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How Things Change

I’m about to cut the cord and get rid of cable TV. When I saw this, I wondered if the curve for cable TV would be very similar, just shifted to the right a bit?

[Image Credit: xkcd]

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An Atomic Toasters Economics Lesson

The University of Chicago is well known for its school of economics. Many of the worlds leading economic theorists and practitioners, including Milton Friedman, have come from the hallowed halls of maroon and white. The Chicago school of economics tends to be focused on studying the free market. Game consoles, since the late […]

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A-Bomb, H-Bomb, Thunderstorm

They say knowing is half the battle. If you see either of the first two, your battle may be over.

[Image Credit: x-ray delta one]

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Ship 7109

On Delta Airlines’ blog they had an interesting post about one of their workhorse Boeing 777-200LR aircraft and a typical 9 days in its life. As you can see from the infographic, it traveled 86,700 miles, went to 9 distinct airports, and carried almost 4,000 passengers. Here’s some more information you may or […]

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Random Data: Let’s Go Squaredancing!

December 1942. “Proviso Yards, Chicago. A Chicago & North Western Railroad roundhouse.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. Click for Largerizering

What else do you do in a roundhouse?

I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and I’m starting off lite. Don’t want to sprain a finger or something.


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Shutdown: A Periodic Table for Earth Scientists

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We haven’t looked at a periodic table for a while, and I found this one buried in a dusty corner of my image library. It’s probably of little use to anyone, but it is mildly interesting for its specialization.

Image by L. Bruce Railsback, Dept. of Geology, University of […]

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Random Data: Pocket Change Reprise


Oooo, pretty!

Last week in my post on the Royal Canadian Mint’s million dollar gold coin that is more pure than the driven snow and even Ivory soap, I made the comment that I’d like to see how the coin was made, and there was some discussion in comments about what methods might have been used, but we were all guessing and blowing smoke.

Well, wonder no more! Alert and resourceful commenter racketeer posted a link to a YouTube video that shows how the coin was made, and you can watch it after the jump.

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Random Data: Halloween Special

Nah, you better not. Pussies…

I hope everyone is prepared for all of the little disguised mooches tonight. I’m following tradition again this year and turning off my lights and turning on my gravel (not lawn) sprinklers. With luck it’s supposed to rain tonight […]

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Pocket Change

I’m sure that our Canadian Cohort is familiar with the coin pictured above, but it’s new to me and I think it’s pretty cool.

The Royal Canadian Mint made the thing, or at least announced it, in 2007 as a promotional gimmick, and was put on display […]

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Random Data: Gamer’s I.Q. Test

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This is kind of old, but I thought that I’d throw it up here (so to speak) anyway since one of our occasional posters wrote something related to gaming today. I scored a zero…

Image from DeviantArt