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Why Are Lie Detectors Still a Thing?

Image: Wikimedia Commons The earliest imprint that you, dear reader, have probably gotten from the film Blade Runner is of that weird eye-scanning machine, a prop in an interrogation. It’s an eerie and invasive test, one that involves...Show More Summary

Bring on the Cattle Cars, the Police State!

Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons I'm glad I didn't join Matt Bai's twelve-step program towards reduced coverage of Donald Trump today, because The Donald has done a signal service to public debate...

Christian Wants to See You Fry Like Sausage

Coppo di Marcovaldo, via Wikimedia Commons There are many intelligent, thoughtful, kind, and compassionate Christians out there. It is good to remember that. They are our friends and family, our neighbors, our co-workers, and so on. Our lives are richer in some ways for having the opportunity to know them. Show More Summary

Conservatives, "National Socialists" and Projection

Department of Health and Human Services/Wikimedia Commons I commented at the beginning of today's Lunch Buffet that conservatives like Mike Huckabee who constantly try to associate liberals with Nazism are...

Joe Biden's Republican Cheerleaders

Office of United States Senator Joe Biden/Wikimedia Commons It's no secret that a lot of Democrats are taking a rooting interest in Donald Trump's Godzilla routine and the chaos it...

Huck the Serial Offender

David Ball/Wikimedia Commons Reading the coverage of Mike Huckabee's over-the-top suggestion that in reaching a nuclear deal with Iran Barack Obama would "take the Israelis and march them to the...

Eye Candy for Today: Menzel’s Flute Concert

Flute Concert with Frederick the Great in Sanssouci, Adolph Menzel Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Alte Nationalgalerie, National Museums in Berlin. The ostensible subject, Frederick the Great — about whom Menzel painted a series of works — is almost lost among the […]

A Souvenir of Stress Management

"Kite surfing Oahu" by Eric Guinther -- Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Several years ago I was on holiday in Egypt. My best friend and I were in Club Med, El Gouna, far away from our stressful jobs in finance. Show More Summary

Improving Your Rhythm? There's an App for That

Composer Steve Reich performing Clapping Music, via Wikimedia Commons. Steve Reich's Clapping Music, a new app developed by the London-based educational company Touchpress, is providing rhythmic education for its tempo-impaired participants...Show More Summary

Federalizing Every Problem

Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons As I noted briefly at Day's End yesterday, Keith Humphreys raised an important question at Ten Miles Square about the relevance of questions posed to presidential...

Political Questions Ahead of the 2016 U.S. Election

By M. E. J. Newman, via Wikimedia Commons I've seen several people on the various social media networks in which I participate asking all sorts of hypothetical questions about the 2016 U.S. presidential election. "If the election was...Show More Summary

openmarginalis: Detail of Leaf from Breviary by Master of the...

4 days agoArts / Art History : Old Paint

openmarginalis: Detail of Leaf from Breviary by Master of the Vitae Imperatorum, Lombardy, Italy ca. 1430 via Walters Art Museum and Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons

Outrage Culture: Punishing Offenders Like Hulk Hogan

By GabboT, via Wikimedia Commons It appears that we have yet another excuse to discuss outrage culture, so let's do it.Suppose you were to learn of an incident in which a waitress at a popular chain restaurant called a customer a racial slur that many people find offensive. Show More Summary

Moor To The Story: Intel And Rackspace Announce 'Cloud For All'

William Stanley Jevons (Image: Wikimedia Commons) In an effort to accelerate cloud adoption in the marketplace, Intel Corporation and Rackspace Hosting announced an aggressive campaign to accelerate cloud adoption. They cite Jevons paradox (normally used in energy consumption) which states, in effect, that when technology advances so do efficiency and efficacy, and user demand [...]

Office building-megaphone-happy face-camera-dollar symbol! (Sony has announced an Emoji movie.)

last weekHumor / odd : Happy Place

Running boy must defeat the evil pile of poop and rescue girl in red dress, with the help of syringe and eggplant. The face of the studio execs who are about to make bank. (via Wikimedia Commons) Sony Pictures Animation won a seven-figure bidding war to produce a feature animated film based on Emoji. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Gerrit van Honthorst’s The Concert

The Concert, Gerrit van Honthorst In the National Gallery of Art, DC; there is also a downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons. Like many of his northern European contemporaries, 17th century Dutch painter Gerrit van Honthorst was taken with the dramatic chiaroscuro and dynamic compositions of Caravaggio. Honrhorst, however, brought his figures into full light and […]

Is the Loch Ness Monster Just a Giant Catfish?

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Creative Commons With sightings dating back to 565 AD, Scotland’s fabled Loch Ness Monster has  for generations  intrigued tourists, scientists, surveyors, and practical jokers,  many of whom have tried to prove, or disprove, its existence. Show More Summary

Proactive Activism: Taking on Religious Privilege

By Jorge Barrios, via Wikimedia Commons If public declarations of faith grant one access to benefits one considers desirable and to which one would not otherwise have access, we would have to expect to witness many such declarations....Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today; Harry Fenn ink drawing

Present Aspect of Gaines’s Mill, Looking East; Harry Fenn Link is to a zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Clear observation and crisp, textural rendering give Fenn’s drawing of a brick-walled mill and nearby wooden houses a tactile sense of presence and […]

Baiting Mosquitoes with Fake Blood

A female Anopheles albimanus mosquito feeding. Photo: CDC/Wikimedia Commons By the time you hear the telltale droning in your ear, it’s too late. Flail around all you’d like, but there is a proud member of the Culcidae family on a mission...Show More Summary

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