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Late afternoon/early evening open thread [OregonMuse] | Main | Top Headline Comments 4-16-12
April 15, 2012

Overnight Open Thread (4-15-2012)

Very, very sick at the moment. So I'd be washing your hands obsessively after reading tonight's ONT if I were you. Me - I'm gonna eat some meat and then shamble over to the ambulatory care center.

Overthinking and Your Child-Like Mind

This is a test that supposed to show how sometimes knowing too much leads to overthinking and keeps you from solving problems creatively. Now I don't really believe this to be true except for superficial levels of knowledge about something. But after two or three minutes pondering this puzzle I decided I probably was overthinking it and took a break. When I came back, I saw the answer in about 30 seconds.

Oh and the article's anecdote about NASA being too uncreative to use pencils in space is pretty much all bullshit. The engineers at NASA weren't stupid and there were good reasons for switching over to pens instead.

Quote of the Day

If a gang of white American thugs attacked African-Americans, and defended their action on the ground that they were protesting Robert Mugabe's seizure of white-owned farms in Zimbabwe, the world would laugh at their foolishness even as it condemned their bigotry. This isn't quite how it works when goons around the world attack Jews and Jewish buildings and defend themselves by saying that they are angered by things the Israeli government has done.

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CA Assemblyman Chuck DeVore: Gone To Texas

It's bad when even the politicians start fleeing. But not surprising that conservative Republicans with actual skills would be the first ones out.

When Tennessean Davy Crockett lost his seat in Congress, he famously told the world "Y'all can go to hell. I'm going to Texas." Now California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore is following Crockett's lead.
[A]s with many in the Golden State, I have found it hard to earn enough to support my family. My old aerospace clientele has fled to greener, less-expensive pastures. Combined with the drain on our savings caused by six years of public service in the Assembly, we have come to the reluctant conclusion that it is time to move.

The good news is that there are still other places in America where the taxes are lower and the regulations less onerous than here in California, my home for most of the past 36 years.

One such place is Texas.

...Believe me, with what I know about California, having been the chief Republican on the Assembly's tax writing committee, Texas is a vastly different land in regards to public policy.

Find the Kitteh #6


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We should all aim to be remembered this way.


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Titanic SOS

"We are sinking fast - passengers being put into boats - MSY"

MSY was the Titanic's callsign and CQD was a distress call used before SOS.

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