Category Archives: amused

Less than well-known facts about Ginger Mayerson

I was once a composer and I have a CD of some of my work here and on Amazon. (And, yes, I’m a realist, so it’s an EP or mp3s or whatever the kids today say format here.) Here’s the … Continue reading

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Marching band moonwalk

At about 2:55 the entire Ohio State Marching Band moonwalks. The rest of it is Meh. But those 10 seconds are Wow. I mean, I can’t do that when I’m not playing a sousaphone or something.

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A Democrat by any other name…

“First, Ponnuru wants the GOP to recognize the reality of growing inequality that has eliminated the connection between economic growth and middle-class incomes, to shift its focus away from tax cuts for the rich, and to drop the fixation with … Continue reading

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Poets and Robots

“Ah, you ask, but what about the people? Very good question. Smart machines may make higher GDP possible, but also reduce the demand for people — including smart people. So we could be looking at a society that grows ever … Continue reading

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Where are the women bloggers?

Oh, wait, that should be where are the women philosophers? (Sorry, I need the blog hits.) “‘One of the biggest problems is that philosophy is treated like a contact sport: an argument is a contest, a chance to knock your … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln enters the Matrix with an ax to kill vampires. Abraham Lincoln enters the Matrix with an ax to kill vampires. Yes! And I hate vampire movies, books, all of it. But I loved Abraham Lincoln enters the Matrix … Continue reading

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The legacy future of the future

“Reality is always more complex than popular visions of the future would have us think. “But, as I said, what I want to figure out are the legacy futures yet to come. Some candidates: “The Singularity “End of Scarcity “Functional … Continue reading

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Why “Brave” isn’t so brave

So, I saw “Brave” and it was very pretty, but… (spoilers ahoy)

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No science advisor on “Prometheus”?

“Clearly, I could nitpick the movie to death; a lot of science—stuff important to the plot, and not just little details—got messed up. At some level even I don’t have a problem with science errors, but when they get to … Continue reading

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A Bat search

“As you might have guessed … there’s a comic book connection here. “The fastest way to solve this problem is to break it into parts, then work from piece to piece. “The first part is to figure out who Barbara … Continue reading

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Distraction.gov

Is not what you think. It’s about getting drivers to stop texting and using their cell phones while driving. But the name is brilliant. Distraction.gov

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Things I’d mercifully forgotten…until now

So, Amazon and pod bring us all some odd things I saw on TV as a kid. Here, in no particular order, is the tip of the media iceberg: Don’t be Afraid of the Dark: utterly terrifying, but has Jim … Continue reading

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Reasons to love California, #6

Robotic squirrels: “That’s where the robot squirrels come in. To find out, Sanjay Joshi, a mechanical and aerospace engineer at the University of California, Davis, built a squirrel with a heatable tail and a flagging mechanism, each controlled separately. That … Continue reading

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What is it about these one-eyed bad boys?

So, here’s my latest monovision crush: Date Masamune from Sengoku Basara anime. The anime is based on a fighting game “set” during the Waring States Period, populated with “real” historical figures, and all twenty-four episodes are thoroughly delightful. I’m not … Continue reading

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The perils of the unprepared

She might not be a Moonie, but she’s definitely an idiot. “Reporter: No, actually, because when Reagan came in later on, things actually changed. “Brown: No, Reagan came before me. Reagan came after my father and then I came after … Continue reading

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Slaves of Facebook

“Me (Adrienne Jeffries): I’m looking for… like, whether this is a privacy issue? “Mr. Moglen: I don’t understand what that means. “The data is a privacy issue because we have an enormous ecological disaster created by badly-designed social media now … Continue reading

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Nobody uses social media, and nobody wastes time

“Like many, I’ve been slowly rewatching Deep Space Nine ever since it popped up on Netflix. It’s been fascinating. On the one hand: Oh 90s! YOU WERE THE BEST! With your adorable WE ARE SO DARK plots that seem like … Continue reading

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‘Tuba Raids’ Plague Schools in California

“BELL, Calif. — When thieves broke into the high school music room here this week, they cut through the bolts on all the storage lockers and ripped two doors off their frames. But they didn’t touch the computer or the … Continue reading

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Dickmania (I didn’t make that up)

My favorite Brit blogger did: “Some lucky bastard would have got one of the two most mature and devastating of Dickens’s novels – namely Little Dorrit and Bleak House. Each concerns itself with the corruption inherent in the material world, … Continue reading

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TS Eliot’s day job

Makes me feel better about mine. “Even after he published, Prufrock and The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot continued to work his day job at a bank. The new volume of his letters reveals his financial anxieties and his unexpected attitude … Continue reading

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Art pays sometimes

Although crime still pays better, or so I’m told. “The graffiti artist who took Facebook stock instead of cash for painting the walls of the social network’s first headquarters made a smart bet. The shares owned by the artist, David … Continue reading

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If they won’t go away, they should at least cough up some dough

Geeze, either or, folks, either or. Tell Kim Kardashian (and the rest of them [GM]) to endorse the millionaires tax (or go away [GM]) Oh, and then there’s the question of paying decent taxes on ill-gotten gains and possibly doing … Continue reading

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LOL Orthography

I can has language play: Construction of Language and Identity in LOLspeak from Lauren Gawne on Vimeo. (via of all places) Linguists. Economists. Kitty creole. Hey, why not?

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Happy Thanksgiving

for those who celebrate it and have a nice day for those who don’t.

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Dali at Disney

“As fascinating as the film itself is the juxtaposition of the two creative geniuses behind it, each bringing his own life-lens to the project — Dalí described the film as ‘A magical display of the problem of life in the … Continue reading

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Han shot first (about 13:00 in)

2011/05 Maria Popova from CreativeMornings on Vimeo. Maria Popova at Creative Mornings, sometime in May 2011 because they’re too cool to give you an actual date. (So they don’t get an actual link from me.)

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The difference between science and religion

Science wins! Okay, that’s enough Terence Mckenna

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Pro bono proctologists

I don’t care who this Terence Mckenna guy is, he’s got great comic timing.

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How to drive well

The Zipper Merge Nice to know there’s a name for it. (via)

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I want this book

You are not so Smart, by David McRaney I like this guy’s blog, too. Such as: “The research suggests you and rest of humanity will continue to churn into groups, banding and disbanding, and the beautiful collective species-wide macromonoculture imagined … Continue reading

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