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Ken Morley

Ken Morley

Basking in the simple joy of existence.
Semester in Space - Simon Fraser University -
Many disappointed SFU students, I image, after checking the date. :) - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
What happens when a liquid freezes and boils simultaneously? -
A pressure drop in this flask causes the liquid contained to hit a triple point where it exists as a solid, liquid and gas at the same time. - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
I'm "Ray Kroc opens his first McDonald's" old.
Edgar Barany C - Blue is my color
Your Friday morning bokeh. - Ken Morley
I am sooo sorry.
i larfed. needed that larf. forgiven, you are. - Big Joe Silence
Hmm. I thought this guy made that one, too, but I guess he didn't. He's the only LOLplant guy I know. http://plantsarethestrangestpe... - Spidra Webster
Tempted to kill our office plants just so I can say this. :) - Ken Morley
Philosophy Bites - Patrica Churchland on Self Control -
Neurophilosopher Pat Churchland discusses the nature of self-control and the light that neuroscience can throw on its mechanisms. In her view, the relevant issue is not whether or not humans possess the fuzzy concept of free will, but whether or not they are capable of practicing self-control. - Ken Morley
Almost Criminal: A Crime in Cascadia Mystery -
BBC News - What medieval Europe did with its teenagers -
BBC News - What medieval Europe did with its teenagers
BBC News - What medieval Europe did with its teenagers
"His remarks shine a light on a system of child-rearing that operated across northern Europe in the medieval and early modern period. Many parents of all classes sent their children away from home to work as servants or apprentices - only a small minority went into the church or to university. They were not quite so young as the Venetian author suggests, though. According to Barbara Hanawalt at Ohio State University, the aristocracy did occasionally dispatch their offspring at the age of seven, but most parents waved goodbye to them at about 14." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
My grandfather ran away from home at 12 on a Mississippi riverboat. A while ago, but not quite the Middle Ages. - Greg GuitarBuster
"Michael Behaim was apprenticed to a merchant in Milan at the age of 12. In the 1520s, he wrote to his mother complaining that he wasn't being taught anything about trade or markets but was being made to sweep the floor. Perhaps more troubling for his parents, he also wrote about his fears of catching the plague. " - Ken Morley
Greg, that's crazy! How did he support himself? - Ken Morley
Ken, I don't know. He wasn't that big, maybe a cabin boy or kitchen help. I doubt that he could handle heavy physical labor. - Greg GuitarBuster
My grandmother apprenticed under a milliner from age 9 - 15 because her mother didn't want any of her children t be housekeepers. She made hats for nearly 70 years, not counting time off for having a ton of kids. - Anika
My mom worked as a housekeeper during the depression. She was only about 14, but had to help support her mom and 4 siblings. The 6 of them lived in a tiny apartment over a bookstore that my grandmother operated. :) - Ken Morley
My former step dad was 'farmed out' to another family when he was 12. (Oklahoma around the dust bowl period.) His family couldn't afford to keep him, so he worked for another family for room and board. He said it was a common practice in his youth. - Jenny H. from Android
The U.S. Cities Where the Poor Are Most Segregated -
The U.S. Cities Where the Poor Are Most Segregated
Most segregated: Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 0.478, Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 0.462, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 0.455 - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
Least segregated: Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 0.274, Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 0.299, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 0.319 - Ken Morley
That feels about right (even extending that down here.) You've got expensive houses, mid-range neighborhoods, and low-income housing mixed in together. It would probably be even more integrated, but there's been a surge in lower-income rental apartments, and those are a lot more population dense. - Jennifer Dittrich
I won!
That'd be the only way I will ever win that dang game. - Friar Will
Flickr: aleshurik's Photostream -
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"Russian mom takes pictures of her two kids with animals on her farm." - Ken Morley
Retirement bucket list
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I want to be the guy who pressure washes this... I really like to pressure wash. :) - Ken Morley
Kindred spirit. I want to drive those little trucks that tamps down the asphalt. - Anika
Ken and Anika. I have a great summer vacation for you both! We need new driveway stone, Anika can run the roller equipment. Ken, my deck and home are in serious need of power washing. I will provide room, meals, beverages! - Janet
*taps chin thoughtfully* Hmmmm.... - Anika
Think about those beverages! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
I'll need to finish this first, but you're #2 on the list Janet. :) - Ken Morley
Ahhh, the smell of cooling asphalt in the morning. I could get behind that Anika. - Ken Morley
The Campaigns of Alexander -
Time travelers in history: Mithridates = Machiavelli
Mithridates was such a slippery guy. There's some speculation he may have faked his death, as the face of the of the corpse delivered to Pompey was was unrecognizable. - Ken Morley
... also, his potion for longevity, mithridatium, may have worked really well! :) - Ken Morley
Stewart Brand’s Reading List: 76 Books to Sustain and Rebuild Humanity -
Stewart Brand’s Reading List: 76 Books to Sustain and Rebuild Humanity
Stewart Brand’s Reading List: 76 Books to Sustain and Rebuild Humanity
So why doesn't Maria Popova create her own list? - Todd Hoff
She did. - Soup in a TARDIS
Where? I didn't see a link to it. - Todd Hoff
Cool, thanks. - Todd Hoff
"In his laboratories, under heavy guard, the Poison King would have stocked a variety of deadly minerals and biotoxins: arrow drugs, crystallized snake venoms, stingray spines and jellyfish..."
"... scorpions from Mesopotamia and Libya, poison fish from Armenia, poisonous plants and toadstools, rhododendron honey, realgar and other toxic pigments - along with alexipharmic antidotes from near and far ... Persian kings also kept exotic poisons in their treasuries, The Roman natural historian Aelian described dreadful and rare natural biotoxins that could be obtained from India. One poison, derived from Purple snake (Azemiops) venom, was so lethal that a drop the size of a sesame seed would kill. The most prized Indian poison was the mysterious dikairotu said to be excreted by a tiny orange "bird" that nested in the Himalayas. A few grains of dikairon, it was said, would bring a dreamy death in a few hours, ideal for suicide. Dikairon might have been pederin, exuded by large orange blister beetles of Asia, often found in bird nests. It is one of the most powerful biotoxins known to modern science, more potent than cobra venom. According to Aelian, this precious substance was 'given exclusively by the kings of India to the kings of Persia.' Mithradates may have acquired some for his own pharmacy." - Ken Morley
The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates by Adrienne Mayor - Ken Morley
It's good to have hobbies :) - Eivind
Bottoms up!
I don't mean to alarm you, but I think someone might have added a dash of hemlock to your drink. - Eivind
or antifreeze. - Greg GuitarBuster
I gave some to my nephew... he's still okay so I think I'm good :) - Ken Morley
Greg, I make a point of never eating the green jello - Ken Morley
I know Oscar was a grouch, but did you really need to put him in the blender? - Steel Penguin Slippy
sub me - hoseinam
Yes, with a twist of lemming. :) - Ken Morley
@vikings_s02e01 I'm okay with historical inaccuracies in the depiction of Viking style, but your shield walls really need more discipline.
You call that a svinefylking?! - Eivind
The game I'm playing now gives me Viking facts. One says, "No one alive now has every seen a Viking." another then asks, "How many Vikings have you seen without beards?" - Anika
Blizzard needs to make a Viking expansion set for Warcraft II. #iplaytheclassics - Ken Morley
Do any of them carry their drinking horns attached to their helms? :-) - Steel Penguin Slippy from Android
Fun Fact: Vultures have bare heads and often bare necks so that when they feed on rotting carcasses, bacteria and other parasites cannot burrow into their feathers.
Another one: American and Eurasian vultures aren't closely related at all. It's just a beautiful example of convergent evolution :) - Eivind from Android
I think the jury is still out on what the closest living relatives of New World vultures are (some argue for hawks; others argue for storks). But they're clearly a separate group from the Old World vultures. - John (bird whisperer)
An animal for every ecological niche. :) You'd think they'd have other adaptations to handle the pathogens. They must have much they can teach us about dealing with little nasties. - Ken Morley
Ooh this is interesting! "Despite the potential interest in carrion bird immune system, little is known about the molecular mechanisms... more... - Ken Morley
I just realized how nicely this ties in with the book I'm currently reading (Mithradates, the Poison King). The subconscious mind is a wonderful thing! :) - Ken Morley
^I'm pretty sure Eivind is currently reading about that guy, too. - Jenny H. from Android
He is. And he's enjoying it :) - Eivind from Android
So this is why bankers go bald? - Todd Hoff
^ Yeah, I picked it up on Eivind's recommendation. I'm only a few chapters in, but I'm really enjoying it so far. :) LOL Todd! - Ken Morley
Fortuna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Fortuna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fortuna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Fortuna favours the impetuous. She asks not to be worshipped but to be recognized." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
So I guess Louis Pasteur was mistaken :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
... and also the prepared... but to a lesser extent. :) - Ken Morley
O, Guess which earworm I've got going now? - Brent Schaus
Germ Theory by Louis Pasteur and the Pipettes? - Ken Morley
I went to school with an idiotchick whose last name was Fortuna. Everyone in her family had a tattoo of the goddess. Not one of them could tell me about her. - Anika
Family tattoos... I may need to Google that. :) - Ken Morley
It's fairly common here in LA. - Anika
Now I want salsa cookies. - Ken Morley
Wolves and Werewolves - The Pack a.d.
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"Musical styles include garage rock, pop, punk and blues. In the past, the guitar/drums duo has been compared to The White Stripes, The Kills, and The Black Keys by reviewers. The band slightly evolved away from their raw early sound with their third album, We Kill Computers, and with their 2011 release, Unpersons." - Ken Morley
So they're a local Vancouver duo and have been performing since 2006. I've never heard of them, yet it turns out I love just about all of their stuff. This is what I mean about having been in a musical coma since 1990. Thanks to Rdio and Pandora this is changing! :) - Ken Morley
The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy -
The Pack A.D. – Battering Ram -
The Pack A.D. – Animal -
The Pack A.D. – Sirens -
The Pack A.D. – Wolves and Werewolves -
Kissy Kissy - The Kills
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The Kills – Kissy Kissy -
Dan Auerbach – The Prowl -
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