The Delights Of Disgust
I confess I am disgusted by a great many things about people (and about myself, but let's put that aside). I do not believe it is particularly urgent for me to overcome my disgust, even if I recognize that this emotion must remain entirely separate from my thinking about which laws would be most just. I am disgusted by other people's dandruff, facial moles, food stuck in their beards, yet I do not accept that in feeling this way I am judging those people to be subhuman. I take it rather that humanity, while endearing, is also capable of appearing disgusting. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jan 16, 2013 -
Gallery of Fluid Dynamics.
'One of the most attractive features of fluid mechanics is the beauty of the flows one encounters. Whether one is observing vortex streets, the potential flow around an airfoil or body, shock refraction or diffraction, or waves breaking on a beach the aesthetic appeal of fluid mechanics is impossible to deny. '
posted by plep
on Jun 28, 2003 -
The Pitch Drop Experiment.
Everyone should know by now that 'glass is a supercooled liquid' is an urban legend
. But there are true liquids that appear solid at room temperature. Pitch, a petroleum derivative, is one of them. The
Blair Pitch Pro
Pitch Drop Experiment, begun in 1927, drips pitch out of a funnel, at roughly one drop every ten years
. It has a webcam
[RealPlayer req.], with a short canned loop of audio explaining the experiment's origins. I tell you, I'm on the edge of my seat watching this thing!Swiped from The Cellar.
posted by Slithy_Tove
on Jun 6, 2002 -