The Scottish independence vote is Thursday. Elections guru Sam Wang estimates: "“yes” has an outside chance, maybe 1 out of 4, of winning. This will be a nailbiter"
I favor independence. Scotland can solve its currency problems, it can't solve an English government bent on slashing and privatizing its institutions.
Astronomy has a special way of puncturing a guy's sense of importance. First you find out the sun is a smallish star. Then that we're on the outskirts of our galaxy.
Now it turns out our galaxy is on the last subway stop to the most distant suburb of some super galaxy cluster called Laniakea:
We're hicks, astronomy, OK? We get it.
Wired reports the icloud/nude celebrity photo hacks relied on law enforcement surveillance technology:
Tonight is peak of the best meteor shower of the year.
Watch it on Wired's Live cam if you're viewing is obstructed because of clouds or because of ...
“The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it’s comprehensible”
- Albert Einstein
Einstein's quote contemplates the possibility of nature not succumbing to scientific explanations and asserts that a universe explicable by science is in fact improbable.
If you're more interested in how you answer the question than in how a single question can be framed which tests for narcissism, then maybe you don't even need to answer the test question.
It's August already and I'm wondering whether either party has defined one or more central issues on which the 2014 election is being run. If so, I haven't noticed. What do y'all think?
Also, here's a summer jazz album by the inestimable Art Blakey:
I've run into skepticism lately about systemic bank fraud and/or law enforcement looking the other way. Here's a short diary on the systemic mortgage fraud that contributed to the housing bubble/financial crisis and a likely side effect today of the "soft on financial crime" approach by the government - systemic auto loan fraud during the recovery.
Hope y'all are enjoying the summer as best you can.
Can summer evening chill jazz increase your enjoyment? Only one way to find out:
(This is an early "fusion jazz" album from '69 -- overshadowed by Miles's other fusion albums around the time, "Miles Ahead" ('68) and "Bitches Brew" ('70). It's my fav. among the 3.)
Leave any thoughts below, and here's some very chill jazz music for a relaxing summer weekend:
Most non-coding human DNA has no biological function, so don't buy into the common "modern science has discovered junk DNA probably isn't junk after all" narrative.
More precisely, infusing young blood in mice reverses many of aging's central effects: