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My on another site: I'm a microeconomist who spends his days searching for better models, but I mostly use this site for one-liners.

Am a heavy music consumer, and may post track links w/background. I do a lot with intellectual property, migration, and computational statstics, which I think are important topics with a lot of room for curiosity and creative exploration. I make soap, bike everywhere, often sleep in tents, and am generally an introverted hippie.

I know you've been concerned about the Washington Monument, which was lucky to remain standing 135 years given that anybody could just walk in. No longer do we need to worry that it was just a run of 49,275 consecutive lucky days, because it opened today with a new security screening center.

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I don't understand how few people in the USA know that cheeses are typically made with animal rennet, a byproduct of the slaughter of veal calves. This is common knowledge in the UK. How does the US cheese cabal keep this basic fact a secret?


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I created a Wikipedia page about a person, so the account I set up in 2005 was flagged as a sockpuppet for that person. As evidence, the flagging editor writes, "B k has less than 140 mainspace edits spanning five years."

Sockpuppets on WP must play a serious long game. That or casual volunteer edits are discouraged more and more.

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experts agree that the average american now inadvertently swallows up to eight gigabytes a year

O no Eddie Money (née Eddie Mahoney) died. Let's all listen to a track of his (my 13th favorite song):

I tried to find photos of the 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River (Ohio), but it was a pre-Internet event so photos are not prevalent. This is the best I could find:

In my mind it's always been vivid.

If you're OK with Southern Rock, here's a good song from 1986 about the incident:

TIL: "butt dial" and "booty call" aren't actually synonyms.

Just learned that Wikimedia has a page listing my LoC authority ID, VIAF ID, ISNI, GND ID, BIBSYS ID, NUKAT ID, NTA ID, Math Genealogy ID, Scopus ID, SUDOC ID, and NKCR AUT ID. Not knowing what all these acronyms even stand for leaves me feeling only that much more uneasy.

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shitty guerilla urbanism idea: take a couple tire irons and turn manhole covers so that the paint over them lines up again

Can I tell you how many recipes I've screwed up because I misread tsp as tbsp

Metric is not without what the Imperialists call "personality."

If you're sad that your imperial friends only have to learn the meter, liter, and gram, maybe try the inverse femtobarn or kilopond, or say 'be there in a gigashake' instead of 'be there in ten seconds'.

PS: I recognize that that site is potentially shady. It's hard to search for "Kim Kashkashian" without Google vigorously insisting on giving you somebody else. Or buy the album (Neharót) from ECM, featuring some works by Tigran Mansurian, another stellar Armenian.

Here's his Requiem:

OK, I'm back, and I finally found a site that will let you hear Armenian superhero viola player Kim Kashkashian: There's a lot there, but I recommend skipping to Betty Olivero's Neharót Neharót.

Posting a few more badass Armenians today.

Here's Mary Kouyoumdjian's "The revolt of the stars", performed by cellist Caitlin Sullivan: It is "inspired by the Armenian fable by the same name, in which the stars unite in an attempt to outshine the sun and the moon."

O and what about "A boy and a makeshift toy", "a portrait of a young boy playing in an abandoned train station, full of Albanian reugees, waiting to be taken to another camp."

During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher.

Just found out that "cloud computing" and "vaporware" are different.

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