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Two Vimeos

Vimeo is so different than YouTube. I found these two on Neatorama. The first one is a tribute to an easy to guess person, and rather dark. The second is strictly for laughs.

Overtime from ouryatlan on Vimeo. [Read more]

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Meet the New Limits, Same as the Old Limits



I have commented before that Malthus didn't actually predict a Malthusian Catastrophe. In his An Essay on the Principle of Population, as it affects the Future Improvement of Society with remarks on the Speculations of Mr. Godwin, M. Condorcet, and Other Writers, he argued that rather than being freed to live in utopian conditions, the human population would continue to be resource-limited in bad times, self-limited in good times and that misery would result if these limits weren't effective enough. But even my high school biology textbook told me that Malthus had incorrectly predicted that we were doomed to run out of food. [Read more]

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Lucian Freud changes name and dies at 88

Self Portrait (~1986), above.

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Cenk Uygur explains

I can't believe they prefer Al Sharpton to this guy.

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Not Forgetting the Unemployed

The Consumerist blog led me to Down But Not Out Letters, a selection of fifty letters from the six thousand sent in by unemployed persons to describe their situations. I've quoted paragraphs from a few of them below:
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Peak Debt

We're seeing the most visible opposition to raising the debt ceiling from Republicans and the Tea Party. Some few old-style conservatives may actually believe in fiscal responsibility, but movement conservatives - who have reflexively voted for increases under previous administrations - are now exploiting the issue to appease the Tea Party and to obstruct Obama.  [Read more]

 
For very different reasons, many voices in the Energy Depletion community are also very much against raising the debt limit. Briefly, they feel that increased spending can only be supported by continued growth, and that continued growth can't be supported now that we are past the peak of oil, and probably closer to the peak of natural gas and coal than most people realize.
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For and Against Rail

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I am in favor of a better, more extensive rail system, but I wonder if high-speed rail is cost effective and what we really need. As if to read my mind, The Infrastructurist features a four part series, For and Against High-Speed Rail, each with a con and pro position. 
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American Meat docufilm

Above is a summary of the soon-to-be-released documentary American Meat. [Read more]

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David Brooks' Last Aid



I've mentioned National Lampoon's 1973 Last Aid parody before, but I didn't expect anyone to take it seriously. [Read more]

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2012 Prius Plug In Prototype

Alex from TTAC in a very informative video about a plugin Prius with very impressive fuel efficiency.

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Of Human Wandage

Last weekend, my daughter thrust Somerset Maugham's great novel at me and said, "You should read this, Dad." She does that a lot and I therefore always have a small stack of books to get through, but I did start reading Of Human Bondage, and I love it. But with all the hoopla about the final Potter film being released NOW! it does occur to me that Harry Potter and Philip Carey have more than a little in common. [Read more]

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EVs on the Grid

When I flew to Los Angeles for the 1999 AEC Systems show, in which vendors showed all the latest and greatest cad and other software products to architects, engineers and contractors, my high school buddy Jim picked me up at the airport in his EV-1. It was an impressive vehicle, very sleek and stylish compared to the EVs I had seen before or had imagined from Popular Mechanics covers.   [Read more]

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Free Energy

Americans select dilithium crystals to power the next generation
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In a Gallup poll released today, Americans chose dilithium crystals as the top choice of fuel to run both cars and power plants, with 84% of Americans choosing the crystals over other options including nuclear, hydrogen, corn ethanol, shale gas, and photovoltaic solar panels.
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The Last Mountain

Miller-McCune profiles a new documentary about destroying the environment to get coal.

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Greens Giving Ground - Update



The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970, but most of the familiar organizations concerned about various facets of the American environment were formed much sooner. The Sierra Club was founded in 1892; The Audubon Society - 1905; The Wilderness Society - founded by Aldo Leopold above in 1935; The National Wildlife Federation - 1936; The Nature Conservancy - 1951; Environmental Defense Fund - 1967. Greenpeace formed in 1971, soon after Earth Day, and the environmental movement found that the activism of the day yielded results. [Read more]

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Cut Outs

Back around 1992, I bought a pile of cassettes from a cutout rack somewhere. One was The Stone Roses, by a Manchester band of the same name that produced this breakthrough album before becoming entangled in legal problems. Even though the album was released in 1989, SR sounded to me like a jumble of Dave Clark Five, Kinks and Doors with a bit of the wall of sound thing going on.

I Wanna Be Adored

She Bangs the Drums [Read more]

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Big Babe Semifinals

Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and Bobby Riggs were each 5'-7" tall. Jimmy Connors was 5'-9 1/2".

The shortest of the women playing in today's Wimbledon semifinal matches is Sabine Lisicki, who is only 5'-10" but probably has the best serve. Her opponent, Maria Sharapova is 6'-2" and probably has the least reliable serve. In the other match, 5'-11" Victoria Azarenka plays 6'-0" Petra Kvitova. They all hit hard from the baseline. At 24, Sharapova has more experience than the others, who range from 21 to 22 years old, and has won three majors, one of them here at Wimbledon waaay back in 2004. [Read more]

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Lifeline to a drowning state

I found the TED video above on McClatchy's Mexico unmasked blog: 

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Wimbledon Men's Quarterfinals

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga -his father was Congolese but no one questions his French citizenship.

This morning, I assumed that all four top seeds, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray would advance, and that the real question was who would be pushed the hardest. Except for Bernard Tomic, I thought the underdogs might take a set. There was at least a possibility that Tomic might be a new Becker, but I didn't see Fish, Tsonga or Lopez winning more than a set each. [Read more]

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New Blood at Wimbledon

Looks like Peter Bodo was right:

Partly because of the Williamses' absence, the tour has developed a whole new set of players who are comfortable swinging freely and taking big cuts. ... there's a string of comparable opponents out there for what has to be the most dangerous brace of "floaters" (unseeded players) the WTA has produced in a long time.


Bartoli - Look at those strings deflect. [Read more]

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