Thursday, May 29, 2014

Massive Galaxy "About" To Collide With Us

photo by author

The Andromeda galaxy is coming! Watch out! Oh, wait I just watched the video... It's not going to be here for 2 billion years... and our planet will already have been sterilized by our expanding -and dying- sun.  Well... fuck.

(Neat) Video can be found here, at the New York Times.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Search for a Better Laundry App; or, What is Wrong With Everything

As long time EIGN reader and occasional contributor jg3 said when sending us this next story: "First. World. Problem. !"
"We are living in a time of Great Change, and also a time of Not-So-Great Change. The tidal wave of innovation that has swept out from Silicon Valley, transforming the way we communicate, read, shop, and travel, has carried along with it an epic shit-ton of digital flotsam. ... the brightest minds of a generation, the high test-scorers and mathematically inclined, have taken the knowledge acquired at our most august institutions and applied themselves to solving increasingly minor First World problems." (
The story purports to be about the search for the ultimate laundry app, but really it reads as great cultural commentary on what we've become as a society.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Experiencing Two Terrible Things, Together, At Once


Save us now.

A truck carrying 20 million bees overturned in Delaware two days ago.  
It took 13 hours to "clean up" the mess.   After 90% of the bees were "lost."
The driver and two passengers suffered "minor" injuries of 50-100 bee stings each. If those are considered minor injuries I don't want to know what major ones are.

But, I think the scariest thing of all is this nugget from the end of the news story:

"State police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack says on-call bee handlers worked with firefighters to spray water to disperse and calm the bees. It was the first time state police used their official honeybee swarm removal plan."

Delaware state police have an OFFICIAL HONEYBEE SWARM REMOVAL PLAN. Holy fuck!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Suburban Sprawl: The Same Everywhere

Good news wednesday!

According to wired, suburban sprawl looks just about the same no matter where you go on the planet.  So now you can live on a caul-de-sac and eat McDonalds no matter where you are on earth.  You tell us the world isn't getting smaller.

The photos document a peculiar approach to urban growth, one that that dominates rather than accommodates nature. Pittman hopes his photos will contribute to a conversation about our other options as we develop further.
There’s a negative and a positive message, being that I think we’re not living in harmony with our planet, and with each other, and that in the end we’re destroying ourselves,” he says. “But my message is also that I think we can live in harmony with the earth, and we can live in harmony with mother nature. We don’t just have to have this attitude of conquering, because in the end it hasn’t really worked out well so far. There are alternatives; I don’t want to just paint this picture of doom.”  [wired]

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Red wine doesn't extend life? Shit.

File this one under "son of a bitch there goes my nightly routine."

According to a story from Bloomberg News (via the Chicago Tribune) the ingrediant in red wine, Resveratrol, thought to have major health benefits has failed to "promote longevity among Italians who ate a rich diet in the antioxidant."

First off... they apparently studied people who "ate" a rich diet of it, not people who "drank" a rich diet of it. 
Second off... sigh.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Philly is Ugly?

No.  No it's not.  Proof can be found here:

Philly Is Ugly - Timelapse Love Story

With Love, Philadelphia XOXO

Friday, May 16, 2014

Colony Collapse Disorder Cause Discovered?

Has the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) finally been uncovered? Perhaps, say Harvard researchers.
"Working with the Worcester County Beekeepers Association in Massachusetts, the researchers exposed 12 colonies across three locations to a “sub-lethal exposure of neonicotinoids, imidacloprid or clothianidin.” Neonicotinoids are popular insecticides that are chemically similar to nicotine. The scientists also observed six untreated control colonies at the same locations. The study found that all the bee colonies went about their business normally through the summer and fall, but by the end of winter six of the twelve hives exposed to the insecticide had been abandoned. One of the six control colonies was also lost due to an infestation by a fungus." [forbes]

So, the insecticides apparently are... working.   Sweet. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Good News Wednesday! Santa Maria (maybe) found?

Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, may have been found off the coast of Haiti.  Fascinating.

"It's been missing for more than 500 years. But now there are reports that the Santa Maria, the largest ship among the trio that made Christopher Columbus' first expedition to North America, may be found. Undersea explorer Barry Clifford says he thinks he has found the ship in waters off of Haiti's coast.
... The Santa Maria sank after hitting reefs off the Haitian coast around Christmas of 1492, months after arriving from Spain. It is believed that Columbus ordered some of the ship's timbers stripped from the wreck in order to build a fort on land near the shore." [npr]

Welcome Back EIGN

Editors note: We suck. You know it. I know it. But our team is doing they best they can... at not doing anything. However we're going to make an attempt to post more. At least more than once a year. This definitely not a "re-launch" but... it's something. Everyone here wants to be creative again. Everyone here wants to try. I fear failure is inevitable, but whatever. Here goes nothing. -EIGN

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Antarctic Ice Sheet Melt, Point of No Return

So, it's been over a year, but whatever, you guys are busy. We're busy... Enjoying life before the end of it rather than blogging about it. But this one was too good to pass up.

The melting of the Antarctic ice shelf may have passed a point of no return. We may not be able to stop it.
“Now they say that not only is the disintegration of the ice already underway, but that it's likely unstoppable. That means that in the coming centuries, global sea levels will rise by anywhere from 4 to 12 feet.” [npr] 


Oh well, at least our beer will be cold for a while. Take that future!