Yes, your friend was a troll and he scared you.
Once you cool off? You will laugh with him.
But fear not, I will laugh in your stead.
Yes, your friend was a troll and he scared you.
Once you cool off? You will laugh with him.
But fear not, I will laugh in your stead.
To do THIS (below)…
You have to be determinate, very flexible and patient.
You have to be …
My paws are not getting wet
This dress was picked in the darkness
With both eyes shut
In a moment of weakness
A sense of fashion hides in the closet
Obviously, somebody was blackmailed
To wear this drek
Of all of the beautiful dresses in the world
Why picked the worst one?
Though the machine that is Nature…
Has the mechanics in place to do its very best to purify?
The water in which you drink.
[via Science Blog] Recent data demonstrated a gigantic role of aquatic organisms in making water clean and clear. It was shown in the long-term international project that was carried out recently. The amazing results were presented in this paper, which is a review of the multi-year studies of aquatic organisms, mainly marine and freshwater invertebrates that are filter-feeders – freshwater mussels, marine mussels, oysters. They play a key role as biological filters – as an important part of the biosphere and hydrosphere. The studies were conducted in laboratories of four countries, including U.K. (England), Russia, Ukraine.
Ostroumov S.A. Biological filters are an important part of the biosphere – Science in Russia. 2009. No. 2. P. 30-36, in English. [The journal ‘Science in Russia’ is published by the Presidium of Russian Academy of Sciences, both in English and in Russian; Nauka Publishers, Moscow; ISSN 0869-7078. http://www.ras.ru, ©Russian Academy of Sciences Presidium.] Full text of the paper see:
Additional in-depth analysis of the role of aquatic organisms that filter water was given also in the papers: [Which you can Read More HERE!]
Far, FAR, beyond your imagination?
Can exist in one single drop.
[via io9] Behold the bizarre microbial world that lurks in a drop of water
Feast your eyes and ears on Micro Empire, the microcinematic brainchild of Austrian filmmaker Clemens Wirth.
By attaching his DSLR to a microscope, Wirth was able to exploit an imaging technique known as dark field microscopy. This filming method not only gave Wirth front row seats to the ongoings of a world rarely seen by humans, it also allowed him to portray his microscopic subject matter against a spooky, inky-black background. Throw in some otherworldly music courtesy of Radium Audio, and you’ve got yourself the spine-tingling short film featured up top.
As an enthusiast for little things, I wanted to go deeper than the macro universe, so I found myself hanging on the eyepiece of a microscope. The real challenge was definitely the small depth of field in microscopy. It’s really fascinating how detailed this tiny world is, and unbelievable how much is going on in only one little water drop.
It makes you think…
About just what you are swallowing…
The next time you raise that water bottle to your lips.
The ideas that physics can come up with, on any given day… Are more fantastical and just out-and-out more wonderful than anything Hollywood could ever come up with in the little fevered imaginations.
However, besides the fact that on its good days?
Physics is pretty hard for the average man to understand…
Most people see its crazy theories as extremely UN-applicable to life, and therefore pretty darn useless.
So for the most part THIS (below) bits of awesome gets ignored.
(Phys.org) — Philosophers have debated the nature of time long before Einstein and modern physics. But in the 106 years since Einstein, the prevailing view in physics has been that time serves as the fourth dimension of space, an arena represented mathematically as 4D Minkowski spacetime. However, some scientists, including Amrit Sorli and Davide Fiscaletti, founders of the Space Life Institute in Slovenia, argue that time exists completely independent from space. In a new study, Sorli and Fiscaletti have shown that two phenomena of special relativity – time dilation and length contraction – can be better described within the framework of a 3D space with time as the quantity used to measure change (i.e., photon motion) in this space.
The scientists have published their article in a recent issue of Physics Essays. The work builds on their previous articles, in which they have investigated the definition of time as a “numerical order of material change.”
The main concepts of special relativity - that the speed of light is the same in all inertial reference frames, and that there is no absolute reference frame – are traditionally formulated within the framework of Minkowski spacetime. In this framework, the three spatial dimensions are intuitively visualized, while the time dimension is mathematically represented by an imaginary coordinate, and cannot be visualized in a concrete way.
In their paper, Sorli and Fiscaletti argue that, while the concepts of special relativity are sound, the introduction of 4D Minkowski spacetime has created a century-long misunderstanding of time as the fourth dimension of space that lacks any experimental support. They argue that well-known time dilation experiments, such as those demonstrating that clocks do in fact run slower in high-speed airplanes than at rest, support special relativity and time dilation but not necessarily Minkowski spacetime or length contraction. According to the conventional view, clocks run slower at high speeds due to the nature of Minkowski spacetime itself as a result of both time dilation and length contraction. But Sorli and Fiscaletti argue that the slow clocks can better be described by the relative velocity between the two reference frames, which the clocks measure, not which the clocks are a part of. In this view, space and time are two separate entities.
“With clocks we measure the numerical order of motion in 3D space,” Sorli toldPhys.org. “Time is ‘separated’ from space in a sense that time is not a fourth dimension of space. Instead, time as a numerical order of change exists in a 3D space. Our model on space and time is founded on measurement and corresponds better to physical reality.” [Read More - Mind. Blown!]
Due to THIS (below) piece of applied physicist madness?
Physics will one day be recognized as the superpower it darn well deserves to be seen as.
[via Gizmodo] Scientist Uses Physics to Escape a $400 Traffic Ticket
When encountering a tricky problem, it always pays to play to your strengths. Like a scientist from UCSD who was issued with a traffic ticket for failing to completely stop at a stop sign. His response? A four-page paper describing how the ticket defied the laws of physics.
Using his understanding of angular and linear motion, Dmirti Krioukov was able to argue to a judge that the police officer who issued the ticket only thought he saw the car failing to fully stop. Krioukov explained to NBC:
“[M]y argument in the court went as follows: that what he saw would be easily confused by the angle of speed of this hypothetical object that failed to stop at the stop sign. And therefore, what he saw did not properly reflect reality, which was completely different.”
Uhuh. If that needs clearing up, his argument is based on relative velocities: to an observer—like the police officer—the car could appear to be moving at a certain velocity in a particular direction as a result of the observer’s position and velocity. If you want to read the full paper, it’s here. [Read More]
Because in truth?
Little is more awe-inspiring, at the amazingness of the inner workings of the Universe…
Having a tat today?
Despite your tattoo not meaning what YOU think it means to you, to others…
On an overall cultural scale?
Yeah, it doesn’t mean what it USED to mean either.
Are you ‘badass’ because you have a tattoo?
You’re really not.
[via Slate] [...]The trend for tattoos is not exactly breaking news. But in the last few months, it seems to me that tats have gone from fad to raging unstoppable pandemic. David Beckham, for example, used to have a bit here and a bit there, but now the majority of his upper body is inked. […]
But the new extreme inking is by no means confined to the sporting set. Everywhere I look in Florida, I clock old geezers with hammocks and the word “Margaritaville” emblazoned across their burly sun-blasted torsos. Chicks, too: Today I saw a superannuated South Beach swinger boasting a tarantula on her right shoulder. Every time she hoisted her sippy cup to her lips the spider jiggled. And it’s no longer just a class thingy: I even saw tats at the legendarily WASP-y Bath and Tennis Club in Palm Beach. OK, so they were on the leg of the car-park valet, but just you wait. Next year, the old broads in the canasta salon will be sporting radical ink. Mark my words.
In the past there was one reason, and one reason only, to ink up: A tattoo confirmed your status as a scary outsider rebel carny outlaw sociopath. “Don’t mess with me because I am insane,” was the intended message. And it worked. Remember Robert Mitchum in Night of The Hunter? When he cuts Shelley Winters’ throat we are hardly surprised: We knew trouble was on the horizon as soon as we saw the words LOVE and HATE inked across his knuckles. Tattoos meant mayhem.
But on the brightside, for tat lover’s everywhere?
Having a tattoo could very mean you have a drinking problem!
There is that.
[via LiveScience] People with tattoos drink more than their tattoo-less peers, a new study from France suggests.
The researchers asked nearly 3,000 young men and women as they were exiting bars on a Saturday night if they would take a breathalyzer test. Of those who agreed to take it, the researchers found that people with tattoos had consumed more alcohol than those without tattoos, the researchers said.
Previous studies have shown that tattooed individuals are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as unprotected sex, theft, violence and alcohol consumption, compared to people without tattoos.
The researchers suggest educators, parents and physicians consider tattoos and piercings as potential “markers” of drinking, using them to begin a conversation about alcohol consumption and other risky behaviors. [Read More]
Though I am pretty sure that is not the culture statement you were shooting for, when you got inked up.
But hey, when it comes to tats?
Beggars can’t be choosers…
Though I really wish some beggars would be a TAD choosier, and a bit more discerning.
“The only two certainties in life are death and taxes.” – Mark Twain
But how much taxes? Well that’s a hotly debated issue.
When it comes to taxes, what is fair? What is tolerable? Acceptable?
Thanks to THIS (below) report…
Maybe more than you realize.
[via The Blaze] Okay, let’s face it: we all hate paying taxes and the less we have to pay, the happier we are, right? Apparently not.
According to a new study titled “Tax affinity hypothesis: Do we really hate paying taxes?” we may not hate paying taxes as much as we think we do. “People would prefer to keep a dollar than pay it in tax,” the study’s authors, Iwan Djanali and Damien Sheehan-Connor, write, “but paying it in tax is not equivalent to throwing the money away.” The report argues that while most (if not all) taxpayers would prefer to hold on to their own money, there is some benefit to paying taxes.[…]
“We believe that paying taxes also gives you some utility, even though you’re enjoying less consumption,” he added.
“You get some ‘soft utility’ out of it. We call this ‘the warm glow.’ You feel good about helping others, even though you don’t get a direct monetary reward out of it.”
Tom Jacobs of Miller-Mcune describes an experiment (called the “tax affinity hypothesis”) Djanali performed to prove his theory:
Sixty-six undergraduates were paid cash to perform a simple but tedious task: Shading in small circles. During six rounds of five minutes each, they were given a fixed sum for each circle they filled in.
For certain rounds, participants were paid at a higher rate — but they were also “taxed” on their earnings, and those taxes ate up all of the difference.[…]
So what did the study find?
Asked if they thought they worked harder during the “taxed” rounds, less than a third answered yes, which is odd considering the fact that “most of them did work harder in those rounds,” according to the study.
“This implies that people may respond to incentives even when they are not aware that they are doing so,” the study claims, “Among those who said yes, most claimed that the added incentive of knowing that some money would go to a good cause influenced them to work harder.”[…]
“One of the biggest issues in political debates around tax reform is whether higher taxes are a disincentive to work,” Djanali said. “The argument is when you tax people so high, they’re less willing to work.”
Well, that’s not strictly true. It’s not that people are going to stop working altogether. It’s that they will find ways around high taxes which oftentimes involve things like job outsourcing and clever tax dodges like the infamous “Dutch Sandwich.” (For another example on how they avoide taxes? See the quoted article below.)
“What we’re saying is, yes, it would reduce incentive to work,” Djanali continued, “But the reduction will not be as large as you might think, because people get some utility out of paying taxes. So this could have an impact on policy discussions.” [Read More - Very Interesting Article, Read the Whole Thing HERE!]
Taxes are incentives for people to work harder?
Logically, you take into account, of course, the possibility that the people in the above study probably felt the incentives of taxes to ‘work harder’ during taxed portions of the study, only because they had to do double the work to make the same amount of money. And sure, when it comes to finite time-limitation on this study?
Sure people are willing to put forth the extra work needed to support a tax. They know they do not need to “work hard” forever, just during the limited duration of the study.
However when it comes to REAL life situations, and the infinitesimal idea of high taxes imposed on a person indefinitely?
You must take one other report into account.
The one that blatantly states that people are renouncing citizenship to AVOID the barrage of punishing, unrelenting taxes.
[via DailyMail] As millions of Americans are scrambling to get their tax returns postmarked by this evening, a smaller sect did something much more drastic and renounced their US citizenship.
Last year alone, almost 1,800 people renounced their U.S. citizenship or handed in their Green Cards – and many of them said it was because of tax reasons.
That’s a record number since the Internal Revenue Service began publishing a list of those who renounced in 1998. It’s also almost eight times more than the number of citizens who renounced in 2008, and more than the total for 2007, 2008 and 2009 combined.[Read More]
And considering how FEW people are actually paying in taxes anyway?
Increasing taxes on those limited few who can actually afford to flee the U.S. to countries with lower tax rates?
[via CNSNews] Americans Making Over $50,000 a Year Paid 93.3 Percent of All Taxes in 2010
Americans making over $50,000 paid most of the federal taxes that were paid in the U.S. in 2010.
According to statistics compiled from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by the Tax Foundation, those people making above $50,000 had an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent, and carried 93.3 percent of the total tax burden. [Read More]
“Probably not the best idea.”
It seems to be the ONLY idea the present Administration has to combat our current economic burdens…
*shakes head sadly*
“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”
“The only source of knowledge is experience”
Story behind the song:
The American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic (Youth Orchestra) and its director, Kayson Brown, approached us with this idea. We loved it. It combined two of the things we are working to accomplish — inviting people to classical music and inspiring young musicians. Steven Sharp Nelson had soloed with the orchestra the previous year and loved the spirit and the talent that the orchestra showed at such young ages (ages 13-18!) Together we developed the concept of “Beethoven’s 5 Secrets,” combining OneRepublic’s tune “Secrets” with melodies and moments from all four movements of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.
We used 5 different melodies from the 4 movements of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony (not including the “bridge” the orchestra plays in the middle). Try to guess where they are and where they come from!
What are Beethoven’s secrets? He had many. His most prominent secret that he desperately tried to keep from the public and that caused him to be considered extremely eccentric, irritable, and hermit-like was his “weakness.” He was deaf during most of his life. Imagine that…one of the greatest composers that ever lived could hardly hear. And yet, he wrote his life’s greatest works after becoming deaf. He believed that art itself had “secrets” that had to be “forced into” in order to obtain art’s highest level. There is no doubt Beethoven discovered many of the “secrets” of art — people all over the world enjoy them every day. He was a true master of music, blessed by God. This piece and video are dedicated to him.