SONG: “Facts Will Save Us All”.
SOURCE:Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove,” New York Times, 17 Apr 2017, as used in the post “Microsoft’s Ballmer sics big data on government spending.”
This is a song from the perspective, maybe, of Steve Ballmer’s inner voice.
He is, after all, an emotional man (about things like developers! at least).
The chorus comes from something that I remembered hearing in a public radio interview about his new da…
This is Litchi chinensis, 荔枝, the lychee, sometimes called a “lychee nut” although it’s not nut-like at all. It’s more like a muscadine (tough skin, sweet juiciness) with a big seed in the middle. It’s one of the best things in life.
As I’m sure it was in the 1600s, when Michel Boym, a Polish Jesuit missionary, was studying them for his exhaustive work on Chinese botany. He also authored the first two dictionaries translating Chinese into European languages – Latin and French.
If you c…
SONG: “Another Girl, Another Planet” (penitential cover)
SOURCE: This has no scientific source; it’s a penitential cover for being late for the April song. It’s originally by The Only Ones.
This is a punk standard, as much as there is such a thing. I shouldn’t admit this, being of the generation that I am, but I came to this song backwards – through (of all things) a classical tribute to punk rock. Somehow, I missed this song the first time around, and the…
This is the head and neck of a raven, Corvus corax sinuatus, as dissected and drawn by Robert W. Shufeldt.
I look at this and am impressed by the beauty of the anatomy. Then I wonder what Shufeldt’s fingers were like after dissecting and drawing the thing….
You can find more of the raven here. He was a thorough man.
This is a “more definitely suctorial mouth with horny cuticular teeth,” according to Francis Maitland Balfour, a British biologist with a particularly distinguished name and a delicate sense of prose, who was, until his untimely mountaineering death, viewed as the successor to Charles Darwin.
This lamprey’s face is from Volume 3 of his Works, which can be found on archive.org.
from Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, La Palma, Picture Archives, (via Barbelith).
Go outside tomorrow night and look up. Look up! Keep looking up! Trust us on this one.
Some researchers wear their subjects of study underneath their sleeves. I quite like the octopus….
from The Modern Practice of the Electric Telegraph, 1881.