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Australian family escapes wildfire by dousing themselves in a lake, amazing pictures


Widow of Medgar Evers to deliver invocation at Obama inauguration


President Obama has picked Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers, to deliver the invocation at his public swearing-in later this month. It is believed to be the first time a woman, and a layperson rather than a clergy member, has been chosen to deliver what may be America’s most prominent public prayer.

The Invisible Gorilla In The Room: One reason so many people are so ignorant

Basically you don't see what you're not looking for, combine that with a media designed to take advantage of the fact that people are distracted and aren't paying attention and you get ignorance on a massive scale.



Imagine you are asked to watch a short video (above) in which six people-three in white shirts and three in black shirts-pass basketballs around. While you watch, you must keep a silent count of the number of passes made by the people in white shirts. At some point, a gorilla strolls into the middle of the action, faces the camera and thumps its chest, and then leaves, spending nine seconds on screen. Would you see the gorilla?

Almost everyone has the intuition that the answer is "yes, of course I would." How could something so obvious go completely unnoticed? But when we did this experiment at Harvard University several years ago, we found that half of the people who watched the video and counted the passes missed the gorilla. It was as though the gorilla was invisible.

This experiment reveals two things: that we are missing a lot of what goes on around us, and that we have no idea that we are missing so much.

Egg boiling calculator

I like my eggs boiled with the yolk still runny but the white hard and I've been a bit hit or miss about getting them just the way I like them.

Turns out the size and starting temperature of the egg make a difference. Hoocoodanoed?

This Norwegian egg boiling calculator saved my err... bacon, gets the eggs just like I want them every time.


<sigh> It's true, heroes really do have feet of clay, this WWII cartoon made me sad

Until just a few minutes ago I had no idea one of my favorite children's authors would do something so.. so.. I really don't want to use the words.

There ain't no good guy, there ain't no bad guy, there's only you and me

And we just disagree.


'Stand Your Ground' Linked To Increase In Homicides

Now, researchers who've studied the effect of the laws have found that states with a stand your ground law have more homicides than states without such laws.

Still, based on the available data, it appears that crafters of these laws sought to give good guys more latitude to defend themselves against bad guys. But what Hoekstra's data suggest is that in real-life conflicts, both sides think of the other guy as the bad guy. Both believe the law gives them the right to shoot.

In a separate analysis of death certificates before and after stand your ground laws were passed in different states, economists at Georgia State University also found that states that passed the laws ended up with a higher homicide rate.

That study also tracked the increased homicides by race. In contrast to the narrative established by the Trayvon Martin shooting — many people believe black men are more likely to be the victims of stand your ground laws — this analysis found the additional deaths caused by the laws were largely concentrated among white men.

Six dogs and four cats on the property this week and...

Between the extended family that lives here on the property we have my two female mini longhaired doxies, a female blond lab, two male and two female cats, one of the females is kind of skittish the other is a psycho ninja kitteh if messed with to any appreciable amount and the two males are largish and mostly mellow but take no crap.

Then we have the big brown male lab outside dog that lives up the path who hangs out here almost always when his daddy is at work and this week we have a medium male doxie and a female doxie/chihuahua mix we are boarding for yet more extended family.

All the dogs and cats can go out pretty much when they want to and someone cares enough to open the door for them, the place is big enough and remote enough we don't worry about cars and none of them are real wanderers.

Now the miracle, there hasn't even been the first bristling or growl or angry bark or hiss or snarl all week, I expected the introduction of the two rather hyper medium doxies to shake things up but it has been Kumbayah to the max and everybody is chillin' .

In fact I think the boarded doxies have decided this is heaven and won't want to leave, they are having a great time.

I have a couple of pooch pngs but no kitteh gifs, sorry.

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