Today seemed like a good day to point out a few interesting tidbits I’ve happened across on the ‘tubes. In no particular order,
- Tom at Swans on Tea linked to a very cool video demonstrating a genuine magnetic levitation train — in HO scale!
- One of the original copies of Einstein sticking out his tongue sold for $74k in a recent auction. The article gives some nice background explaining the origin of the picture, including its ties to the McCarthy era.
- Via The New York Times, a wolverine has made a rare foray into the state of Colorado, after being driven out some 90 years earlier. If you’ve never read anything about a wolverine outside of the comic book character, you should do so — they’re bad-assed and fascinating creatures. They’re also known as “skunk bears”, due to their girth and strong scent, and they are related to the skunk.
- By the way, if you’re a fan of the history of science, I’ve been meaning for some time to point out this wonderful and fascinating blog — Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Centraal — which focuses on the science and scientists of The Netherland’s Golden Age.
- Finally, David Neiwert over at Crooks and Liars presents one of the best takedowns of Glenn Beck I’ve ever seen — and one of the strongest arguments in favor of progressives. If Glenn Beck thinks progressives are toxic, what kind of America does he want?
P.S. I went and saw “Up” last night with the wife. It was a wonderful film. There is a beautifully done montage at the beginning of the film, showing the major events in the life of the main character and his wife, which actually brought me (and the wife) to tears. Every time I see a preview for a Pixar film, I think: “That looks really dumb!”, and every time I’ve been wrong. Also, if you want to read some real drama associated with the film, go here.