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Monday Night Irish Class, November 17, 2014
Irish
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Rang Gaeilge, 17 lá Mí na Samhna 2014

Seanfhocail
Bíonn cosa crua ar chapall iasachta.It is a hard foot on borrowed horse.
Is minic a bhí droch-chrú faoi chapall gabhann.There is often a bad shoe on blacksmith's horse

CRÚBA NA CINNIÚNA

le Áine Uí Fhoghlú
Caibidil 1: Eachtra san Oíche [tuilleadh]
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It is cold here, but ...
Earth on fire, environment
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Globe Sets Fifth Hottest-Month Record of 2014

NOAA says 2014 likely to be globe's hottest year despite U.S. cold.

The U.S. is a big country, but it still only covers about 2% of the Earth's surface area. Our temperatures just don't make much of a difference on a global scale.


The War Is On Thanksgiving, Not Christmas
business, idolatry, golden calf
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Conservatives love to say that liberalism and political correctness have led to a `War on Christmas .... the war is actually against Thanksgiving.

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Virginia G. McDavid
minicon ddb
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Dialectologist and Lexicographer

The Hipster Effect
Guinness Dark Side
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The Mathematical Reason All Hipsters Look the Same

Citing The hipster effect: When anticonformists all look the same

When hipsters are too slow in detecting the trends, they will keep making the same choices and therefore remain correlated as time goes by, while their trend evolves in time as a periodic function.

Forty years ago today
physics, Feynman
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The November Revolution

...two different research groups announced the discovery of the same new particle and redefined how physicists view the universe.
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Nobel Vintage
saturn
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Fundamental Physics Prize Co-Winner Sells No Wine Before Its Time

Brian Schmidt is the world’s only vintner with a Nobel Prize in physics, specializing in pinot noir because the climate and soil (or terroir) is especially well suited for that varietal. He and is wife own a four-star winery called Maipenrai (Thai for “It’s all right”) in Sutton, New South Wales, near Canberra.

Stoics: Myth and Reality
minicon ddb
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Back in 1970 a Carleton classmate said I was a Stoic. I let it pass at the time. However in the last couple years I have read Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Incerto, in which he writes very favorably about Stoicism. So I am now following up on something that was first suggested to me 44 years ago. This has got to be a personal record.


Clothes Dryer
hourglass nebula, eye
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Virginia Glenn McDavid. 1926-2014
altar, St Lukes
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Rest in peace, Mom.
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Monday Night Irish Class, November 3, 2014
Irish
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Rang Gaeilge, 3 lá Mí na Samhna 2014

October 27 was an all-class session. I had to pretend I was a wise elder.

CRÚBA NA CINNIÚNA

le Áine Uí Fhoghlú
Caibidil 1: Eachtra san Oíche
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Fascism and capital punishment
Titanic
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Mussolini's Secret Weapon: Castor Oil is an interesting sidelight on history. It includes something in particular for modern Americans to think about:

In the years from the March of Rome, 1922 to Italy’s foolish entry into WW2 10 June 1940 sixty five men were executed in Fascist Italy (there were also a dozen or so extra legal killings). In modern Texas (with a population over half the size of 1930s Italy) twenty to thirty individuals are executed a year.

Forward into the past
Windycon09
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World War II tech eLoran deployed as GPS backup in the UK

From Slashdot

The dangers of forced religion
Ulfilas, gothic
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From Religion: Take it or leave it. The secularization of IranCollapse )


"Skepticism" about Climate Change
Earth on fire, environment
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The link between atmospheric CO2 and rising global temperatures cannot be dismissed as a case of "correlation and causality." Read more...Collapse )


Fox News on the Antares rocket failure
Titanic
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Who to praise? Who to blame?

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Ambition: The Film
saturn
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This is magnificent.

As Christian Ready wrote:

If you can get Littlefinger to support your space program, you're doing something right.

Also see Why Watch ESA Rosetta’s Movie ‘Ambition’? Because We Want to Know What is Possible. The article ranges from the Classics to the changing roles of America and Europe in space.


The Problem With Positive Thinking
Windycon09
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It calms you down but drains you of energy

From Andrew Mills, who related it to the Stoic concept of negative visualization.

Bring me Schrödinger's head!
Guinness Dark Side
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From Floraidh
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Monday Night Irish Class, October 20, 2014
Irish
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Rang Gaeilge, an 20ú lá Mí Dheireadh Fómhair 2014

Classification Sentences

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