Aaron Schock's office

Why hold back? Why the restraint? I say, if you're going post-modern, shaggy chic, flea market find brothel house gauche then go for it. Seen on Gawker

baby caladiums

John Audubon

I lived with a huge misapprehension having to do with a hero. I thought John Audubon possessed photographic memory. I found it amazing he had that ability and also artistic ability and also drive to use all of it together. I admired him greatly.

The fateful evening in Aspen after flipping through a coffee-table book of Audubon's work when Tom Deusterberg an older man who I had just only met told me point blank that John Audubon was bird hunter. He did not use photographic memory of glimpses of birds through his binoculars and then reconstruct the finest artistic detail in paintings from memory, say, as Mozart did music, rather he was taxidermist who shot his birds and in very large numbers and was very good at posing them. How everyone found Tom disabusing me so terribly funny. Tom shot tersely as if impatient with an idiot, "He shot them."

cylinder and string


i09 solution

Puzzle stumped 96% of America's top maths students, twenty years ago. World-wide only 10% of students got it right and only 4% in the U.S. So says that article but I doubt it.

They tell you the string wraps around the cylinder 4 times, the cylinder is 4cm circumference and 12cm length. How long is the string?

This is so easy it burns because they tell you the numbers. You don't even have to solve the circumference from the ratio from the diameter, no pi, no volume of a cylinder to solve, no nothing. They veritably tell you how long the line. Then ask you how long the string. It's insane. 

If you had to solve for the circumference of the cylinder, then that would be a different story, but they tell you so that part is done for you. 4. And exactly 4 of those loops around so 16. 

Forget cm. It can be anything, inches, feet, yards, meters, snakes, dung beetles, anything. Anything at all. Forget cylinder, think: toilet paper tube or paper towel tube, 4 circumference times 4 loops and 12 length. 

Presently the loops are a coil 16 somethings in length how much must the coil stretch to go one end of the tube to the other? 12 somethings. How much will be added to the coil? 12 somethings? No, because it's like a spring, and not a straight line plus the loops. The loops themselves form part of the length because they are not proper loops but stretch to the next stretched loop, but how much? How much to add? This is the core of the problem. This is where intuition kicks in. Let your mind go fuzzy and the answer pops out. You have 16 somethings X 12 somethings with a string that goes from one corner to the other. How long is the string? 20. 

Why? Because, not as mathematician but rather as artist you know that a 16*12 square  has a 20-something cross inside it. Any such square with sides so lovely as  4:3-somethings will have an X shape of two lines of 5-something inside it. Boom. You can see it in your mind.

From doing pop-up cards and such things a origami and certainly framing. By folding squares in half and measuring the resulting diagonal, by wrapping handles with rope, or sticks with string, or pulling a spring around a post, by wrapping string for a kite. You just know to add a pinch for each incomplete loop and that pinch is 1-something for each loop to stretch to the next stretched loop and that total to add is 4-somethings more. Double intuition check, 4-somethings loop with 1-something extra times 4 loops equals 20. The string is 20.

The mathematician divides it down to 4 Pythagorean triangles added back up, but it's really one big triangle. That's how to see it.

leaders in Germany

No Putin. Leaders discussing dumping Greece. 


stop comparing

Juxtaposing her photo with similar things went on for awhile then it stopped. 

Perry minders

It is odd that we do not recognize our Medal of Honor heroes but do recognize celebrities known for less important things. Perry surrounded by heroes at his announcement ceremony. This particular photo the two look a bit like twin bodyguards and that had people remarking all day. 

Story Town Hall

John Wayne advice

Iranian Wheel of Fortune

feminist's statue

A statue at a private religious college in Texas is visited by a feminist who is shocked at its obvious perspective of privileged male aggression and posted the photo of the offensive statue on Instagram where it is roundly denounced. 

Draw this guy's face

With spray paint

Depp, dingos


Groundhog, gopher, prairie dog, whatever.



Fiorina runs circles


A meme that briefly floated around Twitter 

repot cactus



Natalie Portman

One plays the other in a planned film. 

British Muslim crackpot

Anjem Choudary


At some wax museum. It's just strange. And this is his best trick.

Earth Day, National Mall

new tin

Bruce Jenner, Jame Gumb

Bruce Jenner as the fictional character Jame Gumb. This is turning out to be one of my favorite animated gifs because by chance it goes so well with the music and I like the music so well. The match is mesmerizing to me. Aside from the whole murderous intent thing, the movie scene no longer freaks me out as it did before I put Bruce's head on it. It has nothing to do with the video included below. That is only to show the match with the music, if the video is still there. I should upload it myself but I'm too lazy. Sony will not share the original Lazzarus version. If it's gone, just turn it on yourself through i-tunes sample if you don't have it already and that will show the great accidental match.


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