Sunday, August 29, 2010

trivia; Margrethe II is the queen of what north american county?
answer: greenland. population 50,000, mostly inuit.

what north american island was colonized by the dutchy of courland,1654-1690?
answer: tobago, or do i mean trinidad, no it's tobago.

i knew that new jersey was settled by the dutch, i didn't know that east jersey ws settled by the scots. later east and west jersey merged to form new jersey.

Purdue scientists find out atomic decay isn't a contsant, but actually varies with the 33-day rotation of the core of the sun. They don't know why, neutrinos? An X particle?
oh, already covered on slashdot last week.

a guide to social networking in meatspace from wired.
10 rules for radicals: how malamud helped data to be free, video also there as a pdf.

Monday, August 16, 2010

word for the day Haecceity.
a word i'll never use meaning thisness, essence. it came up in an overly erudite but readable review comparing cory doctorow to robert heinlein, about whom there is a new bio, "learning curve", for my wishlist.

Monday, August 09, 2010

why was 6 afraid of 7?
I hadn't noticed today was 8-9-10 until the instapundit pointed it out.

agony column. answer is 100 times better than than the usual bla bla seek counseling bla bla bla.
i also liked #45, about the kangaroo.
and #44, a street kid named desire.
#33: http://www.femaleclitoralstimulationtechniques.com/index.html
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Sunday, August 08, 2010

I was a philosophy major once...

Saturday, August 07, 2010

here's a better pic of felicia from wil.

just back from gencon.
$10 cam, no light, no zoom, so here's a blurry pic of the back of felicia day's head.
i'll put up a link to wil wheaton's talk when i find it.
was it worth $80 at a time when i have no disposable income? mixed feelings, but it makes up for the years i went without paying.

mccain version

Friday, August 06, 2010

conrad black on what he learned in prison before being freed by the supreme court.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

attn: tynan
henry rollins likes these little speakers for an mp3 player.

indy guy builds jet powered school bus. i'm not sure bout the 350 mph claim - source is the examiner.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

coffee notes p.2 via boingboing

Monday, August 02, 2010

I was at an asian market the other day and found out sweet potato leaves and stems can be eaten as a vegetable, sauteed with garlic. Didn't know that; I have some growing. Also bought some purple true yam, and some mexican coke for a comparison taste test with usa coke. Coke product "limca" is terrible; it's that lime skin oil flavor of bad green lolipops.
I like trying new foods, what's the word for that?
update: mexican coke tastes like coke. it's not enough of a difference, to me, to justify paying twice the price.

word for the day: afrotheria. the various distant cousins of the aardvark, including the golden mole, hyrax, manatee, and elephant. there used to be lots more of us in africa and gonwonaland, but the ungulates, with their cud chewing and 4 stomachs, were better at digesting grasses and pushed us into a few specific niches. the word for spain might have come from phoenicians seeing rabbits and thinking they were hyraxes.

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