The Linkin’ Log: August 2, 2009

Over the weekend, the wife and I went to Asheville, NC,  to visit the Biltmore Estate and see a concert, which I will post about tomorrow.  In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few tidbits from around the internet that caught my attention:

  • In what counts as one of the stupidest things I’ve seen in a while, a tow truck driver in upstate NY hit a car and then crashed into a swimming pool because he was simultaneously texting on one cell phone and talking on another one.  A natural question to ask: what part of his body was left to steer with?
  • If that isn’t enough of the stupid: Bill O’Reilly recently decided to demonize my adopted home town of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, as a drug-infested city on the brink of societal collapse.   A Dutchman put together a nice YouTube video showing the hellhole that is downtown Amsterdam, with statistics of the U.S. and Holland for comparison.  Of course, I have a feeling the stats will be lost on someone of O’Reilly’s intellectual caliber
  • Finally, via Cosmic Variance, a link to a wonderful video!  At the World Science Festival 2009, Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the universal nature of the pentatonic scale:
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