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Moscow-Vladivostok on the Trans Siberian Railway: virtual journey on Google Maps

One of my favorite parts of working in New York was commuting on the Erie-Lackawanna Railway. I mention that because this post is about train stuff, and I just wanted to admit up front that I’m total fan. (And I know that Erie-Lackawanna went belly up in 1972 and was ultimately merged into Conrail.)

A new web project for train nuts: a trip on the Trans Siberian Railway. Real time, not excerpts or highlights, with track noise, music or spoken audio, all the way from from Moscow to Vladivostok.

Moscow-Vladivostok: virtual journey on Google Maps:

The great Trans Siberian Railway, the pride of Russia, goes across two continents, 12 regions and 87 cities. The joint project of Google and the Russian Railways lets you take a trip along the famous route and see Baikal, Khekhtsirsky range, Barguzin mountains, Yenisei river and many other picturesque places of Russia without leaving your house. During the trip, you can enjoy Russian classic literature, brilliant images and fascinating stories about the most attractive sites on the route. Let’s go!

You don’t have to take the whole 9226 km trip, of course. You can jump to scenic and famous landmarks as you like.

Best part for me so far: playing the trip video that shows the right side passenger’s view, and selecting satellite view in the lower video. The website synchronizes the two views so you can see buildings, rivers and bridges from above as the train passes them.

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Tentacles are for Hugging

Make your own Valentine’s Day card – download printable graphics from dabbled.org.

via Lauging Squid

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RECYCLED RUBBER DOORMAT “ENTER” KEY

RECYCLED RUBBER DOORMAT “ENTER” KEY (product page)

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Simon’s Cat ‘Snow Business’ (Parts 1 and 2)

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Federation Fleet Chart

Federation Fleet Chart by Bernd Schneider, from Shopped Sci Fi

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Podcast Infinite Recursion FAIL (Video)

Live webcast fail:

via Boing Boing

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Volunteering on the rise: September 2008-September 2009

Both the number of volunteers and the volunteer rate rose over the year ended in September 2009. About 63.4 million people, or 26.8 percent of the population, volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2008 and September 2009. In 2008, the volunteer rate was 26.4 percent.

The volunteer rate of women increased from 29.4 percent in 2008 to 30.1 percent in 2009, while the volunteer rate for men, at 23.3 percent, was essentially unchanged.

In 2009, the main organization—the organization for which the volunteer worked the most hours during the year—was most frequently religious (34.0 percent of all volunteers), followed by educational or youth service related (26.1 percent). Another 13.9 percent of volunteers performed activities mainly for social or community service organizations.

These data were collected through a supplement to the September 2009 Current Population Survey (CPS). For a variety of information on volunteering, see “Volunteering in the United States—2009,” (PDF) (HTML) news release, USDL 10-0097.

A Look Into the Data

By age, 35- to 44-year olds and 45- to 54-year olds were the most likely to volunteer. Their volunteer rates were 31.5 percent and 30.8 percent, respec- tively, in 2009. Volunteer rates were lowest among persons in their early twen- ties (18.8 percent) and those age 65 and over (23.9 percent).

Among the major race and ethnicity groups, whites continued to volunteer at a higher rate (28.3 percent) than did blacks (20.2 percent), Asians (19.0 per- cent), and Hispanics (14.7 percent). Of these groups, the volunteer rate of blacks and whites rose in 2009. Among blacks it rose by 1.1 percentage points, driven by an increase in the volunteer rate of black women.

Volunteer rates were higher among married persons (32.3 percent) than those who had never married (20.6 percent) and those with other marital statuses (21.5 percent). Parents with children under age 18 were substantially more likely to volunteer than were persons without children under 18 years of age, 34.4 per- cent compared with 23.9 percent.

Individuals with higher levels of educational attainment were more likely to volunteer than were those with less education. Among persons age 25 and over, 42.8 percent of college graduates volunteered, compared with 18.8 percent of high school graduates and 8.6 percent of those with less than a high school diploma.

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See the original article from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Volunteering on the rise: September 2008-September 2009.

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via The Awl, Elements of Stale: Having Had Been Buffaloed.

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Carly Fiorina DEMON SHEEP, The Pink Floyd Remix

In case you missed it, there’s a freaky internet political ad that’s gone viral that features a DEMON SHEEP. It was done for (to?) the Carly Fiorina Senate campaign, and attacked her republican primary rival, Tom Campbell. The other candidate in the three-way GOP primary race, Chuck DeVore, has been making hay with the brouhaha.

What’s freaky about it? Well at the 2:26 point in the video, the fellow in the picture associated with this post makes his appearance. Yes, it’s that weird. (So the video is on the long side, but it’s worth it for the juxtaposition of happy sheep, scary red-eyed rug wearing guys, and clip-art people.)

I laughed when I first saw it and decided to forget it, but then today Andrew Sullivan in the The Pink Floyd Remix linked to this mash up, where the sound track had been brilliantly replaced with Pink Floyd’s Sheep:

(I’m terrible at understanding lyrics, so I copied the lyrics to Sheep at the end of this post.)

According to the Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert politics blog, AM Alert: Demon sheep:

The longish Web ad depicts fiscal conservatives as sheep — now there’s an interesting choice for the ad’s story line — and paints Campbell as a bad sheep menacing the good fiscal-conservative sheep as they munch away in a meadow.

Here’s the original ad:

Chuck DeVore unleashed a funny “let’s make the campaign be about the issues” repsonse at the newly created demonsheep.org web site. Demonsheep.org is the home of the “Society for the Eradication of Demon Sheep from our Political Discourse” (S.F.T.E.O.D.S.F.O.P.D.). Pretty predictable, I thought, until I saw the website’s mascot:

(A play on the classic meme All your base are belong to us, Wikipedia.)

Sheep, Pink Floyd:

Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away;
Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air.
You better watch out,
There may be dogs about
I’ve looked over Jordan, and I have seen
Things are not what they seem.

What do you get for pretending the danger’s not real.
Meek and obedient you follow the leader
Down well trodden corridors into the valley of steel.
What a surprise!
A look of terminal shock in your eyes.
Now things are really what they seem.
No, this is no bad dream.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
He makes me down to lie
Through pastures green He leadeth me the silent waters by.
With bright knives He releaseth my soul.
He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places.
He converteth me to lamb cutlets,
For lo, He hath great power, and great hunger.
When cometh the day we lowly ones,
Through quiet reflection, and great dedication
Master the art of karate,
Lo, we shall rise up,
And then we’ll make the bugger’s eyes water.

Bleating and babbling I fell on his neck with a scream.
Wave upon wave of demented avengers
March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream.

Have you heard the news?
The dogs are dead!
You better stay home
And do as you’re told.
Get out of the road if you want to grow old.

(This is a post from my blog Adequate Bird. You can see the original post here: Carly Fiorina DEMON SHEEP, The Pink Floyd Remix.)

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Demand Question Time: Sign the Petition

From Demand Question Time:

We live in a world that increasingly demands more dialogue than monologue. President Obama’s January 29th question-and-answer session with Republican leaders gave the public a remarkable window into the state of our union and governing process. It was riveting and educational. The exchanges were substantive, civil and candid. And in a rare break from our modern politics, sharp differences between elected leaders were on full public display without rancor or ridicule.

Here’s a cause I think everyone concerned about the state of politics an policy in our country can get behind. Read the excerpt below, visit the site, watch the movie. Decide for yourself and if you agree that we need civil debate and “sunlight”, join me and Sign the Petition! (“Sunlight is the best disinfectant” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, referring to the benefits of openness and transparency.)

See Demand Question Time for more details and a list of the petition’s backers…. from both political parties.

The President takes questions from Republican members of the House of Representatives at the GOP House Issues Conference in Baltimore, MD. January 29, 2010:

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Wait Wait Don’t Eat Me

Summary:

“We’re going to be cutting our show a little short today, because, as you may have heard, there’s an apocalypse happening! But we didn’t let the election of Barack Obama stop us, and we’re not going to let the zombie hordes stop us either.”

CARL: From NPR and Chicago Public Radio, this is Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, the NPR news quiz. I’m Carl Kasell, and here’s your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago: Peter Sagal!

PETER: Thanks, Carl! Hello, everyone! We’re going to be cutting our show a little short today, because, as you may have heard, there’s an apocalypse happening! But we didn’t let the election of Barack Obama stop us, and we’re not going to let the zombie hordes stop us either. After the show today, myself, Carl, and the panelists will be taking our families to the secret underground NPR bunker, and no, you can’t come. I bet you wish you’d donated more during that last pledge drive!

PAULA: Sure, rub it in.

MO: The mug with the NPR logo was just too appealing.

PETER: To play, give us a call at 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. That’s 1-888-924-8924. Our first and only listener-contestant is on the line. What’s your name?

ZOMBIE: Brains?

PETER: Actually, according to my card here, your name is Steve Ryerson, from right here in Chicago! Steve is, or I should say was, an investment banker, and we all know they were the first to be targeted and converted into mindless zombies.

TOM: You mean they weren’t before?

MO: It explains a lot about the financial collapse.

PETER: Let me introduce you to our panel this week. First, a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, Mo Rocca!

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PETER: Steve, we feel bad for you, and the zombie hordes are beginning to break down the doors, so we’re going to give you a bonus question. If you get this, you win the game. This is our Listener Limerick Challenge, where you have to fill in the last word or phrase to complete the rhyme.

CARL: This problem is causing us pain // Though zombies we try to restrain // They’re swarming in hordes // And knocking down doors // They just want to eat all our…

STEVE: Uh…

PAULA: Come on, Steve!

MO: You can do it!

STEVE: …

PETER: Rhymes with pain and restrain? Maybe with an “S” on the end?

STEVE: Brains?

PETER: Yes! Brains! You’ve won our prize, Carl Kasell’s voice on your home answering machine.

STEVE: Brains!

PETER: You said it, Steve. Thanks for calling. Support for this show is now a moot point. Look for us in the new underground cave system, where we will be mocking whatever new system of government is set up. We look forward to the inevitable day when Silvio Berlusconi tries to trade half of Italy’s food supply for a dog-eared copy of the April 2006 issue of Playboy magazine.

MO: He can have my back issues of National Geographic for some canned soup.

PETER: Thanks to our panelists, and thanks to you for listening. And to the zombies, thank you for having the good taste not to eat us while we were doing the show. This is NPR, National Public Radio.

Wait Wait Don’t Eat Me – Nestra – RPF – National Public Radio [Archive of Our Own].

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