Stephen Fry ~ Catholic Church is not a force for good

Stephen Fry makes a strong case that the Catholic Church is NOT a force for good. I can't agree that it's an all or nothing proposition, but I totally agree with Fry's critique regarding the Church's position on contraception and the many deaths that thoughtless...

What some teen girls see in the mirror ~ photo commentary

I was struck by this  photo of an anorexic teen girl looking into a mirror and seeing a plumper reflection of herself. With images of ever slimmer runway models filling all the screens in a teenage girl's life, it's easy to imagine how impressionable young girls (or...

Paul Allen on Bill Gates at Microsoft

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, died recently from cancer, a disease he fought for much of his adult life. Even though I live in the Pacific Northwest where Allen was active, I don't know anything about the man. From this 2011 interview with Leslie Stahl on 60...

Education is a “luxury of the elite” to GOP contenders ~ Paul Krugman

If underfunding public education leaves many children of the less affluent shut out from upward mobility, well, did you really believe that stuff about creating equality of opportunity? So whenever you hear Republicans say that they are the party of traditional...

The most vulgar character of all time…

The most vulgar character of all time... R2-D2 -- Because they bleeped out every word he said. Via The most vulgar character of all time... - Imgur and reddit

This short video will make you “happy”!

This video takes a few seconds to develop, but by the end, you will be "happy!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwyUYr81XuE

Stephen Fry’s reply to God

I so identify with atheist Stephen Fry's reply to the question: If you were to die and discover there is a God, how would you respond? Stephen pulls no punches and strikes directly at the thought in the back and forefront of everyone's mind—Why all the goddamn...

“View from my hotel room in Switzerland” ~ I want!!!

View from my hotel room in Switzerland - Imgur.

My Son Coined a New Word – “Horridable”

Driving my son to school today,  I asked how he was doing this morning, and he said, "Horridable!" I'm sure he intended to say "Horrible," but I laughed and asked him if he just made that up. He said yes, and that he has trademarked the word so I can't use it. That's...

Robotic grippers ~ Brilliant “granular” method for picking up objects of all shapes

Robotic grippers ~ What a simple, brilliant idea for solving an difficult problem: How to enable robot "hands" to pick up objects as easily as human hands do. I would love to hear the story behind this insight. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKOI_lVDPpw

You are my forever

At some point, while submariner Mikhail Averin waited at the bottom of the Bering Sea to be rescued, he wrote this short letter to his wife. No one has forever... But I wanted more. I wanted to give you more...more babies. Love our son and the baby for both of us....

Glorious Octopus Image

I bumped into this image of an octopus recently and had to share. Such a striking, symmetrical geometry to this octopus' pose. Totally mesmerizing.