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Schwarzschild's Cat

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Cats can be smaller than the critical limit, but they're unobservable. If one shrinks enough that it crosses the limit, it just appears to get cuter and cuter as it slowly fades from view.
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jefron
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Obviously this problem will seem quaint once quantum cats are discovered
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Cats can be smaller than the critical limit, but they're unobservable. If one shrinks enough that it crosses the limit, it just appears to get cuter and cuter as it slowly fades from view.
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Cats can be smaller than the critical limit, but they're unobservable. If one shrinks enough that it crosses the limit, it just appears to get cuter and cuter as it slowly fades from view.

Sunday Morning Open Thread: Fruits of the Season

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When I was growing up in NYC, the “Man o Manischewitz” jingle was so much a part of the holiday season that I never realized other people might not have the same memories. The Spousal Unit (raised in rural upper lower Michigan) just wandered in to ask why I was playing old radio ads. But he remembered his elderly *very* respectable Midwestern Ohio grandmother back in the same time period, after being ordered by her doctor to drink a glass of wine every evening for her heart, using Manischewitz for that purpose. So the advertising must’ve had some outside-the-Northeast impact.

In hindsight, I suspect Manischewitz might’ve been the secret ingredient in quite a few of the alcoholic-enough-to-make-the-kids-tipsy fruitcakes baked by the local Italian nonnas. (My Irish neighbors weren’t much for baking; we had Italian bakeries and Jewish delis to supply our culinary shortfalls, which given the state of Irish-American cooking in those days was probably for the best.)

Manischewitz wine has long enjoyed crossover appeal. Last year, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about its popularity in Asian-American communities and in the 1950s and 60s it was also a popular wine in the African-American community

He says when Jews first arrived to New York they needed wine for most religious ceremonies and holidays.

“The only grapes that were available was something called the Concord variety of grapes. They’re not sweet,” he says. “So in order to make them palatable, they would make this very sour grape into wine and then they would add sugar.”

It turns out, the very, very sweet wine is just the right flavor profile for Bethel’s go-to Christmas drink, sorrel. In Trinidad, she says, it’s not Christmas without the fragrant drink made from hibiscus blooms…

I’m sure some of you sophisticated readers will have OPINIONS about black cake:


 

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Huh
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The Greatest Crime in Human History: Questioning the Right of Old White Men to Power

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Oh shut up Jerry:

California Gov. Jerry Brown isn’t concerned that the increasingly diverse, women-dominated Democratic Party will chafe at having a white male nominee in the 2020 presidential campaign.

“What’s wrong with white men?” Brown, who has ruled out running himself, told the Associated Press.

Brown was asked for his thoughts on Joe Biden, Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) leading the chatter about the 2020 Democratic field.

White men will “probably be running things for quite a bit of time,” Brown continued.

“Look, it’s not the skin color, it’s who’s the right person with the right set of qualities to lead the nation,” he told the AP.

And I guess that right person with the right set of qualities is going to have white skin and a penis for a long time to come!

Whether Brown or Biden or Bernie, that generation of white guys just need to go away from politics. There’s a sense of privilege there that is pretty toxic. Bernie is far less problematic but still just doesn’t get a politics that isn’t ultimately about white guys. Beto, I don’t know, but I surely plan to be supporting a non-white male in 2020.

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Jerry Brown is good news. Every time he runs for president the democrat wins.
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They'll Be On CNN Labeled "Patriot Party Members" Or Some Shit

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I am lazy but I'm reasonably sure I'd take the job of being a member of Congress, even on my way out, a bit seriously. And I say that being aware that it's kind of a crappy job most of the time.

WASHINGTON — Just days before a deadline to avert a partial government shutdown, President Trump, Democratic leaders and the Republican-controlled Congress are at a stalemate over the president’s treasured border wall. But House Republican leaders are also confronting a more mundane and awkward problem: Their vanquished and retiring members are sick and tired of Washington and don’t want to show up anymore to vote.

Great framing, as always, New York Times. These Congressman are just tired of Washington which as we all know is just a complete hellhole compared to Bugnuts, Alabama, where they will return for the winter break before beginning their new jobs as [check notes] Raytheon lobbyists.

They're lazy and scoping out their next gig you assholes.
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I Think They Do

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Heroic Doggy Keeper Rescues Blundering Human Keeper With Great, Adorable Save

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Juventud Unida beat Defensores de Belgrano 3-0 on Sunday in Argentina’s third division. The home team would’ve won by even more after a goalkeeping boner gifted Juventud the ball and an open net, but for the perfectly timed intervention by the most adorable and effective idiot on the field we’ve yet seen:

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