Mike Beversluis

Monday, September 29, 2008

apropos of nothing

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Bacon up that donut

Donuts and Bacon [via]

McCain and Palin do not have a similar iconographic logo, so I'm not sure what you could do there. (previously, press button - receive bacon)

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Friday, September 26, 2008

x-ray goggles


Teach a man to fish (next year)

A rising tide
Sep 18th 2008
From The Economist print edition
Scientists find proof that privatising fishing stocks can avert a disaster

FOR three years, from an office overlooking the Atlantic in Nova Scotia, Boris Worm, a marine scientist, studied what could prevent a fishery from collapsing. By 2006 Dr Worm and his team had worked out that although biodiversity might slow down an erosion of fish stocks, it could not prevent it. Their gloomy prediction was that by 2048 all the world’s commercial fisheries would have collapsed.

Now two economists and a marine biologist have looked at an idea that might prevent such a catastrophe. This is the privatisation of commercial fisheries through what are known as catch shares or Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs).


The use of ITQs changes this by dividing the quota up and giving shares to fishermen as a long-term right. Fishermen therefore have an interest in good management and conservation because both increase the value of their fishery and of their share in it. And because shares can be traded, fishermen who want to catch more can buy additional rights rather than resorting to brutal fishing tactics.

The Alaskan halibut and king crab fisheries illustrate how ITQs can change behaviour. Fishing in these waters had turned into a race so intense that the season had shrunk to just two to three frantic days. Overfishing was common. And when the catch was landed, prices plummeted because the market was flooded. Serious injury and death became so frequent in the king crab fishery that it turned into one of America’s most dangerous professions (and spawned its own television series, “The Deadliest Catch”).

After a decade of using ITQs in the halibut fishery, the average fishing season now lasts for eight months. The number of search-and-rescue missions that are launched is down by more than 70% and deaths by 15%. And fish can be sold at the most lucrative time of year—and fresh, so that they fetch a better price.

In a report on this fishery, Dan Flavey, a fisherman himself, says some of his colleagues have even pushed for the quota to be reduced by 40%. “Most fishermen will now support cuts in quota because they feel guaranteed that in the future, when the stocks recover, they would be the ones to benefit,” he says.

I used to help out ("help out") at a fishery near Edmunds, WA when I was a kid, and it's heartening to see that things like this can be fixed. [via]

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Been awhile


Thursday, September 25, 2008

To infinity and beyond

Pentagon City Metro station in motion by Flickr user M.V. Jantzen

DCist posts a very nice photo of the day


More political fallout

Or not: ESPN's Astroturfing stopped by vandalism. Oh, I kill me.

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Rolling Bag

Rolling Bag by Rooz Mousavi

Of course it's insane, lust never makes sense.

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Chutes and Ladders

The Immigration Line

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Nifty photos from the Billetproof auto show.

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"A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell."
George Bernard Shaw

"Exercise relieves stress. Nothing relieves exercise"
Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata

"The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest."
Kilgore Trout

"Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship."
Harry S. truman

"The world is governed more by appearances than realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it."
Daniel Webster

"I went into a McDonald's yesterday and said, 'I'd like some fries.' The girl at the counter said, 'Would you like some fries with that?'"
Jay Leno

"I bought some batteries, but they weren't included."
Steven Wright

"Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing."
Robert Benchley

"There is no reciprocity. Men love women, women love children, children love hamsters."
Alice Thomas Ellis

"A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of."
Ogden Nash

"A magician pulls rabbits out of hats. An experimental psychologist pulls habits out of rats."

"Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status."
Laurence J. Peter

"The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you."
Nancy Astor

"The murals in restaurants are on par with the food in museums."
Peter De Vries



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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Double Meat Sir


I'm ready for my close-up

12 movie industry camera cars.

That's a hell of a rig - click through for eleven more


The elephant in the room

Intolerant Chic - Benjamin Schwarz discusses Stuff White People Like, which if you want, maps much of the cultural fault line running through this, and every, election season.

I did make it to Christian Lander's Stuff White People Like book signing. In fact, I showed up slightly early.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

...and I shouldn't have to wrestle with the concept of irony while I'm listening to Merle Haggard

RedStateUpdate coming to terms with Toby Keith's Obama endorsement.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

FAIL: A timely link

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Honda's Rube Goldberg Commercial. [via] Bee tee dubs, this just reinforces how much Acura has screwed up their styling with the awful, awful "gladiator" grill.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Love at first sight

They need to make this, part 1000


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Round and round

Kinda: Non-circular gears in motion.


Funny haha

I lied. Here is yet another "ha ha" as Mike Huckabee wins the DC's Funniest Celebrity competition last week. Previously, Huckabee on SNL.

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Once again, my Volvo lust strikes - check out this 740 on stock wheels, with a 5.7l V8 nestled in between the frame rails.


Cool... Cold even

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Funny ho ho

I went with a "ho ho" 'cause you can't have two haha is one day.

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Global Warming


Everything New is Old Again

The Museum of the Moving Picture's Collection of Presidential Campaign Commercials: The Living Room Candidate. I think this is amazing.

As much awfulness as there is out on the net, I think things like this - the ability to go and look at 50 years of political adds at your wim - are amazing. In science, it's the unheralded explosion of the pdf file format that may be one of the largest breakthroughs. The fact that I can go through more than a hundred years of journals so easily at the AIP just boggles me, and there undoubtably are rediscoveries that can be made by data-mining it. Likewise, all sorts of previously rare media will be at our fingertips. Unobtainium no more. Amazing.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

funny haha


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Friends don't let friends drink Prefab

Prefab Mixes: Buyer, Beware.


(From The Modern in New York)
2 oz bourbon
1½ oz Poire William (pear eau-de-vie)
½ oz simple syrup
a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
dash Angostura bitters
5 slices of firm, ripe pear
4 dried cherries
Soak the cherries in 1/2 oz of the Poire William to plump them up. Put three of the cherries on a cocktail skewer and set aside. Muddle four slices of pear, one cherry, and the splash of lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, bourbon, eau-de-vie, simple syrup and bitters. Shake and strain into an Old-Fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with the skewered cherries and the last slice of pear. Now, that wasn't so hard, was it?
I will have to report back soon on my experiments.


Friday, September 12, 2008

The things we do for money

Justin Peters reviews adult diapers for Slate. Mike Rowe was unavailable for comment.


This one with the lyrics

One of the most beautiful songs on Rome, in my opinion; the singer has to sing it in a quite high register, but (still IMHO) can make it sound really well. The lyrics do not make complete sense if taken literally, but I give complete credit to the poetic inspiration. That said, I found it pretty hard to translate something that is not meant to make strict logical sense but rather to evoke an atmosphere of old richness which is coming to present troubles, but, as usual, that is what I can issue for today and that's it (no, I'll try to refine it a bit in due time).

Roman holydays

Roma dove sei?Rome, where are you?
Eri con meYou were with me
oggi prigione tutoday you are a prison
prigioniera io and I am your prisoner
Roma antica cittàRome, ancient city
ora vecchia realtàbut old as well
non t'accorgi di meyou don't take notice of me
e non saiand you don't know
che pena mi faiHow sorry I feel for you
Ma piove il cielo sulla cittàBut the sky is falling down on the city
tu con il cuore nel fangoand your heart is in the drowning in the mud
l'oro e l'argento le sale da thègold, silver and tea parlours
paese cheyou are just a country
non ha più campanellithat doesn't have any fresh attractives
Poi dolce vita che te ne vaiThe sweet life is passing away
sul Lungotevere in festaon parties along the Tiber
concerto di viole e mondanità a concert of violas and a bit of high life
profumo tuothat is your flavour
di vacanze romaneof a roman holyday
Roma bella tuRome, you are so beautiful
le muse tuebut your inspiration now
asfalto lucidois just in the shiny asphalt
"Arrivederci Roma""Goodbye Rome"
monetina e voilà throw your coin and voila'
la tua parte la faiyou play your part
ma non sai che pena mi daibut you don't know how sorry I feel for you
Ma Greta Garbo di vanità You are as vain as Greta Garbo
tu con il cuore nel fangoand your heart is lying in the mud
l'oro e l'argento le sale da thègold, silver and tea parlours
paese cheyou are a country
non ha più campanelliwithout any fresh attractiveness
poi dolce vita che te ne vaithen, sweet life who goes away
sulle terrazze del Corsoin the terrazzas in the Corso
"Vedova allegra" maitresse dei caffè "Vedova allegra" and host of coffee bars
profumo tuothat is your flavour
di vacanze romaneof a Roman holyday
Ma piove il cielo sulla città But the sky is falling on the city
tu con il cuore nel fango And your heart is lying in the mud
tu con il cuore nel fango And your heart is lying in the mud

Thursday, September 11, 2008


The price of a house in Detroit.

And that's the average.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

[Snippets] The Happening

The Happening, di M. Night Shyamalan (USA, India 2008)

A movie that belong to the apocalyptic genre (apocalyptic = more than catastrophic). I never completely like Shyamalan, I think he often starts moving in interesting directions and then stops quite early (see for example the criticism of science that he presents in a way that lacks any detail and argument in this movie); but he has nice intuitions.

In particular in this 'The Happening' S. in my opinion plays quite well the ambiguity card on what could exactly be the cause of the disaster that is striking the East Coast of the US - I try not to overdo the spoliers but there is a quite ingenious mechanism by which the enemy appears to be nature but at the same time danger is most acute when many people are gathered together; it seems then that it is necessary to split and stay as far as possible from each other, but this leads the protagonists to be isolated in the midst of nature, that is, this leads them in the arms of the enemy. S. is able to take advantage neatly of the indeterminacy and the potential blind alley in which the protagonists are to create an intriguing atmosphere of subtle tension.

The rest of the movie is, as people usually say (but do they????) uneven in quality - but I wanted to underscore this aspect of its and there you go.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Large Helical Device Project

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Get on your bikes and ride!

Derringer Cycles - Hybrid Bikes

The handle bars look a little low, and like a sportbike, leaning so far forward might get old after awhile. Otherwise, killer vintage look. I am tempted. It also looks very DIY-able, if one were so inclined.

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How to paint the Mona Lisa in 80 milliseconds

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Some assembly required, For ages 5 and up

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Oh my

Via the internet and the four winds:


"At least they're not listening to the Osmonds"

Via Dr. Frank, the surreal Ann Coulter deadhead interview.


Annie get your Reuben

If you're ever in Austin, swing by Katz Deli-Bar if you can. It might seem a little strange to head to a Manhattan-style deli in the middle of Texas, but there it is. I should have taken a picture, but here are a thousand words instead. And here's a photo of the Caddy outside Katz.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

this is kinda silly to announce here

but posting will be kinda light. I am in Texas for work. I had a nice, if very brief visit to Austin, and I will have to make it back soon. Now I'm in Killeen, where I just ate something that mooed when I put it in my mouth. And even more now, I am incredibly sleepy.

And of no appropos at all, Facts about Sarah Palin [fixed]

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