Positive commands

Here’s a good example of how to turn a negative into a positive. Much more poetic than ” keep out”. Posted via email from Eric’s...

The Unknowable Becomes Known

There are certain dangers of speculating on the limits of science. From  What it Means to be 98% Chimpanzee, by  Jonathan Marks, referring to the possibility of humans inbreeding with Neandertals: Could an extinct form of near-humans have interbred with us? Not only...

The Suburb Versus the Nation

The United Nations recently released its 2010 Human Development Report, ranking Norway as the most developed country in the world, and inviting a week of comparisons between the enlightened Norway and the dysmal, fourth-ranked United States. Such comparisons are an...

Kid Powered Teacup

This teacup in the children’s playground in Golden Gate Park accelerates when you sit in it. I’m not sure how it works, but I suspect it has a screw, a ratchet and a spring to lift it up, but it doesn’t obviously screw downward under weight. Posted...