Random Thoughts

No one disturbs his fellow men with a new view unpunished.

- Ernest Mach, "A New Sense", quoted in Edmund Bolles, Galileo's Commandment, p. 27








UPDATE: Newest posting contains directions for AB negative blood donors outside the St. Louis area.
UPDATE: Donors are still needed to help this young boy.
Electrical arcs stabbed through the violet dusk. Heated solutions groaned toward their boiling points. Bubbles rose helically through luminous green liquids. Miniature explosions occurred in distant corners of the facility, sending up showers of glass as nearby workers cowered beneath seaside umbrellas set up for just such protection. Gauge needles oscillated feverishly. Sensitive flames sang at different pitches.
First UIUC now NIU and SIU are under investigation for clout, and political influence in admissions.  First the University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne is found to have had a list of students who would get admission as a political favor.  Now Northern Illinois University, and Southern Illinois University, are in on the shenanigans as well. 

Here in Chicago we have a anecdote that sums up so much of the way the government in the city of Chicago, County of C(r)ook and state of Illinois work.  Abner Mikva on how he got started in politics...
Light is the principal means by which we are able to transmit and receive information from objects around us and throughout the universe. 

- Raymond Serway, Physics for Scientists and Engineers









My apologies, Kim...

stop hammertime

I was outside the target demographic of this dance (though I can moonwalk like no one's business) but if I were going to pick up a retro dance, this would be a cool one.

Science grows through accretion, but becomes potent through distillation.

- James P. Sethna, Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity











From the Rugbyologist's blog:  St. Louis Hero Needed

There is a 14 month old child in St. Louis in desperate need of an AB negative blood donor.

Hospitals in St. Louis are in desperate need of AB negative blood.

If you have this rare blood type, please contact Josh Witten immediately either by email or facebook or twitter (@rugbyologist).
UPDATE: Newest posting contains directions for AB negative blood donors outside the St. Louis area.
UPDATE: Donors are still needed to help this young boy.


There is a 14 month old child in St. Louis in desperate need of an AB negative blood donor.