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As it went together, I thought, damn, after all that work, with all that no-paper-gap perfection, he must be almost suicidally depressed that the far-end joint is nearly a cm from perfection. And then, right before he picked up the smaller wedge again, I got it.

As I watched it this realized that I needed to tell James a story about a Japanese designed and Japanese project-managed oil rig that went out to the Pacific from Oakland, passing under several very low bridges, and the planners had had to deal with times and tides and temperature of the water and the rig and the bridges and it had to fit. Like this beam had to fit.

Story goes that it got to the last bridge a few minutes late and on the rising tide, there was a clearance problem. Last item packed was a hacksaw that was used to remove the short mast holding the tallest of the lights. It was packed properly,, of course, strapped to the mast. I am in awe.
HT/t James Curtis via email
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Oh, John Barr- Is this a hint for me and my painting 'substrates'?    I promise to study well... Actually, it really is fascinating when raised to an art form like this....I'm trying to figure out how exactly it works.  
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But there's a big difference in how they were synthesized and combined.
 
Chemicals - They're What's For Dinner

I see this mistake a lot. People frequently talk about things being either chemical or natural. With chemical being bad and of course natural being good.

But as these graphics by Jame Kennedy illustrate... everything is made of chemicals.

http://jameskennedymonash.wordpress.com/category/infographics/ingredients-infographics/
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I've been ratcheting up my "don't eat chemicals" thing. Bananas are still in ... I'm no purist ... but snacking on fruit and raw veg throughout the day.
2 things I'm cutting out: onions, garlic, and vinegar (even pickles). ok, 3 ... sue me ;-)
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I'd like to try this, on a level surface, of course.
 
This is a pretty neat reinvention of the skateboard wheel. Who'd have thought a squarish helix would roll so well?
Shark Wheel is aiming to reinvent the wheel with a skateboard wheel that promise a smoother, faster ride with better grip.
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I looked down into the Anaconda Copper Mine in Butte in the late 70's. Butte was rundown and boarded up, the trees had been stripped, leaving bare hill for miles around Butte. The local organic gardening contingent was so lonely that they plied us with job offers and places to stay. We were tempted by thought of creating islands of paradise in the devastation, but the 365 day per year chance of frost was too much for us.

Looking down into the mine site, after witnessing miles and miles of the surrounding devastation, I cursed the ones responsible for this hell on earth. This is before I realized that my hate and anger only made things worse. 

I simply couldn't comprehend the bottomless depths of such greed. Alongside the endlessly intertwined web of life, beauty and joy, there is a vast interconnected web of greed and destruction, as exemplified by the copper connection in Howard's video. Fluoridation and the Environment (medium resolution)

+joe breskin Your story of taking a pee break reminds me of a depression era song that was Ry Cooder performed about how the Mortgage worked the hardest of all. Ry Cooder - Taxes On The Farmer Feeds Us All
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I especially liked the idea of empathy museums.

We have this Darfur Puppy, feel good conception about having an empathetic relationship with the world, where we assuage our feelings of privilege with occasional cathartic and pious acts. We tend to associate empathy as an emotion, when really it's a state of consciousness. No informed person could maintain an emotional response to all that we know that requires an empathetic reaction.
 
Reposting this from a month ago - because this message just can't get out there enough.


http://youtu.be/BG46IwVfSu8
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+Gabriel Fitzpatrick For this gem. New study shows a correlation between correlation and causation! Causation clearly caused by correlation!
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Poor Nietzsche, he doesn't fare so well in a romantic comedy, the one place where the will to love always overcomes the will to power.
 
Nietzsche Dispenses Dating Advice in a Short Screwball Film, "My Friend Friedrich." Watch: http://cultr.me/1d4AsoB
My Friend Friedrich opens on awkward, bespectacled Columbia student Nate having a heart to heart on the phone with his mother. Then, in a philosophy class, he almost succeeds in landing a date by lobbing an illustrated invitation at his love interest, Emma.
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Nighttime photo of the new sparkle dragon on the hood of my truck.
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It get's harder to give the Obama administration the benefit of the doubt.
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We posted an article about this already, but we wanted to share this one, which provides even more information....

"Known as Pluto's Gate -- Ploutonion in Greek, Plutonium in Latin -- the cave was celebrated as the portal to the underworld in Greco-Roman mythology and tradition. Historic sources located the site in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis, now called Pamukkale, and described the opening as filled with lethal mephitic vapors."
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This is excellent - an interesting bit of history of humankind's long history with plants and animals. The whole idea of eating a paleo diet out of a supermarket is absurd. 
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supermarkets are nonsense of the highest order. Perhaps even  oxymoronic when thought of as a source of nourishment.
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    The first flower I made friends with was a carnation, I loved the clove scent and dark red flowers. I felt a the deep sense of wonder that such a magical creature lived so close to home, and kept me company when I felt alone. School was the one period of my life out of the garden. It took years to unlearn the bad habits of school, sitting inside in all kinds of weather, believing that questions always come with answers, watching clocks go round, breaking the day up into bite-sized chunks, hearing bells all the time.