NASA Goes to the Olympics – View all the cities that have hosted the modern Summer Olympics, starting with Athens in 1896 thru London in 2012. There have been 29 Summer Olympic Games held in 22 different cities. Repeating host cities include Athens, Paris, London and Los Angeles.
Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
I HAD to Google it! Less than 10 seconds after I finished watching the episode….
SOOOO GOOOOOOOD! I <3 Cumberbatch!
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Brazil’s President is a WOMAN. What is our DEAL!?!
Photo by Ricardo Stuckert
Amazing photo is amazing.
Here are 5 of the 7 Brazilian presidents from the New Republic Era.
(Right to Left)
Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995 -2002)
José Sarney (1985 -1990, first civillian to become president after 21 years)
Fernando Collor (1990-1992, resigned in a failed attempt to stop his trial of impeachment)
Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003 -2010)
Dilma Rousseff (2011 - , first woman to become president)
The other two are Tancredo Neves - he was the one to win the 1985 elections but on the eve of taking the oath he became severely ill. Sarney assumed office as acting president until Neves died on 21 April - and Itamar Franco (1992 - 1994), he died last year.
Even Monkeys Can Sense a Raw Deal
Are animals moral? It’s an ongoing debate, and one that is prone to anthropomorphizing animal behaviors. But scientists have been able to track down cases of moral judgment in certain species. Here’s a pretty hilarious example.
Capuchin monkeys love grapes. But they’ll also eat cucumbers if you give them one. They just really prefer grapes. This team had the monkeys complete a task, simply putting a stone in the handler’s palm, and then they got their food reward. Only they could see what the other monkey was getting. The first round goes fine, and one gets a grape while the other is given only cucumber. Next round? Well, that’s in the video :)
The researchers concluded that the monkeys were, in fact, weighing the deal they got, and responding with feelings of envy and frustration. Even more, when both get cucumbers, they are perfectly happy with that snack! It seems to be all about fairness and cooperation for them. It fits with the social nature of primates, as cooperating groups would be biologically rewarded.
While pretty funny, it definitely shows signs that some of our core emotions may have very basic neurological roots!
Here’s a link to the full videotaped talk on monkeynomics and moral behavior in animals by Frans de Waal.
This is fantastic… Turns out we are all hard wired to be dissatisfied with inequality.
Lyrid Meteor over Crater Lake
Did anyone see the Lyrid meteor shower last weekend? Here’s an annotated shot over Crater Lake by photographer Brad Goldpaint.
Glad SOMEONE got some Lyrid Meteor shower action this weekend… Because it was definitely NOT me.
…before I get Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and all my blog design efforts are in vain. They don’t tell you how tough this crap really is- making a blog. Meaning, just the part of making it. Trying to make sure it looks right and somewhat sophisticated, so that when you’re trying to sound sophisticated and overeducated while pontificating on some (insert topic here) issue, people don’t look at your blog and say- ‘Whatever, she can’t even get her stupid sharing icons to line up straight and be the same size. Why should I care what she thinks?’
Heh heh. Yes, I believe I have found the point, the kernel of narcissism that exists in everything we outwardly do. The point is, people who make blogs (whether they care to admit it or not- and YES, even those Susie Homemaker-types who only post about cupcakes and the up cycled oven-mitt golf club covers that she just came up with ‘in her spare time’) do so because in some distorted and irrational dimension, we actually believe people give a shit about what we think. And I must say ‘we’, because I now have a blog (this is actually about my 6th attempt, but first time using tumblr) and so I now fall into this category. Some human beings, a select few, actually are enlightened. The things they say have meaning and depth, to more than just two people. Their thoughts are examples of the profundity of conceptualization that humankind is capable of. People in this category do not have to be famous (yuck, I mean widely known… NOT famous. We will delve into my opinions on celebrity, fame, and how mainstream popular society is careening into a state of which the mental IQ would be equivalent to Jello, at some other point in time), but some well-known ones are spiritual leaders, journalists, authors/poets, people who know their shit about what they do, doctors, a spattering of politicians, and so on. These people, by the inherent nature of their wisdom, have automatic rights to have blogs. Like these people:
The rest of us must strive to earn that right. And in doing so, I wasted my entire weekend trying to get my icons to line up straight, putting in follow/share/twit/tweet/link/like/plus/pin/etc buttons so you can share my soon-to be eponymous wisdom-filled blog with the entire world. I did it for you, my people.
All for you.
Sadly, many of Chicago’s libraries are facing major cuts in budgets, hours, and even branch closures in many neighborhoods. But who can doubt that libraries are an essential anchorhold for intelligence in American communities? I’ll tell you who can- FOX NEWS! (don’t ya just lurve them?)
Ahhh… Yet another nugget of media brilliance by Fox News
OR- DON’T BOTHER CLICKING, just know that the article is entitled
"Are Libraries a Necessity? Or Just A Waste of Tax Money?"
Enough said. I fear for us all.