How to Make an iSmoothie
Iphone meets blender. Blender wins. Story of all our lives, isn't it? I mean, given that we're all heading for an inevitable blending of our constituent atoms with the universe's flotsam and jetsam.
I guess that's why this video seems sad to me, as well as funny. It's a reminder of a truth, call it "ashes to ashes" or call it entropy, on which religion and science agree: Everything in universe, including us and our creations, is bound to fall apart. Atoms have been carpentered together into amazing constructions (bodies, cathedrals, computers) but the carpenters' pins and glues can't last. We and all our beautiful stuff were made out of "the lumber of the world," and eventually all of it is going back to that scrap heap. Why give entropy a hand? It will win soon enough. Why ruin a tool that other people could have used? Nobody needs more toxic dust, but the majority of human beings have never made a phone call.
On the other hand, it is kind of funny, and weirdly fascinating. Probably effective at selling this company's brand, too. Anyway, here it is: The iPhone smoothie. Silly video or symptom of late-imperial decadence? I can't decide.
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A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
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She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
It's one factor that can help explain the religiosity gap.
- Sociologists have long observed a gap between the religiosity of men and women.
- A recent study used data from several national surveys to compare religiosity, risk-taking preferences and demographic information among more than 20,000 American adolescents.
- The results suggest that risk-taking preferences might partly explain the gender differences in religiosity.
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