"Impossible Water" "How is this possible. Water can float?"
A video, with a 'how it's done.'
Friday, November 30, 2007
If you hate capitalism and believe that America and Japan are oppressing the proletariat, don't read "How tree-Hugging hippies are destroying our environment."
The author has a sense of humor, too.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
"Cakes and Ale"
"Here is a true story someone found regarding exams at Cambridge University. It seems that during an examination one day a bright young student popped up and asked the proctor to bring him Cakes and Ale. The following dialog ensued:"
A few centuries from now, America may enjoy the occasional chuckle from situations like this: except then it will probably involve cell phones and photo ID.
"Bad Day on the Dock!"
"They say every picture tells a story.
After studying the first picture, can you determine what's up?"
If things aren't going well for you today, this series of photos will show that you're not alone.
(There's more to this story at the Vertikal.net English version site. Happily, no one was hurt. It seems that the second spill is faked. For a mention of the intellectual property and cultural/ethnic aspects of this, see "Salvage?.")
Thursday, November 29, 2007
"Enchanted Earth Washable Textile Art Garden - Necklaces"
These necklaces all look very organic. I think that they'd look better displayed on a wall, than around someone's neck, but that's one opinion.
The one called "autumn leaf" looks more like a live nautilus to me.
"These are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters who had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place."
Slightly "PG," also very, very funny.
"The Myths and History of Red Hair"
Red hair is unusual. And, as so often happens with the unusual, people through the ages have gotten unusual ideas about what red hair means.
Sometimes, perhaps, with good reason:
"Dio Cassius described British warrior-queen Boudicca, as being 'tall and terrifying in appearance' and as having a 'great mass of red hair.'"
"No More 'www' " - this short article doesn't sound like the work of a crackpot. The idea is to drop the "www" prefix, not abolish the web.
("86?" That means to get rid of, dispose of, eliminate, and a few more things. look it up, or, better yet, Google it.
"A Big List of Sites That Teach You How To Do Stuff" - with short descriptions.
"Dubai Wonders" shows what can be done with a huge budget, and a willingness to build something new and different.
Photos, renderings, almost no text. Knowing quite a bit about what's been getting built, and planned, in Dubai helps when viewing this page.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
"Sketches of Japanese Manners and Customs"
by J.M.W. Silver
Lieut Royal Marines, Light Infantry
Coloured Pictures by Native Artists
London, Day & Son
A complete nineteenth century book about Japanese "manners and customs," illustrated, in pretty-high-resolution photographic reproduction.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Really funny spoofs of London Underground announcements - but please, do Emma Clarke a favor, and wait a few days before following these links.
Emma Clarke's voice is familiar to people on the London Underground. She's a voiceover artist who, among other things, did those announcements like "mind the gap."
Then she recorded some spoofs of her own announcements, and put them on her website. They're funny, by the way.
A newspaper interviewed her, and decided that she didn't like a particular part of the Underground. When that hit the fan, she explained to another paper, "The Times" (UK), "I did not say that the Northern Line was dreadful. I did say it’s a challenging line. What I did say was dreadful was the thought of being in a Tube train listening to my own voice."
My guess is that the Tube bosses decided that she had besmirched the fair reputation of their tunnels. That would explain why they decided not to use her services any more.
Emma Clarke's website has been overwhelmed by the international attention her spoofs have gotten. She left this message:
"Hi - thanks for stopping by. Unfortunately, my site is currently overwhelmed by the sheer number of people wanting to download MP3s of my spoof Tube announcements. Please check back in a day or so."
Until Emma's website is back online, here are transcripts of some of those spoof announcements, taken without permission - and with no guarantee made or implied of their accuracy.
- "Would the passenger in the red shirt pretending to read a paper, but who is actually staring at that woman’s chest please stop. You’re not fooling anyone, you filthy pervert"
- "Passengers are asked not to drop litter on the train. Please use the tramps provided"
- "Would the passenger in the pinstripe suit and thousand-Pound glasses who obviously works in the media please take one step forward on to the track"
- "Passengers are reminded a smile is a friendship signal, not a sign of weakness"
- "Would passengers filling in their Sudoku, please accept that they are just crosswords for the unimaginative and are not more impressive because they contain numbers"
- "Residents of London are reminded that there are other places in Britain outside your stinking city and, if you remove your heads from your backsides for just a couple of minutes, you may realize the M25 is not the edge of the Earth"
(some New Yorkers seem to have the same problem)
Speaking of Americans:
- "We would like to remind our American tourist friends that you are almost certainly talking too loudly"
"Historical Census Browser" Isn't for everyone.
But, if you get an overwhelming urge to study parts of the U.S. Census, back to 1790, this site is for you.
(University of Virginia Library)
"Top 7 Weirdest Houses," with photos and text.
There may be weirder houses, but not by much.
"The Glass House" by Philip Johnson makes the list. I see the author's point. That architectural oddity is beautiful, but ... well, take a look for yourself.
Not on the list is a house which I hope to find online someday. It was designed by an architect as a one-of-a-kind gift to his mother-in-law. Constructed of conventional planking, the house is a rectangular prism, resting on one edge, the four 'middle' corners supported by wooden pillars. A chimney is encased entirely in wood, and the door is in one of the sloping sides.
The house drew a little attention a few decades ago, as an architectural curiosity. Being from an agricultural area, I recognized the shape almost immediately.
It's a scaled-up replica of a commonly-used sort of fertilizer bin.
"Most expensive homes in Europe" Photos and statistics.
A reminder that there are people who could buy and sell Paris Hilton: and have the good taste not to.
(Oops! The link is working now: Thanks, B., for pointing this out.)
Monday, November 26, 2007
"Artistic images of Alexander Kruglov" is a set of 13 images that put me in mine of surrealistic art.
From a technical point of view, Kruglov seems to be quite good. Aesthetically, I'll let you decide. I like them, but probably wouldn't buy them.
"5 Best Things to Say When Caught Sleeping at Your Desk:" from Atlanta Illustrated.
I don't necessarily endorse a practical application of this list: but it is funny.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
"www.spaceweather.com News and information about the Sun-Earth environment" isn't nearly as dry and technical as you might expect. Today, the home page includes
- "FLYING MOONDUST"
- "MOON WRITING"
(sort of like writing with a sparkler, but moving the camera)
- "LUNAR HALO"
" Rocket Booster Fuel Dump - 11 Nov. 2007" shows what happens when a spacecraft dumps fuel between an astronomer and a nebula.
Amateur astronomers may appreciate some of the technical details the poster mentions.
Most people may enjoy this cool photo.
Speaking of astronomers, amateur and otherwise: If you can identify this nebula, please leave a comment. Thanks!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
"Squirrels Obstacle Course" - someone spent time and thought, designing obstacle courses for squirrels.
We're shown one particularly complicated one.
Also, video of a squirrel that's discovered the treasures in a vending machine.
"Comments made in the year 1955:"
It starts with "I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $20."
I think my favorite is "I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now."
The author has some pretty good period pictures, too.
The statues are amazing, all right, but there isn't any descriptive text. I'd like to know what city these are in. Or is it cities?
What is it with posting photos, but no text to tell people what they're looking at?!
Oh,well, wherever these are, and whoever created them, these statues are genuinely imaginative - and amazing.
Friday, November 23, 2007
This post starts with "ignore the naughty words..... it's too good not to share."
This is a funny, and barely-plausible, story
I don't know where this story started. By now it's spreading across the Web.
If you know where the original of this story appeared, please leave a comment with the information.
I could start discussing intellectual property rights, but it's getting late. Enjoy!
"The Use and Abuse of Dialogue Tags"
Good discussion of how not to look silly, trying to avoid saying "said."
"JimJamZoo / Art, Fun and Useful things you might have never seen before. Hanging Temple"
Actually, the temple doesn't hang: it perches on a cliff. There's no descriptive text. Judging from the architectural style, I'd say the temple is in east Asia. Probably China, but I'm no expert.
"The Day Before..." is what this page is called.
Four photos, from the day before September 11, 2007, August 6, 1945, and two other memorable dates. You'll appreciate this more, if you know a little history.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
"Vandals strike 6 more high-speed data sites in the Twin Cities"
The damage has been minimal, this time. "In the span of four days last week, vandals knocked out landline and wireless phone and data service to thousands in St. Paul and Minneapolis."
On the other hand, a small bunch of thugs disrupted the flow of information in part of a small city without too much trouble. That's a concern for anyone who uses the telephone - or the Internet.
"Top-50 Websites - Ranked by Unique Visitors; Digg.com, Facebook, Flickr sky rocketing"
Written October 30, 2007.
Interesting bit of statistics. It would be more impressive if the author let us know where he got the information. (Maybe he did: but I looked and didn't find it.)
Some of them are more palaces than castles, but the "breathtaking" part is fairly accurate. This is a nice selection of photos. No descriptive text, though, as far as I could tell.
"Meet Lil'Bit - the cat with two faces" tells about a kitten, now seven months old, and a determined owner.
There's an information technology angle to this story, too.
Lil'Bit was born under a computer table, and, more to the point, the story of this Arizona cat and his owner is in a British paper, the Daily Mail. I'm old enough to remember Telstar, and when the wirephoto was about as good as it got for transmitting photos.
We've come a long way, for a British paper to be carrying a story about a cat born in "Arizona, USA" - with color photos.
One thing I like about astronomy is the way it puts things like international affairs and grocery lists in perspective.
These photos from the Hubble space telescope might help you put concerns in perspective:
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Many a hearth upon our dark globe sighs after many a vanish'd face,
Many a planet by many a sun may roll with the dust of a vanish'd race.
Raving politics, never at rest—as this poor earth's pale history runs,—
What is it all but a trouble of ants in the gleam of a million million of suns?...
Related posts, at
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
"First high-resolution 3D image of a complete cell" - from March of 2007. This was a joint project, by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the University of Colorado.
There's a (2D) picture with this post.
"Robots Get So Small They Can Fit in Arteries"
Not science fiction.
These artery-clearing nanorobots are being designed at South Korea's Chonnam National University. Their power supply supply is sugar in the patient's blood stream.
Exciting times we live in.
"The number one reason you find it difficult to write"
The bottom line of this post is "Write how you talk."
The author says that most people write more formally, even pompously, than they talk. As a recovering English teacher, I can confirm that.
A good read for people who write.
Monday, November 19, 2007
"Things People Said: Words Without Thought"
Some of my favorites are:
"'Where do you think water comes from? The SKY?' -- From an overheard argument about water conservation."
"'We might be late because of bad weather. If we are, would you hold the ship until we get there?' -- A man on the phone with a ferry service."
"'Desktop Model has INCLUDED a FREE 3 Year On-Sight Warranty' -- An advertisement for a computer."
Related posts: "Cluelessness and the Park Ranger"
(November 18, 2007)
"Customer Service: Tech Support Frustration isn't all on One Side"
(November 18, 2007)
"The Untold Story: How One Small Disc Carried One Giant Message for Mankind" tells about a silicone disk (about 1 1/2 inches across, or roughly 4 centimeters, or roughly the size of an American dollar coin), left by the Apollo 11 crew at Tranquility Base, and now nearly forgotten.
There's more detail at collectgSPACE.com.
For me, the disk itself isn't particularly interesting, apart from the technology and art involved in making it: it's the messages on the disk.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Today's Zits, "Glossary of Grunts," is close to a must-read for parents of teenagers - particularly if you've had a rough day. Enjoy.
There's not much of "today" left, I see, so you might try
"World's most effective speed bump" is, I'm quite sure, an example of how special effects films are no longer a movie industry monopoly.
The video is short and and funny. And, today's judicial systems being what they are, I'll add - kids, don't try this at home!
"A good reason to bang your head on the table!" "This is the REAL reason why I pity people who are working in the Customer Service line. Boleh mati wor!!!!" (1)
The conversation transcripts read like a blooper reel of tech support calls.
This post has two things going for it, as far as I'm concerned:
- It's funny!
- As a one-time customer service and technical support worker, it's good to see that I wasn't the only one getting challenging calls
"Customer: I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screensaver on my computer, but every time I move the mouse, it disappears !"
(1) About "Boleh mati wor:" the phrase may be Maylay for "I could die laughing." Or, in could mean something entirely different. Two of the three words show up in "Dr Bhanot's Malay-English Cyber-Dictionary," and two words there, ketawa and tawa, have mean "laugh" (and "laughter," for ketawa) - so "wor" just might have something to do with the "...awa" part of those words. If I'm wrong, and you understand Malay, please treat my attempt at understanding with maaf.
"A "Psychological" Optical Illusion:" "The influence of culture and environment can have an effect on our visual perception. This theory was first explored by Robert Laws, a Scottish missionary working in Malawi, Africa, during the late 1800's."
Very interesting. I strongly suggest that you take a good look, and decide what you're looking at, before reading the text below the picture.
"Hit Scrapers Where It Hurts: AdSense" gives a sensible, practical, way of dealing with people who steal your online content.
The author even gives a step-by-step how-2 for how you report content thieves to Google's Adsense. Since the crooks are almost certainly out to make money from your work, cutting off their supply of cash should be an effective way of dealing with them.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
"Best Commercial Ever"
Maybe not, but this television ad is good! I'm not sure if it's rap, but the vocal style is similar.
It's entertaining, and you're not likely to forget the name of the place, and what they sell. Certainly not if you hear and see it more than once, and live in the store's area.
(This is good advertising: and reminds me of the "Weivoda Carpet Girl" commercials in Moorhead, Minnesota, several decades back.)
"Stuart Haygarth's Found Object Chandeliers"
As a rule, I'm not impressed with "artists" who dumpster-dive, glue what they find together, and sell the result to someone with a suitable good-sense/disposable-income ratio.
That's not true. I am impressed with their abilities as salespeople: but not as artists.
Haygarth seems to be an exception. "Tide Chandelier (sold out), for example, is composed of man-made debris that washed up on a specific stretch of Kent (England) coastline and that Haygarth had been collecting for years."
If I hadn't seen the photo, I would have expected the result to look like what some eccentrically artistic Englishman pieced together from debris he found on the Kent shore.
It does, of course: but the result is attractive.
I think it helped, that he cleaned the pieces.
Friday, November 16, 2007
"Active and Passive Voice" is a pretty good review handout.
This page is part of Purdue University's "Printer-Friendly Handouts for Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling."
Okay, you learned all this stuff in school. But, review doesn't hurt.
Besides, these thing could make a good reference resource, like the style manual I keep by the other computer.
"Numbers' & Numeral systems' history and curiosities"
I like this page, and recommend it to anyone who might agree that it's fun to read a:
- Review of Roman/Etruscan numerals
- Quick run through the Hindu-Arabic number system which brought zero to Europe
(that's a lot more than nothing!)
- And look at the Ba-Gua trigrams and Genji-Koh patterns
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Updated (December 18, 2009)
The blog is still there. It's now called "The Weather Front".
"Janice Dean the Weather Machine"
A blog about weather.
Here's what Janice Dean said about a plug the blog got today:
"Courtney Friel emailed me today saying she was going to “plug” the Machine Blog today during Jon and Jane’s “Happening Now” (11am and 12pm eastern time)
"She asked me what she should say about the Blog - and I told her fun stories about weather, lots of pictures, funny stuff and dancing. That about covers it right? (Oh, and of course wonderful visitors and commentators!"
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
"Don't Forget to Back Up Your Brain"
FOXNews (November 16, 2007)
"As any Baby Boomer will tell you, Americans have more information to cram into their memories than ever. Yet, as we age, our capacity for recall grows weaker.
"But what if you could capture every waking moment of your entire life, store it on your computer and then recall digital snapshots of everything you've seen and heard with just a quick search?
"Renowned computer scientist Gordon Bell, head of Microsoft's Media Presence Research Group and founder of the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, thinks he might be able to do just that.
"He calls it a 'surrogate memory,' and what he considers an early version of it even has an official name — MyLifeBits.v 'The goal is to live as much of life as possible versus spending time maintaining our memory system,' Bell explains...."
discusses next-generation technologies that may be the biggest thing since writing.
Sort of reminds me of "Ghost in the Shell."
"phydeaux3: Setup and configuration for New Blogger Tag Cloud / Label Cloud"
This is where I got the label could code for this blog, and others. It's fairly flexible, and produces results that I like.
I don't mind (constructive) feedback on how well the cloud does (or doesn't) work for you. (What's "constructive criticism?" Here's an example: "It stinks" doesn't give me much to work with. "It stinks because I can't read the smallest labels" is something I can change. The second comment was constructive criticism.
"The Blog Readability Test" ("what level of education is required to understand your blog?")
I've no idea how accurate this is: It may rank a bit on the high side.
However, it's fun: and might be a good diagnostic tool (if anyone can dig up what algorithm the test uses).
I heard about this through a BlogCatalog discussion thread, "What's your blogs reading level?."
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
"Remotely Control Somebody's Desktop the Easy Way" - from howtogeek.com
"We've all gotten the call from some family member asking why their computer isn't working properly. After an hour...."
"Josh" targeted Megan, a thirteen-year-old girl, making her think that he was a true friend - and boyfriend. On a MySpace account, it's not hard to be anyone you want to be.
In the real world, Megan was thirteen, overweight (but working on that), had ADD, and had problems with depression.
Then, "Josh Evans" told Megan Meier "I don’t know if I want to be friends with you anymore because I’ve heard that you are not very nice to your friends." Things went downhill from there.
Finally, Megan killed herself.
"Josh" doesn't exist. He's a MySpace account created by the parents of a girl Megan knew. These alleged grown-ups decided to teach Megan a lesson, because their daughter and Megan weren't friends any more.
So, they created "Josh," and used him to torment Megan until Megan killed herself.
I'm skipping the usual "alleged" stuff here, because the police told Megan's parents that there would be no charges in the case, since no law was broken.
Assuming that hounding a teenage girl until she kills herself is legal, as long as you do it online, we've got a serious problem.
I'm concerned about at least two of the possible futures we're looking at:
- Laws don't change, official attitudes remain stuck in the world that was -
With individuals and families left to protect themselves online
- Lawmakers have one of those paroxysms of legislative passion, and create a techno-illiterate, draconian, zero-tolerance/zero-sense piece of legislation that will keep courts and lawyers employed for decades.
I think that includes letting our kids know that people they meet online may not be as-advertised.
(1) People get into high-level executive positions, in business and government, in their fifties (forties, for over-achievers). So, my guess is that it will be thirty or forty years before we have leaders who understand the Internet as well as today's leaders understand the telephone.
Posts, including this one, about the online predation of Megan Meier:
"Megan Meier's Tormentor: Knowledge is Power"
(December 6, 2007)
"Megan Meier's Online Predator Has New Problems"
(December 6, 2007)
" 'Murder?' Not Legally, but Megan's Still Dead"
(December 4, 2007)
"Ersatz Boyfriend Kills With MySpace"
(November 13, 2007)
Monday, November 12, 2007
"Prismatic Spring" (Jan Parker 2006) is a good-quality photo of a hot spring.
Be prepared to wait for the download to finish. This is a large picture (4800 x 1200 pixels, 4905.05 KB).
The jpeg file is on this website:
The Parker Lab
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
University of California, Irvine
"Floating Crystal Ball Trick Video" "This guy has a really cool talent, he can make a crystal ball look like its floating effortlessly. The last 10 seconds are amazing."
I think this is juggling, although the ball never leaves his hands, arms, or whatever.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
It's Armistice Day today, or "Veterans Day," as we've taken to calling it. Although things haven't gone quite as people expected in 1918, the eleventh day of November is still a good time to stop and think. On the Web:
- "Honor Flights Say 'Thank You' to Vets" at military.com.
- "Sauk Centre this Season / Armistice Day" on my flagship website, brendans-island.com.
"Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared to the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good."
Abraham Lincoln, Response to a serenade, November 10, 1864.
"That Was Then, This Is Now"
School, 1967 vs. 2007
The first example is:
"Scenario: Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.
1967 - Vice principal comes over to look at Jack’s shotgun. He goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2007 - School goes into lock down, and FBI is called. Jack is hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers."
There's a lesson here, I think.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
"What Really Happened at the X-Wing Launch - Video:" "Caught on video: what really caused the X-Wing fighter to disintegrate in mid-air. This Tie Fighter came out of nowhere to shoot it down."
Fun, with not-bad special effects.
One error, I think: The flying X-Wing was 21 feet long. I doubt that was "Life size," as it says in the video title.
"Stacy Dynan Paintings" are, for the most part, abstract landscapes. Don't let that description fool you: People who aren't trying to be sophisticated might want one on their wall.
"New Yorker Cartoon by Matthew Diffee" - "Captionless (A building marked, “Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses” has a “No Soliciting” sign in front.)"
This one is, for me, a knee-slapper.
"25 Photographs Taken at the Exact Right Time," including
- A flying bullfighter
- An American football player not slowing down fast enough for a photographer
- A cat, acutely aware that it's about to land on water
Friday, November 9, 2007
"HubbleSite - Tonight's Sky - November" is a cool multimedia guide (movie, really) showing November sky highlights (northern hemisphere).
You don't need much astronomical know-how to enjoy this, but a moderately powerful computer helps.
"How much is a Million?
How much is a Billion?
How much is a Trillion?"
Gives comparisons that (may) help the reader's mind around those really, really big numbers. For example,
"A million seconds is 13 days.
A billion seconds is 31 years.
A trillion seconds is 31,688 years."
(Note: This page uses the American "billion," which is 1 followed by nine zeros. The European "billion" is 1 followed by 12 zeros. There are similar differences between American and European standards of naming the bigger numbers, too.)
"Sun's Wayward Twin Discovered" is a slightly deceptive title, since the fourth addition to the just-about-like-our-sun list doesn't seem to be physically related to the star Earth orbits around.
However, HIP 56948 is a very, very, close match to our sun: and not all that far away: 200 light years, in the constellation Draco. It's not exactly next door, either, but since the galaxy we're in is upwards of 70,000 light years across, 200 light years isn't all that great a distance.
"9 creative staircases" (Deputy Dog (November 5, 2007)) may be an understatement.
There are stairs that are
- Practical (under-tread space used for storage)
- Fun (walk up, slide down)
- Artistic (staircases that are more sculptures than architectural features)
There's a photo of each.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Planets are in the astronomical news:
"Planet System Similar to Ours Revealed." 55 Cancri, a star about 41 light years away, in the constellation Cancer, has five planets. The fifth was discovered recently, and is around the right distance from its star for water to be a liquid.
Since the fifth planet is about 45 times more massive than Earth, and possibly built along the lines of Saturn, there won't be life-as-we-know-it on the planet. But, that doesn't rule out moons of the newly discovered planet. And, there's a gap in the five known planets' orbits that's within 55 Cancri's habitable zone.
And, there's "Newfound Planets are Scorching Hot." They each orbit a different star. Two are about 500 light years away, in the southern constellation Phoenix (appropriate name, in these circumstances).
Related posts, at
Christopher Columbus wanted poster
These days, I can't tell when someone is making an over-the-top joke, and when the joke is supposed to be taken seriously. For example, that one tribe that's forcing the University of North Dakota to drop their team name, "The Fighting Sioux."
Say, I'm half Norwegian! Maybe I should round a few people named Sven and Leena, and insist that the Minnesota Vikings is demeaning our proud heritage. Do you realize that those guys don't even use swords?!
Back to Columbus, who also stole credit from the Vikings (the real ones) for reaching the Americas first: I think the poster's funny.
By the way, the Vikings stole credit from an Irish monk named Brendan (I'm almost half Irish).
And all of those Europeans were shut out by another part of the family, about 20,000 years ago.
Things get complicated, when you start trying to be inclusive.
"SYNONYMS FOR WORDS COMMONLY USED IN STUDENT'S WRITINGS" is a moderately edifying compilation of synonyms.
And, I think that should be "students'" in the title - since I suspect that this post was supposed to apply to students in general, not just one.
Still, it's a good vocabulary refresher. Enjoy!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
" Twin girl with eight limbs to have surgery"
Lakshmi Tatma, a two-year-old with a parasitic twin, survived surgery. From what I've read about the procedures she'll be subjected to, she won't be a happy camper for quite a while. On the other hand, this is being done to straighten her out, literally, and make it more likely that she'll survive past adolescence.
My family's prayers are with her and her family.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
A graphic, with text starting "The sum of all human knowledge...." Two quick thoughts:
- I doubt that Google authorized this use of their logo
- Whoever created this picture has a point
Monday, November 5, 2007
"Pumpkin Gutter" is updated once a year, around Halloween. If you didn't see enough exquisitely carved Jack o' lanterns this year, this is a site for you.
"Pumpkin Gutter" is where Scott Cummins showcases his pumpkin sculptures. Last year, he carved 33: Jack o' lanterns?
Sunday, November 4, 2007
"Little Known 'Boring' Websites That Make Incredible Money With AdSense."
I'm not sure I believe this article, but it's an interesting claim.
Being within rock-throwing distance of being a "gray Googler" myself, I may be see if there's anything behind the claims.
"Private Art:" A Collection of WWII Letters To and From The Home Front.
Private Arthur "Art" Primer was a "boy, raised in a religious family whose devout mother saw to it that he attended Sunday Mass and the sacraments." Japan attacked Pearl Harbor when he was 16. By 1943, he was another GI in the 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion.
Here's an excerpt from one of Private Art's letters home: "P.S. I'm sending the good conduct medal home. It's not doing me any good over here."
"Elaborate prank leaves Oregon officers in custody of gnomes." The seattlepi.com headline isn't quite accurate. But, at least one police captain is now sharing his computer with a gnome.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
"Plagiarism in the Digital Age" tells about one man's encounter with online plagiarism.
I don't agree with the author's reaction: "The other, and more depressing, lesson is that the Internet has rendered the concept of copyright virtually meaningless."
Still, this is a pretty good look at some of the effects of plagiarism.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
"Journey of Mankind / The Peopling of the World." A flash interactive timeline, showing 160,000 years of migrations, starting in east Africa: a story that's gotten more detailed, now that mtDNA and other investigative tools are available.
It's not the smooth progression that I learned about, back when. About 90,000 years ago, for example, a "global freeze-up" sealed the doom of people who had moved into the Levant and north Africa. The eruption of Mt. Toba, about 74,000 years back, was worse: six years of "nuclear winter," followed by a thousand-year mini-ice age nearly killed us off.
"RuneScape" - the massive online adventure game by Jagex Ltd. offers Role Playing Game players virtual 'career opportunities.' As well as the conventional hack-and-slash, players can have their characters learn to fish, cook, chop wood, and several other skills.
There's a free area, intended to whet your appetite to the point where you pay for more.
RuneScape is fun: and I recommend that you set an alarm clock before you start playing.
"Top 30 Technology Predictions that were Wrong:"
Impact Lab (October 28, 2007 )
Some are familiar, like Lord Kelvin's "X-rays will prove to be a hoax."
Others are not so familiar, like Alex Lewyt's "Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality in 10 years."
"How to track the original location of an email via its IP address" - from Online Tech Tips.
This isn't for everyone. The techniques work for GMail, Yahoo Mail, and Outlook. You could try applying the principles to other services, though.
"How to Write Good" is a 31-point list that includes gems like "One-word sentences? Eliminate." and "Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake."
Fun for anyone who has read how-to-write advice, and a pretty good example of how (sometimes) rules are made to be broken.
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