Thursday, February 12, 2009

Morning Dilettante Recommendations

Since the morning paper doesn't arrive on too many doorsteps these days, Mr. D brings the news to you.

Today is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Over at Powerline, they have a series of essays about the most consequential president this country has ever had.

If you're having a hard time wrapping your mind around the size of some of the numbers that have been rising over the Potomac recently, Iowahawk has your back. He provides a handy synopsis in Numbers in the News. An excerpt:

An international mathematics research team announced today that they had discovered a new integer that surpasses any previously known value "by a totally mindblowing shitload." Project director Yujin Xiao of Stanford University said the theoretical number, dubbed a "stimulus," could lead to breakthroughs in fields as diverse as astrophysics, quantum mechanics, and Chicago asphalt contracting.

As always, read the whole thing.

1 comment:

Leo Pusateri said...

Let's not forget Crystal Gayle; or God forbid Olivia Newton-John... her voice could tame a wild tiger and make him purrrr....