- New York Times: Climate Scientists Hampered in Study of 2011 Extremes
“'I’ve been a meteorologist 30 years and never seen a year that comes close to matching 2011 for the number of astounding, extreme weather events,' Jeffrey Masters, a co-founder of the popular Web site Weather Underground, said last month. 'Looking back in the historical record, which goes back to the late 1800s, I can’t find anything that compares, either.'”
- Brent Simmons: ‘Gamification’ sucks
Yes, yes it does.
- Wikipedia: J. W. Westcott II
This little boat, sailing out of Detroit, is the world's only post office boat that delivers mail to other ships under sail. It's got its own ZIP code: 48222. There can't be very many post offices that actually come to you.
- InterAction Magazine
Ken and Roberta Williams provide PDFs of every issue of Sierra Newsletter / Sierra Magazine / InterAction, from June 1981–Spring 1999. Not that anybody much cares about them past 1992-ish.
- Wikipedia: Hundred twenty-eighth note
Turns out they're a thing. Beethoven used them, as did Mozart. Much like the entire skill of drumming, I imagine that I lack the ability to play these.
- Wall Street Journal: Stray Cat Strut—Woman Beats IRS
Good news for dedicated animal fosterers: the IRS is allowing charitable deductions for expenses related to caring for critters for non-profit agencies.
- CBS News: Michigan bill would impose "financial martial law"
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder hates big government…unless *he's* in charge of said big government. What card-carrying conservative would ever give a governor the unchecked power to wipe a city off the map?
- Katamari Hack
Turn any webpage into Katamari Damacy. Either you think this is brilliant or you have no idea of what I'm talking about. There's probably no in-between.
- Pasture FAQ
A really great, detailed guide to pasture-raising livestock that answers all of the questions you're likely to have. Assuming, of course, you're looking to pasture livestock.
- Washington Post: Hampton Roads lawyer David McCormick to seek 2012 GOP Senate nomination
Some random guy is running for the Republican nomination for Webb's seat. In his announcement, he compared himself to George Washington.
- New York Times: The Threatening Scent of Fertile Women
Men in stable, long-term relationships rank women as less attractive when they're ovulating than when they're not. It's part of "relationship maintenance," a defensive mechanism to prevent themselves (ourselves) from straying.
- PolitiFact Virginia: Gov. Bob McDonnell says Virginia road bids are the lowest in a generation
They're not. In fact, they cost twice as much as they did a generation ago, meaning that McDonnell's claim is the opposite of the truth.
- Richmond Times-Dispatch: Senate panel refuses to hear illegal immigration bills
I'm just making a note of this for future reference: Del. Lingamfelter says that when a subcommittee recommends killing a bill, and the committee subsequently strikes that bill from the docket, then they are "hiding, shirking their duty, when they should actually vote on the bills." So noted, Delegate.
This is a very clever simulation of what it's like to be a member of the working poor. It's worth spending at least a few minutes with this. It's like "Jones in the Fast Lane," that great old Sierra game, only you have no realistic chance of improving your lot in life.
- The Oregonian: Rep. David Wu’s staff confronted him over concerns about his mental health
This is the story how Congressman David Wu (D-OR) lost his mind. Shortly before last November's election, his entire campaign staff quit, convinced that he was mentally ill. He was reelected anyway. It's pretty clear that his staff was right. Now Portlanders are represented by this guy.
- DFW NBC: Armed Agent Slips Past DFW Body Scanner
An undercover TSA agent was able to get through a full-body scanner with a handgun not once, not twice, but as many times as she wanted.