Tuesday, January 29, 2013


No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical. 
Niels Bohr

Fun Facts To Know and Share

    Wrigley Field, Labour Day, 1988

The last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series (1908), the Ottoman Empire was still in existence. via Trivials

If someone had offered a bet that fall that a black man would be elected President before the Cubs won again, would you have taken it?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stalingrad Map

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Here is a data visualization showing Soviet and Axis deployments on November 18, 1942.  It illustrates the German Sixth Army's focus on the the city of Stalingrad, and the Soviet build-up on the more weakly held flanks south and west of the city.  The next day, the Soviets attacked with complete surprise.  From that day, it was downhill almost all the way to Berlin.  Thus November 18, 1942 was the high water mark for the Third Reich.

UGH!  The way the image is saved here makes it unreadable.  For a better version, I've uploaded it to Flickr.  Click on the image to go there.

Thursday, January 17, 2013


There are some people who, if they don't already know, you can't tell 'em. 
Yogi Berra

Monday, January 14, 2013


The Eskimos had 52 names for snow because it was important to them; there ought to be as many for love. 
Margaret Atwood

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Heat Wave

Its a hot summer in Australia.  So hot that government meteorologists have had to add two new colours to the heat maps.  Previously, the scale stopped at 50 degrees.  Now it goes to 54 degrees.  The world is getting hotter.

Article is here.

Friday, January 4, 2013


The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? 
J. B. Priestley

Thursday, January 3, 2013


Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real. 
Niels Bohr