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Money talks

An interesting story about how our spending habits are going to change:

Imagine it’s 2040.

You go to the grocery store, and when you look for the checkout counter there is none. There’s no place to pay for your groceries because you already did.

Posted in: Science, Web/Tech



Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes, the dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!


Wow. Leave it to a teenager. In the Pittsburgh area, 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani did a sicen fair project on how his school district could save money on ink, which is the most expensive component of printing (about $75 an ounce, compared with $28 an ounce for Chanel No. 5). He calculated the district could save 24 percent, or as much as $21,000 a year, by switching to Garamond type, with its thinner stroke for letters. So what if this were applied to the federal government?

Artistic license

Don't you just hate it when they take a good book and turn it into a crappy movie?

Posted in: Movies, Religion, Science

We're all doomed!

Bet this will be the gloomiest report you read all year:

A new study sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

In denial

I though it was spectacularly stupid with the Los Angeles Times haughtily announced it would no longer accept letters to the editor from "climate change deniers." Here's the explanation from the editor who made the decision:

Posted in: Religion, Science


Coconut oil. Coffee. Whole milk. Salt. Chocolate. Popcorn. Eggs. What do those seven foods have in common?

In the future, when we’re zipping around the biosphere on our jetpacks and eating our nutritionally complete food pellets, we won’t have to worry about what foods will kill us or which will make us live forever.

Unsettling science

Hot and cold

Juxtaposition of the day. Here's the really dangerous climate change:

“Humans suffer much more during extreme winters than hot summers.

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Sacre of the day

God, they never, ever let up:

SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Governments could slow — and even reverse — the growing epidemic of obesity by taking measures to counter fast food consumption, according to a study published today in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.