St Patrick’s Day!

It’s St Patrick’s Day. The day we all celebrate being Irish, claim to be, or heck, just because we need an excuse.

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Sharks and Other Critters on A Tuesday

In a previous post, I talked about a fossil jaw that had stumped scientists for over a century.  It belonged to a fish called Helicoprion.  Well, we have some video:

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Welcome to … The Desert?

I’m often told by various visitors to the Adirondacks how lucky I am to live here year-round.   Yes, there are a lot of good things about living here.   I know most of the people in the area, we’re very much “small town” in both population and attitude.  I don’t have to lock my doors or my car, and it’s not uncommon to see a car left running while someone goes in to check their mail or grab something from one of the convenience stores.    Having lived in cities, the difference in noise and attitudes is remarkable.   Those are the upsides, but there’s a downside:  I live in a desert.

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What Part of No Didn’t You Understand?

There’s a story in the news about Google pushing its “Google Plus” social networking, to get more sites to allow people to log in using their Google identities.  Just a nice feature?  No, not really.  It’s for advertising and revenue purposes.  It’s nothing new, Facebook already does it:

Since 2008, Facebook has been able to gather massive troves of information about its users’ activities even if they are not on Facebook because many popular apps – such as Spotify’s music streaming service – allow users to log in with their Facebook identity, which results in data funneled back to the social network.

Google already owns YouTube, and has been pushing people to sign up (or as they call it, “upgrading”) for Google Plus in order to comment or log in.

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Thursday Science

One of the great tag lines for a movie was for the movie Alien:   “In space, no one can hear you scream.”    Well, scientists being the curious type, have decided to test that hypothesis.

A smartphone has been blasted into orbit from India by a team of researchers from the University of Surrey.

They hope to use a purpose-built app to test the theory, immortalised in the film Alien, that “in space no-one can hear you scream”.

The phone will play out several of the screams submitted by people online.

Hey, who knows, maybe you can hear a scream in space!

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Some Science – and Some Fun With It.

It’s possible to do science  “at home.”  It may not be good for your waistline, but you can do some interesting experiments making ice cream.   A few ziplock bags, some half-and-half, a few other ingredients, and you can do some science.  You can even eat the results.   You may need multiple repetitions to get things “just right.”

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Miscellaneous Musing – Labels?

Most of us don’t really read the labels on things we buy.  But every now and then, something catches my eye that makes me wonder about why manufacturers have to state the obvious.  Yes, yes, I know, government regulations and someone had a bad reaction somewhere about something, but it appeals to my sense of the ridiculous.

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The Environmental Slumlords

Recently, there was an opinion piece about how a certain area of state land should be classified. The author, who works for an environmental advocacy group, was arguing for the strictest classification, and then went on to discuss how to limit access as well as what facilities should be constructed and where. My reply comment was “Great, and just who do you think is going to do this?” This isn’t the only time something like this has happened. I had a similar response to another group a few years ago that was trying to advocate for the creation of a new national park. Why would I make these responses? Because I’m for parks.

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The PC – Not Dead Yet

In looking around at the various tech and business sites or blogs, there’s discussion about how the personal computer seems to be “on the way out.”  They’re basing that on sales figures from various manufacturers, as well as the sales of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 8.   The thinking is that “obviously” the market has shifted, and people are purchasing tablets and smartphones as replacements for their personal computers.

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Irritated about “Moonlighting”

On one of my news sites there’s a sidebar with “what’s hot” links. A while back, I happened to click on a link that had this year’s “top television disasters.” which was mostly interesting, except for one thing. The reviewer just had to trot out the “Moonlighting myth.” What is that? It’s a myth based on a television show from the late ’80’s. The basic myth says that if you happen to put your two leads together romantically, the show will die soon thereafter.

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