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A matter of perspective…


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As we realize that we’re late for the Mad Hatter’s tea party, we might recall that it was on this date in 1961, before a joint session of Congress, that President John F. Kennedy introduced the NASA Apollo Program, vowing to land an American astronaut safely on the moon before the end of the decade.  The mission was accomplished on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong left the Lunar Module and set foot on the surface of the Moon.



Written by LW

May 25, 2013 at 1:01 am

All Flags Flying…

From the North American Vexillological Association:

With the publication of its landmark book American City Flags, NAVA polled its members and friends about their opinions of 150 city flag designs in the United States.

Based on their design qualities, each flag was rated from 0 to 10, where 0 is the worst score and 10 is the best. Respondents were asked to rate each flag based on his or her personal opinion about what constitutes a good flag design (see NAVA’s guide to flag design, Good Flag, Bad Flag)

See the results, from the best…

Washington, D.C.

… to the worst…

Pocatello, ID


[TotH to Roman Mars, producer of the all-too-modestly self-described “tiny radio show and podcast about design,” 99% Invisible]


As we’re sending composing birthday greetings for Ernest Hemingway and Marshall McLuhan, we might recall that it was on this date in 1969 that Neil Armstrong stepped out of the lunar module that had descended from the Columbia on the Apollo 11 mission, becoming the first human to set foot on the moon, uttering the now-famous “that’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”– and handing MTV its inaugural graphic…



Written by LW

July 21, 2012 at 1:01 am

It’s a Dirty Job, Redux…

The good folks at PopSci have poked through “the hard, dangerous and downright grody work involved in truly audacious science,” and compiled a list that, even in a time of near-10% unemployment, one might consider cautionary:  “The Ten Worst Jobs in Science.”

By way of example, beware…

Bad Dance Observer

It’s no chore to watch supermodels shake it in a nightclub. But Peter J. Lovatt, a former professional dancer and a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire in England, must examine the often unflattering gyrations of everyone from preteens to the elderly in search of the influences and motivations behind human dancing. Lovatt and his team record videos of the dancers and then quantify their groove thang using a special movement-analysis technique and software. Other times, observers rate traits such as the overall attractiveness of the dancers’ movements on video, or the observers wear a visor that tracks what elements of the dancer they are looking at. Findings suggest that young women rate the dancing of middle-aged men as less attractive than the dance moves of younger men, perhaps an evolutionary trait that discourages women from choosing older mates—middle– aged men tend to use big, uncoordinated movements, and women typically find complex movement most attractive. But don’t lose hope. Above age 60, men dance with more complexity. They also exhibit their highest dance confidence at that age. No wonder grandpa thinks he works it so good.

Other employment opportunities one might skip at “The Ten Worst Jobs in Science.”

As we wonder what became of Mr. Wizard, we might recall that it was on this date in 1962 that the first American satellite to reach the Moon surface, the Ranger IV, was launched from Cape Canaveral, impacting the Moon three days later.  The spacecraft was designed to drop a scientific package on the back side of the Moon that would return seismic, radar and television information to Earth. Instead, the probe had a computer failure; the solar panels did not extend, and the satellite crashed on the Moon. Still, though it failed its full mission, it was the first US object on the Moon.

Ranger IV

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