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Aug 11 2009 | 7 comment(s)

Allison Scagliotti as Claudia Donovan in Warehouse 13Ok, so I'm still not over my steampunk phase.  It may be because I decided to read The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or that the shine hasn't come off Warehouse 13, yet (come on, who doesn't love Saul Rubinek?).

Saul Rubinek
Tangential Science: it's not necessarily science, but it's still funny.

1.  You've all heard that blondes have more fun.   There is even a recurring urban legend that they are becoming extinct, which seems like an effort to get them to have even more fun while they are still around, but what about that most rare hair color, redheads?

Apparently they are in their 50,000th year of not getting enough respect.


Aug 10 2009 | 0 comment(s)

So, my ever expanding RSS feed subscription list now contains, in addition to a LEGOs blog, a cross-stitching blog.  No, I do not know how to cross-stitch.  Let's follow the chain of events.  io9, the goto blog for science fiction news, lured me in with the following Joss Whedon inspired arts and crafts.
Inspired by Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Zhad SquadFrom Buffy the Vampire Slayer by zhad Squad
This cute-posting of a wee ring-tailed lemur from ZooBorns was headlined thusly: A Furry Little Backpack
 Fi in Eden
But, they never completed the joke with a picture of this product:


Aug 10 2009 | 8 comment(s)

Who doesn't like milkshakes?

Communists and Nazis, that's who.

UPDATE: The requested Venn diagram, for clarification.  As with all my Venn diagrams, this is inspired by the work of Jessica Hagy at Indexed.
Tangential Science: it's not necessarily science, but it's still funny.

1.  Greek fire ain't what it used to be.  If you're a student of history, you know that Greek fire  (πῦρ θαλάσσιον) was popularized by the Byzantines, mostly against Arab navies.   We don't know what it consisted of because the recipe was lost to antiquity but it made enough of an impression that various other cultures copied it.   Naptha?   Saltpeter?  No one can be sure.

Greek fire was not an ingredient but instead an entire system.   It required special processing to make and was compressed so that the liquid shot out.  Thus it required expert handling as well. 
I've noticed that my readership numbers are lower in summer, often only half as much as usual.  Bearing in mind I only launched in Spring, there was a noticeable drop as we hit (especially) July and now August.  With my non-science web column, I've noticed the same trend.  It's the flip side to the 'September Effect', when most sites get a sudden surge in visitors as incoming collegiate freshmen suddenly have free, unstructured time and fast web access.
Last Monday, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) told us why Congress people don't read the bills they pass, especially in reference to the health care bill.
“I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill,’” said Conyers.

“What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you
don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you
read the bill?”
I'm a few days late with this one, because I have been traveling, but this is the coolest thing I have seen all week.  I do not have a lick of musical ability and could have probably screwed up this entire demonstration single-handedly.  As a result, I have an immense respect for people with Bobby McFerrin's talents.  Check out this video from the World Science Festival where he demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale.
Take note - the world will come to an end in November. It will probably look somewhat like this:

Anyway, it's too bad we won't make it to 2012 to see if the Mayans were right, but I really don't want to live through another 2-year-long presidential election campaign so it all evens out.