Category: Random

  • Academic Silos

    First, Sharks & Deep Sea Squid! How cool is that? Second, why was the academic response to pull it off the internet? The attitude behind that seems like an unintended, and unfortunate, consequence of the publish or perish academic system currently in place. Yannis Papastamatiou, a shark ecologist at Florida International University, in Miami, saw…

  • Stock market was up/down on news of [insert nonsense]

    I believe that TV and radio news use this stock market headline generator today.

  • A Comic Strip Tour Of The Wild World Of Pandemic Modeling | FiveThirtyEight

    So much is still unknown about this pandemic. Both the website ( and the artist ( are worth following. This comic talks about why it is very hard to have an accurate model. And why all models should be distrusted to some degree. Click image or here to see the full comic.

  • Cadbury Creme Eggs: A glimpse of how they are made

    I visited the Cadbury factory in Birmingham, England a number of years ago. The tour didn’t take us onto the actual factory floor so we didn’t get to see how they made the creme eggs like the video. But they did have a very nice demonstration setup where they show all the different processes. And,…

  • Fake Meat: White Castle Review

    I am very interested in all the work going on in the “fake meat” area. Impossible and Beyond are both running full speed with the newest generation of vegetarian meats. To be clear, I am not a vegetarian. I love meat and do not intend to give it up. But I really hope that they…

  • Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician Featured in ‘Hidden Figures,’ Dies at 101 – The New York Times

    They asked Katherine Johnson for the moon, and she gave it to them. Wielding little more than a pencil, a slide rule and one of the finest mathematical minds in the country, Mrs. Johnson, who died at 101 on Monday at a retirement home in Newport News, Va., calculated the precise trajectories that would let…

  • Spring Training starts

    The true harbinger of spring is not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of the bat on the ball. Bill Veeck

  • Word Of The Day: tsundoku

    Tsundoku: acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them

  • Scrolling to The Deep Sea The above picture is one of the many things to learn at Neal Agarwal’s “The Deep Sea’ website. Scroll down from the surface and you will see creatures down to the very deepest part of the ocean. More people have been to the Moon than the Hadal Zone (6000m). Click on the ‘’…

  • Where is the Tesla that SpaceX sent into space?

    SpaceX launched a car into space on February 6, 2018. Some dismissed as a stupid rich guy thing. I enjoyed it immensely. SpaceX is doing remarkable work, with NASA’s help, in getting the space effort going again. Putting the Tesla Roadster, and a space dummy, on a trajectory towards Mars caught the public’s attention. If…

  • The glass matters: A Guinness Story

    If you are not a fan of Stout beer, or staring at beer watching bubbles, this post is not for you. Feel free to move along, I won’t mind.

  • Scoregami: an amusing sport stat

    Came across ‘Scorigami’ the other day. It is a ‘Scorigami!’ when a US Football game ends in a score that has never happened before. The web site gives the current state of them. It is fun to wander around a bit. There is also a baseball one at There have been at least…

  • Class Of 2023 Mindset

    This is a list of many things that have been true since the birth of those entering in college this year (thus the ‘Class of 2023’). This list used to be at the Beloit College website, but they moved it to a different place. The complete list is here: Here are a few highlights…

  • Ford Pinto Wagon – my first car

    My folks owned a Ford Pinto wagon that eventually came to me. The story about how I got it and what happened to it are lost to my late teen/early 20s memory gaps. The picture in this post is the closest I could find. I don’t even remember what year the car was or what…

  • Video: How They Make Aluminum Foil

    About 5 minutes long. From a big block of aluminum to 12.7 kilometers of aluminum foil by basically continually squeezing it until it is thin enough. And don’t tear it! Video by the “How It’s Made” show.

John Bredesen

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