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URL :http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/
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Archived Since:August 16, 2008

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"Fearbola"

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As reported in The Huffington Post:In Maine, an elementary school teacher was recently put on paid leave for up to three weeks after parents complained that the teacher had traveled to Dallas, where there have been a few Ebola cases....Show More Summary

Two more weeks of this...

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The "caller ID" no longer works on my office phone, so yesterday when I answered it, I heard "Hi !! This is [politician]. I know everybody hates robocalls, but..." [click]I have grown not to just despise the politicians, but to hate the process.

The history of Half-Price Books

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I believe I visited the flagship Half-Price Books store when it opened in Dallas in the 1970s, and I still shop at the local one here in Madison. An article at Fortune describes the remarkable rise of this classic bootstrap business, and why it continues to thrive.[In 1972] They found a 2,000-square-foot location on Lovers Lane in Dallas. Show More Summary

Pocket globes

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Sotheby's currently has auctions for several beautiful pocket globes from the 1790s and early 1800s. If you have a few grand lying around, one of these 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch beauties could be yours. Globemaking required the precise printing and placing of each gore, or strip of printed material shaped like the rind surface of a lemon wedge. Show More Summary

A new gallery for New Mexico photography

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"In an effort to bring more diversity to the artistic offerings in Carrizozo, Warren and Joan Malkerson, along with David Mandel, the past curator of the Hubbard Museum and all of its photographic shows, will host an open house celebrating the grand opening of the Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography Saturday, Oct. Show More Summary

Patronize your local arboretum

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Those of you who live in climate zones with deciduous trees have the privilege of enjoying a spectacular show of color each autumn. Last month I visited the University of Minnesota's Landscape Arboretum. This past week I walked the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Arboretum, where I took these photos.

Why the Kansas City baseball team is the "Royals"

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They are named after the American Royal, a livestock show.A 1968 contest to name the city’s new baseball franchise attracted proposals such as “Mules” and “Cowpokes.” A now-deceased Kansas City engineer named Sanford Porte proposed “Royals,”...Show More Summary

Large American cities ranked liberal to conservative

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My current location, Madison, Wisconsin, at a population of 240,000 is not big enough to make this list (250K lower limit), but would presumably rank down there by Minneapolis and Seattle.Data apparently based on city policies, not on population surveys, from this study, via BoingBoing.

"Two trillion rotations per second"

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That's the speed of a molecular gyroscope.Molecular gyroscopes are chemical compounds or supramolecular complexes containing a rotor that moves freely relative to a stator, and therefore act as gyroscopes. Though any single bond or triple...Show More Summary

"The Bricklayer's Lament"

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YouTube link. The audio of "The Bricklayer's Lament," is from Gerard Hoffnung's 1958 speech to the Oxford Union. The derivation of the story is confused, but it first arises in the 1930s. It was published in Reader's Digest in 1940 as...Show More Summary

Musing about the origin of WWI

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From a "British History" column at the BBC:lt was an act of regicide that catapulted Europe into war - an act that not unexpectedly took place in the Balkans. The region had been in a state of ferment for years, and the assassination...Show More Summary

Some old books had feet

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Erik Kwakkel explains:When medieval binders knew that the object they were processing would be placed on a lectern, for example in a chained library, they often added tiny feet like the ones seen here. They made sure that the lower edge...Show More Summary

What was in Edgar Allan Poe's head?

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Many years ago I spent a lot of time studying the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe (see this manuscript), but do not remember previously having read this account of his exhumation:When Poe died, he was buried, rather unceremoniously, in an unmarked grave in a Baltimore graveyard. Show More Summary

Interesting demographics

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Fewer babies born in Wisconsin. For six years in a row.Claire Smith, spokesperson from the Department of Health Services said the number of babies born in Wisconsin declined for the sixth year in a row last year. The department recorded 66,566 live births to residents of Wisconsin in 2013, 633 fewer than the previous year. Show More Summary

"All this happened, more or less."

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"Cured salted pork crafted as a nasal tampon and packed within the nasal vaults successfully stopped nasal hemorrhage promptly, effectively, and without sequelae. In both applications, the patient had complete cessation of nasal bleeding...Show More Summary

The pure joy of "one last time"

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"My grandma wanted to see the ocean one last time before checking into hospice. Her face says it all." Photo credit to ecost, who posted this at Reddit, where the discussion thread focuses on praising Hospice personnel (and I heartily...Show More Summary

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The gif is here, from a Reddit thread with numerous hamster videos and gifs. (Title via Flip Text)

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