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29 Jul, 2010

Amish population boom

Posted by: Dave In: Current Affairs|History

According to a recent Wall Street Journal blog post: The number of Amish in North America has doubled since 1991 and their distinctive communities can now be found in Canada as well as 28 U.S. states, including unlikely ones like Texas and Maine. The full article has an interesting chart with Amish population by state. […]

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Video link Underground comic book pioneer, Harvey Pekar, died today. He was 70 years old. His most famous series “American Splendor” was an autobiographical chronicle that started in the late 70s and lasted several decades. Actor, Paul Giamatti, played Pekar in the 2003 movie adaptation of Pekar’s “American Splendor.” If you haven’t seen it, you […]

Let’s go folks…hit me with some good captions for this ridiculous photo in the comments. (photo via Digg images) – Dave

Well-dressed and well-armed, these ladies were members of Drexel Institute’s girls rifle club (taken in Washington, DC). The young lady on the right wearing the leopard coat looks dangerous (and probably a good shot). According to some additional background on the team, the “Girls’ rifle team of Drexel Institute defeated a picked sharpshooter squad of […]

03 Feb, 2009

Is this real life?

Posted by: Dave In: Film|History|Humor

Video link (via boingboing) This young man is returning from the dentist after having had some teeth pulled and, more importantly, having anesthetic. Some of my favorite lines are: “Ahhhh I didn’t feel anything.” “Is this real life?” “I have two fingers.” “You have four eyes.” “Is this going to be forever?” – Dave

12 Jul, 2008

Is it a virus? No, it’s Walmart.

Posted by: Dave In: Business|Design|History

Data visualizations fascinate me like fish tanks enthrall cats.  This is an interesting map of Walmart’s growth across the United States.  I think the designer choose to make the stores green dots on purpose… What do you think? Link to the dynamic map (requires Flash). – Dave

18 May, 2008

Women in the US Senate

Posted by: Dave In: History|Political

35 women have held seats in the United States Senate since its inception.  The number of women in the Senate has more than doubled in the last 20 years.  I find it interesting that the majority of the women who have held seats in the Senate have been democrats (22 out of 35). I’m not […]

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15 Oct, 2007

History of religion in 90 seconds

Posted by: Dave In: History|Philosophy

This short flash movie reminds me of a spreading plague or war.  Funny that it’s religion. Link (via BoingBoing)

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01 Apr, 2007

Lirpa Loof!

Posted by: Dave In: History|Humor

From Wikipedia: The origin of this custom has been much disputed. Many theories have been suggested. What seems certain is that it is in some way or other a relic of those once universal festivities held at the vernal equinox, which, beginning on old New Year’s Day, the 25th of March, ended on the 2nd […]

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07 Mar, 2007

Bridges of New York

Posted by: Dave In: History|Photography

The New Yorker magazine online has some amazing photos of the bridges of New York City. You can see the collection of photos here. The photo above makes me nervous just looking at it and I’m not really afraid of heights. (Found at Digg under the design category) -Dave

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  • Dave: Not sure, Bryan, but I'd love to know where Craig lives.
  • Bryan Hanks: What city were those in?
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  • epiphenita: Like Tom Waits without the music.
  • epiphenita: Reminds me of my good friend's artwork: http://victoriacarlson.blogspot.com/2009/06/untitled.html
  • Dave: I think someone should make some dance music from those "WHOAHs."
  • epiphenita: Oh, Dave. That was tonic to my soul. Perfect. I vote for an exorcism.
  • Dave: Hmm, looks sober to me.
  • Scott: I'm thinking that the guy with the hat might have had a drink or two before this picture was taken. Just a hunch...
  • Scott: There's a roleplaying scenario just waiting to be written based on these pictures. :-)


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