Filed under: Art, Cool Site of the Day, Freedom, Fun n Games, Heartwarming | Tags: Blowing Bubbles, Freezing Temperatures, Making Magic
When the temperature dropped to 16 degrees in Washington, and everyone hid indoors around the fireplace, the stove, or just wrapped up in blankets, Angela Kelly and her 7 year-old son mixed up some homemade soap and blew bubbles to see what would happen:
Angela took photos as the frost created intricate designs in the larger bubbles, while the smaller ones froze and shattered as they it the ground. Before the sun came up the bubbles behaved as if they were made of glass. After the sun came up, the tops of the bubbles would defrost. Here is the rest of the story:
What a great idea. Perhaps people all over America will be blowing bubbles in the cold.
Filed under: Conservatism, Cool Site of the Day, Politics | Tags: Christmas, conservatives, Gifts, Presents, Republicans, Stocking Stuffers
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Filed under: Cool Site of the Day, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Health Care, Politics, Taxes | Tags: Birth of the Tea Party, How We Got ObamaCare, Not Radical - But Heroes
I have believed from the beginning that ObamaCare was an unworkable mess that would deeply damage the country, and events have only heightened my apprehension. With every leftist working to demonize the Tea Party as ignorant backwoods radicals who are to be feared, it’s worth mentioning that the Tea Party had it’s birth in opposition to the passage of ObamaCare.
I read just the other day that the real origin was a casual mention in an Obama campaign speech when he was first running, that didn’t mean anything, because most of what Obama said in campaign speeches didn’t mean anything — but Team Obama liked it, and thought it might be a good idea to pursue. No documentation, don’t know if it’s true. But it’s interesting.
Megyn Kelly revisits the timeline of ObamaCare at the Kelly File on Fox News. I can’t embed the video, but follow the link and do watch it. Not long, but we forget ( or at least I forget) just how these things came about. Valuable.
Filed under: Cool Site of the Day, Developing Nations, Foreign Policy, United Nations | Tags: 40 World Maps, Expanding your Knowledge, Useless Knowledge?
A Visual Representation of World Population Distribution. (click to enlarge)
U.S Map of the Highest Paid Public Employees by State. (click to enlarge)
Here are the entire 40 maps. They make you think a little differently about the world from the distribution of McDonald’s across the world to which side of the road the world drives on.
Filed under: Art, Cool Site of the Day, Science/Technology | Tags: 3-D Printed Figures, Hamburg's Twinkind, Strikingly Realistic
If you happen to be in Germany this summer, in Hamburg, you can stop by a new company called Twinkind, and for just $300 get a stunning 6″ high 3-D printed version of yourself. The final figurines range in size from roughly 6″ to 13″, around $1,700. The final figurines are strikingly realistic, capturing everything from poses and facial expressions down to hair styles and the folds in clothes— all in full, faithful color. Pretty cool!
The picture comes from an article in Wired which has a slide show to show some of the figures they have done. They have perfected a system that could photograph subjects in the round in a split second. The products are small but the technologies and workflows are pretty complex.
I don’t understand 3-D printing at all, but these results are truly spectacular.
Filed under: Art, Cool Site of the Day, Education | Tags: Educational Possibilities, Essay on Comparative Size, Scale of the Universe
Understanding everything from microscopic to unimaginably vast: An Interactive Scale of the Universe. Or you could call it an interactive visual essay on size. Fascinating. At the same site are also “Powers of Ten.” “The Most Astounding Fact,” and “the Observable Universe.”
Changes your perceptions a little, or a lot. What a lot of work went into this video. Aside from just being really cool, it gives a hint of what education could be, if it were enhanced with interactive maps and timelines, pictures and portraits. You can read about a person, read their writings, but they don’t become fully real until you have some sense of what they look like.
I was unfortunate enough to have a history professor in college who was date obsessed. He would even give Saturday morning pop quizzes in which we had to construct a timeline of events from, say, 1872—1882. Developed a deep dislike of history for me, and it was only several years later that I began to read history and learned that it could be fascinating after all.
Filed under: Cool Site of the Day, Environment, Freedom, Heartwarming, Music, Science/Technology | Tags: Mesmerising., Starlings and Other Flocks, The Life of Birds
If you just looked at your W2 to find out how much your employer paid for your health insurance this year, here’s a peaceful moment. Sit back, relax, drain your mind of disturbing thoughts and enjoy. Do enlarge to full screen.
Filed under: Cool Site of the Day, Freedom, Heartwarming, History, The United States | Tags: A Little History, Library of Congress, President Calvin Coolidge
The Daily Caller has “10 Awesome photos of Calvin Coolidge” today, and they are indeed awesome. (from the Bain Collection/Library of Congress) Don’t miss it.
Filed under: Cool Site of the Day, Health Care, News of the Weird, Science/Technology | Tags: Sonoran Desert, Southern Grasshopper Mouse, Treating Human Pain
Zoologger is a weekly column at New Scientist that highlights extraordinary animals from around the world.
Onychomys torridus lives in the arid badlands of the Sonoran Desert in the south-western United States and northern Mexico.
In the dark expanses of the Sonoran desert in the US, a terrifying creature stalks the night, searching for fresh meat. Anything will do: crickets, rodents, tarantulas – the nastier the better.
Even the poisonous scorpion cannot escape the savage monster’s little pink paws. It fights bravely, stinging its attacker on the nose. To no avail. The mouse ignores the painful venom and cruelly breaks the scorpion’s tail by pummeling it into the ground, then bites its head and feasts on its flesh. Throwing its head back, the murderous animal howls at the moon.
(Image: Michael and Patricia Fogden/Minden/NGS)
This is the southern grasshopper mouse, the only carnivorous mouse in North America. It’s unique biology and resistance to scorpion venom may one day help researchers to treat human pain disorders.
This odd little fellow is a natural-born killer. They take over burrows of other animals and remover any occupants by force. In particularly bad times, they may turn cannibalistic, killing and eating their own species. But they do have unusual resistance to pain. Read the whole article to see how this characteristic may one day help humans.
(purloined from Vanderleun)
Filed under: Cool Site of the Day, Freedom, Humor, Military | Tags: An Introduction, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy
There is a quite wonderful post at the Marine Corps Web Log entitled:
For those of you have been in the Navy it will be a wonderful chance to reminisce. For wives and family, an appreciation of why they behave the way they do. For those who are complete landlubbers, you need some exposure to the life of a sailor, and some understanding of their reality. It’s only fair.
Don’t miss it.
Filed under: Art, Capitalism, Cool Site of the Day, Freedom | Tags: American Entrepreneurs, Skilled Craftsmen, Work of the Hands
I love these videos that show how things are made, because there are so many things and I am so ignorant about how it is done. Skilled craftsmen are a joy to watch.
Filed under: Conservatism, Cool Site of the Day, Freedom, Fun n Games | Tags: Christmas gifts, conservatives, GOP, Holidays, Reagan, Republicans
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