12 January 2020

Divertimento #172

Two choices this morning:  walk on an icy driveway to shovel new-fallen snow, or sit at my desk and blog.  The driveway can wait.  No gifs this time - just cleaning out several "stuff for linkfest" folders.

The joy of Doritos with fewer calories:  Doritos Powder.

Notactoe is a tic-tac-toe variety where the first person to get three in a row loses (strategy here).

An erotic illustrated alphabet from 1880 - absolutely not safe for work.

"Last year, the chair of the Republican caucus in Washington’s state legislature acknowledged that he had written a manifesto on the “Biblical Basis for War.” In that document, the lawmaker argued that – as far as Jesus Christ was concerned – American Christians have the right to “kill all males” who support abortion, same-sex marriage or communism (so long as they first give such infidels the opportunity to renounce their heresies)."

The earliest real "paleo" diet included lots of carbs.

The shellmounds of the San Francisco Bay area.

Phrases used by millenials explained, including "woke," "Gucci," "on fleek," "swol," etc.

"Now, we’re finally getting a first look at its Osé personal massager. It’s genuinely shocking — I’ve never seen a device like it, so I can see why it won an innovation award.  The Osé massager attempts to mimic human touch by stimulating the G-spot and clitoris at the same time. The device doesn’t vibrate at all. Instead, the company focused its efforts on creating a product that could replicate a “come hither” motion for G-spot stimulation and a sucking mechanism to engage the clitoris. "

"Edible forms of cannabis, including food products, lozenges, and capsules, can produce effective, long-lasting, and safe effects... To learn more, browse our library of great edibles to find the type that works best for you."  (Subdivided into beverages, breakfast, brownies, candy, capsules, chocolate, condiments, cookies, etc etc).  Also: locations of Illinois cannabis dispensaries.

"If you ever find yourself homeless, try to get a gym membership" discussion thread with other tips.

Searching for dinosaur bones (nicely presented)

The amazing shadow economy of recycling aluminum cans.

"But one thing terrified the European newcomers more than almost anything: A rack of human skulls that towered over one corner of the temple to Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec god of the sun, war and human sacrifice..."

Why people register their high-end vehicles in Montana (7-minute video).

Alabama police pose beside their "homeless quilt."

"As President Donald Trump raises money for his reelection campaign, he’s competing for cash with a growing mass of pro-Trump PACs, dark money groups and off-brand Facebook advertisers neither affiliated with nor endorsed by Trump’s campaign. And they have pulled in over $46 million so far."  I suspect the same goes for other candidates.

Are you thinking of putting a feather pillow in your clothes dryer?  Don't.

A discussion thread of not-safe-for-work Christmas jokes (most are pretty lame).

Recycling dead eagles: "Under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940, it is against the law to even pick up a discarded feather. But for many Native Americans and Alaska natives, the eagle is a sacred creature and there is a strong cultural tradition requiring bird parts for ceremonies and rituals. That's where the National Eagle Repository in Colorado comes in."

Why hotels don't provide toothpaste to guests (9-minute video).

Do NOT provide hair (including pet hair) to birds building nests (scroll down the discussion thread).

How NOT to use a chainsaw (safe to watch).

"There are many celebrated methods for softening butter, most of which are meant to speed up the process. But which ones work best, and how long do they take? To find out, we scoped the internet, chose seven distinct methods, and tested them all on four brands of supermarket butter. "

"Last month, almost a million CDs stored in Wisconsin seemed to disappear. For years, thousands of people paid a Madison-based company, named Murfie, to rip, stream, and store their CDs, vinyl, and cassettes. But a few weeks ago, Murfie’s website went offline and nearly all communication from the company ceased. Now, customers fear their physical music collections may be lost forever."

How Silicon Valley billionaires skirt charity rules each holiday season. "But in recent years, Page’s foundation has made last-minute donations to hit the threshold only by making bulk donations to separate charitable accounts Page also had some control over, donor-advised funds (DAFs). Those donations technically count as contributions by the foundation, helping it meet the 5 percent standard, even though that money can then sit in the donor-advised funds indefinitely, with no requirement that it goes to needy nonprofits."

How to find hidden spy cameras in rented rooms.

The embedded photos are from a gallery of prom photos of Ukraninian teenagers, posted at The New Yorker.


  1. My understanding is that the Paleo diet advocates whole, unprocessed foods close to their natural state and eschews grains and processed grains (bread, beer) and sugar. There is no injunction on carbohydrates as far as I'm aware. I think people confuse it with Atkins/Keto, which makes no claim to any kind of history. It's widely accepted that tubers were a staple of human diets prior to agriculture, at least among people who study this.

    Of course, grains were consumed prior to the Neolithic Revolution, but they appear to have been a typically small part of the diet compared to after the NR. They were also quite different from the types of wheat we use today.

    I think carb consumption should probably reflect one's level of activity. We are much more sedentary now than at almost any time in the past. The need for them also probably varies greatly from individual to individual.

  2. feather pillows are best sent to the cleansers; they will clean it and put on new ticking.

    p.s. i am surprised to see brown feathers? all the feather pillows i have used contain white feathers.


  3. I live in New Zealand (free healthcare, nice Prime Minister, cops without guns) and have a few 'soon to be classic' Saab cars, and wonder if I should register them in Montana ?
    The attached vid is seven minutes long and spent the first bit saying what the title had already told me, but failed to answer the question burning in my head.
    Video games, if they are still called that, used to have cheats, I would like to have cheats to deflate long videos.

  4. Feather pillow in the dryer ... bit of a downer.

  5. I'm surprised the Europeans were in shock and awe at the pile of skulls -- after all, the English were fond of sticking whole decapitated heads on spikes on the bridge in London -- where passersby could watch them rot and crows pecking at their eyes. I mean, granted, the scale of the display is remarkable, but as skulls last for a very long time, they could conceivably have represented people killed (and/or natural deaths) for centuries.

    1. Andres de Tapia, one of Hernán Cortés’s soldiers, wrote that were so many human skulls, he had to resort to multiplication to count them all.

      “We found there were 136,000 heads.”

      Yes, I think the scale would be enough to impress Europeans.

  6. The problem with the list of Australian climate change deniers is that it is very selective. It has left out people like our current Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, who has a Bachelor of Science (honours) in Economic Geography; and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Laws, was a Rhodes Scholar, is a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and Master of Arts.

  7. "Dating for heartbreak" image is broken, you can see it with this Google search.

    1. Very rapid linkrot. Thanks for the search, Noumenon, but I decided it's probably easier to just delete it.

  8. The so-called 'Biblical Basis for War', like so many other so-called 'Christian' justifications, conveniently ignores the single rule that Christ himself insisted was above all others; love thy neighbor as thyself. I'm fairly sure most people are familiar with the parable of the Good Samaritan, at least on the surface level, but there's a point that bears repeating. Of all the individuals that could have helped the injured man, Christ told us to emulate the behavior of the one who 1) spoke a different language, 2) worshiped a different set of gods, and 3) was from another country. If you can't do those three things, you aren't a Christian, period.

    There is no 'Biblical Basis for War' that is based on hatred. Not for Christians, anyway.


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