Doofus Of The Day #613

Today’s award goes to a young man in Germany. A love-struck young German’s romantic plans went awry in a Bavarian village this week after he used fancy paper with a special seal to send a letter to his girlfriend. A neighbour feared it was a bomb and took it to the police. . . . When she heard what happened, Pia’s mother went to the police to explain that the letter had been sent with romantic intentions. “My mother then told me in the evening that the police had thought it was a letter bomb – apparently the officers looked

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“Paint-on” batteries?

The BBC reports that a new technology offers batteries that can be ‘painted on’ to objects. The most common batteries are made up of negative and positive halves (the anode and the cathode), a material to separate them, and “current collector” layers at top and bottom to gather up the electric charges moving through. Many batteries are made in a kind of “Swiss roll” geometry, in which the layers are rolled up into a cylindrical or round-edged rectangular shape. But as more consumer technology is developed with challenging shapes and sizes, or “form factors”, the need for batteries of non-standard

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A novice photographer produces spectacular results

A tip o’ the hat to Julie in Australia for forwarding the link to this report. These amazing images were captured over long sessions up to 15 hours by an amateur photographer from Bendigo, who only picked up a camera two years ago. Lincoln Harrison regularly heads for Lake Eppalock in Victoria as the sun goes down, sets up his tripod, starts clicking his shutter and captures the passage of stars across the night sky. His magnificent images bring to mind the Starry Night paintings of Dutch impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. They show stunning spirals created by the earth’s

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Melting!

Miss D. and I made it back home this evening . . . but only just!  We drove back through 100°+ heat (a bank’s display thermometer was reading 112° Fahrenheit as we drove through the last town before we reached home at about 5.30 this evening).  To make matters worse, there was a major accident on the interstate heading south, which apparently resulted in one death and several serious injuries.  Southbound traffic was shut down completely just over the Kentucky border, and probably will remain so until late tonight.  We were fortunate to be able to cut across the median

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Laughter and the love of friends

“From quiet homes and first beginning, Out to the undiscovered ends, There’s nothing worth the wear of winning, But laughter and the love of friends.” ‘Dedicatory Ode’, Hilaire Belloc That’s a good summary of the day.  I was up at 3 a.m., my much-abused back locking up and refusing to let me sleep on.  Barkley was overjoyed to have company at so small an hour, and insisted on being taken for a walk to do his business;  then he observed me as I worked on my book manuscript for a couple of hours, until my back decided it had punished

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