The widget said 7º this morning so I put on my one-day-a-year jacket when I went out walking, but by the time I got home it had warmed up to 10 or maybe 11 and the jacket was much too warm, so today is not the day. Meanwhile, it's only a white-spotted Christmas here so far, but just about everybody seems to agree on 9 or 10 more inches of snow in the wee hours of Sunday, and probably a little warmer too. So tomorrow won't be the day either. Not that I mind. On the whole, I would rather be in July.
Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, pawnbrokers and students in various cities and countries around Europe.
Though the library knows which book each image is taken from, its knowledge largely ends there. While some images have useful titles, many do not, so the majority of the million picture collection is uncatalogued, its subject matter unknown.
It’s often noted that the United States is governed by the world’s oldest written constitution that is still in use. This is usually stated as praise…
With an average of 67 different types of bacteria living in each one of our belly buttons, each one of us has a unique microbial fingerprint.
Work avoidance built right in!
Darpa, the military’s futuristic research agency, says it has plans to “break the glass ceiling” of space telescopes by shooting a new design into orbit that’s made of plastic and unfolds into a mammoth satellite that would dwarf the world’s most famous telescopes.
You didn't think they were planning to spy on Saturn, did you?
Agent 007 boozed so much that in all reality he would have had the tremulous hands of a chronic alcoholic, according to an offbeat study published by the British Medical Journal.
If statistics are any guide, Bond would have died from alcohol- and tobacco-related diseases in his mid-50s, it says.
Excellent film though it is, Gravity is a thoroughly inappropriate title for a movie set in space, in zero-G.
This morning's NYTimes reports:
Being an “incorrigible rogue” is no longer against the law in Britain.
(No link because if your stories at the Times are rationed this one's not worth the click—the sentence above is pretty much it. Still, good news is where you find it.)
About the only good thing that can be said about the budget deal just patched together by House Republican budget chair Paul Ryan and Senate Democratic budget chair Patty Murray is that the right-wing Heritage Foundation and the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity oppose it.
The site’s five games are designed so that when users solve puzzles to advance to the next level of play, they are actually generating mathematical proofs that can identify software flaws that cyberattacks could exploit.
Authorities in the eastern state of Saxony hope to use their brainchild to identify and shut down Internet radio stations that play banned songs.
“For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” Kelly said.…
“I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure, that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa — I just want the kids watching to know that.”
Glad we got that cleared up.
Housed in one of Switzerland's numerous deserted Cold War-era army barracks, the high-tech Deltalis data center is hidden behind four-ton steel doors built to withstand a nuclear attack -- plus biometric scanners and an armed guard.…Wait. What?
When HealthCare.gov  and some state-run insurance marketplaces ran into trouble with their Web sites in October and November, they urged consumers to submit paper applications.
Now, it’s time to process all that paper. And with the deadline to enroll in health plans less than two weeks away, there’s growing concern that some of these applications won’t be processed in time.
Don't stop worrying! There must be something else!
Loretta Fuddy, a Hawaiian health official who in 2011 was briefly in the national spotlight when she verified the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate and authorized the release of information about it, died Wednesday in the crash of a small plane off the island of Molokai.
If you're going to fight a war on Christmas, an all-out ban on the holiday seems like a pretty solid goal. It's also something the Puritans actually accomplished, in multiple countries, for decades, putting today's Christmas haters to shame. From 1659 to 1681, Bostonians faced a five-shilling fine for celebrating Christmas…
Apparently that Fox News crowd is just a bunch of chickenhawks where the war on Christmas is concerned, too.
One type of bacteria that flourishes under the meat-rich diet has been linked to inflammation and intestinal diseases in mice.
The Obama administration has suspended aid to Syrian rebels following the seizure of a warehouse by Islamists, The Washington Post reports.
A new alliance of Islamic groups called the Islamic Front took control of warehouses in northern Syria used to store ammunition, vehicles and other supplies for the Western-backed Supreme Military Council on Friday, the Post reports.
The man who sued the Dominican Republic because it rained during his vacation has been labelled a “quarrelsome litigant” by a Quebec judge.
Forget smartwatches—smartrings are the new thing now.
I’m not saying looking at tits is any kind of noble pursuit.…
Well, whatever. It's pretty much all down hill from there.
I have a Chicago radio station playing here and I'm getting frostbite from listening to the weather report. I'm just hoping all that cold gets dumped somewhere else—say, DC—not here.
On the other hand, cold is good for the Bears (Bear weather!), who clobbered Dallas last night, outdoors in Chicago (on Mike Ditka Day).
Since June 2010, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has given more than 250,000 such notes, titled Subway Delay Verification, to riders…
Here's what: People have been standing in line for 400 years to see his plays.
From yesterday's NYTimes:
The current Shakespeare boom on Broadway is not unprecedented and hardly limited to that most prominent corner of the theater world. Every summer, our parks are overrun with star-crossed lovers and introspective Danes. America is glutted with Shakespeare festivals and theaters. In a 2010 post, the theater blogger Isaac Butler called this our “Shakespeare problem,” tabulating over a thousand Shakespeare productions at nonprofit theaters in the first decade of this century.
The play's the thing.
Tomorrow? Snow, two to four inches of it, the National Weather Service says.
Meanwhile here, in our pleasant New England valley, maybe <0.2 in., NWS predicts. Here's to you, VA.
How better, then, but to find shit to complain about knowing full well that if it’s “fixed”, then the solution will be something else you can complain about? Why wait for the Democrats to do something you can feign outrage over, when you can do it yourself, blame the Democrats, and feign outrage over the thing that is, if you have any sense at all, not actually a problem? This is a dream come true for Republicans, a self-generating fountain of bullshit that is increasingly detached from obstacles like reality.
…the only thing I have left from my brief military career are two pairs of woolen boot socks (one pair khaki and the other, unaccountably, black) issued in basic training—half-century socks. They may (I hope) never wear out. Because they're perfect in, well, boots on a chilly, sloppy New England day like today. Like, emphatically, today. Although by noon it's only a fraction below freezing, so nicely warming up. (The socks work fine in slippers too.)
Two days after Friday's storm, roads resemble ice rinks and highways north and west of Dallas are strewn with abandoned cars, KPAX in Missoula, Mont. reports.
Putting aside the question, what is a station in Montana doing reporting traffic conditions in Dallas, the photo of Dallas' blizzard-congested I-35 is worth a look. A real close look (yes, Bunky, there is some snow there).
Though the games might appear to be unregulated digital bazaars, the companies running them reserve the right to police the communications of players and store the chat dialogues in servers that can be searched later. The transactions conducted with the virtual money common in the games, used in World of Warcraft to buy weapons and potions to slay monsters, are also monitored by the companies to prevent illicit financial dealings.
Here's a story with a War Games vibe: Elves, trolls, and supermodels, monsters and spies and real spies, all milling around and chasing each other and them too—actually, sort of sounds like fun.