Since December 17, 2003, I've never missed a day on this blog. But postings may be short and sweet for a while. I'm putting together a huge deal for the next phase of the Biomes Center, and although I'll pass on the details for now, I'll soon be writing a book on how to buy a million dollar piece of property with no money in the bank. I'll make a fortune.
Meanwhile, keep sending in the links to keep me going. Like this one from Raj:
Yesterday's trivia answer: The “sideburn” is named after General Ambrose Burnside. He was a Union General during the Civil War, became the 30th Governor of Rhode Island in 1866, and the first president of the NRA in 1871.
It’s been 25 years since I last saw Ken Burns’ documentary The Civil War. Plowing through his masterpiece again, the one thing that really stands out from the last time I saw this is historian Shelby Foote’s passion for this piece of history. He seems to love this war with an almost psychotic kind of glee, and it’s really quite endearing in a weird way. You can watch the entire thing here. It’s in nine parts, so start there and then look for the next episode in the series. Or just stream it on Netflix.
Trivia (5 Biomes points): What facial feature is named after this guy?
He’s been on my blogroll pretty much from the time he started posting, but I thought I’d mention that Paul Krugman’s blog is a pretty spectacular effort.
Watch this video to see how NPR is like a dog’s hair. Wingnuts want to cut the $80 million spent on public radio to help curb the budget deficit (we know that’s not actually the reason, but let’s take them at their word). They don’t mention that we also spend $747 million on foreign public radio.
Hump day musical interlude: We No Speak Americano.
This week’s Green Thing is the water pebble. Place it near the shower drain and it will monitor your water usage. Based on your average shower time, it will tell you when your time is up, and then shorten each subsequent shower by seven seconds, gradually training you to take shorter showers.
In case you weren’t aware that Fox (and other news organizations) are legally allowed to lie, they are.
‘Fox lawyers argued it was their first amendment right to report false information. In a six-page written decision, the Court of Appeals decided the FCC’s position against news distortion is only a “policy,” not a “law, rule, or regulation.”’
Tuesday coonhound blogging: Creole and Sarah, and click to embiggen, as usual. I hope it doesn't make me a bad dad, but that purple collar is the one she came with when I picked her up at the rescue league three years ago next month.
Stuff you should know:How to fix a car dent using canned air and a blow dryer. Seriously, I can’t wait till I get a dent so I can try this (I’m not denting the Prius on purpose, though.) BTW, I’ve just hit 140,000 miles on it and I’ve still never needed a repair of any kind, except for the replaced hood after an SUV backed into it in a lot, and then took off.
Between 1887 and 1892, John C.H. Grabill took 188 photographs of western frontier life. He’s the guy who took that famous photo of Camanche, the only survivor of Custer's Last Stand. The Denver Post has a nice collection of some of his work.
Timewaster of the week: Octopus quotes from the movie generator. (Guess the word from a movie quote that the word “octopus” replaces.)
Movie Rating: At the time, I mocked Waterworld along with everybody else. But aside from the bungee-jumping scene near the end, on second look it really isn’t all that bad. Dennis Hopper is funny as hell. 2.5 starfish out of 5. Ebert’s take.