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Why Energy Efficiency Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be 

But Owen notes improved efficiency doesn’t always translate to reduced energy use, thanks to something called the “rebound effect.” It’s pretty simple: as we become more efficient at using energy, we can save money — which then allows us to use more of that energy than we did before. Picture it this way: you trade in your gas-guzzling SUV for a new efficient hybrid, end up paying less per mile for gasoline, and use some of the savings to drive more than you did with the SUV. The efficiency has rebounded. 

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The Social Pressures of a Comedy-Obsessed Generation 

For all that Gen-Xers fetishized musical taste, no actual musical ability was required; just as Clement Greenberg didn’t have to know how to paint to recognize the genius of Jackson Pollock, we didn’t have to master (or even play) a musical instrument in order to be music snobs. Our taste was about appreciating, not doing. But humor isn’t nearly so circumscribed. For members of the current generation, it’s not just about sharing favorite comedians; it’s also about their own ability to generate laughs. In the Comedy Central survey, 56 percent of them claimed to be just as funny as today’s professional comics. That makes their credo something like this: “What really matters is what you like and what you are like.” 

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In which badguys and I attempted to make a map of Panem. 

Why don’t you leave big blank spaces of empty land between the Districts? What about the Wilderness?

Think about where you live now. Does urbanized civilization extend all the way through your state or province without stopping? No. If the Capitol truly wanted to control Panem, then it would not make much sense to leave large areas of unincorporated land between them where it would be all too easy for Rebels or escapees (like Lavinia) to set up camp and live outside of the Capitol’s jurisdiction. It makes more sense for the entirety of the mainland continent to be parceled into Districts and fenced in for Peacekeeper patrols/Capitol monitoring, and then to set up the District headquarters and populated areas in smaller cities/townships. Just like the majority of the world today.

(via aimmyarrowshigh|LiveJournal)

Some formerly cohabiting couples with children keep romantic relationship 

“Research has shown that father involvement is beneficial for children, and that involvement is one benefit we could see if couples continue a romantic relationship even after they stop living together.”

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What Is Science? 

The idea that there is a mystery, that there is a wonder about the number was important to me, not what the number was. Very much later when I was doing experiments in the laboratory, —I mean my own home laboratory—fiddling around—no, excuse me, I didn’t do experiments, I never did; I just fiddled around. Gradually through books and manuals I began to discover there were formulas applicable to electricity in relating the current and resistance, and so on. One day looking at the formulas in some book or other, I discovered a formula for the frequency of a resonant circuit which was f = 1/2pi sqrt(LC), where L is the inductance and C the capacitance of the circle? You laugh, but I was very serious then. Pi was a thing with circles, and here is pi coming out of an electric circuit. Where was the circle? Do those of you who laughed know how that comes about? 

by Richard P. Feynman. 

[ Teb, I owe you a reading for this one; it was insightful. C: ]

Scientists Find a Pair of Supermassive Black Holes 

Einstein was wrong. 

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How the SOPA Uprising Proved That Hollywood Doesn't Rule Culture 

The central organizing principle of the web—the ability to find something, twist it and take it apart, and then make something new with it—is also not coincidentally one of the central organizing principles of art. 

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As long as information circulates, there will always be those who seek to control it, and those who fight to keep it free.




Domesicated Silver Foxes
Originally intended for the fur trade, Siberian scientists sought to breed foxes with a more mild temperament to make feeding (and eventual slaughtering) easier. As the foxes became more docile, unexpected dog traits including floppy ears, curled tails, bicolor coat patterns, and spots began appearing. The research accidentally demonstrated how the domesticated dog physiologically diverged from the wolf. Luckily for the foxes, they’re now unsuitable for fur coats. But they sure are adorable!

CHRISTMAS WISH LIST! I want you baby! :o3


I’ve always wondered about what would happen should foxes be domesticated. Fascinating. 

Seven Bar Jokes Involving Grammar and Punctuation. 

1. A comma splice walks into a bar, it has a drink and then leaves.

2. A dangling modifier walks into a bar. After finishing a drink, the bartender asks it to leave.

3. A question mark walks into a bar?

4. Two quotation marks “walk into” a bar.

5. A gerund and an infinitive walk into a bar, drinking to drink.

6. The bar was walked into by the passive voice.

7. Three intransitive verbs walk into a bar. They sit. They drink. They leave.

There was a man named David who was his own grandfather.



There was a widow [Anne] and her daughter [Jane], and a man [George] and his son [Henry]. The widow married the son, and the daughter married the father. The widow was therefore mother [in law] to her husband’s father, and grandmother to her own husband. By this husband she had a son [David], to whom she was also great-grandmother. Now, the son of a great-grandmother must be grandfather or grand-uncle to the person to whom his mother was great-grandmother; but Anne was great-grandmother to him [David]. Therefore David is his own grandfather.


my head, it hurts.

I get it, but wouldn’t that mean that David would just be his on grandfather-in-law? Plus, any kid of Jane by George would also have that circular designation.



These bizarre but really interesting images! Strange how people can express themselves in so many different ways!

*I do not own this image

** I got these images off behance! I have lost the link!

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