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:

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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.

Jul 28, 2014

Knowing look

Do you remember Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

One of my favorite bloggers, Joe Posnanski, breaks down the climatic scene where Indiana Jones and the bad guy have to choose the true Holy Grail. As with all of his posts, this one is excellent.
So … did Elsa purposely give him the wrong cup? I asked this question on Twitter, and I would say 90% of people say yes, of course she did. She wanted the grail for herself. She had become disenchanted with the Nazi philosophy. She had feelings for Indiana Jones and for his father (who was dying in the other room waiting for the cup to be retrieved). After all she gave Indiana Jones what could be described as a knowing look.
Except, may she didn't. Read more here.

Jul 22, 2014

Excerpt of the day

From "Never Judge a Man by His Umbrella":
In 1848 he published a thesis entitled Horae Apocalypticae, purporting to prove beyond doubt that the world would come to an end in 1868 because the Euphrates would have dried up the previous year. Harmless enough, you would think. But since he was a man of dominating though eccentric personality he succeeded in persuading the wine committee of Trinity that it would be pointless to lay down any 1853 port because it would not be fit to drink before Judgment Day. As 1853 proved to be one of the best vintages of the century and as Trinity was the only college without any, his name was not remembered with overmuch affection.

Jan 7, 2014

Bling bling

The following excerpt describes Phil Jackson's longtime girlfriend, Jeanie Buss, also the daughter of the Lakers' owner Jerry Buss. It can be found in the newly released biography called Phil Jackson: Lord of the Rings
If Jeanie's Laker Girl reflects the woman's priorities and is not excellent satire, she is obsessed with tacky emblems; her book-long subplot of jewelry borders on the pornographic. The dramatic high point of her story? The morning she was robbed at the Forum on her way to work. "Give me all your jewelry," the man said at gunpoint. She parted with her engagement ring from volleyball player Steve Timmons, a diamond "tennis bracelet," a diamond Presidential Rolex, diamond earrings and a Lakers championship ring studded with diamonds. (Presumably the thief has been living in Monte Carlo ever since, sipping champagne on the beach.)