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Wednesday April 2, 2014 "Creative Criminal Activity Contest," said a poster on the U of Minnesota campus.

It was a contest for creative ways of reducing crime on campus. Not for creative ways of being criminal.

***Found a backpack I liked better than any I owned at Steeple People Thrift Store. Thought about the reasons why I shouldn't buy it. Bought it.

Thursday April 3, 2014 Spiderweb, in a cup I'd used a few hours earlier. A sign of Spring.

On the other hand, a winter storm warning.

***Comments of Comment:

Keith Lynch, 3/31/14: "Dan Goodman <> wrote: 'Summary: Scientists suggest that the fossil impact humans have made on the planet is vast and unprecedented in nature -- and that there's been nothing remotely like it since the Earth formed, over four and half billion years ago.'
[Quoted from]

"I've often wondered whether it's possible that there was another technological species on our planet in the distant past. What signs should we look for?

"I'm skeptical that one can be ruled out more than one billion years ago, however. There just isn't much left from those times.

"On the other hand, there is the nuclear waste found in Africa dated to one and a half billion years ago, usually attributed to a natural nuclear reactor. Well, maybe."

My guess: If there was a previous technological civilization, any relics it left would be interpreted as having other causes.
Happy Birthday, jimhines!

Day late Happy Birthday, snowynight!
Monday March 31, 2014 Comments of Comment:

Keith Lynch, 3/29/14:
"Adult Children Anonymous meeting. Learned something I needed.

"The topic was making amends. In discussion, someone brought up making amends to one's body."

Amends for what?

For misuse.


Daylight saving impacts timing of heart attacks
Date: March 29, 2014
Source: American College of Cardiology
Summary: Still feeling the residual effects of springing ahead for daylight saving time? The hour of
sleep lost -- or gained -- may play a bigger, perhaps more dangerous role in our body's natural rhythm than we think. It seems moving the clock forward or backward may alter the timing of when heart attacks occur in the week following these time changes, according to research.

***From Twitter:

Scientific American ‏@sciam Methane-spewing Microbe Blamed in Earth's Worst Mass Extinction

***From a Publishers Lunch newsletter:

This week on Booktalk Nation:

DANIELLE PAIGE, Dorothy Must Die, Mon. Mar. 31st, 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT. Danielle Paige joins BTN for a video chat with Marissa Meyer about Paige's debut novel Dorothy Must Die, a fast-paced reimagining of the land of Oz where Dorothy is in charge and the power has gone to her head.
Saturday March 29, 2014 From

Mass participation experiment reveals how to create the perfect dream
Date: March 26, 2014
Source: University of Hertfordshire
Summary: Psychologists have announced the results of a two-year study into dream control. The experiment shows that it is now possible for people to create their perfect dream, and so wake up feeling especially happy and refreshed. Researchers also discovered that people's dreams were especially bizarre around the time of a full moon.

Technofossils: Unprecedented legacy left behind by humans
Date: March 25, 2014
Source: University of Leicester
Summary: Scientists suggest that the fossil impact humans have made on the planet is vast and unprecedented in nature -- and that there's been nothing remotely like it since the Earth formed, over four and half billion years ago. The researchers argue that, like dinosaurs, who left their bones and footprints behind for future generations to discover, humans will also leave a footprint behind -- one made up of material goods unique to humankind that are so different from anything else produced by animals in the history of Earth that they deserve their own name: technofossils.

***From Twitter:

Retweeted by Lillian Cohen-Moore
UEL ARAMCHEK ‏@ThePatanoiac "Specifically, I'm an umbratarian." She cut another slice from the smoky black slab. "I don't eat the flesh of animals, just their shadows."
Happy Birthday Eve, forodwaith!
Monday March 24, 2014 Started drafting a future. One I would find plausible long enough to set stories there.

Some of my assumptions: 1) There isn't going to be "the end of history" -- a time when society is properly organized and everyone is rational. There won't be an end to wars and other waste motion.

2) Cosmology and physics will not achieve The Final Theory That Explains Everything.

3) There will be unexpected social and technological changes. But things which are obviously going to change won't.

4) Spaceships are not going to be run just like sailing ships.


Electric 'thinking cap' controls learning speed
Date: March 23, 2014
Source: Vanderbilt University
Summary: Caffeine-fueled cram sessions are routine occurrences on any college campus. But what if there was a better, safer way to learn new or difficult material more quickly? What if "thinking caps" were real? Scientists have now shown that it is possible to selectively manipulate our ability to learn through the application of a mild electrical current to the brain, and that this effect can be enhanced or depressed depending on the direction of the current.
Thursday March 13, 2014 Comments of Comment:

kevrob: There's a $T [Dollar Tree] near the gas station I use on my way home from work, and another just as I turn onto the last thoroughfare I take before pulling into my driveway.

I always find small quantities there much cheaper than I would find them elsewhere, such as a supermarket or convenience store. There are good deals on brand name toiletries, frex. I'm only buying for myself, so I appreciate spending $1 on, say, a stick of deodorant or a can of shaving cream when another store would charge me $3, or give me the same per unit price, but only if I purchased in bulk. Since both stores are close by supermarkets I shop at, if I don't like the price on, say,facial tissue, I know where I can get a 120-count box of Scotties for a buck.

I carry a 3-AAA battery LED flashlight with me that $T sells. Flashlight=$1, 4-pack of alkaline batteries = $1. The thing is cheaper than "disposable" flashes sold elsewhere, and if I lend it out and don't get it back, lose it or break the demned thing, I still have gotten my money's worth. The place is HQ for the /c/h/e/a/p/s/k/a/t/e/ frugal bachelor outfitting his quarters. Then again, I shop places like Goodwill.

I echo the mention of Big!Lots. There's a New England chain called Ocean State Job Lot that's good, too. Just installed new RainX wipers on my car. OSJL sold me a pair for $10. Both of those stores sell a lot more, and more expensive items than a dollar store, but also plenty of $1-ish items. OSJL has a great spice wall: small containers of just about anything I'd want for a buck apiece.

Also, 40 count boxes of Barry's Tea Bags (Irish Breakfast or Gold) show up regularly, along with Newman's Own cookies, and various inexpensive imported pastas. An old housemate of mine can't eat gluten. He was hurting himself making himself regular pasta, because the gluten-free stuff was too expensive. The Pasta del Oro (made from corn) I found there for him solved that problem. There also one of the few places that regularly has affordable wild rice, and not only mixed with brown rice, but just by itself.


Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said the U.S. Constitution is 400 years old, TPM reports.

Said Lee: "Frankly, maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman, and others for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years, operating under a Constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not."

***From Twitter:

Weird History ‏@historyweird 1967: "Stuffed girl's heads" - because no bar or living room would be complete without a memento of your "conquests".
Happy Birthday, James Nicoll!
Tuesday March 11, 2014 Took some books to the local Little Free Library.

***A Jehovah's Witness asked if I'd like something to read. There was a time when I distributed political pamphlets; so I accepted his offer.

It occurred to me that Jehovah's Witnesses who became Satanists ought to join Lucifer's Witnesses.

Other possible Satanist group names: Damnation Army. The Society of Enemies. The Unethical Culture Society.

***Comments of Comment:

Stardreamer 3/10/14:

Most dollar stores were actually dollar stores when we first started seeing them, some 15 or 20 years ago. There was one that amused me, in a heavily-Latino section of Houston, that called itself !Caramba 99¢! Unsurprisingly, in the intervening time, inflation has taken its toll. For a while, most of the dollar stores had gone to $1.08; these days they're up to $1.15.[See correction to following below] Dollar Tree is not, by the usual definition, a dollar store -- they're a discount chain. I've had to explain this to people before, with varying levels of success. In a dollar store, _everything_ is the same price.

ETA: Sorry, my bad. Dollar Tree _is_ a dollar store; I was thinking of Family Dollar, which is not.

At the Reno Worldcon, there were several programming items for Christian fans. There was not a single one for Jewish, pagan, $OTHER_RELIGION, or atheist fans. When I noted this, I was assured that it was not a question of discrimination, but rather of how much demand there would be for such programming and who would be willing/able to provide it. I am sure that the same thing applies to your atheist panel.

[The atheist writing panel was on Minicon's list of suggested program items. There might or might not be a volunteer to run it.

[Note: I believe the only way to be certain there is no God or gods is divine revelation. Unless you're omniscient.]


I think we can skip the "alleged" part … In a Strib story headlined "Alleged drunken driver nearly falls out of car onto St. Paul cops," Chao Xiong writes: "A St. Paul man was so drunk Sunday morning he nearly fell out of his vehicle when police found it stuck in a snowbank. … Doty’s eyes were droopy and bloodshot, and his speech was so slurred officers couldn’t understand him. An open beer can was found in the center console, and an empty bottle of vodka was found on the passenger floor, according to the complaint. 'Doty had to hold onto the driver’s door for balance when he got out,' charges said. 'Doty was so intoxicated he couldn’t get his flip flops on his feet.' … Doty has nearly two dozen convictions involving drunken driving, alcohol or traffic violations."

Here’s a guy who has watched waaay too much TV. Emily Gurnon of the PiPress says: "A Woodbury man shot a former high school classmate at Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub in St. Paul while posing as a police officer, according to an attempted-murder complaint filed Monday. From his hospital bed, the 29-year-old shooting victim told police that Patrick Timothy Juetten wore a fake badge Friday night and suggested they 'rob drug dealers' together, according to the criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court."I Don't Want to Be Normal. I Want to Be Healthy 03/11/14 Dan Goodman, 1720 Como Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414. dsgood at or at 612-298-2354
Monday March 10, 2014 Warm; up to 49F (9.44...C). I went outside wearing a sweater. Took it off after a while; put it back on in the evening.

Some people wore winter coats. One man wore a short-sleeved shirt.

***Comments of Comment:

thnidu 3/8/14: Subject: the Oscar Mayer smellophone

How does it give off SCENT?

[There's an attachment -- not exactly free -- which does it with the help of scent cartridges. I suspect it would be simpler and cheaper to rig up something to light scented candles. Twenty years from now, it might be a standard function of smartphones.]


First animals oxygenated Earth's oceans, study suggests

Date: March 9, 2014

Source: University of Exeter


The evolution of the first animals may have oxygenated Earth's oceans -- contrary to the traditional view that a rise in oxygen triggered their development. New research contests the long held belief that oxygenation of the atmosphere and oceans was a pre-requisite for the evolution of complex life forms. The study builds on the recent work of scientists in Denmark who found that sponges -- the first animals to evolve -- require only small amounts of oxygen.

Friday March 7, 2014 Demonstrators against the former Ukrainian government were zombies. More precisely: according to a Crimean separatist interviewed by Canadian radio news program As It Happens, they'd been given drugs which took away their free will.

***I shopped at Dollar Tree -- which, unlike other dollar stores, actually prices things at a dollar (sometimes less.)

Food giveaway at Community Emergency Services.

Saturday March 8, 2014 "Some of the rewards of the inclusion of this bilateral relationship await the reader of the footnotes, as when Langley observes that when the U.S. War Department was preparing its filing-cabinet plan for a possible invasion of Canada in the 1930s, it issued a request for maps of western Canada to the Canadian authorities. (Presumably, the request did not include the rationale.)"
Max Paul Friedman. Review of Langley, Lester D., _America and the Americas: The United States in the Western Hemisphere_.
H-LatAm, H-Net Reviews. March, 2014.

***Mail: Minicon 49 Progress Report 2 (resent after Postal Service screwed up.)

Suggested programming includes: Atheist Writing Panel. Apparently, no one suggested Christian, pagan, Jewish, etc. writing panels.

Rock & Roll in Speculative Fiction -- It's Hip to Be Square. I don't think rock is the music of the future; but not all spec-fic is set in the future.

I won't be at Minicon this year. I do expect to be at next year's Minicon.
Thursday March 6, 2014 From Robotic prosthesis turns drummer into a three-armed cyborg
Date: March 6, 2014
Source: Georgia Institute of Technology
Summary: Scientists have created a robotic drumming prosthesis with motors that power two drumsticks. The first stick is controlled both physically by the musicians’ arms and electronically using electromyography (EMG) muscle sensors. The other stick 'listens' to the music being played and improvises.

***Shopped at the Wedge Coop and Steeple People Thrift Store.

Attended Adult Children Anonymous meeting.


Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Strib covers that diversity endorsement by the GOP for the House seat held by DFL Rep. Phyllis Kahn: "Over the weekend, local Minneapolis Republicans endorsed Abdimalik Mohamed Askar in his run for state House in Minneapolis. His name might be familiar: he ran for president of Somalia a few years ago. Republican Party chair Keith Downey said he is the first Somali-American the party has backed."


In a brazen attempt to "bring home the bacon," meat producer Oscar Mayer has come up with an iPhone app that doubles as an alarm clock and gives off the sound and scent of sizzling slices of pig loin and belly.
San Jose Mercury News
Written by Pat May
Tuesday March 4, 2014 Mardi Gras. For those giving up marijuana for Lent, Mardi Grass?

Comments of Comment:

Lee Gold 3/3/14: My parents got married in 1938, during the Depression.
My mother was 24; my father was 30.
I was born about four years later, after they'd built themselves a house.

[My parents married during WW II, and I was born not long after. I remember an elementary school teacher exclaiming we were the largest class she'd ever taught. I wonder how she reacted when the Boomers came along a few years later.]

My mother died at 85 after a lot of problems caused by the radiation that had cured of her cancer some twenty years earlier. (The cancer was probably caused by a doctor giving her estrogen to help her with hot flashes.)

My mother's mother was supposedly born in 1890 (but my mother said she lied about her age to make it seem she was younger than her husband, born in 1887, when she was actually a year older), so she had her first child in 1913 when she was nominally 23 but really 27. (She was born in Russia on the first night of Chanukkah and didn't know the secular date.) My grandmother died at about 90.
The first night of Chanukah in 1890 was December 6th.
The first night of Chanukah in 1886 was December 21st.

[My paternal grandfather knew the year in the secular calendar, and the month and date in the Jewish calendar. Some decades later, someone in the family figured out when he was born.]
Saturday March 1, 2014 Got my zine for Link Online sent off, including "Some Their Gold, and Some Their Gear, and Some Their Maidenhead." Also sent the story to the Writers list.

***Comments of Comment:

novapsyche, 2/27/14: My mother had her first child very young, at 18. That child, my sister, had her only child at age 19. Her son had his first (probably not only) child at 21. Thus, my mother is a great grandmother in her 60s while my sister became a grandmother at the age of 40.

***In newsletter from Foreign Affairs, 2/27/14:

Crimean Punishment
Why Russia Won't Invade Ukraine
By Kimberly Marten

When it comes to Russia and Ukraine, Western policymakers are most worried about two possible scenarios: First, that Russia would embargo gas to Ukraine, and second, that it would invade Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. But neither is likely. Here's...


How Earth might have looked: How a failed Saharan Atlantic Ocean rift zone sculped [sic] Africa's margin
Date: February 28, 2014
Source: Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Summary: Break-up of the supercontinent Gondwana about 130 Million years ago could have led to a completely different shape of the African and South American continent with an ocean south of today’s Sahara desert, as geoscientists have shown through the use of sophisticated plate tectonic and three-dimensional numerical modelling.

***From Twitter:

Retweeted by Ray Radlein
Atrios ‏@Atrios "The people of the Ukraine need us. They have been cut off from the world. Only Bitcoin can reach them." sigh
Thursday February 27, 2014 Adult Children Anonymous meeting.

***Comments of Comment:

Lee Gold 2/27/14: Do you *feel* your head hair being black?
Or just look at your head hair now and then in a mirror?
If the latter (as I assume), how often a day?
(How soon do you think you'd notice if the mirror started lying?)

[I see myself in the bathroom mirror at least once a day. If my hair started turning white, I would notice. Unless the whitening started in back.]

I look at myself in a mirror perhaps once a week, and then I ignore my hair color, because I know it's been dyed reddish brown to please Barry.

"How old do you feel" for me depends on my level of energy and pain.
If I have enough energy to get stuff done, then I don't feel old.

[My energy level is higher; less energy wasted on tension and worry. My pain level is considerably lower; less muscular tension, allergy symptoms under better control.]

***From Twitter:

Forbes Tech News ‏@ForbesTech Google is paying for San Francisco's low-income kids to ride the (public) bus for free

R.L. Ripples ‏@TweetsofOld A man at Trenton found 400 lbs of honey in a hollow and, scraping out the honey, an oyster can with $280 in gold in it. MO1887
Happy Birthday, filkerdave and jolantru!
Tuesday February 25, 2014 The University of Minnesota Law School has a hockey team called the Fighting Mondales. And a chess club called the Fighting Pawndales.

***Comments of Comment:

Lee Gold 2/24/14: "Thursday February 20, 2014 My birthday. I don't feel 71 years old."

Congratulations anyway.
Now close your eyes and imagine: "How old does 71 years feel?"

I remember sometime in the mid-1950s some public service announcement trying to get people to re-imagine age. "What does a grandmother look like?" the nice man's voice asked, and showed a white-haired lady in a wheelchair, knitting.

Then it showed a busy woman, shopping. "This is a grandmother," the nice man's voice said, and showed clips of her busy life, ending up with her going to a party with adult children and teenaged grandchildren -- and her mother, who was the white-haired lady in a wheelchair.

When people have told me now and then, "You don't look [fill in the age]," I tell them, "This is exactly how I look at that age." (I turned 71 on October 7th, 2013.)

Reply: My head hair is black. My maternal grandfather's hair stayed black till the end of his life. But I first grew a beard at 26 or so; and it had some gray in it.

***From Facebook:

Tweets of Old
Girls, you had better hustle to keep pace with one 15-year old Maine maiden who drives oxen, studies Latin, and runs a saw-mill. VA1910

***From Twitter:

Susan Cosmos ‏@SusanCosmos "The only thing we know about the future is that it is going to be different." - Peter Drucker #quote
Monday February 24, 2014 "Finally, in my survey of world history in the two centuries following the fall of the Bastille, I come to the question of why the workers never took over the idea of revolution."
Kenneth Minogue, "What if Karl Marx Had Drowned in a Cross-Channel Ferry Accident (1847)" In Nelson W. Polsby (ed.), What If. The Lewis Publishing Company, 1982

Historical point of divergence: Karl Marx died before writing a complete exposition of his theories. Which meant there was no adequate theory for working class revolution, and no such revolution could occur.

I place this in the "If roosters didn't crow, the Sun wouldn't rise" category. Factory workers would have adapted some other philosophy to their needs.

As peasants have done with Marxism in our timeline. As groups across political and social spectrums have done with Christianity and other religions.

***The University of Minnesota's Metro-area campuses will go smoke-free in July. The ban will include electronic cigarettes.


"Fake" ... Twitter followers? Nick Winkler of KSTP-TV writes: "5 EYEWITNESS NEWS audited high profile politicians in Minnesota and found they have thousands of fake twitter followers. For instance, approximately 6,000 of Governor Mark Dayton's twitter followers are not real. We checked and candidates for the Republican nominee for Governor have fake followers as well."

***From Twitter:

Brainwave Architect™ ‏@brainwavetweets You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety. ~ Abraham Maslow.
Saturday February 22, 2014 "Ada [Lovelace] and [Charles] Babbage tried to apply their mathematical skills to predicting the outcome of horse races, and Ada died deeply in debt."

Julia Cresswell, Naming Your Baby; entry for Ada.

I recommend this book. Partly for asides such as this one. Mostly because when there are conflicting explanations of a name's origin, or the standard explanation is dubious, Cresswell says so. And there's a good bibliography of books and websites.

***From Friday's

We’re No. 40! And I know why … City Pages' Aaron Rupar writes: "[A] sexual stamina study uses data from Spreadsheets, a mobile app that 'monitors data from user's movement and audio levels through the accelerometer and microphone to provide statistical and visual analysis of their performance in bed,' according to its website. … Anyway, using data from 10,000 users, Spreadsheets broke down the relative stamina of each state, and it turns out Minnesota is home to a bunch of two-pump chumps. Here are the results:

38. Oklahoma — (2:21)
39. Colorado — (2:21)
40. Minnesota — (2:19)
41. Ohio — (2:18)
42. Louisiana — (2:17)
43. Kentucky — (2:14)."

Do they have any idea how exhausted we are from shoveling snow?
Thursday February 20, 2014 My birthday. I don't feel 71 years old.

"June or July?," someone asked as I looked at a pile of snow taller than my head.

He meant when I thought the snow would be gone.

"June," I said. "But I'm an optimist."

***Shopped at Steeple People Thrift Store.

***Someone blessed me in Jesus' name. I thanked him. (Later, occurred to me I could have thanked him for the birthday present.)

***Adult Children Anonymous meeting. Rather smaller than usual, due to bad weather.

***On the bus home, one non-American was explaining to another that in the US it's customary for bus passengers to sit in each others' laps.

***Comments of comment:

seawasp 2/18/14: We aren't even sure how to MEASURE the actual computing power of the human brain; heck, I just saw articles claiming a revival of the "quantum structures involved with human thinking" which would utterly change any of the estimates, and even the existing estimates are equal parts barely-justified assumptions and handwaving. So I'm doubtful on that 2050 date.

Especially since even if I assume Moore's Law holds through that date, I'm only getting the typical computer being roughly one million times more powerful in 2050 than the typical computer today, which would imply that a typical computer today has the computing power of 7,000 human brains.

Reply: If people like you were right, we wouldn't have had Mars colonies by 1970. And we'd still have ground cars instead of aircars.

Lee Gold 2/19/14: FWIW, I think I'm a liberal (or at least a yellow dog Democrat) and I prefer B&W cocker scandals to cats.

Reply: I took the quiz, and scored as 58% conservative. This is unlikely to be accurate.

al_zorra 2/19/14: Happy Birthday! I hope it's thawing where you are.

Here, it's thawing and raining upon the piles of filthy snow and lagoons of dirty slush. Much, much better than snow and below freezing temperatures.

Reply: Above freezing temperatures. But sleet mixed with rain, followed by much more snow.
[Screen reader warning: next three paragraphs aren't in English.]

Mpls Snow Emergency ‏@MinneapolisSnow Lub zos Minneapolis tau txiav txim tso xov hais tias yuav muaj kev thob dau ceev. Hu rau. … … (Snow info, Hmong)

Mpls Snow Emergency ‏@MinneapolisSnow Minneapolis waxay ku dhawaaqday gurmad baraf. Fadlan wac (612) 348-7669. (Snow Emergency info, Somali)

City of Minneapolis ‏@CityMinneapolis La Ciudad de Minneapolis ha declarado una Emergencia por Nevada. (612) 348-7669 y pulse 2ñol (Snow info, spanish)


"The Constitution mandates that the minimum age to serve in the U.S. House is 25. That won't be a problem for Joe Newman," USA Today reports.

"Newman, 101, is seeking the House seat held by Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) as a write-in candidate."

***From Twitter:

LiveScience ‏@LiveScience Has someone finally decoded the mysterious #Voynich manuscript?

Dan Goodman ‏@dsgood Give atheists same right to refuse service to religiously-married couples #tellusatoday

(Context: proposed Arizona law allowing restaurant owners etc. to refuse to serve same-sex couples on religious grounds.)
Happy Birthday, novapsyche!
Wednesday February 19, 2014 Met Nate Bucklin for conversation at the Dunn Brothers coffee house in the Minneapolis Central Library building.

The Friends bookstore was having a 25-cent sale. I bought two name books.


Missouri House Appropriations committee chairman Mike Lair (R) appropriated $8 "for two rolls of high density aluminum to create headgear designed to deflect drone and/or black helicopter mind reading and control technology," according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.

The money was tied to an amendment removing language barring the state from accepting federal grants to implement Common Core standards for public schools which some conservatives believe is President Obama's attempt to indoctrinate children.

Explained Lair: "Basically, when you deal with conspiracy theorists, you do logic first... If you can't deal with folks with logic, you use humor. This is to stop all the problems from the black helicopters and drones. This is high density foil."

***"Arguing that we need more carbon dioxide, not less, in the atmosphere," Utah state Rep. Jerry Anderson (R) "has proposed legislation that would limit the state's ability to regulate emissions of the greenhouse gas," the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Said Anderson: "We are short of carbon dioxide for the needs of the plants. Concentrations reached 600 parts per million at the time of the dinosaurs and they did quite well. I think we could double the carbon dioxide and not have any adverse effects."
I Don't Want to Be Normal. I Want to Be Healthy 02/19/14 Dan Goodman, 1720 Como Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414. dsgood at or at 612-298-2354

Tuesday February 18, 2014 Warm enough that I saw a man wearing shorts. Up to the mid-40s F.

To Southeast Library. Picked up hold: Jack Bickham, Setting.

On to the Wedge Coop.

Then to Steeple People Thrift Store. Bought two used golf balls for hand exercises, and an exercise band.


Liberals Like Cats More Than Conservatives Do

A TIME survey found that preferences for pets or particular kinds of food can accurately predict partisanship.

"Loving cats may not make a person a liberal, but it does increase the odds that a person already is one. To see how accurate our survey was, we analyzed the data from 220,192 TIME readers who took the quiz and then volunteered their actual political preferences, and found that all 12 items did in fact predict partisanship correctly."


Theory on origin of animals challenged: Some animals need extremely little oxygen
Date: February 17, 2014
Source: University of Southern Denmark
Summary: One of science's strongest dogmas is that complex life on Earth could only evolve when oxygen levels in the atmosphere rose to close to modern levels. But now studies of a small sea sponge fished out of a Danish fjord shows that complex life does not need high levels of oxygen in order to live and grow.
Wednesday February 12, 2014 Non-allergenic love potion in one a day capsules. (Permanent love potions have gone out of fashion.)

***To Waite House for this month's NAPS package (Nutritional Assistance Program for Seniors.) Took some stuff other recipients didn't want, gave away stuff I didn't want.

Also got food from the twice-monthly produce distribution.

***David Gerrold on Facebook: "And the good news is, I just sold a new story to F&SF. That Pesky Dan Goodman returns in this one and the results are ... hysterical."

***From Twitter:

MarkMillerITPro ‏@MarkMillerITPro "By 2050 $1,000 worth of computing will have the power of all the human brains on the planet." -Jim Seifert, Cisco Canada CTO

Atlas Obscura ‏@atlasobscura This #Singapore shrine is to an unnamed German girl who has become a local deity -


Gay Republican Runs Ad with Same-Sex Partner
Wall Street Journal: "Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, and he would be at least the third to serve in the House if he wins. But Mr. DeMaio on Thursday will take a step that none of them has, airing a campaign ad that features a shot of him with his same-sex partner."
Tuesday February 11, 2014 Comment of Comment:

Stardreamer 2/11/14: Note that Minnesota gets lots of snow regularly every winter. Atlanta gets a really bad storm once every 3 or 4 years. It makes a difference.

Reply: I'm aware of this. It still amuses me. And I suspect people in Arizona are amused when Minnesotans complain about unusually hot summer weather.

***Urban bees using plastic to build hives

Once the snow melts, bees will be back in business -- pollinating, making honey and keeping busy doing bee things. For at least two urban bee species, that means making nests out of plastic waste. A new study reveals that some bees use bits of plastic bags and plastic building materials to construct their nests.

***From Twitter:

Matt Novak ‏@paleofuture travel tip: only refer to san francisco by it's proper name "san fran" to show that you're hip and down with the local lingo


Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) accused a group that supports Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) of lying about him, by asserting that he had been "jailed more than once" and was "charged with a felony," the Dallas Morning News reports.

"That is strange, because Stockman has admitted to these facts, several times."

The Texas Tribune broke the story and has Stockman's mugshot from 1977.