17 Apr 2009 15:45
Reading: The Tired Donkey was alerted to this item by the Good Morning Silicon Valley blog which he highly recommends for his technology-savvy readers. The Library of Congress has just launched its own YouTube channel with the first batch of author presentations, scholar discussions and early films, including the earliest surviving copyrighted motion picture, a Kinetoscopic recording made in 1894 by Thomas Edison of a guy named Fred Ott sneezing. The Tired Donkey urges you to spend some time there this weekend learning a bit more about the history of this great land.
Watching: The Tired Donkey believes this to be the saddest video he has ever seen. It depicts the degrading training that a Stockholm Donkey has submitted to at the hands of a Freeloader. If this is not a call to action, the Tired Donkey doesn’t know what is: free the Stockholm Donkeys!
Off topic: The Higgs boson, also known as The God Particle, has never been observed in the laboratory or elsewhere despite the fact that it is predicted to exist by the Standard Model of particle physics. If found, it would help explain t
he origins of mass in the universe, and find it is exactly what they are trying to do at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. Pretty heady stuff. But what if you were to discover and then accidentally swallow a Higgs boson? Read this article to prepare yourself for the possibility. The Tired Donkey recognizes that the chance of this happening is slim, but better safe than sorry.
27 Mar 2009 10:57
Reading: The Tired Donkey suggests you read this NYTimes Magazine profile of one of the great scientific minds of our age, Freeman Dyson, who happens to believe that global warming is nothing to be worried about. The Tired Donkey is not now nor will he ever take a position on global warming this blog, but it is always important to at least take notice of serious outliers from the conventional wisdom. The Tired Donkey notes that Galileo was one of those, too. To get a flavor of some of the anger at Professor Dyson, see the links in Andy Revkin’s blog post here. For a shorter—but still entertaining—profile of Dyson, see here. And, sticking with a theme from last week, the Tired Donkey really wishes this photo was in color because that jacket Professor Dyson is sporting is quite groovy.
Watching: This one is self-explanatory.
Off topic: We have spent some time in the past this week, so here are some atomic brands and atomic toys for your enjoyment, all from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Health Physics Historical Instrumentation Museum. This place is apparently a lot more fun than it sounds, and the Tired Donkey would be interested in interviewing anyone who has eaten Radium Brand Creamery Butter; unfortunately, he doubts that any of them are still around. The Tired Donkey does not want to interview anyone who has used a Radium brand condom as he is afraid their story would be too sad to bear.
19 Mar 2009 18:30
Reading: The Tired Donkey likes Kurt Vonnegut; his 1961 short story, “Harrison Bergeron,” is relevant to our inquiry here, and the Tired Donkey recommends that you take a few minutes to read it this weekend. You can disagree with this if you want, but the Tired Donkey believes you will not find a better use for your time. You can find the full text here.
Watching: A loyal Tired Donkey reader provided the Tired Donkey with a link to this short video; it contains some words of great wisdom from Milton Friedman. It is also a reminder of a time when television was still capable of providing a forum for civil discourse. And the Tired Donkey digs Milton’s groovy pink sportcoat. Watch it.
Off Topic: Christopher Neimann’s art essay “My Life With Cables” will resonate with anyone who owns a computer, and—from the archives—zefrank’s immortal “Earth Sandwich” post. More on Monday.
14 Mar 2009 10:32
The Tired Donkey hopes that you are able to unload your burden for the weekend, and he would like to suggest some reading for you. The Tired Donkey believes in doing research so that you may become an educated donkey, a donkey who is able to argue from facts and not emotions. In this spirt, he respectfully suggests perusing the postings of the Tax Policy Center and the Tax Foundation. Both collect a wealth of primary sources that will allow you avoid arguing from the error-laden rantings of the pundits.
The Tired Donkey also enjoys the various posting at the Liberty Papers blog, and particularly recommends taking a look at this post which collects commentary on the “Going Galt” debate. Now, the Tired Donkey will be the first to admit that he is no John Galt; he is not nearly as handsome or creative or rich. And, though wading through Ayn Rand’s prose stylings in Atlas Shrugged is a tough slog, the Tired Donkey recommends you make the effort as it contains many ideas of continuing importance. More on Monday.