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Genetic Mythbusters

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:17:26 +0000

In my continuing quest to unravel the genetic mystery of my son’s wet ear wax, cloverleaf tongue-folding ability, and shovel-shaped teeth I stumbled across John H. McDonald’s “Myths of Human Genetics.” He describes that while tongue-rolling and other traits are common examples used by teachers for basic genetics, those traits aren’t all simply expressed by dominant/recessive […]

Typewriter Repairmen (Last)

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 05:41:20 +0000

Seems you can’t be a typewriter repairman without someone sticking “last” in front of your title. But there are still a few “last” typewriter repairmen ready to service your Selectric. The Seattle Times found Robert Montgomery in Bremerton, WA and Dave Armstrong in Bellevue, WA. Montgomery, aged 92, fixes your antique or your electric for $48 an […]

Buttercow Cam

Sat, 10 Aug 2013 05:15:28 +0000

The Illinois State Fair’s iconic butter sculpture of a cow now has a webcam.  That’s 800 pounds of unsalted butter. (thx Jared!)

Why I Love the WA State DOT Twitter Feed

Sat, 23 Feb 2013 19:16:34 +0000

Pssst. …need a couch? One is available on the Ship Canal Bridge. I don’t vouch for its quality.… — WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) February 21, 2013   You snooze, you lose. Some guy just dead lifted the couch into his truck. He really, really wanted it.… — WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) February 21, 2013

Film Students to Carry Oscars

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:38:30 +0000

Six aspiring film students will carry the Oscar statuettes onstage this year, replacing the usual models. The show’s producers decided to put more meaning into the task than that of aesthetics (or, as they actually said about the models “they’re just there to be objectified”).  Six students were picked out of 1,100 applicants who submitted essays and videos.  […]

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2012

Sun, 23 Dec 2012 19:25:46 +0000

It’s my ninth year of stalking the origins of the Rockefeller Christmas tree using online maps. This year’s Norway Spruce grew up in Flanders, New Jersey. It’s 80 feet tall, 50 feet in diameter, and was still standing strong in Joseph Balku’s yard, wrapped with 10,000 feet of rope and 2,000 feet of cable, after […]

Living Computer Museum

Tue, 20 Nov 2012 06:30:23 +0000

I have this joke that Paul Allen has these huge garages where he puts the things he collects and when one fills up he opens a museum for it. That got us the Experience Music Project, Science Fiction Museum, Flying Heritage Collection, and, OK, the Seattle Cinerama never fit in a garage but it counts in spirit. Now Allen has […]

Coca-Cola for 5 cents

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:05:19 +0000

Coca-Cola cost a nickel for 70 years because of a short-sighted deal that gave two lawyers the rights to bottle Coke and buy syrup at a fixed price forever.  When bottled Coke took off, the Coca-Cola company massively advertised 5 cent Cokes to sell as much syrup as possible. They wouldn’t get more money if the […]

Peter Gabriel Talks at Google

Sat, 27 Oct 2012 07:07:08 +0000

In Peter Gabriel’s talk at Google he explains to the digital generation audience why “In Your Eyes” couldn’t go at the end of the original vinyl “So” album as he wished. It’s a lesson in a different type of technical limitation. It has a good bass line there. To get a fat bass line on […]

FAA Commemorates 9/11

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 07:40:32 +0000

The FAA’s “Next Generation Air Transportation System”, NextGen for short, uses satellites to streamline airplane descents. At Reagan National Airport the new NextGen arrival sequences have been named in honor of those who lost their lives in the tragedies of September 11, 2001.  The arrival sequences have a series of waypoints which each have five-letter […]