Tuesday, April 12, 2011

It's Better To Be Scheduled

After The Break

Iris are in bloom throughout Dorothy’s garden.

I was reading an article about some research that showed a hungry judge will not give you a break, but when they return to court, after their break for some food, they are more likely to give out favorable rulings.

Water droplets cling to this little purple flower.

Did You Have Lunch Yet Your Honor?
(credit - Google images)

This excerpt (from Nature.com)
Judges' days were divided into three sessions broken by two meal breaks.

At the beginning of a session, a prisoner had a 65% chance of being paroled, the authors found. This declined to almost zero by the end of a session, and leaped back to 65% after a break.

The severity of the crime, the time served in prison, any previous incarcerations, and the availability of rehabilitation programmes were not enough to explain the effect on the probability of parole, and the nationality or sex of a prisoner made no difference. The findings are published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1.

Dorothy deep into her gardening.

Wolves Lose In Budget Deal

One side story prowling in the background of last week's US federal budget showdown concerns a policy initiative or 'rider' tagged on to the fiscal debate that would summarily remove the North American gray wolf from the endangered species list.

Howling at the moon while going to check the roses.

I took a short break around a quarter to three to go outside and snap a few pictures, and came back with about 50 really nice shots! Today’s images are seven of them.

On one side of ‘A’ building, Dorothy was tending her tulips, iris, daffodils, and other colorful plants, while on the other side, behind the dining room, the roses were beginning to show brilliantly in the sun.

Just about the time I think I couldn’t possibly get any pictures prettier than I have previously taken, I am delightfully proven wrong time and time again.

Today’s Relatively Appropriate Song;


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