Feb 22

WWI Trench Cello

The BBC has a brief article on what is likely the last surviving Trench cello from WWI.

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An instrument like this is proof that art is fundamental to human existence, that in the miserable experience of the trenches, we still took it upon ourselves to create this terribly impractical-in-war instrument.

Feb 22

Glow in the Dark Dragon Jewelry

Etsy Shop Papillon 9 makes glow in the dark jewelry that is fantastic. Not just cool, but very well done.

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Feb 21

Slow Motion Rockslide

This Rockslide has been happening for a year and a half. It’s geological time for rockslides.

Feb 20

My Next Guitar

I have no idea how tongue in cheek this is. Certainly Martin must have permission to issue this, and they aren’t the type of company to make a joke of religion, or at least don’t have a track record of doing so, but still, it’s not like the Louvin Brothers are big artists.

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Photo from Martin Guitars.

Feb 19

30 Animals that could go extinct

Distractify has this post about 30 animals that may go extinct soon with pictures like this Tree Kangaroo, and the Axolotl. Really, we don’t deserve to lose these species.

 

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Feb 19

Meet Nyx and Hydra, Pluto’s other Moons

Those two other tiny points of light are Nyx and Hydra, the two other known moons in the Pluto system, as photographed by new Horizons.

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io9 has a great write-up on them, their initial discovery by Hubble and the other data surrounding the system.

Feb 19

Hellboy turns 21 and finally gets a beer

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Preorder now. It’s of course, a red ale.

Feb 19

The Failures of Spies

Gawker did a spy week a couple weeks back and I’m just catching up on it. Here’s an article on ten spying blunders, for example:

America is not the only country that blundered, crotch-first, into disaster. In 1966, Pierre Albert Sévigny, the Canadian Associate Minister of National Defense had the unenviable job of explaining why his name was on the citizenship application of a Soviet spy. Gerda Munsinger was a playgirl who got a lot of playing in. She bagged at least two cabinet ministers. Then American intelligence agencies and the Royal Mounted Police put a few things together, talked to Prime minister John Deifenbaker, and deported Munsinger. Deifenbaker had a word with Sévigny, who resigned a little while later.

That’s nothing, some might argue. That’s not even a blip, they would say. And they would be right. And then they would shut up about it. And they would refrain from taunting the opposition government about the handling of people deemed a security risk. In 1966 Deifenbaker learned a hard lesson in not throwing stones. Deifenbaker was publicly berating Lucien Cardin, a member of the opposition party, about his handling of a suspected spy. Cardin got angry, and retorted that Deifenbaker shouldn’t talk tough after the “Monseignor case.” The press was immediately on the track, and after a few days during which it was rumored that “Monsignor” was a gangster in the government, Canada had its first ever political sex scandal. The spy lesson to be learned from this case? Do not push your luck.

Feb 19

Pauli’s Science Burn

You ever wonder where the rivalry between Chemistry and Physics happened? Well, it had probably been going strong at this point, but Wolfgang Pauli had the burn when his wife left him for a mere chemist. On the other hand, I think this explains why physicists aren’t known as the most perceptive of people.

io9 has the full article.

Feb 18

Inside Jabba

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