larryhammer: Enceladus (the moon, not the mythological being), label: "Enceladus is sexy" (enceladus)
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Why shoelaces eventually come undone. Short answer: when your foot comes down, the sudden stop tugs a very tiny bit on the free ends of the bow, and the tiny tugs build up. (via)

A solar-powered device that condenses water out of low-humidity air. Mind you, that 20% humidity is pretty moist for a desert: our evaporative cooler works effectively only below that, which is most of the time outside of rainy season. Good stuff anyway.

There is heat below the surface of Enceladus. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Dirge for Two Veterans," Walt Whitman.
larryhammer: a wisp of smoke, label: "it comes in curlicues, spirals as it twirls" (curlicues)
Tyop of the day: "withetered" (for withered).

Which sounds to me like a good excuse for linkblogging. Especially since I seem to have collected even more links than usual. My bad.


Dark Roasted Blend explains where's my jetpack.

Another example of how policitians use fear to manipulate voters to their benefit: In all four Arizona counties that border Mexico, violent crime rates have been essentially flat for a decade. There is no rising tide of violence, and if you believe there is, you've been had. (via)

And to relax after reading that, Hayaku ("quickly"), a beautiful time-lapse video of Japanese land- and cityscapes. Sit back with a cup of tea for seven minutes. Oh those clouds ...

The big question: do families create adults or do adults create families (via I forget)

Awesome optical illusion: Slopes like magnets.

Gen X Has a Midlife Crisis:
How can a generation whose cultural trademark is a refusal to grow up have a midlife crisis? ... In any case, the driving impulse [of the midlife crisis] is to shake off the straitjacket of adulthood and find some way to feel young again. But what if you never gave up adolescence in the first place? What if you donned the binding garment of maturity only tentatively, and accessorized it with mockery, as if it were a hand-me-down from Grandpa or an ugly shirt plucked from a used-clothing rack? And what if, from the start, your youthful rebelliousness had been a secondhand entitlement, without a clear adversary?
The Big Picture gives us balloons and other things lighter than air and recent Cassini shots of Saturn including several obligatory Enceladus photos yay.

Adding nuance to the Kruger-Dunning effect: it's not so much that the unskilled are worse at judging their skill as that we all have trouble judging, but the skilled are better at filtering the noise.

About the cognative effects of brand loyalty, and other sonsumer rationalizations. (via)

A story told in filenames. (via)

The Onion wins again:
Massive Flow Of Bullshit Continues To Gush From BP Headquarters.

Says the creator of Calvin Minus Hobbes: "I won’t be posting any more of these. They’re too sad." Um, yeah. Also, creeeeeeepy in a good way. (via)

---L.

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