Working As Intended

June 1st, 2014

Clearly our trademark system is working as intended when some schlub can trademark the symbol for Pi. Yep, that is big help to our creative society and not a huge lawyer driven anchor on the free market.

Misunderstood Authority Figures, The Musical

May 27th, 2014

I spent many a day trying to convince small impressionable children that the so-called ‘villains’ in Disney movies were just misunderstood. Now finally a musical for me.

Why I Love The United Kingdom Part 67: Hedges

May 24th, 2014

This is the sort of story that is why I love the United Kingdom so much as a villager converts his local hedge into a dragon. Very cool.

Obstruct the Exit and Get Out Faster

May 11th, 2014

This is an interesting study that makes sense when I think about it. The basic premise is that by placing an obstruction in front of the exit crowds will actually move faster through it. Why? Because the obstruction breaks the tendency to pack up and which really slows things down. I will be curious to hear how testing with humans instead of ants goes.

Summer of Reasonable Caution: Bears

May 8th, 2014

Bear Photo by tkant57 on Flickr, Used with Creative Commons Permission.National Geographic has a good, but way to reasonable article on human/bear encounters being on the rise. This will not help the bears in this years Summer of Fear as it is filled with too much common sense, but it is a good read anyway. I did not realize how many bears are around now and how wide the range is. Good for the bears, but you can see why we bump into them more now.

Civil War Reenactors in the News

May 3rd, 2014

Most news stories about reenactors of any flavor are just thinly veiled excuses to mock the people whose passion drives them to the hobby. This story is slightly less mocking than most, although some of the quotes sound more like what a reporter thinks he should be hearing than anything like what I have ever heard a reenactor say. Still this story is a better attempt than many to get at why the reenactors do what they do.