Feb 28, 2014
A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week we have the incredibly knowledgeable Michael Stevens, from Vsauce, to look at some common inaccuracies found in scientific illustrations.
The link to the scale map of the solar system mentioned in the video is found here.
Now excuse us as we go look for some phlogiston.
Feb 28, 2014
We have said that we don’t care how many people read this blog. The staff here at Raised on Hoecakes writes for their own entertainment. We don’t take any advertisements and any sites we link to are because we genuinely like those sites.
There is a plugin to the WordPress blogging engine that allows one to see how many people come to this site. While we can get fairly detailed analysis of who comes here, when people come here, and what they read, we generally don’t care. As part of the plugin, there is a graphic representation of the hits the cite gets. That graph appears on the main screen the admins of the site see when they sign in.
So when we signed in the other day, this graph appeared:
What you are seeing is such a massive spike in hits that the scale of the vertical numbers was reduced to make it appear that we had only gotten traffic for a short period of time.
In a three hour span, we got over ten times the traffic we normally get in a day.
When we checked, it was all coming from Sweden:
Feb 27, 2014
It turns out, water intoxication is a real thing! But should you be worried about it?
Feb 26, 2014
Four out of five stars!
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Feb 25, 2014
Photo Courtesy: AFP: Franck Fife
David Wise won the first ever Olympic gold medal ever awarded in the sport of freestyle skiing.
The 23 year old Wise grew up near Lake Tahoe and started skiing at an early age. This is his third year on the US National Ski team and as we said, he did something that no one can ever repeat – winning the first gold medal in a sport at that Olympics.
After winning the gold medal, NBC ran an article which had a headline proclaiming:
David Wise’s alternative lifestyle leads to Olympic gold
How “alternative” was Wise’s lifestyle that made his life the focus of a national headline?
Not to say the rest of the freestyle skiers of halfpipe are not mature, but Wise is mature far beyond his years. At only twenty-three years old, he has a wife, Alexandra, who was waiting patiently in the crowd, and together they have a two-year-old daughter waiting for them to return to their home in Reno, Nevada.
Feb 24, 2014
Satellite Beach resident Michael Dunn was convicted last week of three counts of attempted second degree murder and one count of firing a gun into a car.
Dunn fired into a car with passengers after he claimed he was in fear for his safety. While at a Jacksonville, Florida convenience store Dunn asked the car occupants to lower the volume of the music in their vehicle. Dunn claims he was concerned with the reaction of his request by the vehicle’s occupants and therefore he claimed self defense at his trial. Dunn’s actions that day in Jacksonville led to the death of 17 year old Jordan Davis.
What many people questioned was the jury’s inability to come to a decision on a charge of first degree murder or lesser included charges. The jury eventually told they judge they could not come to a decision and on that count, and a mistrial was declared on that charge.
The Dunn case and the George Zimmerman case has people once again looking at Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law even though the “Stand Your Ground” law was not part of the Dunn trial at all.
In the wake of the Dunn and Zimmerman cases, there is a renewed call for the law to be repealed.
Enter Andrew Branca.
Branca is an attorney and author who specializes in self defense law. In addition to writing a blog (where you can purchase his excellent book “The Law of Self Defense,”) Branca also writes for the blog “Legal Insurrection.” At Legal Insurrection, Branca covered the Dunn trial extensively. We believe that it is safe to say that Branca did not have great faith in Dunn’s claim of self defense.
However, we aren’t posting this to highlight Branca’s stance on the Dunn trial, but rather his defense of the “Stand Your Ground” law. More importantly, Branca has a good habit of taking so called “experts” (talking heads) on their misconception of the law.
Branca’s latest take down is of E.J. Dionne, Jr., who wrote an article for the Washington Post saying “Stand Your Ground” laws should be repealed.
Branca’s post on Legal Insurrection entitled “Breaking – E.J. Dionne unable to grasp Stand Your Ground laws” is a must read to not only understand how Dionne is wrong in his article, but to educate yourself on the law, its reasoning, its legal basis and its benefits.
Some highlights from the article:
Feb 23, 2014
There are some people that can make anything sound epic. Sir David Attenborough is one of those people.
Listen to his narration of a simple curling match.
Now get out there on the ice!
Feb 22, 2014
Last Monday was President’s Day here in the United States and on that day the folks at The Laughing Spoon postulated that “we don’t have a special ‘Congress Day’ but if we did…”
We don’t care what your political leaning is. That’s funny.