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First, on Saturday, around noon, I observed this on Commonwealth Avenue: Because it’s not like it’s going to rain for the next 24 hours or anything. Second, we are once again reminded how poorly the Boylston Street Apple store fits with the Boston environment:

I’m Ready for the Hurricane…

…I’ve got water, flashlights, batteries, and my list of who gets cannibalized first when civilization disintegrates. I’m not sure how you prep this for the hurricane though: (corner of Berkeley and Marlborough, First Church in Boston) And I hope these guys survive:

Gravity-Free Cats

Amid all of the political doom and gloom, we need something to cheer us up. So, take a load off (so to speak) and enjoy some gravity-free cats:

It’s Humid Today

As I entered the building where I work today: I blame Al Gore. Or something.

By way of Lambert, I came across this awesome video of Loukanikos, a stray dog in Athens, Greece, who apparently has a history of not liking riot police (the action kicks in at about the 1:10 mark): I guessing Louk isn’t upset about the EU forcing contractionary policies on an economy with already sky-high unemployment…

One thing I like about PLoS ONE is that it has interesting, if not always groundbreaking, science. Consider this article, “Propagation of Respiratory Aerosols by the Vuvuzela” (italics mine):

Banning Male Circumcision? Really?

Every so often I read on the internets about people who are really upset about circumcision. Oddly, it’s compared to female genital mutilation (I’ll get to that in a bit). But in San Francisco, there’s actually an attempt to make banning circumcision a referendum item: Most bans in San Francisco are enacted by the Board…

Last evening, I was walking back to my apartment, and I was stopped by a young woman on crutches who said, “I don’t mean to bother you, but do you have a moment? I’m trying to get a train from Back Bay Station.” Even if I hadn’t recognized her, anyone who lives in Boston knows…

Sidewalk Rage Isn’t a ‘Mental Illness’

It’s called living in Boston. Unbeknownst to the Mad Biologist, we read that some mental health professionals believe ‘sidewalk rage’ is a psychiatric disorder: Researchers say the concept of “sidewalk rage” is real. One scientist has even developed a Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome Scale to map out how people express their fury. At its most extreme,…

I wish national Democrats and their hangers-on had half the guts the Wisconsin Senate Democrats do. If you haven’t heard, Wisconsin’s Republican governor Scott Walker is attempting to strip public sector unions of their collective bargaining rights. This comes on top of other recent stupidities by Walker, including turning down $810 million in risk-fee construction…