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Unsqueamish science geeks will enjoy this post from Vincent Racaniello's Virology Blog about visiting labs that experiment with infectious agents. Vincent Rancaniello is sort of the Carl Sagan of virology. I highly recommend his virology MOOC at Coursera.

Kay Thompson, the author of the Eloise series of children's books, was seriously multi-talented.

Can you never get enough of lightning storms? Here is a map where you can watch them in almost-real-time. You can even have sound, but the sound needs work (it's a small "tick" instead of a giant "KABOOM").

Some people like electric shocks. But as for the general notion that people don't like to sit around with nothing to do, I used to have a tiny frisson of panic when my dinner companion left to go to the bathroom, but after I learned to meditate, I look forward to an opportunity to sit around with nothing to do. (Even so, I don't do it on my own, only when I am waiting somewhere.)

Funny bit: "(In the lab studies, one participant’s data was tossed because an experimenter had accidentally left a pen behind and the subject used it to write a to-do list. Another’s was tossed because an instruction sheet had been left behind and he used it to practice origami.)"

Oh no, millennials are living with their parents! Or are they? (Spoiler: People living in college dormitories are counted as "living with their parents.")

Supposedly in the early 80s you could only get a job working on the Macintosh team if you loved pineapple pizza. Things haven't changed much in high tech Silicon Valley. "The first step toward dissolving these petty Cultures is writing down their unwritten rules for all to see. The word 'privilege' literally means 'private law.' It’s the secrecy, deniable and immune to analysis, that makes the balance of power so lopsided in favor of insiders."

How constantly trying to make ends meet stresses people in poverty. "In making day-to-day financial decisions, Shafir says, "the poor are just better than the rich. They use their dollar better than the rich. They're more efficient. They're more effective. They pay greater attention." But they have less mental energy for other things.

The OH sent this to me with the comment that this is "why I wear purple [cochlear implant] headpieces."



Parodies of "Blurred Lines" that aren't by Weird Al
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKfwCjgiodg (This one has an excellent fat female rapper)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC1XtnLRLPM (This is by a group called The Law Revue Girls)
Article about the Law Revue Girls version: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/03/robin-thicke-blurred-lines-feminist-parody_n_3858992.html

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Jul. 20th, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
While it's not a direct parody, Lily Allen's "Hard Out Here" is definitely a response to Blurred Lines as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0CazRHB0so
Jul. 20th, 2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
Cool, I haven't seen that before!

[eta] It's kinda exploitative though. I sometimes have a hard time with parody that's exactly like the thing it's parodying.

Edited at 2014-07-20 08:51 pm (UTC)
Jul. 21st, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
I enjoy sitting around with my thoughts more and more as I get older. One thing I think about is how true the article about the brain on poverty is.
Jul. 21st, 2014 12:12 am (UTC)
I enjoy sitting around with my thoughts more and more as I get older.

Yes! We put together some pretty nifty brains!
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