Out of the Blue

CNN has word that the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade may not feature balloons this year due to the threat of high winds. I distinctly remember going to my dad's office when I was a kid to watch the parade in person. At the time it struck me as an endless streams of pointless marching bands and baton-twirling punctuated by the magical wonderfulness of those balloons. And to be honest, I still feel the same way as an adult. For me the old song I Love a Parade is only appropriate when giant balloons are involved. Take them away and the only remaining attraction will be waiting for the delivery of Al Roker's Thanksgiving Kiss of Death.

Obituary: Gahan Wilson, cartooning’s master of the creepy and the macabre, dies at 89. Sad news. I've always been a huge fan. Thanks Neutronbeam.

Ballooning Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: Laser League.
Links: Al Pacino Explains Why He Picks Bad Films. Hooah!
‘Fantastic Four 2015’ review by Josh Trank. Thanks io9.
Stories: Is Uzbek cuisine actually to die for? Thanks RedEye9.
CBP Seizes 154 Pounds of Prohibited Bologna. Phony baloney? Thanks Boing Boing.
Science: Ribose, a sugar needed for life, has been detected in meteorites. Thanks Max.
Horrifying Study: Corpses Thrash Around For a Year After Death. Thanks Max.
Images: Dreamy Cave-Like Photos Taken Inside Musical Instruments. Thanks Max.
Media: 3 Perplexing Physics Problems.
Why The Elevator Shaft Was Invented Before The Elevator.
Stephen Colbert is Darrylgorn.
Follow-up: Cybertruck pulls F150 up hill. Thanks RedEye9.
Elon Musk explains why Tesla’s Cybertruck windows smashed during presentation.
The Funnies: Savage Chickens.
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Galileo tried to teach a simple principle that adding more and more layers to a system intended to avert disaster often ironically creates them. Tim Harford's story begins with the infamous 2017 best picture Oscars mix-up. The principle can be found in all kind of applications from nuclear power plants to financial markets, and more. This 37-minutes podcast is worth a listen.
"Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times." - Those Who Remain by G. Michael Hopf
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