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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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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.

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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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Nighttime photo of the new sparkle dragon on the hood of my truck.
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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?

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It get's harder to give the Obama administration the benefit of the doubt.

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The scale of this is immense. 

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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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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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