Terms of Enlightenment: What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known? – WSJ.com

Saturday, December 31, 2016

http://graphics.wsj.com/image-grid/year-end-science/?mod=wsjapp

Wow, never thought of grandmoms and children from this perspective. I grew up with my maternal grandmother and three aunts. Maybe that made me so crazy?


POLITICAL: Bread and circuses

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Forwarded by an “Old”, who I suspect cut ’n’ pasted from some inet email spam. (There were format breaks in the text.)

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I don’t know who the Chief’swere playing, but it would have beengreat if it had been the 49 ers- and C. Kaeperknick had been on thefield. 

As
you know, Obama cuts have eliminated the military flyovers at largeevents.  Well, there’s a group of guys in Kansas City who dosome formation flying, in their own planes, and decided they’dvolunteer to pick up the slack.  They invited a couple of othergroups to join them and before they knew it they had 48 guys withtheir own  airplanes signing up to join in.  If they hadmore time, they probably would have gotten an even larger group aspeople kept joining and a 49th was added near the event. 

One
additional feature of the flyover was the use of pink smoke forcancer awareness. 

The
folks from the Guinness Book were there and are expected to confirmit as the largest formation flight ever.  And to top it off thecrowd later set the record for the loudest gathering at a footballstadium.  Be sure your speakers are turned up… best if watchat ‘full screen. 

CLICK Arrowhead Stadium,49 plane flyover – YouTube

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MY RESPONSE 

K — I don’t use his name; he’s not worth learning to spell it — is merely exercising his rights and getting PR points with the illiterates. (imho) I’d prefer to ignore him and let him fade away into obscurity.

After we found that the Gooferment was paying the NFL to “honor the troops”, I became hostile to these displays. Not that I am anti-American or don’t want the troops home, but it’s pro-war propaganda worthy of Goebbels’ Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda!!!! (I feel strongly about that one.)

I have great respect for the voluntary flyover since that represents authentic American patriotism. Untainted by Big Gooferment propaganda.

Pink smoke to fight cancer just makes me think of the FDA and regulatory capture by Big Pharma. When the March of Dime focused on polio, the American public rallied and it was done. Voluntarily. Of course, all those high paid execs couldn’t be out of a job, so they moved on to an amorphous enemy — birth defects. And the gravy train continued.  

Sorry to rain on your parade but I am Cynic in the tradition of Diogenes and I insist on looking behind the curtain. Or maybe a Stoic like Marcus Aurelius, who recognized that the problems always are inside of man. 

Argh!

Thanks for great blog post fodder.

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Aluminum Billionaire Planned China Escape, Lawyer Says

Thursday, December 29, 2016

http://www.wsj.com/articles/aluminum-billionaire-planning-escape-from-china-lawyer-1482953518

Nice “retirement” fund. Wonder how the Chinese government feels.


Why You Should Have a Retirement Chuck-It List

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

http://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2016/11/27/why-you-should-have-a-retirement-chuck-it-list/

I guess I should be less reluctant to speak my mind? Laafff. #nofilter


SOFTWARE: Google’s PhotoScan app RECOMMENDED

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

https://www.google.com/photos/scan/

“Get the photo scanner from the future”

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OK, I’m a sucker for apps, phones, and all technology gadgets and tchotchkes (NB: I’ve been criticized all to often for using big and or strange words so now I am linking to their meaning. OK?) (NB: A “gadget” becomes a “tchotchke” when it: (a) doesn’t work as advertised; (b) breaks; (c) gets purplanted by a better gadget; or (d) I lose a part of it — usually the power supply. I have an old digital video camera waiting for me to find the power cord to it.)

I read about the app somewhere — I’d have thought Google would let me know about it … … personally — and downloaded it BECAUSE I have a ton of old framed pictures that I was considering HOW to digitize. It’d be a lot work to take them out of the frame — if they’d survive that — scan them and put them back.

So this holiday, I tried it on two framed pictures. 

Judge for yourself the results.

2016 00xxx xx shore group

and

File Dec 26 10 17 47

Very impressive, no?

Anyway, I’m impressed. 

As usual, FWIW and YMMV.

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VOCABULARY: BABYMOON

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Learned a new word over the holidays.

BABYMOON

ba·by·moon
ˈbābēˌmo͞on/
noun

informal
 
  1. a relaxing or romantic vacation taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born.
    “on the eve of my third trimester, we boarded a plane for a week-long babymoon among the quiet canals of Amsterdam”
    • a period of time following the birth of a baby during which the new parents can focus on establishing a bond with their child.
      “a babymoon is regarded as a crucial time for a family to establish itself”

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Wow, Google knew. I never heard of it.

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port·man·teau wordnounplural noun: portmanteau wordsa word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel (from ‘motor’ and hotel’) or brunch (from ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch’).

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And, of course, I made a modest edit to the Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_portmanteaus#General

Contributing to “global whizdom”!

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INTERESTING: A forest is an internet of trees?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

https://www.care2.com/greenliving/what-tree-communication-means-for-forest-conservation.html

Trees Do Communicate and Why It Matters for Forest Conservation
By: The Nature Conservancy of Canada
December 26, 2016

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“Forests aren’t simply collections of trees, they’re complex systems with hubs and networks that overlap and connect trees and allow them to communicate,” says Simard. While this can make forests resilient, it also makes them vulnerable.

“You can take out one or two mother trees, but there comes a tipping point where a massive disturbance can affect hydrological cycles, degrade wildlife habitat, and emit greenhouse gases back into the atmosphere, which creates more disturbance and more tree diebacks,” she explains.

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Wow, that’s an interesting POV.

Now how do we take advantage of it?

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