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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day links

dose of cynicism for Valentine's Day.

Video: The Science of Chocolate (aka the real meaning of Valentine's Day).


Aphrodisiac Cocktails to Put You in the Mood.

Forget chocolate on Valentine’s Day, try semen, says Surgery News editor. Retraction, resignation follow.

Mark Steyn has everything you ever wanted to know (and more) about the song My Funny Valentine.


An animated history of Valentine's Day, plus why the heart is associated with love.

ICYMI, Tuesday's links are here, and include Abraham Lincoln's birthday, a snail slime love spell, a discussion of sovereign immunity (could Queen Elizabeth get away with murder?), and some advice from 1612 on preventing drunkenness (apparently roasted goat lungs will soak that alcohol right up).

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tuesday links



The White House once had an official Squirrel Feeder.

How to Prevent Drunkenness, per 1612 - apparently roasted goat lungs will soak that alcohol right up.

A collection of photos of Victorian women with extremely long hair.


ICYMI, most recent links are here, and include how mapmakers saw the world in the 16th century, a toilet seat that monitors your heart health, a canonical list of recipes for World Nutella Day, a photo gallery of early supercomputers, and a movie supercut of "I should have killed you when I had the chance".

Monday, February 11, 2019

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809

This Feb. 5, 1865 photo of Lincoln
in Washington is the last one taken of him
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.  The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.  As our case is new, so we must think anew and and act anew.  We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. 

Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history.  We of this Congress and this generation will be remembered in spite of ourselves.  No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us.  The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down to honor or dishonor to the last generation...

~ Abraham Lincoln (Second Annual Message to Congress, 1 December 1862) 

It has long been a grave question whether any government, not too strong for the liberties of the people, can be strong enough to maintain its existence in great emergencies. 

~ Lincoln (Response to a serenade, 10 November 1864) 

Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.  Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled up by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn by the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, "The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."

~ Lincoln (Second Inaugural Address, 4 March 1865*)

Colorized photo by Matthew Brady was taken in 1861
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have born the battle and for his widow and for his orphan, to do all that may achieve a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. 

~ ibid

This dust was once the man,
Gentle, plain, just and resolute, under whose cautious hand, 
Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age,
Was saved the Union of these States. 

~ Walt Whitman (1819-1892) (of Lincoln, "This Dust Was Once the Man")   

February 12 is the anniversary of the birth of the 16th president of these United States, Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865). Born in Kentucky and raised in Illinois, Lincoln was largely self-educated and became a country lawyer in 1836, having been elected to the state legislature two years earlier.  He had one term in the U.S. Congress (1847-1849) but failed (against Stephen A. Douglas) to gain election to the Senate in 1856. Nominated by the Republican party for the presidency in 1860, he prevailed against the divided Democrats, triggering the secession of the southern states and the beginning of the Civil War. As the course of the war turned more favorably for the preservation of the Union, Lincoln was elected to a second term in 1864, but was assassinated in April 1865, only a week after the final victory.  

* N.B.  Highly recommended is Lincoln's Greatest Speech, by Ronald C. White, Jr., who analyzes the Second Inaugural Address in the same way that Gary Wills dissected the Gettysburg Address in Lincoln at Gettysburg. This post on the speech contains some analysis, as well.

A brief National Geographic documentary on Lincoln:


Related posts and links:

This Feb. 5, 1865 photo of Lincoln in Washington is the last one taken of him.

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865 (this post has a different photo that claims to be Lincoln's last - I don't know which is accurate). 



Lincoln's 1858 speech on the meaning of Independence Day: "Let us stick to it then. Let us stand firmly by it then."

Gorgeous remastered and colorized images from the Civil War era, including Lincoln and Mark Twain.

Part of the text above is adapted from Ed's Quotation of the Day, only available via email - leave your email address in the comments if you'd like to be added to his list. Ed is the author of Hunters and Killers: Volume 1: Anti-Submarine Warfare from 1776 to 1943 and Hunters and Killers: Volume 2: Anti-Submarine Warfare from 1943.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tuesday links

February 5th is World Nutella Day - here's a canonical list of Nutella recipes.

Mapping the Oceans - How cartographers saw the world in the 16th century.


Here's a toilet seat that monitors your heart health.

"I should have killed you when I had the chance" - the movie supercut.

When the U.S. Interned Italians in Montana, They Rioted Over Olive Oil.

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." Photo Gallery of Early Supercomputers.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and are all February, Groundhog Day and Super Bowl-related.

Monday, February 4, 2019

"I should have killed you when I had the chance" - the movie supercut

NSFW language. Also includes also "You should have killed me when you had the chance" and "You should have killed him (or her) when you had the chance", and a few longer/shorter versions thereof and permutations. List of films below:




Featured titles:

Spy
Star Trek
Hercules Reborn
The Frozen Ground
Drop Dead Gorgeous
This Means War
Game of Death
Enemies Closer
Pit Fighter
Born to Be Bad


00:27

Cold Mountain
Ella Enchanted
Harbinger Down
Vampire Academy
No Way Out
Bend of the River
21 Grams
Hulk
The Dead Pool
Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth


00:49

Bad Medicine
Life During Wartime
Vacancy
Valdez Is Coming
Tai-Pan
The Lion in Winter
Silverado
Street Trash
Gorky Park
Lost Command


01:13

Redirected
Psycho IV: The Beginning
Leprechaun
Noah
Chisum
Brick Mansions
Who’ll Stop the Rain
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The Expendables
Point Break


01:36

Frontera
Gran Torino
Animal Factory
Blade: Trinity
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves
The Emperor’s New Groove
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation


02:07

X2
The World Is Not Enough
Run All Night
Lost in Space
Above the Law
The Getaway
Vendetta
Shocker
Freejack
Sergeant Rudlege


02:31

Law and Order
The Two Faces of January
Crank
Hard Rain
Bamboozled
Get Lucky
Mindwarp
Mission: Impossible II
Quo Vadis
Red River


02:59

The Perfect Sleep
Black Mama White Mama
Welcome to the Punch
Spawn
Your Highness
Tall in the Saddle
The Wild Bunch
Without a Clue
The Desperadoes
Hard Candy


03:25

Invasion U.S.A.
Heavenly Sword
The Rookie
Bound
Alex Cross
Severance
Last Knights
The Ant Bully
New Jack City
A History of Violence
The Night of the Generals