on the map, again.  The last time was is 1942, when the Glen Miller Orchestra played I’ve Got A Gal In Kalamazoo (lyrics). Now, Ratebeer.com has included TWO Kalamazoo beers on their “top rated” list: Westvleteren Abt 12 Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter Three Floyds Oak Aged Dark…

The Singularity Meets Crooked Timber

Our man in Chicago turned me on to Charlie Stross.  Little did I know, Stross’ writings have become something of a sensation in the academic world.  One of the first blogs I read was Crooked Timber.  I think it was our man in Chicago who showed me the way there, IIRC. Anyway, Crooked Timber has…