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Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday links


Sunscreen Prevents Cancer, Right? Well, It’s Complicated.


“Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.” - A selection of parenting advice from Homer Simpson:  Related: one of my favorite Father's Day stories (NSFW- language).

Physics: on the physical (im)possibility of lightsabers". Direct link to the PDF.


ICYMI, most recent links are here, and include urban and wilderness survival hacks, eating out in Victorian England, the photos on which classic pin-up girl paintings were based, and how Dr. Seuss changed education in America.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

“Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.” Parenting advice from Homer Simpson

For fellow Simpsons fans:

“No, no, no, Lisa. If adults don’t like their jobs, they don’t go on strike. They just go in every day and do it really half-assed. That’s the American Way.”

“OK, son. Just remember to have fun out there today, and if you lose, I’LL KILL YOU!”

“You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.”

“The code of the schoolyard, Marge! The rules that teach a boy to be a man. Let’s see. Don’t tattle. Always make fun of those different from you. Never say anything, unless you’re sure everyone feels exactly the same way you do. What else…”

“Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.”

“When I look at the smiles on all the children’s faces, I just know they’re about to jab me with something.”

“I have to work overtime at work instead of spending time with my wife and kids, which is what I want.”

“Kids are great, Apu. You can teach them to hate the things you hate and they practically raise themselves now-a-days, you know, with the internet and all.”

“I think the saddest day of my life was when I realized I could beat my Dad at most things, and Bart experienced that at the age of four.”

“Don’t eat me. I have a wife and kids. Eat them.”

“Marge, don’t discourage the boy! Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals! Except the weasel.”

“What do we need a psychiatrist for? We know our kid is nuts. “

“It’s not easy to juggle a pregnant wife and a troubled child, but somehow I managed to squeeze in 8 hours of TV a day.”

“Remember as far as anyone knows, we’re a nice normal family.”

“Marriage is like a coffin and each kid is another nail.”

“The key to parenting is don’t overthink it. Because overthinking leads to … what were talking about?”

Related:

Funny signs from The Simpsons (and links to lots more).

An archive of Bart's blackboard writing. The graphic below is from 2012 - click on it to zoom.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Defense News has a series of shocking stories about the F-35


The Pentagon is battling the clock to fix serious, unreported F-35 problems

Defense News exclusively obtained documents detailing the F-35 jet's most serious deficiencies.

Two F-35 partners threatened to quit the program. Here’s why they didn’t.

How serious were the problems? Serious enough that a couple countries threatened to pull out of the program, according to U.S. Defense Department documents.
 
Supersonic speeds could cause big problems for the F-35′s stealth coating

Supersonic flight at the edge of the F-35 jet's flight envelope could cause structural damage or degrade its stealth coating, warn documents

A fix is coming for a problem that left two F-35 pilots in ‘excruciating’ pain

Oxygen deprivation isn't the only issue known to cause physiological episodes among F-35 pilots.

When the F-35 blows a tire, it can set off a chain reaction of potential failures.

The problem has been fixed in the carrier variant, but why aren't the "A" and "B" models getting the same correction?

FAQ: Your guide to understanding how the military rates F-35 technical shortfalls
 
When US Navy and Marine F-35 pilots most need performance, the aircraft becomes erratic

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ F-35s become unpredictable to handle when executing the kind of extreme maneuvers a pilot would use in a dogfight or while avoiding a missile.

The Marine Corps’ ‘No. 1 priority’ for the F-35 involves a rough landing in hot environments

When it's a hot one, the F-35B might struggle to land safely. And that could be bad news for industry.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Monday links


This article on impotence trials of the 14th through 17th centuries contains an awe-inspiring collection of cheesy sexually-themed metaphors.

18 Urban and Wilderness Survival Hacks That Would Make MacGyver Proud.

Classic Pin-Up Girls Before and After Editing: The Real Women Behind Gil Elvgren's Paintings.


What it was like to eat out in Victorian England.

ICYMI, most recent links are here, and include how regulations make all cars look so much alike, why almost all city trees are male and produce so much pollen, and the anniversaries of D-Day and Dunkirk.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

On June 10, 1964, Democrats Filibustered the Civil Rights Act

A 1964 photo of African-Americans protesting Robert C. Byrd
 for filibustering the Civil Rights Act bill. (source)
Leading the Democrats was Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), who got into politics as a recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan.

On this day in 1964, Everett Dirksen (R-IL), the Republican Leader in the U.S. Senate, condemned the Democrats’ 57-day filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Leading the Democrats in their opposition to civil rights for African-Americans was Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV). Byrd, who got into politics as a recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan, spoke against the bill for fourteen straight hours. Democrats still call Robert Byrd “the conscience of the Senate.”

In his speech, Senator Dirksen called on the Democrats to end their filibuster and accept racial equality.

Related: Here's a bit of Americana for you - the 1920's KKK Application Form.