Monday, November 11, 2019

The Cloak

Click to the right to advance the comic. This scheme doesn't work so well the other way around. I could get my husband any number of wonderful jackets and flannel shirts, but he was a California boy, and expected the house to be warm enough to go shirtless at all times of the year. This comic is from Amy Revives. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Life In A Different Light

YouTuber My Microscopic World modified his microscope to harness polarized light, which illuminates tiny creatures in amazing ways. Larva that wear armor shimmer under polarized light as their segments change angle. In other creatures, you can see their internal organs: muscles, eggs, and even what they have recently eaten. Oh yeah, the footage was shot on an iPhone. (via Metafilter)

Miss Cellania's Links

The Endless Recovery From the Endless War.  An Obama speechwriter reconnects with the wounded soldier who became a national symbol of resilience. (via Nag on the Lake)

The Kansas Shoe Salesman Responsible for Veterans Day.

World War II Vet Returns To France 60 Years Later To Realize He's Become A Beer Legend.

The teenage soldiers of World War One.

A Soldier's Vivid, Candid Diary of What It Was Like to Fight in World War II.

Experience: my face became a meme. "Hide the Pain Harold" tells all. (via Neatorama

Inside the White Supremacist Group Hiding in Plain Sight.

The 2019 National Toy Hall of Fame Inductees.

How My Kid Lost a Game of Magic: The Gathering to Its Creator But Scored a Piece of Its Original Art.  Twenty-five years later, Ben Marks tells of the many connections discovered between his family, game creator Richard Garfield, and one unique piece of art, sometimes bordering on the eerie.

An oral history of how Trump allegedly tried to leverage a White House visit for an investigation into the Bidens.

A blast from the past (2011): 10 Heroic Battlefield Medics.

To Catch the Fish

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Tweet of the Day

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Sunday, November 10, 2019


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Kitty and Toddler Have a Conversation

Sometimes baby monitors capture treasures.  Lindsey Needham tells us about the night her 18-month old son Brody had a little bedtime chat with their cat Zora. The Dodo has the story.
Needham and her husband were watching TV after putting Brody down for the night when they heard meowing coming from upstairs. Somehow Zora had broken into Brody’s room — but that wasn’t all.

“We open the baby monitor app on our phone and, sure enough, we see Zora sitting on the chair meowing next to the crib and Brody is standing up meowing right back at her, looking like they were having an actual conversation,” Needham said. “My husband and I couldn’t help but just watch and laugh hysterically.”
That's a good kitty. (via Neatorama)

Note from the Boss

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Some things improve over time. Some things don't. This comic is from ManchildManor. (via reddit)


The Best-Selling Music Artists of the Last 50 Years

While watching the artists bounce up and down the rankings, I must say that nothing here surprised me. I must also admit that starting at 2006, the year I left radio, I suddenly had no idea what songs were sung by who, or even who most of the people are. However, if you've never been in the business and like one particular kind of music, this data might hold some surprises. (via Digg)


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Five O'clock at the Clock Shop

It's the top of the hour at Champ's Clock Shop in Douglasville, Georgia. Can you imagine working there? You's never be able to get lost in your work and let hours pass. On the other hand, you'd never get in the habit of clock-watching.

Tweet of the Day

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Saturday, November 09, 2019

It Sure Is

Quicker 'n a Wink

This short film from 1940 is from the days when high-speed photography was new. The narrator is is entertaining as the film clips. The YouTube description explains what is going on.
Directed by George Sidney, Quicker 'n a Wink introduces MIT Professor Harold "Doc" Edgerton who demonstrates strobe photography. This film allows us to see what happens at speeds too fast to be discerned by the naked eye. Some well-known examples include a flying bullet that shatters a light bulb, the motion of a hummingbird's wings, a cat lapping milk, and falling liquid drops. A Hollywood hit, Quicker 'n a Wink won an Academy Award for Best One-Reel Short. Courtesy of MIT Museum. 1940. MIT Museum Collections.
Read more about Doc Edgerton's work here. And how he helped to win World War II.  (Thanks, Tim!)

Cotton Chicken

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The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

Man, it's hard to believe that 30 years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Those few years were so exciting, so energizing, as people rose up and took control of their own destinies, from the shipyards of Gdansk eastward ...and stopped cold at Tiananmen Square. Sigh. The Berlin Wall has been torn down longer than it was up, and both those events happened in my lifetime, which makes me feel ancient. 

The Iron Curtain illustrated what common sense tells us: people will always tend to migrate to a better place. If you must restrict your own citizens from leaving, that tells everyone that you aren't good enough to keep them. 

The Anecdote

This is how my kids act when I tell a story. These days I prefer to relay anecdotes to my mother, because she won't remember how many times I've told it before. It's another episode of Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.