Category Archive: Cool

Jul 24 2011

Vacation Over

But oh, it was lovely while it lasted.

Jun 08 2011

Fright N–Ooh, Yum

So, there’s a new trailer out for the remake of Fright Night. It is being passed around because it stars David Tennant’s bare chest. The passing around prompted Dana to ask, “Does retweeting that David Tennant thing make us sexist pigs?” Because I live to answer these questions and make these distinctions between sex and …

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Apr 17 2011

Tickling a Penguin

Because today is a day to recover from yesterday and prepare for tomorrow, not a day to get into more rants or serious topics, may I present, for your enjoyment, a baby penguin getting tickled. (Warning: noisy.) Via Jason, who would like to see this go viral.

Apr 15 2011

Is This a Bad Day?

Yesterday morning, I left for work dressed for the temperature, not the windchill. Since I walk to work, this makes a difference. At one point, I thought, This is stupid. If I had to do anything more than walk a mile and a half, like stop walking at some point, being dressed like this would …

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Mar 23 2011

At the Nevada Test Site

Prelude and Postscript: Creech AFB If you watch as we pass, you should get to see them to touch-and-go landings. No disrespect to everyone involved, but those kids who spent all that time with joysticks in their hands…. I. Our Host “They said Kennedy really wanted to step up testing, and I said, ‘You can’t …

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Mar 21 2011

At the Atomic Testing Museum

I. A Is for Atom II. F.D. Roosevelt, President of the United States Sir: Some recent work by E. Fermi and L. Szilard, which has been communicated to me in manuscript…new phenomenon would also lead to lead to the construction of bombs…might very well destroy the whole port together with some of the surrounding territory…the …

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Dec 11 2010

The Edge and Beyond

Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint came out while I was in high school. I didn’t read it then, although I rather wish I had. Although I loved it on reading it, it didn’t immediately become my favorite book. It has, however, stayed in that place through to the present. Why? Well, there are a few things. It …

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Nov 04 2010


Oh. This. This is beautiful. The result is the Twitter chatbot @AI_AGW. Its operation is fairly simple: Every five minutes, it searches twitter for several hundred set phrases that tend to correspond to any of the usual tired arguments about how global warming isn’t happening or humans aren’t responsible for it. It then spits back …

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Oct 19 2010

The Right Kind

It was the kind of wedding where the bridesmaid’s dresses were chosen, each for the individual woman, with an eye to appropriately displaying body ink. It was the kind of wedding where the little boys who participated were dressed as pirates, complete with plastic swords that formed an arch for the flower girls, and no …

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Aug 31 2010

Joy in Odd Places

There’s something weird that’s been making me happy. I don’t know that I can explain it, or even that I ought to try, but that isn’t the sort of consideration that stops me. This goes back a ways, about a year. I was walking through the skyway in downtown Minneapolis (habitrails for cold-weather city dwellers …

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