20 October 2019

Divertimento #169

6 weeks since the last gif and video-fest.  Here's what I've found since then...

Football games are starting.  I'll clean this up and insert photos later...

Wait for the very end on this one
Yet another example of a gas station credit-card skimmer
Mother and child narrowly escape death
Hotel laundry
Another danger of plastic
Where 26-year-olds live (fifty years of data)
Scaling an "impenetrable" border wall

Nature and Science
Earthquake in a liquor store
A cluster of Monarch butterflies
"Glass" amphipod
Cone jellyfish eats another cone jellyfish
Pearls being harvested

Woman rescues a dog
Dog plays Jenga 
How to pick up a snapping turtle
Dog takes in a chicken
The size of a wolf

Sports and Athleticism
Children's relay race
This is apparently called an "elbow strike"
Catch a bass with your thumb

For the "idiots in cars" category (not a fatal crash)
Bridge collapse
Instructional video.  First you coat a balloon with chocolate...
Keep your seat belt fastened
Kids like this are why you pay so much for auto insurance
Getting rid of an ant or wasp nest in your yard

A dominoes variant
Excellent Halloween costume
The latest creation by Boston Dynamics
Industrial label-maker
Drone light show
"Alien abduction" Halloween costume
"Book fountain" would be good in front of a library
Rapid access tool
Every home needs a stump grinder
I want to learn how to do this
Dashcam footage is excellent for encouraging seat belt usage
Stonecutter never misses
Flexible armor 
Machine harvests carrots

Puzzle box
Clever lip-sync of Bo Rhap (best comment: "this is why girls take so long to get ready"
Who will catch the bride's bouquet?
Sexuality education video
Babies don't like to have grass touch their feet
Fire fighters in the Amazon celebrate
Oktoberfest ride 
Prank to pull on a small child (wooden spoon would be better than a knife)
Children surprise a classmate

Interesting sounds from a giant gong

Horseshoe crab Halloween costume


This letter was never sent

Received in an email.  I don't know the source and couldn't locate such with Google.  Backstory.

One to make you happy, one to make you mad

Her Reaction At The End (: from r/aww
Plastic rubbish being dumped into the Amazon river from r/videos
Another video (same location).  I note there is a cement block ramp at the dump site, so this is being done with some local governmental approval.

18 October 2019

Concern about climate change expressed thirty years ago

Thirty years ago.

Found this comment at the YouTube link: "Unlike many conservatives, she has her background in science (chemistry at Oxford), not business or the law. She understands that science is not a partisan issue. Facts are not a matter of political opinion."

Relevant articles in Scientific American and in The Ecologist,

Not narrated by David Attenborough

Listen for one minute and you'll hear what I mean.  Via my old friends at Neatorama.

17 October 2019

The Case of the Missing Sausage

Discussed at the Funny subreddit.

Library "late fees" are now relics of the past

I encountered a discussion of this topic in CityLab:
Chicago libraries will no longer collect late fees starting this month, becoming the largest public library system in the U.S. to do away with overdue fines. The city is also erasing all currently outstanding fees, which is good news to the more than 343,000 cardholders whose borrowing privileges have been revoked for accruing at least $10 in unpaid fines.

Chicago is one of a growing number of cities trying to make access to libraries more equitable. Its own data revealed that one in three cardholders in the public library’s south district, where many of the communities are of color and living in poverty, cannot check out books. That’s compared to one in six people in the wealthier north district. It’s likely that many who have unpaid fines fail to pay them because they don’t have the disposable income to do so...

“Overdue fines are not distinguishing between people who are responsible and who are not,” says Rogers. “They're distinguishing between people who can and cannot use money to overcome a common oversight.”..

He adds that research going as far back as the 1970s shows fears that eliminating fines will deteriorate people’s sense of civic responsibility to return books on time are unfounded....

For many libraries, fines make up just a small share of their operating budget. The Chicago Sun Times reports the Chicago Public Library system collects $875,000 annually in fines, which is not an insignificant amount. But the city says late fines constitute less than 1 percent of the library’s total budget.
The Madison, Wisconsin library system has been fine-free for quite a while now [photo].   Over the years TYWKIWDBI has accrued an uncommon number of librarians and library staff as readers; I'd be pleased to hear your comments and experiences on the subject.

TYWKIWDBI continues to support The Guardian

Try it.

Water gushing from a tree

Congratulations to the people of Montenegro for not creating a "legend" to explain the phenomenon.
"There is no legend.  We are not people who are inclined to invent something.  This is purely a natural thing." 
Our world would be a better place if more people accepted and understood basic scientific principles.

The big business of school graduation ceremonies

The red arrow shows the place to order just the cap, gown, and tassel.

Image amended from the original.



Photo cropped for emphasis from the one at the via.

USDA will now allow slaughterhouses to self-police

What could go wrong?
A new rule, finalized today, would reduce the number of government food safety inspectors in pork plants by 40 percent and remove most of the remaining inspectors from production lines. In their place, a smaller number of company employees — who are not required to receive any training — would conduct the “sorting” tasks that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) previously referred to as “inspection.” The rule would also allow companies to design their own microbiological testing programs to measure food safety rather than requiring companies to meet the same standard.

Equally alarming, the new rule would remove all line speed limits in the plants, allowing companies to speed up their lines with abandon. With fewer government inspectors on the slaughter lines, there would be fewer trained workers watching out for consumer safety. Faster line speeds would make it harder for the limited number of remaining meat inspectors and plant workers to do their jobs...

It’s not only consumers of meat who would pay a price for this misguided and dangerous new rule. There are more than 90,000 pork slaughterhouse workers whose health and limbs are already at risk under the current line speed limit of 1,106 hogs per hour. Pork slaughterhouse workers will tell you that they can barely keep up with current line speeds. They work in noisy, slippery workplaces with large knives, hooks and bandsaws, making tens of thousands of forceful repetitive motions on each and every shift to cut and break down the hogs.

The USDA is ignoring three decades of studies indicating that faster line speeds and the forceful nature of the work in meatpacking plants are the root causes of a staggeringly high rate of work-related injuries and illnesses.
Continued at The Hill.

Snow ravioli

Or a raviolo, to be more precise.  Image cropped for emphasis from the original.
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