Can You Commit a Felony in Idaho's Portion of Yellowstone and Not Face Charges?
According to this paper, due to the wording of the Sixth Amendment, someone can commit a felony in this area and get away with it. Is this true?
I love this article. I've been puzzling over this one for some years: What sort of crime could you commit entirely within the 50 square miles of the Idaho portion of Yellowstone?
What Inspired Gravity's Alfonso Cuarón to Become a Film Director?
To quote the opening of Goodfellas, “For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be ... ” a film director. When I was a kid, my friends found me to be very annoying because while they wanted to play soldiers, I was pretending to film a movie about soldiers. I was staging them and trying to direct their actions. Later, as soon as I was able to hang on the streets by myself, I would go to the cinema at least once per day.
How Do Designers Choose Typefaces?
Answer by Craig Weiland, art director:
This is a fascinating question.
I'm a font guy. I love type, and I love studying and using typefaces. "How do I choose the right font?" is such a simple question, yet there are so many ways to answer it.
For one thing, I've been paying attention to fonts my whole life. Ever since my parents got me The Print Shop on my Commodore 64 when I was 13 years old, I've been aware of how typefaces have personality and that personality is suitable for some uses and wildly improper for others.
Could the U.S. Military Easily Take Omaha Beach With Modern Weapons?
Answer by Paul Frick, former infantry staff sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps; three combat tours, three years as an embassy guard and detachment commander:
The most important difference between 1944 and today would be in the realm of guided munitions. I once heard that a single F-15 packs as much firepower as an entire squadron of World War II–era bombers when you take into account explosive weight and the percentage of ordnance you can get on target. (Keep in mind, the F-15 is a fighter/bomber, not a dedicated bomber. If we start talking about the B-52, things get even crazier.) Additionally, naval gun fire support has come a long way since the 1940s. U.S. destroyers and cruisers now only come equipped with one or two 5-inch main guns. In the 1940s, 5-inch guns were almost considered an afterthought. With improved fuses and nearly automatic rates of fire that can be achieved with today's weapons, you wouldn't need the hours and hours of shelling they used during World War II landings.
As far as the landings go, with today's amphibious landing tactics and equipment, you wouldn't need to land at Omaha Beach at all.
Is the Tenderness of Meat Due to Decomposition?
Answer by Joshua Engel, enthusiastic eater and adventurous cook:
Yes, it's due to decomposition. Rigor mortis is caused by ions diffusing in the muscle, causing the muscle to contract. This actually takes a few hours to a day, rather than immediately.
After a few days, the proteins degrade, and the muscles unclench. The process can continue for weeks, making the meat more and more tender. That's one reason why really high-quality beef is aged. (It also loses moisture, increasing the flavor. This isn't generally done with commercial poultry, which gets tender more quickly, though game birds can be very tough and are often aged a lot.)
What's It Like to Play NCAA Division I Football?
Answer by Myles Jackson, Rutgers defensive end No. 49 and Goldman Sachs intern:
Playing football in college is a full-time job.
When people say that athletes have no right to complain when they have a "free" ride, it is quite puzzling. First, let's examine the word free. According to Webster's, the definition of free is: "not determined by anything beyond its own nature or being; choosing or capable of choosing for itself." Division I athletes, especially at the upper-echelon of schools, do not have the capability to choose for yourself. You are told where to go and when to be there 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That might include practice on Christmas morning (yes, it does happen), missing Thanksgiving because you're on a plane headed to a game, giving up your summer vacation because you have "voluntary" team workouts (which are just called that due to NCAA rules—everyone knows they're mandatory), and don't forget the daily toll you put your body through by running into 300-pound men for about two hours a day at practice.
How Can Traditional Music Theory Mesh With Modern Pop Music?
Answer by Ethan Hein, master's candidate in music technology at NYU, composer, teacher, all-around music dork:
The academic music world is slowly coming to grips with the ways that the conventional teaching of music theory serves practicing musicians pretty poorly. The pop music pedagogy movement, spearheaded by Lucy Green, is doing some creative work aimed at aligning music education with the way people experience and understand music in the present. Rather than trying to identify a canonical body of works and a bounded set of rules defined by that canon, we should take an ethnomusicological approach. We should be asking: What is it that musicians are doing that sounds good? What patterns can we detect in the broad mass of music being made and enjoyed out there in the world?
What's It Like to Earn a Living Through Poker?
Answer by Michael Shinzaki, former professional poker player:
I have played poker on the professional level for the better part of the past seven years. I have pursued other endeavors (an undergraduate degree, writing a book and various columns, pursuing an acting career, consulting a few online startups, traveling to 45 countries, among other things), but poker was basically my main source of income in terms of net hours as well as absolute dollar terms. For better or for worse, when someone asked what I "did for a living," the genuine answer was "play poker."
In that time, I rode through extravagant highs and abysmal lows, financially and emotionally. Some parts of the ride were pretty inadvisable for a young twentysomething. I was thrust headfirst through a unique range of stupidly fun times and odd situations and expanded my palate of life experiences in short order during my crucial early adult years. And it was all thanks to poker.
What's It Like to Act in a Bollywood Movie?
Answer by George Young, acted in the Bollywood movie Jhootha Hi Sahi:
I ended up having the privilege of acting in a Bollywood movie —something I never expected to be involved in (despite the acting profession leading to some very varied roles).
It was a supporting lead no less, alongside one of the highest-grossing Bollywood actors, John Abraham; a critically acclaimed director, Abbas Tyrewala; and original music scored by Academy Award winner and nominee A.R. Rahman (for Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, respectively).
What's It Like to Be an Entry-Level Worker in the Oil and Gas Industry?
Answer by Ian Middleton, developer of water treatment systems for the oil and gas industry:
There is entry-level, and then there is entry-level.
If you want to go into the industry straight out of high school, expect to work hard for your money. We're talking 12-hour days of repetitive heavy labor for seven to 21 days in a row, followed by a week off and then right back at it. If you can impress upon your boss that you aren't a completely useless worm, after six months to a few years you may be able to move up to some sort of equipment-operator position. After five to 10 years performance as a good hand, you may be able to get into some sort of supervisory position if you can demonstrate leadership capabilities and initiative. You will likely top out on your pay scale fairly early in your career.