Monday, April 27, 2015


Yet Another Door Distribution Again this one from Sonny's BBQ in Sanford, Florida near my late parents home where I grew up. On this door, we see a thin stretch of wear just above the metal latch handle. This is the result of many hands opening a door, with few hands pressing on the left, few on the right with many more pressing in between and wearing away the brown paint on the door. This results in a bell-shaped wear pattern we've seen often on doors.

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Weekly View of Your Life

Here is one of last year's posts from the site Wait But Why. Tim Urban has shown in a table of boxes, a typical life span in years, months, and above in weeks. Viewed this way, you have to wonder: What did I do this past week?

Monday, April 13, 2015

E-Evil Almonds

Almonds have lately become the enemy of freshwater, thanks to comparisons published by a Mother Jones article, "California's Almonds Suck as Much Water Annually as Los Angeles Uses in Three Years". It seems we should all feel guilty for enjoying them. Prompted by these surprising comparisons, the LATimes maps out other foods "From steak to mangoes, here are some water-hogging foods."

Amazingly, they left out almonds! Nathan Yau at Flowingdata puts almonds on the map saying:
The LA Times article quotes about one gallon of water per almond. According to the Google, the average almond weighs 1.2 grams, which translates to about 24 almonds per ounce. Therefore, 24 gallons of water per ounce, placing almonds between mangos and asparagus from a per ounce perspective. 
Looking at this graphic,  it's perhaps beef that we should stay away from!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Bang the Drum Differently?

Here is another snare drum pattern of wear showing the joint, two-dimensional pattern of drumstick or brush hits on the head of the drum. Again we can see the central dark and quite circular contour of the region of most wear. This is surrounded by a more irregular discoloring of the drum head, likely from the metal brushes we see here. This is very different from the nearly circular pattern of snare drum wear we have seen earlier. Is this the results of different drummers and their particular style or of similar style drummers playing different types of music? Or perhaps both?