Physicists done got themselves a new law: the Constructal Law that describes patterns of change in any system so that we can predict how those patterns will change over time. Here's the guts: "For a finite-size system to persist in time (to live), it must evolve in such a way that it provides easier access to the imposed currents that flow through it." The law even has its own web page.
|I collect coins, not currency. But this is the original US$1 bill from 1862.|
It seems that promoting fitness and fighting obesity is actually discriminatory bullying, at least according to the NAAFA (National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance). They have issues with a new attraction at Epcot developed in association with Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Warren Buffet's annual letter to investors is online. My recommendation is to skip to page 17 and read the entire section "The Basic Choices for Investors and the One We Strongly Prefer."
Predator: The Musical. I know you liked the movie. Setting it to music is hilarious. (There are many more of these and the musical of John Carpenter's The Thing set to Sinatra is a gem.)
Are you in the DFW area? Do you like to eat? Is Zagat trustworthy? Then feast your eyes on Zagat's best restaurants in DFW for 2012. Top food = St. Emilion (indeed - excellent French cuisine).
In a brief article about language games, author Daniel Becker is quoted "Indeed, there's an enviable freedom to be gained from approaching literature—or any pursuit protected by a veneer of seriousness—with the same carefree spirit that guides us through the puzzles page of the weekend paper." It's another example of the maxim "form is liberating", like writing a story without using the letter "e."
You like The Beatles? Try The Beatles Player.
The super toilet - it can flush anything. A promise or a challenge? How about 3 pounds of gummi bears. And more.
My confusion with LinkedIn has been documented. I'm not the only one. What's it for? Why is its UI so ugly and disorganized?
This is my last post about artists using their naughty bits or bodily fluids to create art. At a certain point you gotta draw the line and say "this is just crap." (And you know there's an artist sculpting turds somewhere.) So, here's a gal who paints by puking colored water onto canvas.
|This is a frame from a nice video illustrating establishment of post offices in the U.S. from 1700 to 1900. I think this frame is from around 1865.|
It's not only science that's fickle. While men like happy women, women like angry and frustrated men. Proves that nice guys really do finish last.
I ate breakfast cereals for 40 or so years before switching to smoothies for my morning meal. But I still appreciate a good bowl (see above). Which breakfast cereal has the highest percentage of sugar by weight? I can't figure out how Cap'n Crunch Original comes in at #5 while Cap'n Crunch with Crunch Berries only makes it to #9. First, who the hell buys Cap'n Crunch without Crunch Berries? Second, the berries must truly be magical because adding them makes the cereal healthier.
|Of course we all know that the king of cereals is Lucky Charms. Here's a place where you can buy just cereal marshmallows by the boatload.|
...it's just not very evenly distributed. ~William Gibson