The Pyrotomic Disintegrator Pistol — Another winner from Vintagraph. I am so using the word “pyrotomic” in Sunspin. Somewhere, somehow. If nothing else, starships need names, too.
Learning From Mistakes Only Works After Age 12, Study Suggests — Huh. I think I was in my 40s before it started working for me. (Thanks to sheelangig.)
The physics test — A classic, brilliant story. (Thanks to AH.)
Nov. 18, 1883: Railroad Time Goes Coast to Coast — The history of time zones, plus a bonus cool photo of railroading in the Cascades, back in the day.
Palin Strikes Gold — Sarah Palin’s $7 million book deal. Good for her. However, not so good for the rest of us. (Including, frankly, my Republican friends.) This only reinforces my conviction that Sarah Palin will be John McCain’s political legacy. I imagine he might wish to be remembered for something a little more constructive, somehow. But he picked her, and in doing so he pulled her on to the national stage. Thanks, John.
Question of the day: Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike (gym next door to hotel)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville