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Unsqueamish science geeks will enjoy this post from Vincent Racaniello's Virology Blog about visiting labs that experiment with infectious agents. Vincent Rancaniello is sort of the Carl Sagan of virology. I highly recommend his virology MOOC at Coursera.

Kay Thompson, the author of the Eloise series of children's books, was seriously multi-talented.

Can you never get enough of lightning storms? Here is a map where you can watch them in almost-real-time. You can even have sound, but the sound needs work (it's a small "tick" instead of a giant "KABOOM").

Some people like electric shocks. But as for the general notion that people don't like to sit around with nothing to do, I used to have a tiny frisson of panic when my dinner companion left to go to the bathroom, but after I learned to meditate, I look forward to an opportunity to sit around with nothing to do. (Even so, I don't do it on my own, only when I am waiting somewhere.)

Funny bit: "(In the lab studies, one participant’s data was tossed because an experimenter had accidentally left a pen behind and the subject used it to write a to-do list. Another’s was tossed because an instruction sheet had been left behind and he used it to practice origami.)"

Oh no, millennials are living with their parents! Or are they? (Spoiler: People living in college dormitories are counted as "living with their parents.")

Supposedly in the early 80s you could only get a job working on the Macintosh team if you loved pineapple pizza. Things haven't changed much in high tech Silicon Valley. "The first step toward dissolving these petty Cultures is writing down their unwritten rules for all to see. The word 'privilege' literally means 'private law.' It’s the secrecy, deniable and immune to analysis, that makes the balance of power so lopsided in favor of insiders."

How constantly trying to make ends meet stresses people in poverty. "In making day-to-day financial decisions, Shafir says, "the poor are just better than the rich. They use their dollar better than the rich. They're more efficient. They're more effective. They pay greater attention." But they have less mental energy for other things.

The OH sent this to me with the comment that this is "why I wear purple [cochlear implant] headpieces."

Parodies of "Blurred Lines" that aren't by Weird Al (This one has an excellent fat female rapper) (This is by a group called The Law Revue Girls)
Article about the Law Revue Girls version:

Date: 20 Jul 2014 01:46 pm (UTC)
jesse_the_k: Well nourished white woman riding black Quantum 4400 powerchair off the right edge, chased by the word "powertool" (JK powertool)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Great spam (where's the pineapple)

First thing I thought of in the Miss Idaho was OH's ear molds!

Date: 20 Jul 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silveradept
That's an excellent crop. Very interesting how statistical data can be made to create a crisis that isn't.

Date: 21 Jul 2014 01:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] snippy
Okay, so they're counting by a questionable definition...but. In my younger son's group of friends, born in 1990-91, every single one of them (they are all still friends since kindergarten) is living at home, and I don't mean at college (the ones that went are done and back at home, the ones that didn't go to college just stayed home). They can't find jobs that pay enough to even *share* rent on an apartment with enough left for food and utilities.

Date: 23 Jul 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] johnpalmer
One tiny peeve (nothing to do with you, but I saw this study a bunch of times and each time, the reporting bugs me a bit.) "I can sit here, akin to a child being punished by being put in timeout/the corner, or I can test out this funky sensation that I can *never* experience safely on my own. Which shall I pick? I guess I like being electro-tortured more than sitting quietly." (Full disclosure: I'm in to some S&M-ish activities, so it's perfectly reasonable for me to have an alternate viewpoint on 'OW - hey, I don't like that in a very interesting way!')

When I think of race and political parties, I think of what I saw in the Autobiography of Malcolm X. (He said that he was of the opinion that Republicans wanted to keep the "n-word" down. The Democrats were different - they wanted to keep the "neegros" down (I took the spelling to mean "they were really careful not to say it 'wrong'.")

Interesting note on tech culture: I'm now one of the "stars" in a SQL Server support team, and doing quite nicely, well liked, and a valued team member. It proves to me that if things had been different, I could have done much better in the previous situation. But it worked out well - my old team is doing stuff that bores the socks off me.)

Date: 24 Jul 2014 03:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] selki
Having had a couple of sessions of electric shocks to my shoulder this week (physical therapy), it's not my fave thing, but not awful. If I were going to "cheat" and not just entertain myself with my thoughts, though, I'd be much more likely to sit there and do isometric exercises. But I'm pretty sure I could take 15-20 minutes of just sitting and thinking, unless the chair were awful. Remembering song lyrics, imagining painting the room (what colors/illustrations?), composing poetry in my head, or even re-hashing arguments, depending on my mood.

Malcolm X, great movie, yup.

Date: 20 Jul 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
While it's not a direct parody, Lily Allen's "Hard Out Here" is definitely a response to Blurred Lines as well:

Date: 29 Jul 2014 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This came across my Facebook feed today, and I thought you might enjoy it:

Date: 21 Jul 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I enjoy sitting around with my thoughts more and more as I get older. One thing I think about is how true the article about the brain on poverty is.


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