Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Line of the Day: 2014-02-25

A Goldman spokesman, after being told that @GSElevator had been unmasked, said in a statement, “We are pleased to report that the official ban on talking in elevators will be lifted effective immediately.”

Who knew a PR flack for a firm like that could make a joke in public?

(source | @GSElevator)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

An animated puzzle

Swiped from Jake VanderPlas:

"... an impressively well-adapted resident of New York City."

The flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) does not actually fly — it glides. When a squirrel leaps from its perch in a tall tree, it spreads its limbs, stretching out its two patagia (thick, furred membranes that extend from its wrists to its ankles). In this way, a squirrel less than 10 inches long (including a tail almost half that length) can, in a single bound, cover 150 feet or more, gliding through the treetops effortlessly.

Emph. added.

(source | more)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Also, I was shocked, shocked that Facebook offered no obvious way to report a misleading ad.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Oh, let's just throw this line in at the end

Apparently, there is a gas cloud that about to be sucked into the black hole at the center of our galaxy. (Well, it happened 26,000 years ago, but we're just about to see what ... will have happened?) This gas cloud is expected to form (to have formed) a halo around the black hole.


Deviations from the predicted shape of the halo would indicate that Einstein’s theory of gravity needs revision.

That would seriously be something.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

No room at the inn?

Never fails to amaze me how pedestrian are the concerns of people who see themselves as among The Chosen of a deity they claim is so powerful he transcends time and space.

I mean, loaves and fishes, anybody? And that wasn't even the real Messiah!

(h/t and post title: TC)

Monday, February 03, 2014