31 July 2011

30 July 2011

Bisou And Edgar Are Two Years Old | Welcome New Sister Kaylee

Bisou and Edgar got together to celebrate their second birthday today.

Edgar's mom and dad brought home a special birthday present -- a new sister, Kaylee, from MAS Rescue. Edgar isn't sure how he feels about the new member of the family.

Kaylee is about five months older than Bisou and Edgar. She's one of the largest Bichons I've seen, weighing about 21 pounds as compared to Bisou's seven pounds and Edgar's eight pounds.

Kaylee's a lucky little girl and she knows it. She's sweet and friendly, likes to cuddle and give kisses, and has already figured out how to crawl under the fence to get into the side yard where the cat likes to hang out.

Best Of Criggo

29 July 2011

The Last Meals Project

Read more here | Metafilter

The Debt Crisis Illuminated

A timely and handy chart for the understanding what’s going on with the deficit negotiations in Washington. Remember that during the Clinton administration there was actually a SURPLUS coming in that went towards paying down the national debt. George Bush thought this was a bad thing—that the government shouldn’t be bagging surpluses—then promptly gave the average person the cost of a can of soda a day while giving billionaires major tax cuts and starting two costly wars. I think this chart makes it pretty obvious who fucked up this country. Who could deny otherwise? There’s no competition! No wonder there’s nothing left for schools, roads, seniors, universal healthcare, the out of work and the sick ... Isn’t this just infuriating?
Richard Metzger | Dangerous Minds

We Is All Old

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Fox News Anchor Confused By Moon

Fox News anchor Jon Scott invited Bill Nye ("The Science Guy") to talk about newly discovered volcanism on the moon. Scott, for reasons that aren't entirely clear, asked if the existence of a volcano on the moon somehow casts doubt on climate change science: "It's not like we've been up there burning fossil fuels." Nye, clearly taken by surprise, patiently and slowly explained to Scott that, no, volcanoes have nothing to do with fossil fuels.

26 July 2011

Happy Birthday To Me

Lanny-yap is two-years old today!

Many heartfelt thanks to all the readers from around the world for their continued support.

Philips "Tell It Your Way" Grand Prize Winner | Porcelain Unicorn

YouTube | TDW
The Philips Tell It Your Way contest, which received over 600 entries from around the world, invited aspiring filmmakers to create an original short film using the same six lines of dialogue: “What is that?,” “It’s a unicorn,” “Never seen one up close before,” “Beautiful,” “Get away, get away,” and “I’m sorry.”

Commenting on his choice of winner, Sir Ridley Scott said: “I chose Porcelain Unicorn to be the winning film as it had a very strong narrative; a very complete story that was well told and executed.”
The film was written, directed, and produced by Keegan Wilcox.

Pedro Sousa | The Village

Vimeo | The Presurfer

Bold Creative Studio

25 July 2011

Monkey Monday | Mrs. Tibbs Loves Monkeys More Than I Do

Connie Tibbs of Pekin, Illinois has a husband, three teenagers, and five macaques.

Mrs Tibbs, who runs a pet shop on the family farm, gives the macaques a weekly bath, changes their diapers in the kitchen, and dresses them up in tiny outfits. She said: "The day starts with Honey Nut loops, fruit and milk and then they wait in turn to be individually put on my lap to have their diaper changed. They sleep in little hammocks in a five feet by 10 feet cage at night and after their breakfast and change they are allowed out into the house." She even takes one of the monkeys to bed with her every night - dressed in its own pajamas.

23 July 2011

Space Shuttle Discovery Flight Deck | 360 Degree View

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Click here for an amazing 360 degree view of the Space Shuttle Discovery's flight deck during decommissioning in the Orbiter Processing Facility

Thanks, Rick

20 July 2011

The Dancing Squid Bowl

YouTube | TDW

As I understand it, the squid is dead; the legs move because sodium ions in the soy sauce stimulate muscle contraction.

1960s Narcotics And Dangerous Drugs Identification Kit

Photos: Rusty Blazenhoff and Ken Dashner
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Winston Products for Education created these identification kits for schools, scouting organizations and law enforcement agencies to educate children about the dangers of drugs in the 1960s.

According to the Wiley Online Library:
The Dangerous Drugs—Identification Kit contains harmless facsimiles of the more commonly abused dangerous drugs. The Kit was designed to be used primarily as an instructional aid in educational and training programs directed toward combating the existing narcotics and dangerous drugs problem. It consists of a plastic container which is transparent and durable. Plainly visible within the container are facsimiles of amphetamines and barbituates, reproduced with exacting fidelity in terms of color, size, shape, and other distinguising characteristics.
The Laughing Squid

Parmesan Cheese Pencils

Photo: Ulrike Kirmse

The German ad agency Kolle Rebbe designed chunks of Parmesan cheese shaped like pencils. Flakes are shaved off with a manual pencil sharpener:

The cheeses are shaped like oversized pencils, where the leads contain three different flavors: truffles, pesto and chilli. With the sharpener included, the required amount of cheese can be sprinkled on the dish. A scale on the pencils and on the back of the packaging doesn’t just simply list how much of the Cheese Pencil is needed for each dish, but even how many calories the portion contains.


19 July 2011

Caren Alpert | Food Under The Microscope

230X Shrimp Tail

85X Pineapple Leaf

320X Chocolate Cake

19X Blueberry

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San Francisco-based food photographer Caryn Alpert used an electron microscope to photograph familiar foods.


Presented Without Comment | Balloon

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For tomB

18 July 2011

All Non-African People Have Neandertal DNA

Read an additional article at Sexy Archeology

Abstract: Recent work on the Neandertal genome has raised the possibility of admixture between Neandertals and the expanding population of Homo sapiens who left Africa between 80 and 50 Kya (thousand years ago) to colonize the rest of the world. Here, we provide evidence of a notable presence (9% overall) of a Neandertal-derived X chromosome segment among all contemporary human populations outside Africa. Our analysis of 6,092 X-chromosomes from all inhabited continents supports earlier contentions that a mosaic of lineages of different time depths and different geographic provenance could have contributed to the genetic constitution of modern humans. It indicates a very early admixture between expanding African migrants and Neandertals prior to or very early on the route of the out-of-Africa expansion that led to the successful colonization of the planet.

Molecular Biology and Evolution | io9

Woman Grows Nipple On Foot

Absract: A 22-year-old woman sought medical care for a lesion in the plantar region of her left foot, a well-formed nipple surrounded by areola and hair. Microscopic examination of the dermis showed hair follicles, eccrine glands, and sebaceous glands. Fat tissue was noted at the base of the lesion. Clinical and histopathologic findings were consistent with the diagnosis of supernumerary breast tissue, also known as pseudomamma. To our knowledge, this is the first report of supernumerary breast tissue on the foot.


Dermatology Online Journal | Jezebel

Reborns | Baby Voldemort

The selection of Reborns includes Harry, Hermoine, Ron, Remus, Tonks, and Dobby the House Elf.

Tracy Ann Lister on eBay | io9

Monkey Monday | Bedtime For Bonzo


Eat Bacon Whenever You Can


15 July 2011

Vintage Ventriloquism

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How To Be A Retronaut | Dangerous Minds

Live WebCam | Shark Tank

Live broadcast by Ustream
To get excited for Shark Week, the Discovery Channel teamed up with the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta to place a live streaming peephole in the aquarium’s Ocean Voyager exhibit.

The exhibit, which was designed to house whale sharks, holds 6.3 million gallons of seawater, enough to fill nine and a half Olympic swimming pools. It is home to seven different types of sharks, including enormous whale sharks, vicious-looking sand tiger sharks, and bottom-dwelling masters of disguise called spotted wobbegongs. It also holds several other species of fish and four manta rays, the only manta rays ever to live in a U.S. aquarium.

Despite the popular image of sharks as creatures of speed and violence, the view in the tank is peaceful and soothing. Check back in the next two weeks for daily feedings and a live chat with biologists from inside the tank.

Harvard Magazine | Women And Alcohol

When Shelly F. Greenfield joined the Harvard Medical School faculty in 1992, scientists were just beginning to document the fact that men and women become addicted to alcohol, and recover from that illness, differently—to recognize that “there may be gender-specific variables that affect health,” says the professor of psychiatry at McLean Hospital.

During the last 15 years, scientists have documented notable gender differences in the physiological effects of alcohol—differences summed up in Women & Addiction, a 2009 volume co-edited by Greenfield, who has pioneered more effective treatment programs for women struggling with addiction to alcohol and other substances. Women initially metabolize only about a quarter as much alcohol in the stomach and intestines as men do (a fact not documented until 1990); consequently, more alcohol enters the bloodstream as ethanol. Women’s generally lower body mass, and lower body water content, also act to intensify alcohol’s effects.

Due at least partly to these physiological differences, the disease of alcohol dependence proceeds on a faster course in women, requiring medical treatment four years sooner, on average, than for male problem drinkers. Alcohol-addicted women are also quicker to develop cirrhosis, fatty liver, and cognitive impairment, and have a greater risk of dying in alcohol-related accidents than men do.

Read more at Harvard Magazine

Via 3 Quarks Daily

14 July 2011

Newborn Bornean Orangutan Twins

YouTube | Jezebel
Staff at the Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Gardens are celebrating the July 8 birth of a set of Bornean orangutan twins. The birth marks the first successful breeding of Bornean orangutan twins in the garden, bringing the park's number of primates to five. They are the offspring of the park's stars Vandu and Raba. The male baby weighs 2kg while the female is 1.4kg. They are both in good health and in care of the park's veterinarians.
Too cute to wait for Monkey Monday. I wonder why they were taken away from their mother ...


YouTube | Arbroath

I've never seen an animal scratch itself this way.

12 July 2011

The Family Leader | The Marriage Vow

The Marriage Vow was created by the conservative Christian organiztion The Family Leader as a way for political candidates and others to secure its support. Rejected by Mitt Romney, the pledge has been signed by Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum.

Although the group recently dropped controversial language implying that black children were better off as slaves, I think it's important to read the Vow in its original form, as the authors intended. Click here to view the press release and document - complete with footnotes - as released by The Family Leader.

The Marriage Vow
A Declaration of Dependence upon MARRIAGE and FAMiLY

Faithful monogamy is at the very heart of a designed and purposeful order -- as conveyed by Jewish and Christian Scripture, by Classical Philosophers, by Natural Law, and by the American Founders -- upon which our concepts of Creator-endowed human rights, racial justice and gender equality all depend.

Enduring marital fidelity between one man and one woman protects innocent children, vulnerable women, the rights of fathers, the stability of families, and the liberties of all American citizens under our republican form of government. Our exceptional and free society simply cannot endure without the transmission of personal virtue, from one generation to the next, by means of nurturing, nuclear families comprised of sexually-faithful husbands and wives, fathers and mothers. We acknowledge and regret the widespread hypocrisy of many who defend marriage yet turn a blind eye toward the epidemic of infidelity and the anemic condition of marriages in their own communities. Unmistakably, the Institution of Marriage in America is in great crisis:
  • Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.
  • LBJ’s 1965 War on Poverty was triggered in part by the famous “Moynihan Report” finding that the black out-of-wedlock birthrate had hit 26%; today, the white rate exceeds that, the overall rate is 41%, and over 70% of African-American babies are born to single parents -- a prime sociological indicator for poverty, pathology and prison regardless of race or ethnicity.
  • About one million U.S. children suffer through divorce each year -- the outcome of about half of all first marriages and about 60 percent of remarriages, disproportionately affecting economically-vulnerable families.
  • The taxpayer-borne social costs of family fragmentation exceeds $112 billion per year, especially when all costs to the justice system are recognized.
  • Social protections, especially for women and children, have been evaporating as we have collectively “debased the currency” of marriage. This debasement continues as a function of adultery; “quickie divorce;” physical and verbal spousal abuse; non-committal co-habitation; exemplary infidelity and “unwed cheating” among celebrities, sports figures and politicians; anti-scientific bias which holds, in complete absence of empirical proof, that non-heterosexual inclinations are genetically determined, irresistible and akin to innate traits like race, gender and eye color; as well as anti-scientific bias which holds, against all empirical evidence, that homosexual behavior in particular, and sexual promiscuity in general, optimizes individual or public health.

The USA As Seen By A New Yorker

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Funny or Die | Brooklyn Mutt

When I Heard The Learn'd Astronomer

I've been watching the third season of the excellent AMC drama Breaking Bad and was moved by Gale's recitation of this poem while he and Walt were bonding in the new meth lab. Both are men of science and believe that "chemistry is magic." I've always thought that the poem means that man cannot control nature, that each being perfects him- or herself through communion with nature, and that the rigidity and precision of science can suck the beauty right out of the natural world.

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
Walt Whitman (1864)

When I heard the learn'd astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and
measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander'd off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.

Whitman wrote this poem in 1864. It was published in the 1881-82 edition of Leaves of Grass.

Bacon Dispenser

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Every home should have one.

Too Much Nature | Bees Swarm Chocolate Shop

Thornton's chocolate shop in Leominster, U.K. was forced to close when its entrance was swarmed by thousands of bees.


11 July 2011

Welcome Your Canine Overlords

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Monkey Monday | Macaque Self-Portrait

A crested black macaque snapped a pic of itself with a camera belonging to award-winning photographer David Slater, which was temporarily left unattended at a national park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. "He must have taken hundreds of pictures by the time I got my camera back, but not very many were in focus," said Slater. "He obviously hadn’t worked that out yet."

07 July 2011

Sterling Silver Dog Nose Jewelry

Etsy seller Rock My World will cast a sterling silver pendant or key-chain bob from a silicon mold of your dog's nose.
After you order we send you ... a very simple mold-making kit to take 3 molds of your dogs nose. The mold is only on the nose for seconds. We enclose a self addressed stamped envelope to send it back to us. From that mold we are able to make a casting of the nose in sterling silver. We never scrimp on the silver so they are pretty heavy. Then we engrave a name on the back. Within 2 weeks your nose print is shipped to you on a 17 inch sterling chain.
Via Neatorama

04 July 2011

The History Cookbook

Neolithic Crab Claw Salad
Do you know what the Vikings ate for dinner? What a typical meal of a wealthy family in Roman Britain consisted of, or what food was like in a Victorian Workhouse? Why not drop into History Cookbook and find out?

This project looks at the food of the past and how this influenced the health of the people living in each time period. You can also try some of the recipes for yourself. We have a wide range of historical recipes from Brown Bread Ice Cream to Gruel.

The Presurfer

Monkey Monday | Too Much Nature