I, Germ Line – by Mike Dawson

It can feel like we have a firm sense of our histories. But we can only make out the twigs.

Read comic: I, Germ Line – by Mike Dawson

Loopholes and Ethics

If you’re looking for loopholes, you’re trying to get away with something. If you’re trying to get away with something for personal gain, you know it’s unethical or illegal. If you don’t know it’s unethical or illegal, you’re still a loose cannon and should be stopped.

Mary Midgley, 99, Moral Philosopher for the General Reader, Is Dead – The New York Times

Writing into her 90s — her last book was published last month — Dr. Midgley challenged with wit and verve the primacy of science as arbiter of reality.

DC Universe’s Titans

I saw the first episode of Titans over the weekend and liked it. It’s updated the team for 2018, which upsets a lot of the old school fans, but I don’t think the 1980s origins would translate well to the present. Another stick in people’s craws is the series is Not For Children. There’s a lot of swearing and bleeding and adult themes, which is probably why there’s no Teen in the title. It’s not gratuitous, though; it’s all related to the story. More mature themes would go along with more mature writing, since this isn’t written for kids, it’s written for adults who can think at an adult level. It doesn’t dumb down the storytelling, which will probably lose viewers expecting all the answers to be easy. The best analogy I can think of is it’s Watchmen’s style applied to the mainstream DC Universe.

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What Would Happen If the Earth Turned Into Blueberries? Thanks to a New Paper, Now We Know – The Chronicle of Higher Education

For one, our planet would immediately shrink in both mass and radius. Gravity would weaken. Oh, and there’s the blueberry geysers.

Source: What Would Happen If the Earth Turned Into Blueberries? Thanks to a New Paper, Now We Know – The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Lone Journalist on the Scene When King Was Shot and the Newsroom He Rallied – The New York Times

Earl Caldwell made history before he wrote it on the night of April 4, 1968, when he reported firsthand on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. for The New York Times.

Making simple double exposures in Photoshop

I found there’s no simple “just merge two photos together” option in Photoshop, and the File/Automate/Photomerge option hates photos that don’t fit together exactly.

The simplest way I found:
Load both photos into Photoshop.
Click on the Move icon (the four arrows in all directions).
Right-click on the tab of one photo and select Move to New Window. It will minimize slightly.
Drag that photo into the other photo. That creates two layers in the other photo’s frame with full opacity.
Reduce the opacity of each layer so you can see both layers for positioning.
Drag each layer into the position you like, and select the opacities. Full opacity will bring back the original for a layer, and 50% or so will make that layer a ghost image.
Select both layers in the sidebar.
Select Edit/Auto-Blend Layers. You may want to have Seamless checked.
If the settings look good, click Okay, and you should get the blending you want.
You may need to experiment a bit with the steps, but at this point you can do whatever other processing you want, and save.