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YouTube – Snuggie Cult

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Music is The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky, animation from Disney’s Fantasia 2000.

YouTube – Fantasia-Firebird

And a video of the man himself conducting a performance of this piece at age 83.

via Slublog

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Aaron Adding Machines

Custom-made calculators designed to look like castaways from an alternate industrial age that never was. Cool, and beautifully made.

via Steampunk Labs

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Greetings and Best Wishes!

Originally uploaded by bcostin

Merry Christmas, everyone!

This is scanned from a really neat fold-out WWII-era Christmas season pamphlet. It advises those on the homefront how to behave during blackouts and enemy attacks. And to better avoid any misunderstandings, it uses the universal language of pinup girls!

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On Veteran’s Day, an eerie fragment of World War I. Recorded on the battlefield and preserved for a brighter future which would never know war again:

Gas Shells Bombardment

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I Am Ketchup

You Are Ketchup

You are easy going and very measured in your approach to life.
Popular and well liked, you get along with everyone.
Seriously, everyone loves you!

Your taste tends to be pretty mainstream American.
You go for the classic favorites: burgers, fries, and apple pie.
You get along best with mustard and mayonnaise personalities.

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The Cabinet of Dr. Obama
The McCain approach essentially puts employer-purchased and individually purchased health insurance on a level playing field, giving people more options and a better chance to find and afford the coverage they need.

The Obama campaign’s attacks on the plan have mostly sought to confuse the public about its benefits by speaking about the parts without acknowledging the whole. Senators Obama and Biden both mentioned the taxation of health benefits in recent debates, and their campaign has run ads pointing to it as well, but all have failed to note the tax credit that more than makes up for it. The net tax burden on middle class families declines under the McCain plan, while insurance options improve. If they do mention the tax credit, they suggest it is all that families would have if they left their employer coverage–as Joe Biden put it in his debate with Sarah Palin, you would have to “replace a $12,000 plan with a $5,000 check you just give to the insurance company.” But that ignores the simple fact that employer-purchased health care is purchased with employee wages. Right now, employers pay workers less in cash wages because they pay so much in premiums. With McCain’s reform, workers who opt out of coverage will get more take home pay and a tax credit to more than make up for lost employer contributions to health care.

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Google supports gay marriage

Official Google Blog: Our position on California’s No on 8 campaign

And I’m ok with that. If gay people want to get married, I say let them. The commitment of marriage is good for the community as a whole, regardless of the genders involved.

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Bell Labs Kills Fundamental Physics Research | Gadget Lab from Wired.com

This is a bad, bad idea. Contrary to some of the commenters, this has nothing to do with a failure of capitalism or market economics. It’s just another example of a poorly run company that is not interested in long-term survival. I suspect the current managers just want to milk existing technology and squander the profits for as long as they can, and then sell off what’s left of the company to someone else.

I’d like to see a list of publically traded companies that support serious fundemental research. Then I’d know who to invest in, because in 20 years those are the companies that will still be around, while Alcatel-Lucent and their short-sighted ilk will be forgotten.

via Insty

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Cicada Attack!

Bryan holds a locust

Originally uploaded by stephmanuel1980

This vicious cicada leaped on my hand and tried to gnaw off my finger. I barely escaped with my life!

Actually, that’s not quite how it happened. I saw it sitting in the middle of the sidewalk and picked it up so he wouldn’t get stepped on. It flew away soon after Steph took this photo. Cicadas are ugly, but harmless.

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