Pope Francis declares Big Bang theory compatible w/ Church teachings, but doesn’t understand evolution

While I applaud Pope Francis' statement that the Big Bang Theory and evolution are compatible with the Catholic Church's teachings about God and creation, the Pope  doesn't appear to understand the modern theory of evolution and the origins of life. In his...

What to do when Linux freezes ~ Keyboard commands

Installed Linux Mint on my desktop computer, and I find the thing freezes--and not as in frozen mint ice cream. I needed a way to unfreeze Linux that doesn't involve pressing and holding the power button--a huge no-no that I loathe to do as it almost certainly...

Wealth inequality in America ~ Disturbing graphic

Wealth inequality in America ~ Very interesting video on the how perception of America's distribution of wealth differs hugely from the reality. Exceedingly well done animated graphics tell a disturbing story of where wealth resides in America, and, as important,...

NPR Interview with James Gleick – Author of ‘The Information’

This NPR interview with James Gleick was weak, but good enough to whet my appetite for Gleick's new book, The Information. To be fair, the topic of information theory is HUGE and intersects with just about everything, which was one of the points of the book that...

Woman becomes pregnant after performing oral sex ~ PubMed.gov

It's a little hard to swallow, but after reading the case study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1988 (reprinted on PubMed website), you'll probably agree: A woman can become pregnant by fellatio (oral sex). As the case report, Oral...

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

Benjamin Marauder performance improved for $35 ~ Hammer Debounce Device – HDD

Benjamin Marauder Upgrade ~ Here's a relatively simple and cheap way to significantly improve the performance of a Benjamin Marauder airgun. YouTuber Ted's Holdover demonstrates the upgrade, which involves installing a $35 piece from Airguns of Arizona called a...

Abraham Lincoln ~ Vampire Hunter?

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter - I thought it was a joke. Turns out, besides being a book by Seth Grahame-Smith, it's a movie by Tim Burton (as producer) that should come out next summer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34x6m-ahGIo Trailer looks exciting, with...

Lisa Hannigan ~ Very colorful ‘Knots’ video

Really like Lisa Hannigan's Knots song from her album Passenger, and the video is...colorful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYdPtcx-4mo Best viewed on large screen HDTV.  Lyrics & "making of" video below... Knots ~ Lyrics by Lisa Hannigan It was early in the...

Best argument against democracy ~ Winston Churchill

I hate to admit it, but sometimes I think Winston Churchill is right... The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter. ~ Winston Churchill
Glorious Octopus Image

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.

Domesticated foxes ~ Are they like dogs?

Domesticated foxes ~ Are they like dogs?

I'd watched a documentary some years ago about a Russian scientist who, in 1959 or so, started trying to domesticate foxes in hopes of discovering how wolves were domesticated into dogs. Surprisingly, the answer to that question still remains a mystery. This video...

Old insults with class ~ by redditor Jesse_James

Old insults with class ~ by redditor Jesse_James

Found this thread of old insults while browsing reddit post What old insults need to make a comeback? My favorite contribution was a long list of insults from famous politicians, authors and the like curated by redditor Jesse_James.

“That’s not the way you should think about it”

“That’s not the way you should think about it”

I took my car into a Toyota dealership some weeks ago for a repair I thought Toyota should pay for. After stating I knew my car trouble was not the service rep's fault, I noted that I did think Toyota should be asked to pay for the service. How the service rep....