Aug 25, 2014

Don't wake me up

On Sunday morning, a 6.0 earthquake hit the Napa area. This is how it affected the sleep schedules of residents in the surrounding areas, as reported by JAWBONE.

Aug 22, 2014

Link of day: groups

A group of birds is a flock of birds. A bunch of bison is a herd of bison.

What's a group of geometrists called? A plane of geometrists!

Wikipedia has a page on the collective nouns and I have spent way too long looking through it. 

Some of my favorites are:
- A chain of convicts
- An asylum of managers
- A shower of meteorologists
- A wave of surfers

Aug 21, 2014

The world is changing so fast

Excerpt from a 1930s history book:

Courtesy of

Aug 19, 2014

Twitter account of the day gives you bad ideas for that novel you are writing.

Aug 18, 2014

Peach pie

"Fresh peach pie"


"Peach pie made with Naperville peaches"

Which one of these descriptions comes from a fancy restaurant and which one from a highway diner?

A recent study analyzing menus from 6,500 restaurants states that low-priced establishments feel like they need to reassure visitors about quality by using words like "fresh." At high end restaurants, freshness is implied so they tend to mention the ingredient origin in the description.

Read more here. Hat tip to the Marginal Revolution.

Aug 14, 2014

And the Creator speak

Message from George R.R. Martin, the author of Game of Thrones:

Aug 11, 2014

Cunningham's Law

Cunningham's Law: "The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, it's to post the wrong answer."

Cartoon from XKCD.

Aug 6, 2014

Twitter account of the day

InfoSec Taylor Swift provides helpful technology and security advice. Here are couple of samples:


Aug 5, 2014

Aug 1, 2014

Satan works in mysterious ways

I came across a tweet with a photo of a Pentecostal church pamphlet imploring its readers to reject... Scotch eggs.

Can anyone explain the reasoning? Googling didn't help. I am curious why Scotch eggs are evil and deviled eggs are fine.