One of my favorite novellas of all time can be downloaded as a free eBook. It’s a story of a group of space colonists whose ship is attacked by their mortal enemy (The Gerns) and are left on a harsh planet called Ragnarok where they have to quickly adapt or die. If you love old sci-fi stories, definitely give this a try.
(via Boing Boing)
Buridan’s ass is a figurative description of a man of indecision. It refers to a paradoxical situation wherein an ass, placed exactly in the middle between two stacks of hay of equal size and quality, will starve to death since it cannot make any rational decision to start eating one rather than the other. The paradox is named after the 14th century French philosopher Jean Buridan.
The paradox was, however, not originated by Buridan himself. It is first found in Aristotle’s De Caelo, where Aristotle mentions an example of a man who remains unmoved because he is as hungry as he is thirsty and is positioned exactly between food and drink. Buridan nowhere discusses this specific problem but its relevance is that he did advocate a moral determinism whereby, save for ignorance or impediment, a human faced by alternative courses of action must always choose the greater good. Buridan allowed that the will could delay the choice to more fully assess the possible outcomes of the choice. Later writers satirised this view in terms of an ass who, confronted by two equally desirable and accessible bales of hay, must necessarily starve while pondering a decision.
This is exactly what happens to me every time I go to eat at a Cheesecake Factory. How can you make a decision between entrees when the menu has 12 pages worth of food selections?
The police are finally making the world safer from dangerous oversalters. I ordered a cheeseburger sub the other day with tomatos, pickles and mayo that came with just lettuce and hotpeppers. Oh why couldn’t I have the power of the badge to bring that short order cook to justice?
UNION CITY, Ga. (AP) – A 20-year-old McDonald’s employee spent a night in jail and is facing criminal charges after a police officer complained that the burger she prepared with too much salt made him sick.
Kendra Bull was charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct and arrested at 1:30 am on Friday. After a court hearing later that morning, she was released on one thousand dollars bond.
Bull said she accidentally spilled too much salt on the hamburger meat, but told her supervisor and another co-worker, who she said tried to thump the salt off. Bull took a break and said she ate a burger made from the salty meat.
Union City Police Officer Wendell Adams ordered a Big N’ Tasty at the drive-through window and also got a burger made from the oversalted meat. A short time later, Adams returned to the restaurant and told the manager he had gotten sick from eating it.
Bull admitted to spilling the salt on the burger, and the officer asked her to step outside, where he questioned Bull further, she said.
Many household items have earned a spot in the ultimate do-it-yourself toolbox: duct tape, vinegar, lemon juice, aluminum foil, wire hangers; but there’s one multi-task tool that many people might overlook: the tennis ball.
Yes, that furry yellow orb of happiness is good for a myriad of tasks far beyond its typical role of sitting in the bottom of your closet as a continual reminder of your broken New Year’s resolution to get more exercise. In fact, the common tennis ball might be one of the most versatile and useful tools you never knew you had!
To prove my point, here are 17 helpful tips to make a tennis ball serve you (as opposed to the other way around):
Science is the providence of man, the worker of true miracles, of real wonders. Science has “read a little in Nature’s infinite book of secrecy.” Science knows the circuits of the winds, the courses of the stars. Fire is his servant, and lightning his messenger. Science freed the slaves and gave liberty to their masters. Science taught man to enchain, not his fellows, but the forces of nature, forces that have no backs to be scarred, no limbs for chains to chill and eat, forces that have no hearts to break, forces that never know fatigue, forces that shed no tears. Science is the great physician. His touch has given sight. He has made the lame to leap, the deaf to hear, the dumb to speak, and in the pallid face his hand has set the rose of health. Science has given his beloved sleep and wrapped in happy dreams the throbbing nerves of pain. Science is the destroyer of disease, builder of happy homes, the preserver of life and love. Science is the teacher of every virtue, the enemy of every vice. Science has given the true basis of morals, the origin and office of conscience, revealed the nature of obligation, of duty, of virtue in its highest, noblest forms, and has demonstrated that true happiness is the only possible good. Science has slain the monsters of superstition, and destroyed the authority of inspired books. Science has read the records of the rocks, records that priestcraft cannot change. and on his wondrous scales has weighed the atom and the star.
Science has founded the only true religion. Science is the only Savior of this world.
Robert Green Ingersoll – “Myth and Miracle”(1885)