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PSA: Stock up on coffee NOW!

An infographic from The Wall Street Journal showing select changes in commodity prices since the end of 2013 -- less than three months.


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A Capella Science - Bohemian Gravity

Because sometimes you just gotta share:


Why wasn't education like this when I was in school?

via Kevin Drum

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Warning, dag†bloggers, warning!

Toxic levels of derp continue to rise. Sensitive individuals have begun exhibiting derangement symptoms not seen in the area since the 2008 Democratic primary when a previous host was so sickened by it that he closed down.

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A Glimmer of Hope?

At first I was not going to open the e-mail I got from my brand new Congressman this morning because I expected it to be the same-old-same-old that I have received in the past from my Congress critters telling me what they think about the latest issues.  What a pleasant surprise it was instead to be asked what I think for a change -- and the choices were not phrased all that leading.  Here they are:

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Middle Town Middle Georgia 1947

Not at all sleepy.  It's just brimming with post WW2 optimism.


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Adam Wheeler Went to Harvard |Jim Newell |The Baffler

On December 23, 2011, the dons of Harvard University finally got to see Adam Wheeler sentenced to a year in prison. Wheeler, a twenty-five-year-old whom they admitted in 2007 on the strength of an academic record he’d fabricated out of thin air, had been caught again—and this was not something a young gentleman does to America’s most highly self-regarded institution of advanced credentialing.

...the rest of the story....

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Who's watching what where

How good are you at guessing what TV shows are popular where?  I was surprised by some of what AdAge's two new interactive maps revealed.

Top Network Shows by County Type

Top Cable TV Shows by County

Counties have been assigned descriptive demographic labels like Boom Town, Tractor Country, Moneyed Burbs, Minority Central, Evangelical Epicenters, Service Worker Centers, Immigration Nation, etc.  It's a marketing site. [Read more]

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The Ultimate Meaninglessness of Money

If you haven't already seen today's xkcd cartoon, I hope you will take a few minutes to look at some interesting, some amusing and some appalling information about how much different things cost in 2011 dollars.  

If, like me, you think that dollars or whatever token form money takes represent human time and energy, then xkcd has seriously underestimated the total economic productivity of the human race so far at $2,396,500,000,000,000. [Read more]

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