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+Matt Jones applies some high school physics to BallGhazi. TL;DR: inflating a ball at room temperature and bringing it outside could explain a 1 PSI drop.

I'm more interested in the question of why no journalist seems to have done this math. For all of the ink spilled on this issue, no one at the Globe or  +Boston.com could walk across the river and buy someone in the Course 8 department a beer in return for some PV = nRT education?
 
As a Patriots' fan, I've been conflicted about whether it's still okay to root for them in the Super Bowl this weekend.

The best non-cheating potential explanation, seems to be that the weather (specifically temperature) affected the footballs.  So, here's a little bit more on that:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fgamY-fBhXamhY3tLGsOb8sLz2zuNZVnVBxxKwaokfg/edit#gid=0

Draw your own conclusions, but mine are:
- Given the current evidence, it seems hard to conclude that they cheated. (Perhaps this will change when we get more accurate data.)
- Therefore, it seems morally fine to root for the Patriots this weekend.  
- 50 degrees isn't even that cold.  Presumably many, many winter NFL games have been played with under-inflated balls and no one has noticed.

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Wasn't it a 2.5 psi drop?
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I'm never really happy with my vacation pictures. I think the basic problem is that when you are hiking or biking you end up at photogenic spots in the middle of the day, in the summer. Unless you are willing to wait around for "magic hour" this guarantees crappy light. On my recent cycle tour, I was in no mood to wait for anything while climbing, so I took bad pictures and manipulated them to within an inch of their life: HDR (by repeatedly processing raws) and panorama stitching.

Maybe I like them even less now.

Having said all that, this is the valley below the south side of the Iseran pass. It deserves a better picture.
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Cyclists like to complain that Gate Hill Road (technically Willow Grove Road) is a killer, but this guy took it more literally...
Whether Eugene Palmer, who the police say fatally shot his daughter-in-law, could have survived for a year in Harriman State Park in New York is debated.
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It's also really hard to believe he's living in Harriman... It's just not that big.
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End of day 1: Valdeblore.
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Short piece on trusting computers or human drivers more. Other examples: the recent Air France crash where things were fine till the autopilot decided to hand the controls to people who promptly dropped the plane into the ocean and, on the positive side, the totally autonomous Curiosity lander which selected a landing site, hovered over it, and deployed a lander with zero human intervention.

Given all of this, I'm feeling better and better about computers taking over our driving/piloting duties. At the very least we can program them not to uselessly honk when stuck in traffic.
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For trucks and buses, automated braking systems that assumes the operator is distracted seem like an all-around win: Volvo Trucks - Testing Collision Warning with Emergency Brake - "Trucks' Anatomy" (E01) 
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First harvest of the season: French Radishes.
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Is it me, or is the NYT getting its ass handed to it by the WP and the Guardian?

This article was really long and seemed particularly pointless: the NSA spies on other countries? Duh. That's their job. 
The National Security Agency finds itself under intense pressure after disclosures of spying on allies and rivals alike, but it defends the wide net it casts.
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If you've ever installed fenders, you know how much fiddling it can take to get everything lined up. For this bike, I decided to create permanent mounting points for the fenders to solve this problem once and for all. This one, on the brake bridge, replaces the L bracket and it's annoying tendency to slip to one side when tightened.
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Didn't make the fenders: they come from Honjo in Japan. I hear they make fenders on Monday and Wednesday and Samurai swords on Tuesday and Thursday. If you could see how nice the fenders are, you'd believe it.
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This is an interesting question: is a rent-stabilized (or rent-controlled) lease an asset?

One hand, it's basically an annuity that effectively pays out monthly (in this case, $2K); certainly a "real" annuity is an asset. On the other hand, it can be thought of as public assistance (you wouldn't consider food stamps an asset).

If rent-control in NYC was done more based on means (and less on effectively winning a lottery [see Ephron, Nora]) it would be a harder question to answer. 

In this particular case, the widow's landlord bought her lease from the debt trustee for what she owed ($26K). I wonder if her best course of action in retrospect would have been to sell the lease to the landlord for substantially more (a 100 year, 2K a month annuity is worth .75M today which might approximate the present value of the lost rent to the landlord), pay off the debts outside of bankruptcy and have a nice chunk of savings. Of course, she'd have to move, but it looks like that might happen anyways.

Re-reading this, I wonder if +Daniel Peng is rubbing off on me... 
At issue is whether a valuable lease can be treated as an asset in a personal bankruptcy, just like a car or a piece of land, and used to pay off debts.
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Buried at the bottom of the article: the only thing the landlord is buying her out of is the succession right; he's offering to let her stay in the apartment at similar rent for the rest of her life. I think it is hard to argue that her son's inheritance is not an asset!

The people of NYC might have a case that this subverts the intent of the rent stabilization law by taking rent stabilized apartments out of circulation. I don't know who has legal standing to sue on this basis, though.

If this goes through, we might expect landlords to start dropping off credit card applications at doorsteps and sponsoring free trips to Vegas. Actually, a business model would be: buy rent controlled apartments with tenants with poor credit, offer them credit cards yourself, and then buy them out when they rack up debt.
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Foggy morning on col des Aravis.
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Possibly the coolest Auto-Awesome picture I've seen yet.  Well done.
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Sometime between picking up the oxy-acetylene torch and turning on the milling machine, I realized that this "simple" wheel change wasn't going as planned.
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Yes, I kid :-)   Going disc would be sacrilegious.  Almost as sacrilegious as going crabon.  

Upcoming bike trip to Europe?!  Do tell!

Sounds like a good excuse to use your torch.  Then again, carrying spare tires isn't really appealing.  I presume you had reach problems with your cantis on 700cc wheels.  Your other option was getting some Motolite brakes (http://www.paulcomp.com/motolite.html) which apparently work well to convert from 27" to 700cc with canti studs.  But those are pretty pricey.

I went through the same process last fall in prepping Kathleen's 1983 Trek 620 for an overnighter.  I ended up sticking with the original 27" rims, but I did rebuild the rear with a new hub in order to upgrade the drivetrain to indexed bar-end shifters.  
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Before I really knew what DNA was, my mother, who also struggled with being a woman in the sciences, made sure that I knew that it was Rosalind Franklin who did the real work behind the discovery.

It's no Nobel (she wasn't eligible since she died  young), but it's nice to see her get a doodle.
 
We're wishing a happy birthday to British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin, whose work was critical to our understanding of DNA and RNA and led to the discovery of the DNA double helix. 
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