Archive for October 11th, 2007

Criminal Photo Madness!!!

From a fascinating series of early 20th century crime photos:




I especially like the glowy light in the crime scene photo.

Did I mention that I’m watching CSI as I post this?

(h/t Syd B.)

October 11th, 2007 at 09:30pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Weirdness

Could This Be The Greatest Sports Book Ever?

It’s like an all-sports version of Jackass!

The entertaining “Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan” is about the questions that fanatical sports fans think up when they let their minds wander.

Gallagher enacted 31 stunts that stacked the odds heavily against top athletes.

In the title event, he was in fact the winner of a tennis match in which his opponent, 2003 U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick, used a skillet instead of a racquet. As I had hoped would be the case, Gallagher, 31, writes, “the questions struck enough of a chord with the athletes that many of the best in the world were happy to put them to test on the field of play.” In the world of Gallagher, a morbidly obese goalie might protect the whole of the net with his body effectively enough to shut out an NHL team. To test that theory, the author fitted a goalie for a college club team into a fat suit. The wide-bodied netminder gave two Washington Capitals skaters fits on the ice.

Another stunt had Gallagher swimming freestyle against three-time gold medalist Josh Davis; even though Davis was restricted to doggie paddling, the result was not even close.

The book’s cover also asks the question, “Would a team of midgets be the greatest offense in baseball history?” I’m betting no on that one; not unless they were midgets with enough power and skill to do something with a fastball down the middle of the plate.

I think I might have to buy this.

October 11th, 2007 at 08:26pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Sports,Weirdness

Photo Of The Day

NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute


Poor Iapetus, the bane of the Saturn moons, with a half-black, half-white countenance that speaks of a mysterious past.

The two-toned world has baffled astronomers since its discovery more than 335 years ago, but a recent inspection by the Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft may have cracked the case.

Scientists believe that as the moon orbits around Saturn, it rams into dusty particles left behind by sister moons or other objects, creating a dark mask across its leading hemisphere.

The dark side reflects less sunlight than the bright white surfaces trailing behind. The extra heat melts surface ice and even releases water vapor, which then condenses on the nearest cold spot. That could be on the moon’s poles, or somewhere along the sheltered back side, where it refreezes and recoats the moon’s already bright, highly reflective surfaces.

Losing the lighter-toned water ice leaves Iapetus’ dark side even darker, creating a yin-yang world where there is no grey.

Awesome. It’s even more beautiful if you’re a Republican.

October 11th, 2007 at 07:21pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Science

Dem Yankees

One of Newsday baseball writer Ken Davidoff’s readers sent him a Very Interesting bit of trivia:

[T]he last time the Yankees won it all with a Republican in power was 1958, when they edged the Milwaukee Braves, 4-3, with Dwight Eisenhower running things. In the subsequent 49 years, they have won eight more World Series titles, but all came with Democrats in the White House _ 1961 and 1962 under John F. Kennedy, 1977 and 1978 with Jimmy Carter and 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 under Bill Clinton.

The Republicans will have presided during 29 of those 49 Fall Classics, by the end of this season, and no one can match the Yankees’ eight titles during that period; the Dodgers rank second, with five. So the timing of the Yankees’ success, relating to the United States’ election cycle, is statistically amusing.

Bottom line: If you love the Yankees, it’s time to dedicate your efforts to getting the Democrats back in power. If you’re a Mets supporter, keep in mind that your two titles came under Nixon (in 1969) and Ronald Reagan (in 1986), and join the Republicans.

Hey, it’s not like there’s a lot of Democrats in Boston, right?

October 11th, 2007 at 06:55pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Sports,Weirdness

Global Humidifying

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity…

With global warming, the world isn’t just getting hotter – it’s getting stickier, due to humidity. And people are to blame, according to a study based on computer models published Thursday.

The amount of moisture in the air near Earth’s surface rose 2.2 percent in less than three decades, the researchers report in a study appearing in the journal Nature.

“This humidity change is an important contribution to heat stress in humans as a result of global warming,” said Nathan Gillett of the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, a co-author of the study.


The finding isn’t surprising to climate scientists. Physics dictates that warmer air can hold more moisture. But Gillett’s study shows that the increase in humidity already is significant and can be attributed to gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

To show that this is man-made, Gillett ran computer models to simulate past climate conditions and studied what would happen to humidity if there were no man-made greenhouse gases. It didn’t match reality.

He looked at what would happen from just man-made greenhouse gases. That didn’t match either. Then he looked at the combination of natural conditions and greenhouse gases. The results were nearly identical to the year-by-year increases in humidity.

Gillett’s study followed another last month that used the same technique to show that moisture above the world’s oceans increased and that it bore the “fingerprint” of being caused by man-made global warming.

So yeah, not only is it getting warmer… it’s getting muggier. Wonderful.

On the plus side, maybe this will discourage the people who think warmer weather sounds like a great idea.

October 11th, 2007 at 06:19pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Environment

Farewell Getty Villa Photoblogging

The last of the photos from Getty Villa.

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Some table umbrellas near the entrance/exit area.

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The corridor on the way out.

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Wider view of the corridor.

October 11th, 2007 at 12:15pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Angel & Devil

The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin asks a very scary question:

Whose advice does President Bush value the most? Who is the last person to whisper in his ear?

The answer to that question has never been entirely clear, although Vice President Cheney has generally been the most likely suspect — certainly when it comes to foreign policy.

But now Bush appears to be facing an ever-deepening rift among his chief advisers, with Cheney and his loyalists advocating a more confrontational response to international challenges and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice marshalling support for diplomacy. Given how trigger-happy Cheney appears to be, and how little credibility this White House has on the international stage, Bush essentially faces the choice of whether to end his tenure with a bang or a whimper.

The latest backdrop for this struggle appears to be the mysterious Israeli bombing raid on Syria five weeks ago.

Mark Mazzetti and Helene Cooper write in the New York Times: “A sharp debate is under way in the Bush administration about the significance of the Israeli intelligence that led to last month’s Israeli strike inside Syria, according to current and former American government officials.

“At issue is whether intelligence that Israel presented months ago to the White House — to support claims that Syria had begun early work on what could become a nuclear weapons program with help from North Korea — was conclusive enough to justify military action by Israel and a possible rethinking of American policy toward the two nations.

“The debate has fractured along now-familiar fault lines, with Vice President Dick Cheney and conservative hawks in the administration portraying the Israeli intelligence as credible and arguing that it should cause the United States to reconsider its diplomatic overtures to Syria and North Korea.

“By contrast, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her allies within the administration have said they do not believe that the intelligence presented so far merits any change in the American diplomatic approach.”

Am I the only one picturing a little Condi angel perched on one of Dubya’s shoulders, and a little Cheney devil perched on the other? But come on, this is the guy who blew up frogs, challenged his dad to a drunken fight, mocked an executed prisoner, and dropped bon mots like, “Fuck Saddam, we’re taking him out,” “Feels good” (just prior to blowing up Iraq), and “Bring it on!” – who do you think he’s going to listen to? Violence is always the answer in his shriveled little sociopathic brain. Anything else would make him look like one of those sissy Democrats.

Damn, I wish I had me some Photoshop skillz…

4 comments October 11th, 2007 at 07:54am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Cheney,Iran,Republicans,War

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