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Divertimento #129

And the third "gifdump"... "Serves her right." Clever rear window decal. Sea lions are apex predators.  Don't turn your back on them (the girl was rescued unharmed).

A "making of" Bladerunner 2049 preview

YouTube link.  "Stunning visual environments" is an understatement.  I suggest clicking the fullscreen icon for this one.

It would be like a "sharknado." With knives.

The photo above shows an area of ground in Chile's Atacama desert "paved" with large gypsum crystals.  Geologists now believe these surface concentrations originate as depositions by "dust devils." Whirlwinds, dry convective helical vortices, move large gypsum crystals in the Andes Mountains of northern Chile.

Why are some spam emails "unblockable" ?

I use Earthlink Webmail, which is generally pretty good about filtering spam, and it allows me to block senders that I identify as sources of spam.

Politicians on television

Via Jobsanger.

How companies harvest your web search info

In the summer of 2015, Alexandra Franco got a letter in the mail from a company she had never heard of called AcurianHealth.

Modern war

A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,450 metres.Sources say a member of Joint Task Force 2 killed an Islamic State insurgent with a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle while firing from a high-rise during an operation that took place within the last month in Iraq.

The Lobster Coast

I have visited Maine several times and always enjoyed my stay there, but had never read a proper history of the state until a friend recently recommended this book.  Particularly interesting to me was the geologic explanation for the remarkable profusion of marine life in the Gulf of Maine, and the descriptions of the staggering abundance of lobsters and fish harvested from this region in prehistory and the early post-settlement era.

Old Harry Rocks

"Old Harry Rocks are three chalk formations, including a stack and a stump, located at Handfast Point, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, southern England.

A treasure trove of Nazi artifacts

YouTube link. As reported by ABC News: In a hidden room in a house near Argentina's capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country's history, including a bust relief of Adolf Hitler, magnifying glasses inside elegant boxes with swastikas and even a macabre medical device used to measure head size.

Iran has attacked ISIS. This is important.

Reported yesterday by U.S. News: Iran says its ballistic missile strike targeting the Islamic State group in Syria was not only a response to deadly attacks in Tehran, but a powerful message to archrival Saudi Arabia and the United States, one that could add to already soaring regional tensions...

You can walk around Machu Piccu using Google Streetview

It's no substitute for reality, of course, but it's not bad. For newbies, start here (or the satellite view), zoom in with the +/- buttons (drag to recenter), then drop the little yellow Streetview man where you want to walk.  Drag your cursor left/right for panorama views, and (especially at Machu Piccu) up and down to look up and down.

Welcome aboard

I'm impressed by the fact that in those days boarding a dirigible may have required considerable aerobic exercise...

Glymphatic system discovered

That's not a typo.  It's a new anatomical system. Kari Alitalo had studied lymphatic vessels for more than two decades.

This is a "toddler bike race"

YouTube link. Outside provides the necessary details: A long row of pre-school-aged kids, aboard low-slung bikes with no brakes or pedals, takes off from a start ramp like a pack of greyhounds.

If this isn't classic Trump, I don't know what is

As reported by the New York Times: The regal emblem, used at President Trump’s golf courses across the United States, sports three lions and two chevrons on a shield, below a gloved hand gripping an arrow...

Challenging math puzzles

The Guardian today posted three very difficult math problems selected from the archives of Pythagoras magazine.


A Baron caterpillar on a leaf. An article at the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society explains the difference between masquerade, Batesian mimicry, and crypsis.

American aristocracy

“Wherever the appearance of a conventional aristocracy exists in America, it must arise from wealth, as it cannot from birth.

Animals dug this burrow

Big ones, obviously.  Probably (extinct) giant sloths. Across northern South America, there are hundreds of colossal tunnels large enough for humans to walk through...