Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

Bummer of a birthmark, Hal

The current issue of New Scientist has a story about the company breeding transgenic allergen-free cats—at US$2500 a meow—and mentions, as an aside, that another company is working on glowing deer.

Glowing deer.

I don't know whether they get the glow genes from undersea critters or fireflies, but the idea is to make the deer visible at night so they don't get hit by drivers so much. Deer/car accidents are a serious problem, but it's unclear to me that glow-in-the-dark deer are the proper solution.

And this, via Wonkette:

Wonkette uses it to make a joke—"Because vertical stripes make you look thinner"—but there's a serious point here, too. The map is colored to represent the percentage of Democratic or Republican votes in each state. To me, it demonstrates, even more clearly than all those purple graphs, that there are no 'red states', and there are no 'blue states'. Every state is split, most of them near the center. Even the Southern states are nearly half blue, and the supposedly-blue Pacific coast is nearly half red.

Every state is both red and blue. Every state is a mirror of the nation, only slightly distorted from the national average. The idea that there are red states and blue states is an artifact of winner-take-all Electoral College delegate counts that have little to do with the true distribution of political opinions.

atai, ne
meaning: price, value

値段 == nedan == price, cost
値切る == negiru == (verb) drive a bargain, to beat down the price, haggle

Left radical is 'person' (人). Right radical is 'fix/direct' (直), acting phonetically to express 'equivalent'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Person has fixed price.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
Gahoh kanji movie
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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