Toys and gender


My wife and I are hoping our daughter Adys Ann (left) will love to play with Lego’s particle accelerator (see film clip above) when she is a little older. In any case, here are two more reasons why we love Lego toys! Hat tip to kottke for these pointers.


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Half of North America

Canada seen from the Southeast, made in 1941 by Richard Harrisson [2070x1353]Notice how small the “Great Lakes” are in comparison to Hudson Bay. Click on this beautiful map of our northern neighbors to see a larger version (via imgur).

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Amtrak subway map?


This creative “subway” map of the Amtrak railway schedule was created by Cameron Booth, an Australian graphics designer who has also made a similar “subway” map for the U.S. highway system. (As usual, click on the map above to see a larger version. Also, props to Ana Swanson for the pointer.)

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The Kobayashi Maru

“No one passes this test.” Here is more, from Wikipedia:

The Kobayashi Maru is a test in the fictional Star Trek universe. It is a Starfleet training exercise designed to test the character of cadets in the command track at Starfleet Academy … The notional primary goal of the exercise is to rescue the civilian vessel Kobayashi Maru in a simulated battle with the Klingons. The disabled ship is located in the Klingon Neutral Zone, and any Starfleet ship entering the zone would cause an interstellar incident. The approaching cadet crew must decide whether to attempt rescue of the Kobayashi Maru crew – endangering their own ship and lives – or leave the Kobayashi Maru to certain destruction. If the cadet chooses to attempt rescue, the simulation is designed to guarantee that the ship is destroyed with the loss of all crew members.

Aren’t the members of the Ferguson grand jury finding themselves in this type of no-win situation? By the way, should we create a “legal prediction market” for placing bets on the outcome of civil and criminal cases?

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Horizontal immigration

Click on the map above of the Old Oregon Trail to see a larger version.

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Magnus Carlsen is the 2014 FIDE World Chess Champion

From the comments (ZyTelevan): “Rb4 ‘killed’ Anand. Before that move the engines evaluated around -0.5, but after the rook sacrifice the evaluation skyrocketed for Carlsen. The game would look better in different circumstances, but in the context of this [World Championship], game 11 was a very, very disappointing game. I don’t think I am the only one who expected something spectacular in game 12 from Anand.” Our sentiments exactly!

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NYC subway signs as art

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