Saturday, June 30, 2012
Hetty Bower and Peggy Megarry
Photograph: Felix Clay for the Guardian
Hetty Bower, 106, and Peggy Megarry, 100, discuss the reality of being very, very old .
Friday, June 29, 2012
My comment - Obviously,we are all equal, but some are more equal than others.
the eye expert was shocked by the highly unusual sight of the writhing parasite and had to operate speedily to remove it before serious damage was caused.
leap second" will be added to the world's atomic clocks as they undergo a rare adjustment to keep them in step with the slowing rotation of the Earth. To achieve the adjustment, on Saturday night atomic clocks will read 23 hours, 59 minutes and 60 seconds before moving on to midnight Greenwich Mean Time.
A Japanese car manufacturer had designed a new model but could not come up with an appropriate name for it. Names are very important to the Japanese, for example ATOYOTA is spelled the same forward and backward. Believing the Germans had chosen well when they named the Volkswagen (the people's car), the Japanese firm sent a delegation to the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, to ask for help. The VW president found that his people who invented model names were too busy to respond quickly. He asked the Japanese how soon they needed the new name. When they replied that the car was almost ready for production and they needed a name within two weeks, the German exclaimed: "Dat Soon!"
Image: Tim Flach
As ever, it's not what you know, but who: the structure of social networks, both online and off, seems to confer leadership on those with the most friends. Chains of command can form without members of a group – including the leader – ever needing to know who's on top. It is often suggested that the most influential individuals are also the best connected, but the idea has been difficult to test in a real-world setting. Cedric Sueur of the Free University of Brussels (ULB), Belgium, and colleagues instead looked at how two species of macaque – Macaca tonkeana and Macaca mulatta – reach group decisions, such as when and where to move on. They found that the leadership hierarchy in both species emerged via a simple rule-of-thumb: individuals followed the lead of their closest affiliates. Consequently, the individual with the most social connections becomes the leader in a self-reinforcing hierarchy.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Neelam Singh and colleagues at Rice University in Houston have used a combination of existing metallic paints and custom materials to create sprayable versions of each layer, allowing them to make batteries just a fraction of a millimetre thick by airbrushing the layers onto a surface, one at a time.
― Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract and The Discourses / more here
after Tyrrell was removed form her post in April.
You won’t use them and you will actually feel bad about owning them. They are a daily reminder of the insufficiency of human enjoyments.
Here is what a person needs to cook well: two high quality pans, one big and one little, with lids; two corresponding pots; a roasting pan; a big chef’s knife and a small- to medium-sized one, like a santoku; a spatula; a big spoon; a big fork; a grater; a cutting board; and three or four other necessaries, depending on what you like to cook. For Josh Ozersky, that means a microplane grater, for getting cheese onto spaghetti. It also means a heavy reinforced spatula, for pushing down hamburgers, and a can opener, for opening cans. That’s it. You may want three or four other things. But there should be a limit. And the limit should be what you actually use.
We need to stop giving ourselves a pass on buying stuff we don’t need.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Okay, it’s a bit more advanced than that.
Nora Ephron, the celebrated filmmaker known for her romantic comedies, has passed away at the age of 71. With such films as When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, Ephron created indelible cinematic moments through lovable characters and witty dialogue, elevating the romantic comedy to new heights for a contemporary audience. Below, Slate highlights three prime examples of Ephron’s ability to handle comedy, romance, and many things in between.
Credit: Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CFHT), Hawaiian Starlight, CFHT.
via The New Yorker / more