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April 17, 2021

Mister Rogers Cardigans

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Every color of cardigan sweater worn by Mister Rogers on his show — in chronological order.

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April 17, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

How different piano notes reverberate through a bowl of water

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April 17, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The dead hand of boj

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Back in the heyday of the Cold War, a concept and reality called "The Dead Hand" captured the imagination of both political scientists and war gamers as well as fiction writers of doomsday scenarios.

Long story short: after a first strike that wiped out the command and control system of the other side, an automated computer-controlled mechanism would remain capable of retaliating even if no humans were left to assent.

I've updated the concept and made it my own.

As a rule, anywhere from one day to two weeks worth of future boj posts lie quietly in a bunker in a secure, undisclosed location.

At one minute after the hours of 8 am/10 am/12 noon/2 pm and 4 pm ET, a post appears.

After I depart this mortal coil, posts will appear for an unpredictable period of days or weeks, following which there will be no more.

Any post you read could be the last.

So go ahead, subscribe to my YouTube channel.

667 satisfied people already have, none known to have suffered any side effects.

Free, the way we like it.

April 17, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Cirroteuthid Octopus Billows Like a Circus Tent

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Dancing at a depth of around one mile, this elegant octopus measures an estimated 4.2 feet long and entertained our watch team for more than 5 minutes.

It's really putting on a show for us," said a researcher as the cephalopod made its way toward Hercules' camera, expanding its billowing arms like a circus tent blowing in the wind.

Experts believe the octopus belongs to Cirroteuthidae, a family of cirrate octopuses, but the exact species is unknown.

"Of the recognized species, it is closest to Cirrothauma magna. However, we know of several undescribed species and this could be one," said invertebrate zoologist Mike Vecchione.

Little is known about Cirroteuthid octopuses other than that they often swim or drift near the seabed at depths of over 6,600 feet where light does not penetrate the cold waters.

Because of their hard-to-reach habitat, catching a glimpse of these cephalopods is made possible through specialized technologies like those employed aboard the E/V Nautilus.

The team spotted the delicate octopus while exploring Southwest Baker Island in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which makes up one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world.

Just north of the equator, Baker Island is an uninhabited atoll surrounded by a rich diversity of marine life. Learn more about this expedition here.

April 17, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than some bread boxes.

A second: powder-coated steel.

A third: no moving parts.

Another view, of a white iteration:

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April 17, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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