Today is the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Assassination

Today is the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Assassination→

And the Smithsonian has a ton on intriguing articles posted for your browsing pleasure. Even if you only skin the headlines, you’re likely to learn something new.




As good as an aspirin and much tastier.

The old advertising slogan ‘Guinness is good for you’ is actually true it seems.

While Diageo, the manufacturer, makes no health claims for the product, scientific research shows a pint of Guinness a day is actually good for your health.

Indeed it may work as well as a low dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks.

Tesla is a Battery Company

Tesla is a Battery Company→

Interesting theory:

Tesla Motors started as a Car company, but they should now be considered to be a Battery company for three key reasons:

1.Tesla Leadership has Expertise in Batteries and Energy Systems.

2.Batteries Are the Most Important Component of an Electric Vehicle (EV)

3.Tesla can enter other Markets with the Battery Tech they Developed While Building EVs.

An Engineered Drought→

Victor Davis Hanson on water hypocracy in California.

The Bay Area remains almost completely reliant on ancient Hetch Hetchy water supplies from the distant Sierra Nevada, given the inability of groundwater pumping to service the Bay Area’s huge industrial and consumer demand for water. But after four years of drought, even Hetch Hetchy’s huge Sierra supplies have only about a year left, at best. Again, the California paradox: those who did the most to cancel water projects and divert reservoir water to pursue their reactionary nineteenth-century dreams of a scenic, depopulated, and fish-friendly environment enjoy lifestyles predicated entirely on the fragile early twentieth-century water projects of the sort they now condemn.

Microsoft: An Open Source Windows Is ‘Definitely Possible’

Microsoft: An Open Source Windows Is ‘Definitely Possible’→

It’s a new Microsoft…

Microsoft’s software empire rests on Windows, the computer operating system that runs so many of the world’s desktop PCs, laptops, phones, and servers. Along with the Office franchise, it generates the majority of the company’s revenues. But one day, the company could “open source” the code that underpins the OS—giving it away for free. So says Mark Russinovich, one of the company’s top engineers.

“It’s definitely possible,” Russinovich says. “It’s a new Microsoft.”