I Post Things, August 13th, 2014

For Lightning Speed, Prodigious Memory, Phenomenal Multitasking, See A Musician
I’m honestly surprised that they didn’t compare it to learning to type on a keyboard or ride a bike.

The famous cellist Pablo Casals was once asked why, at the age of 93, he still practiced three hours a day.

“I’m beginning to see some improvement,” he said.

The Case for Eating Organs
Organs are super nutrient-rich, but some of those nutrients are harmful if you over consume them, which is very easy if you’re eating super nutrient-rich food. The block quote is directed at Americans:

It’s obvious that organs are more nutritionally complete, but we live in an era of over nutrition, not under nutrition.

Prepping for a Cometary Martian Encounter
We’re repositioning the artificial satellites we have in orbit around another planet to avoid damage from the ejecta from a passing comet. This is going to kind a be a running theme from me, so go ahead and get used to it: We live in the future.

My pal Karl Battams has more details on this at the Planetary Society blog, and JPL has a part of its site dedicated to the cometary encounter. This will be something to keep our eyes on for sure.

Rosetta: Still Pacing a Comet
No, really, we live in the future.

Just a reminder: Humans have a spacecraft tailing a 4-billion-year-old comet more than 400 million kilometers away and moving at nearly 16 km/sec, all the while taking pictures, sampling material blown out of the primordial snowball’s guts, and generally just being awesome.

California Breakup Plan Would Create Rich and Poor States: Report
This is my shocked face. 😐

The plan, which supporters hope to put before voters as a ballot initiative this November, is backed by Silicon Valley billionaire Tim Draper, who submitted 1.3 million signatures in favor of his proposal to Secretary of State Debra Bowen last month.

The wealthiest of the proposed new states would be “Silicon Valley,” comprised of the affluent, pricey tech hub near San Jose, along with San Francisco.

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