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A Very Smart Snake

2 Jun

Nature is amazing. If you are unconvinced, check out this neat explanatory gif sequence pulled from the late, great Futurama and if you are… not… un…convinced, I recommend this video for further proof that you are right in agreeing with me.
Whew.
Okay, this is a video of a snake who wants to eat birds. Birds want to eat worms. This snake sits PERFECTLY STILL and then very subtly wiggles the end of its tail as though only a small part of it was alive and aware and a worm. It’s disturbing.
And great.

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Ween—The Golden Eel

2 Jun

I have discovered my favorite band recently, which is kind of a shame, because they broke up two years ago. Anyway, they’re called Ween, they do all kinds of crazy nonsense, and their two best records are “The Mollusk” and “Quebec,” in my humble opinion. Here’s a great cut from the former, called “The Golden Eel,” about, um, a Golden Eel. I don’t know. It’s strange. If you’re interested in prog rock or guitar, they’re definitely for you. They also have a really funny, borderline obscene country & western record called “12 Golden Country Greats.” It has 10 songs on it, including one really virtuosic number called “Piss Up a Rope.” That’s kind of all you need to know.

I’m back

2 Jun

So I gave up on this blog about a year ago having felt that I’d proven my point—I can blog if I want to. Now I’m back, and I’m going to give it another shot, and let me tell you something: I’m happy about this. This will be a place for SF, science, politics, perhaps religion if we’re feeling brave, and it will never be boring. That is all.

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George Soros, w…

18 Apr

George Soros, who died XXX at age XXX, was a predatory and hugely successful financier and investor, who argued paradoxically for years against the same sort of free-wheeling capitalism that made him billions.

Lede from the terrible, terrible George Soros obit published accidentally by Reuters today. Come on, guys.

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Brain Lamp

18 Apr

Brain Lamp

Lightbulb! By science-artist (the best kind of artist. Also the best kind of scientist) Jessica Lloyd-Jones. Visit her here.

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CAT BREAK: Housekeeping

18 Apr

This cat loves this vacuum cleaner. The best part is when its face kind of gets sucked down into the tube and it gets longer and stranger.

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GRAMMAR WATCH: Neighbors Support Dudes Who Allegedly Raped Rehteah Parsons

18 Apr

GRAMMAR WATCH: Neighbors Support Dudes Who Allegedly Raped Rehteah Parsons

Here’s a serious thing I’d like you to consider: both of these young men are holding up posters that say “There’s Two Sides.” The pink flier on the ground also says “There’s Two Sides.”

I submit to you that people who do not understand  verb number agreement are not to be relied upon for ethical advice.