Friday, August 31, 2012

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Glass Shape Affects How Quickly People Drink Alcohol. “The participants were almost twice as slow when drinking alcohol from the straight-sided glass compared to the curved glass. There was no difference in drinking rates from the glasses when the drink was non-alcoholic. The researchers suggest that the reason for this may be because it is more difficult to accurately judge the halfway point of shaped glasses. As a result, drinkers are less able to gauge how much they have consumed.”

It's like Piaget for grown-ups. I experimented a bit with this last night. The cups at the club are wider at the top than the bottom, have various amounts of ice, and the gin and the tonic mix unevenly; the alcohol tends to stay at the bottom, so you can drink it quickly with a straw or more slowly by sipping from the cup. For the last drink I had tequila and tonic, which tastes bad, so I drank more slowly. Bartenders have different shaped glasses for different drinks, so there's already been years of research done on this, but nobody collecting the data formally. Somebody could do a survey of bartenders and see if they have any thoughts. Also I wonder what the experimental design was.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A VACCINE WOULD BE BETTER, BUT THIS IS GOOD: University of Cape Town Researchers Believe They Have Found a Single Dose Cure for Malaria. “Unlike conventional multidrug malaria treatments that the malaria parasite has become resistant to, Professor Kelly Chibale and his colleagues now believe that they have discovered a drug that over 18 months of trials ‘killed these resistant parasites instantly.’ Animal tests also showed that it was not only safe and effective, but there were no adverse reported side effects. Clinical tests are scheduled for the end of 2013.”
Let’s hope it pans out.

Why the delay?


Wednesday, August 29, 2012


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

somebody sent me a picture of my great grandmother, emily northrup, second from left top, and her father albert coe northrup, seated left. circa 1875-1880.

emily's son, clare augustus stewart sr, is who his son, my father, is named after. clare sr lost his farm and his bank in the flood of 35 but later struck oil, leaving a college fund and trust fund for his 16 grandchildren. emily married bernard stewart, who is from a line of stewarts who had to leave scotland after bonnie prince charlie lost his battle. charlie was a cousin because we are descended from one of the stewart kings.

about 20 years ago, somebody asked my father if his northrups were related to my mother's northropps.
it turned out that they were, and he got hooked on researching the family tree back to the pilgrims. with ancestry.com, i was able to fill in some of the gaps.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

paul ryan:
You know, Jack Kemp had this sort of infectious enthusiasm, and I had planned on doing this for a little while, then I wanted to be an economist. That was my plan in life. But what Jack sort of brought me into was this notion that at a young age, you can make a big difference. The battle of ideas is worth fighting. This country is so unique and exceptional, and it just really sparked, it triggered a spark in me, which is what basically caused me to change my sort of path I had planned for myself in life and get involved in public policy and public service. And that’s what I’ve done. And I’m a big ideas guy. I believe in the battle of ideas. I believe in liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination, government by the consent of the governed, all those founding principles. Our rights come from nature and God, not government.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Gottlieb and Caro argue about length, but they also argue about prose, even about punctuation. “You know that insane old expression, ‘The quality of his defect is the defect of his quality,’ or something like that?” Gottlieb asked me. “That’s really true of Bob. What makes him such a genius of research and reliability is that everything is of exactly the same importance to him. The smallest thing is as consequential as the biggest. A semicolon matters as much as, I don’t know, whether Johnson was gay. But unfortunately, when it comes to English, I have those tendencies, too, and we could go to war over a semicolon. That’s as important to me as who voted for what law.” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/magazine/robert-caros-big-dig.html?pagewanted=2&_r=2&ref=bookshttp://

Rocky flying squirrel case.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

i'd been wondering, what did akin actually say:

Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child
 Is 5% really rare? I don't much trust the 5% number. so, some bad science and bad policy in the quote. akin hasn't withdrawn. i'll put MO as leans Dem, for the senate, but I'm not sure the race is over. Akin was the result of a 3 way primary between  self-funded businessman, a tea party candidate, and akin, a sitting congressman from the st loius county area.

these short posts with just a link are because i'm planning to add some stuff to the blogroll and move a few things around, just haven't gotten to it yet.

a student loan debt graphic. not sure if spam, but somebody has persistently been asking me to link to this, so i am.


these short posts with just a link are because i'm planning to add some stuff to the blogroll and move a few things around, just haven't gotten to it yet.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012



 Octopi have consciousness. Consciousness is one of the ways we humans explain our position at the tippy top of the food chain. But scientists are starting to doubt that we alone are conscious. The new Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness—a document signed by neuroscientists of all stripes—argues that octopi, elephants and chimpanzees all exhibit signs of advanced thought. "The weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness," the researchers write. 'Non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates." The octopus earned its way on to the list by virtue of its ability to collect coconut shells and use them as a portable means of shelter. Tool use such as this denotes significant problem solving and memory skills, scientists believe. [Scientific American]


I got carded the other day trying to buy a tonic and lime at the Whistle Stop. So I'm trying to find the statutes, meanwhile here's a bit of sillyness.
IC 7.1-3-9-10
High and fine reputation
Sec. 10. High and Fine Reputation. The commission may issue a liquor retailer's permit only to a high grade club, restaurant, or hotel, which has a high and fine reputation for decency and law obedience. In no case shall a liquor retailer's permit be issued or stand unrevoked if the owner, manager, or management of the establishment is not a person of strict integrity and high repute, or if the premises have been padlocked.
(Formerly: Acts 1973, P.L.55, SEC.1.)


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

ron paul's birthday.

Sunday, August 19, 2012


typical newspaper attack on sovereign citizen movement. however,these particular citizens seem like  lowlifes, thieves, violent, etc, now suspected of killing some cops.

Thursday, August 16, 2012



Monday, August 13, 2012


Sunday, August 12, 2012


a good story about meeting someone at a coffee shop

Friday, August 10, 2012

13th amendment case against jail goes forward.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

I have this vague idea for a post on chikphila, but it's not really coming together yet.

Chick-Fil-A (i should learn how they spell it) says they support  one man-one women marriages, because that's how it is in the bible. First of course that's not how it is in the bible; how many wives did Solomon have, or Methusula, etc. Adam might or might not have been, er, shacked up with Lillith before Eve, but at least that was one at a time.

But anyway, what if Chik-Fil-A were to adopt a one chicken-one rooster policy? I just don't think it would work out well. I just haven't been able to come up with a clever way to write it up. So I'll just leave this here.

Friday, August 03, 2012

deadly megabus crash on the chicago-to-st louis run. i've been taking greyhound to st louis because it goes direct instead of via chicago, but i prefer megabus when i have a choice between the two. last year 3 people died in separate megabus crashes. i guess those are just the odds of highway travel.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Before Cruz, now 41, earned a Harvard law degree magna cum laude, he wrote his Princeton senior thesis on the Constitution’s Ninth and 10th Amendments, which if taken seriously would revitalize two bulwarks of liberty — the ideas that the federal government’s powers are limited because they are enumerated, and that the enumeration of certain rights does not “deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
- george will 


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