2021-05-14

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Wed Jun 20, 2012

Buying life experiences to impress others removes happiness boost Buying life experiences to impress others removes happiness boost: “Why you buy is just as important as what you buy,” said Ryan Howell, assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State University. “When people buy life experiences to impress others, it wipes out the well-being they […]

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Wed Jun 13, 2012

Effects of Chewing Menthol Gum on the Alertness of Healthy Volunteers and Those with an Upper Respiratory Tract Illness – Smith – 2012 – Stress and Health – Wiley Online Library Effects of Chewing Menthol Gum on the Alertness of Healthy Volunteers and Those with an Upper Respiratory Tract Illness – Smith – 2012 – […]

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Wed May 30, 2012

PLoS ONE: Globalization and Loss of Plant Knowledge: Challenging the Paradigm PLoS ONE: Globalization and Loss of Plant Knowledge: Challenging the Paradigm: The many effects of migration… interesting finding here that some knowledge was not lost. We compared one type of cultural knowledge about medicinal plants (number of plants reported to treat thirty common health […]

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Wed May 23, 2012

PLoS ONE: Movement Behavior of High-Heeled Walking: How Does the Nervous System Control the Ankle Joint during an Unstable Walking Condition? PLoS ONE: Movement Behavior of High-Heeled Walking: How Does the Nervous System Control the Ankle Joint during an Unstable Walking Condition?: From the “gosh, it’s good we have science to tell us these things” […]

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Wed May 16, 2012

Insects that skate on the ocean benefit from plastic junk | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine Insects that skate on the ocean benefit from plastic junk | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine: Another one from the “unintended consequences” pile… There are only five species of sea skaters, all belonging to the […]

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Thu May 03, 2012

PLoS ONE: Public Street Lights Increase House Infestation by the Chagas Disease Vector Triatoma dimidiata PLoS ONE: Public Street Lights Increase House Infestation by the Chagas Disease Vector Triatoma dimidiata: Artificial light has been known for a long time to attract many insect species, and therefore may contribute to the spread of different vector-borne diseases. […]

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Sun Apr 01, 2012

Monkeys like Metallica Monkeys like Metallica: The results were a little strange.  While most of the music had little or no effect on the cottontops—they tended to ignore just about everything played to them—Metallica tunes actually calmed them down. Astronauts’ Eyeballs Are Deformed by Long Missions in Space – NYTimes.com Astronauts’ Eyeballs Are Deformed by […]

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Wed Mar 07, 2012

The mean-girl advice of What To Expect When You’re Expecting. – Slate Magazine The mean-girl advice of What To Expect When You’re Expecting. – Slate Magazine: The questions are incessantly negative, in the voice of an unbearably whiny caricature of a pregnant woman. The answers are deceptively milquetoast in their language, but almost always include […]

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Wed Feb 29, 2012

Richer people break the law, take candy from children – Healthzone.ca Richer people break the law, take candy from children – Healthzone.ca: Well-off people consistently cut off pedestrians or other vehicles while driving, took candy intended for children, cheated in a game or skirted the truth when interviewing a job candidate, said the study published […]

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Wed Feb 15, 2012

(via Pictures: Shark Swallows Another Shark Whole) (via Pictures: Shark Swallows Another Shark Whole) Finding an optimal seating chart (PDF) Finding an optimal seating chart (PDF): We found that the most important assignment was to place guests who arrived as dates to the wedding at the same table. This was done by giving those guests […]

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Wed Feb 08, 2012

Men behaving nicely: Selfless acts by men increase when attractive women are nearby Men behaving nicely: Selfless acts by men increase when attractive women are nearby: For the second experiment, groups of males were formed. Males were asked to make a number of public donations. These increased when observed by an attractive female, where they […]

Neat Stuff from Elsewhere Wed Jan 25, 2012

BBC Nature – In pictures: How elephants cool off overnight BBC Nature – In pictures: How elephants cool off overnight: Scientists from the University of Guelph, Canada have used thermal imaging cameras to record how Asian elephants at the Busch Gardens zoological park in Florida, US handle the heat Answer: at night they use their […]

Unphotographable

This is a picture I did not take of a man in his late 50s in a beat-up burgundy car with all the windows down, driving down Bloor Street on a warm November afternoon belting out Rod Stewart’s Maggie May with great feeling and much volume, slightly out of tune.

Habits

I absentmindedly pick up and throw out loose elastic bands, thanks to my old cat Tigr, who ate them (elastic bands are not good for cats). I never leave Swiss Chalet undefended on the kitchen counter, thanks to our old cat Oliver who was a fierce, fierce predator of all things Swiss Chalet. I put […]