Understanding why the magic works with Penn & Teller

I found this link, https://peerj.com/articles/19/ whilst perusing Nat Torkington’s Four Short Links. Granted, it’s way beyond my usual wondering, “How do dey do dat?” But if you’re interested in a lot more detail on the Cups and Balls trick? Here ya’ go!

The Umlaut Cult

“At such times, I feel like I’m reading a snarky newsletter issued by a self-selected collective of snooty grammar trolls who live in a bubble and worship a giant umlaut.”

Still chuckling at that one. But while I have never heard of Cohoes, I do know how to pronounce Puyallup!

http://bioephemera.com/2013/02/23/should-fictional-narrators-stop-to-explain-basic-science/

 

A conclave for Congress

Ugh, dealing with sequestration issues I got to thinking about the recently retiring Pope. Seems like if Cardinals can be locked into a building until they come up with an agreement for a Pope, we might consider locking Congress into a building until they come up with a budget.

Robert Cotrell shares some great links

Robert Cotrell shares some great links

A short composition that is worth the reading for the links, alone, but worth the read for its own sake, too.

Down to the river to pray – Alison Krauss

I spent thirty minutes listening to a 3 minute song. Sometimes you just want to hear something over and over. Such a voice! I just closed my eyes and drifted along, carried by that sound. By the end of this song, I wanted to part my hair with a comb, wear a button up shirt, and walk her to church in the spring time.

 

I can create Neanderthal baby. I just need willing woman.

I suppose if you’ve tried every other pick up line, at least this has the saving grace of being different….I hope. (Okay, okay, it’s an article in the Telegraph about someone being confident of cloning a Neanderthal.)

I can create Neanderthal. All I need is willing woman.

“Hey, That Shit Works” or Fecal Transplant study

You have to admit, it is an easier donation to make than bone marrow or kidneys. Even so, I would feel a bit awkward approaching friends or family with, “Might I ask a favor?”
But if I had C Dificile? I probably would at least ask about Fecal Matter Transplant.

Robotic Motorhead, or some things are just right.

There is nothing I can add to this.

 

Absolute OpenBSD 2nd Edition Pre-order!

I first ran into Michael Lucas’ writing through his Big Scary Daemons articles. They were clear, concise, and had a lively sense of humor! When he started to write books, I knew I would have to get a copy of AbsoluteBSD. I still have it, in fact! I pre-ordered it and, due a congenital lack of ability to be patient, spent weeks irritable whilst waiting to get a shipping confirmation from NoStarch Press. It had some minor delays in printing, but finally it did arrive and there was much rejoicing!

Did it transport me to new dimensions of being? Did it make me capable of peering across the landscape from a transcendent height? No, but better still! It was as enjoyable to read as I had hoped. And, I submit, THAT is an achievement for tech writing. Fun, interesting, and instructive? I don’t think you can beat that very easily! There are many who write turgid passages for tech books that barely keep one awake, let alone engaged with the subject. There are few that I have seen that are as interesting, and no one I have pre-ordered as often.

I haven’t been able to follow the BSD world as closely as I would have preferred these past years, so I didn’t catch Lucas’ announcement about pre-orders for AbsoluteOpenBSD when it came out. On the other hand it made for a great surprise and something to which I am again looking forward to reading!

John Butler Trio “Better Than”

Not a lot of time for much, lately, but this seemed appropriate. Enjoy!

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