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Timgad - a Roman colony in Algeria


Photo via the Pics subreddit.

Grandmothers as wedding flower girls


What a nice idea. The bride Maggie Wakefield, 22, explained that she and her groom wanted to do something special for their grandmothers, who both influenced their lives.

How to catch sea turtle egg poachers

"A conservation group has created 3D printed sea turtle eggs containing GPS trackers. The eggs are set to be deployed this fall in Central America during an arribada, or mass nesting event when 90 percent of eggs will be poached from certain beaches...

Be careful if you clean your barbecue grill witih a wire brush


"When Deborah Zvosec fished around in her mouth during dinner and pulled out a small grill brush bristle one recent evening, there was a terrifying moment around the table as her two guests looked down and found their own metal fibers sticking to the chicken and potatoes...

That apple you just bought in a grocery store is a year old

YouTube link. TL;DR viewers will probably want to speed-browse through the 5-minute video, but the concept is important.

Millenials are not afraid of socialism

A recent Reason-Rupe survey found that a majority of Americans under 30 have a more favorable view of socialism than of capitalism.

Kudos to this Wisconsin sausage maker


Jose Moreno had serious concerns when he arrived for work on May 15. He and his wife just had a baby and now his job appeared in jeopardy after an early morning fire destroyed the Johnsonville Sausage factory here where Moreno had worked for the past eight years.

I seem to have entered the "dying role"

An excerpt from Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,  by Atul Gawand: Technological society has forgotten what scholars call the “dying role” and its importance to people as life approaches its end.

Half the population of Mongolia


"The population of Mongolia is just under 3 million. The northernmost dot is the city of Ulaanbaatar, with a population of over 1.3 million.

How tennis balls are manufactured

YouTube link. There is something mesmerizing about watching machinery in a video.

Melania Trump channels Michelle Obama

YouTube link. A mashup compiled by CNN.  This has gotten so much coverage in the media that I'll defer comments and close the post to comments.

Divertimento


A six-second video claims to show "how to soothe a woman."   A remarkable disc golf shot - holing out from 850 feet around a dogleg, for four under par (in this case a 2 on a par-6).  The video begins with a drone flyover of the hole, followed by rear and forward footage of the shot.

The linguistic history of "dumpster fire"


With the Republican national convention underway, this seems to be an appropriate time to post some excerpts from an interesting article on the history of the usage of the term "dumpster fire." "...

Deterrence for a first-strike nuclear attack


A suggestion first made by Roger Fisher in the March 1981 issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: There is a young man, probably a Navy officer, who accompanies the President.

Possible coup d'etat underway in Turkey

BBC Reddit discussion thread.

Badger Prairie Community Garden in midsummer


For a view of the gardens in spring, see my previous post in May.  Here's how some of the plots look now.  There are as many ways to garden as there are gardeners: My own plot has met with what might charitably be called "mixed success."  On the back row the "Flint corn" ("Indian corn") has tasseled.  Underneath the corn I interplanted squash in the style of Native Americans.  It is growing vigorously, so I'm going to have to do something to keep it out of my neighbor's plot.

Interspecies fist-bumps are the best kind


"Rotterdam, Netherlands. A girl meets a polar bear at Blijdorp zoo." Photograph: Action Press/Rex/Shutterstock."  Via The Guardian.

Badger Prairie Community Garden in midsummer


For a view of the gardens in spring, see my previous post in May.  Here's how some of the plots look now.  There are as many ways to garden as there are gardeners: My own plot has met with what might charitably be called "mixed success."  On the back row the "Flint corn" ("Indian corn") has tasseled.  Underneath the corn I interplanted squash in the style of Native Americans.  It is growing vigorously, so I'm going to have to do something to keep it out of my neighbor's plot.

Astronauts developing visual impairment


Before-and-after images of an astronaut’s eyes via spectral domain optical coherence tomography show choroidal folds (marked by arrows), which are similar to stretch marks.

"Hyper-Reality"

YouTube link. "Hyper-Reality presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media."


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