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  Sunday, March 07, 2010 – Permalink –

Certification

Get your paper


"Discover the only worldwide, performance-based certification program that validates the skills needed to get the most out of Microsoft Office and Windows Vista. Whether you want to stand out in the job market, improve your performance, or better prepare your students to enter the workforce, the Microsoft Business Certification (MBC) program can help you attain the valuable expertise you need—and businesses rely on—to succeed."
Microsoft Business Certification






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  Sunday, February 28, 2010 – Permalink –

Productivity Guides

Free suggestions


Microsoft provides 22+ guides to productivity in the office.

"Microsoft IT created Work Smart productivity guides (previously Everyday Productivity Education (EPE) guides) to bridge the gap between technology and users. Work Smart guides provide employees with scenario-based, best-use productivity aids on Microsoft products and technologies. As more Work Smart guides are published, Microsoft IT expects to see more consistent, productive, and cost-effective use of products and technologies across the company."

IT Showcase






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  Tuesday, February 23, 2010 – Permalink –

PDF Form Fill

Free tool


Have you ever been stymied by this PDF warning?



You can enter data, but you can't save the file with the new information.
Nuance has a free answer:

"Fill and save PDF forms - Most other PDF viewers do not enable you to fill and save PDF forms without support from a premium product.
Nuance PDF Reader provides frequently used annotation tools, letting you highlight, cross-out, and underline text."

Nuance PDF Reader






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  Sunday, February 21, 2010 – Permalink –

Google Searches II

Tips


Here's a link to a PDF file that shows how to maximize Google searches.

Parameters Cheat Sheet






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  Thursday, February 11, 2010 – Permalink –

Historical Documents

Remember good old paper?


"Footnote helps you find and share historic documents. We are able to bring you many never-before-seen historic documents through our unique partnerships with The National Archives, the Library of Congress and other institutions.

Our patented digitization process is helping bring other collections to life on the web everyday.

But Footnote is more than just a dusty, digital archive online. We provide you the tools to share your historical passions and connect with others."


Footnote.com






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  Monday, February 08, 2010 – Permalink –

Schlub

a stupid, worthless, or unattractive person

"(Jerry is) an all-American schlub . . . He has turned these degradations into an animated Web site appropriately named ItsJerryTime.com, on which he battles a cast of tormentors that includes the Meal Moth, his landlord and an alleged telephone conspiracy perpetrated by a duo of old ladies" Wall Street Journal

ItsJerryTime.com






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  Wednesday, February 03, 2010 – Permalink –

My One and Only Thrill

Melody Gardot


B001NESPHC
Verve April 28, 2009


Gentle. Almost from another time.


"The story of vocalist Melody Gardot is as remarkable as any who perseveres against abject adversity. Born in New Jersey in 1985, she took up piano and played as a youngster on the nightclub scene of Philadelphia, influenced by jazz, folk, rock and pop musics. At age 19 she was a fashion student at the Community College of Philadelphia. But, on a fateful day, while riding her bicycle, the driver of a Jeep made an illegal turn, hurdling into Gardot and leaving her in the street for dead. Hospitalized for months with multiple head injuries and pelvic fractures, her love for music was the best therapy she could receive.
Her music could be described as a cross between Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy, and Shania Twain, but goes deeper than mere pop convention. ~ Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide"








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  Thursday, January 28, 2010 – Permalink –

Fast Interchange

7 day URL


Go to http://cl1p.net and then:

Enter a URL that starts with http://cl1p.net.
example:http://cl1p.net/assuming/

Paste in anything you want.
Some text, links, etc. Click 'Save' when done.

On any other computer open a browser to the same URL.
You will find the information you entered in step 2.


Do more with CL1P.net. Just open any URL that starts with http://cl1p.net and you can...
  • Create a notebook
  • Have a conversation
  • Create a community
Cl1p.net



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  Sunday, January 24, 2010 – Permalink –

Clean PC

Wash and dry

"Your computer could fry if you don't keep it clean," says Jonathon Millman, chief technology officer for Hooplah Interactive.
Dust clogs the vents behind your computer, which causes your CPU to heat up—and heat is the biggest cause of component failure in computers. Regular cleaning could save you costly maintenance fees down the road.
Here are some suggestions for Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall cleaning:
Microsoft.com/athome




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  Tuesday, January 19, 2010 – Permalink –

Dryer Sheet Uses

Not just for machines



Use Dryer Sheets to:
  1. Freshen smelly shoes.
  2. Remove static from clothing, hair, TV screens, and computer monitors.
  3. Clean pet hair from the floor or furniture.
  4. Replace a sachet.
  5. Loosen caked-on food from a pan.
  6. Tackle suitcase and gym-bag odors.
  7. Prevent old books from smelling musty when in storage.
  8. Wipe up sawdust after working in the garage.
  9. Prevent thread from tangling when sewing.
  10. Dust venetian blinds.
RealSimple.com

DoItYourself.com

Curbly.com


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  Sunday, January 10, 2010 – Permalink –

Hard Drive Innards

Hidden workings


Early on computers did not always have "Hard drives". The TRS-80 worked off a portable tape recorder.
If you want to see how they work today, look at:
HowStuffWorks.com

There are also a couple of videos that explore the entrails.


Break.com-Inside a Hard Drive

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How a Hard Drive Works






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  Monday, January 04, 2010 – Permalink –

Convert to B and W

Photoshop tip


Pictures can be converted to black and white by just clicking on an action off the menu.
If you want to have more control, here is a step by step instruction list.

GingerPixel.com




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  Saturday, December 26, 2009 – Permalink –

Garden Cities of To-morrow

Lullaby Baxter's Back


The quirky star of Capable Egg returns.





Rattled Little Clam

Montreal, 1997. Lullaby Baxter is waiting tables at Jello Bar. Coaxed on stage for an impromptu number, she sings Billie Holiday's signature song "Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)". This, her first public performance since grade school, brings down the house.

She buys a green guitar and learns "Leaving On A Jet Plane". Someone at the Laundromat says, "Anyway, try writing songs."

Lullaby's Bio




Little Song
Also see:
Capable Egg



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  Friday, December 25, 2009 – Permalink –

Copyright Fair Use

When can you use it?


The copyright law is a little vague when it comes to fair use.


" Fair use is a copyright principle based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials forpurposes of commentary and criticism. For example, if you wish to criticize a novelist, you should have the freedom to quote a portion of the novelist's work without asking permission. Absent this freedom, copyright owners could stifle any negative comments about their work.
Unfortunately, if the copyright owner disagrees with your fair use interpretation, the dispute will have to be resolved by courts or arbitration. If it's not a fair use, then you are infringing upon the rights of the copyright owner and may be liable for damages."




U S Copyright Office
Ohio State University
CopyrightLaw.com




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  Friday, December 18, 2009 – Permalink –

Burn Wrapping Paper?

Holiday info


If you want to find out the real background story on any number of water cooler questions, try:
StraightDope.com

For instance:

Why is it dangerous to burn wrapping paper?


The fire is the wrong place for other holiday detritus as well - der Tannenbaum, for example.

My assistant Una had an Uncle Bob, a manly man who felt throwing the Christmas tree away was a waste of good firewood. So he tossed it in the fireplace - gave him a nice warm glow.
Unfortunately
what was glowing was the roof, presumably ignited by embers.
Fortunately
the fire was small and anybody with a hose could have put it out.
Unfortunately
the hose was frozen solid and the fire department had trouble getting the nearest hydrant to work.
Fortunately
the firefighters were able to throw a ladder up against the house and put out the fire with a chemical extinguisher. They then hacked off a small hunk of charred roof with axes, peered into the crawl space, and declared the fire out.
Unfortunately,
having by now found an operational hydrant, the firemen declared they needed to hose down the roof "as policy," sending a torrent of water through the hole and collapsing the living room ceiling.
Really unfortunately,
the house that all this happened in belonged not to Uncle Bob but his in-laws. Bob bought them an RV and matters were pronounced square, but it was a lesson he won't soon forget, and neither should you.


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  Friday, November 27, 2009 – Permalink –

Get Toasted

It's a recommended practice


"Let's face facts. The whole low-carb craze is playing itself out. The USDA recommends that every day we eat 6 to 11 servings of bread, cereal, rice, pasta, and other foods containing grains, especially whole grains. Bread is not the enemy of a healthy body, if you select the right bread.

The American Dietetic Association recommends a minimum of three servings of whole grains per day and goes so far as to recommend whole-wheat toast with peanut butter as a quick and healthy breakfast option."

300 Ways To Enjoy Toast
By Mr Breakfast

Also:
Roller Toaster



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  Monday, November 23, 2009 – Permalink –

Psst-Cheap Gas

Drive to Save


"GasBuddy.com is the portal site to more than 170 web sites that help consumers find cheap gas prices. All web sites are operated by the non-profit organization known as GasBuddy Organization Inc.

Since gasoline prices change frequently and may vary by as much as 20 percent within only a few blocks it is important to be able locate the service station with the lowest priced fuel. GasBuddy Organization web sites allow consumers to both share information about low priced fuel with others as well as target the lowest priced stations to save at the pumps!"


Also:
Gas Price Watch.com

Autos.MSN.com



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  Saturday, November 21, 2009 – Permalink –

History is Something to Play With

Games for kids (and you)


History can be boring when the only reward is a scribbled "Acceptable" on a test paper.

But what if part of the game is to build a trebuchet to fling the teacher?

"Welcome to the SchoolHistory.co.uk downloadable resources centre. This has been updated to allow quick, easy access to our resources kindly contributed by other teachers. There are now over 1,400 pages of resources available."

Interactive History Games



Also see Build a Trebuchet in your Backyard




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  Wednesday, November 18, 2009 – Permalink –

Type with One Hand

Does 85 WPM impress you?



The common short cuts are: Ctrl+X for Cut, Ctrl+C for Copy, and Ctrl+V for Paste.

These are optimized for use on the left side of the keyboard.

There's another set of shortcuts that use keys on the right-hand side the keyboard:

Cut: Shift + Delete
Copy: Ctrl + Insert
Paste: Shift + Insert


Also see:
One Hand Typing

"Computer Keyboard Shortcuts for one hand typists. Resources for vocational, occupational, rehabilitation therapists, and their clients, who have lost full, or partial use of one hand, with a special emphasis on learning to type with a standard keyboard."




"This video clip is of me, Lilly Walters. Note how I use my less able hand to do the SHIFT key. I am typing on a normal keyboard. I really do up to 85 words per minute - with enough caffeine and sleep. The keyboard shown here is a NORMAL keyboard you will find in any office, school or home. No alternative keyboard layouts. Just what all of my peers use. By the way, I type faster than most of my peers! All because I learned to type with one hand."



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  Monday, November 16, 2009 – Permalink –

Office Bling Bling

For your real desktop


C.A.Daniels & Company offers some decadent, fun, office bric-a-brac.

hippo
Hippo stapler

hare brush
Hare Brush and Mirror

hippo
Hippo Clock/Paperweight

trout razor
Trout Razor


BoingBoing.net refers to the El Casco company for more desk bling.

Also:
Too much Bling
"A couple of months ago I bought a 17" LCD monitor (PolyView V17E). However, when I first powered it on, the thing that struck me was just how bright the blue power LED was! This power LED is just next to the power switch, immediately below the screen itself. The LED was bright enough to be very distracting, to the extent where it was just too bright to be able to look at the bottom part of the monitor without needing sunglasses.

Luckily, the LED was shining through a small plastic diffuser, mounted in the case, which had a flat surface on it. A couple of coats with a permanent marker dulled the brightness sufficiently to allow me to use the monitor without being blinded."



[Edited entry from 11/11/2006]




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  Sunday, November 15, 2009 – Permalink –

Color News

A multidiscipline subject


Here is a study about how color effects a reader's choice of concentration.

It was intended for newspaper publishers, but the same knowledge can be used in Web design, PowerPoint, or any other reporting application. Word and Excel will also benefit.

Color, Contrast, and Dimension in News Design

ColorProject

The Poynter Institute is a school for journalists, future journalists, and teachers of journalists.
Poynter.org



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  Saturday, November 14, 2009 – Permalink –

When Will You Die?

Let the government help you find out


Stadium High school in Tacoma, WA (WWW.CelebrateStadium.com) recently celebrated 100 years.



There have been 38,797 graduates since 1906 and 24,176 could still be alive.
This report presents period life tables for the United States based on age-specific death rates in 2003.

Presented are complete life tables by age, race, and sex. In 2003, the overall expectation of life at birth was 77.5 years, representing an increase of 0.2 years from life expectancy in 2002.

Between 2002 and 2003, life expectancy increased for males and females and for both the white and black populations.

Life expectancy increased by 0.3 years (from 77.7 to 78.0) for the white population and by 0.4 years (from 72.3 to 72.7) for the black population.

The greatest increase was experienced by black females with an increase of 0.5 years (from 75.6 to 76.1). Life expectancy increased by 0.2 years for black males (from 68.8 to 69.0), white males (from 75.1 to 75.3), and for white females (from 80.3 to 80.5).

Life expectancy at birth, selected years 1900-2003

United States Life Tables - PDF


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  Saturday, November 07, 2009 – Permalink –

Go Back 23 Hours

Really save useful time


"Therefore, let us keep the fall ritual as it is. However, one Sunday each Spring, let us set our clocks not one hour forward, but TWENTY-THREE HOURS BACKWARD.

Think of all the advantages. We will not lose an hour of sleep; we will gain (almost) a day of rest. It will be Saturday all over again. You will never again miss Confession, or an airplane, or the Redskins game.

Naturally, if this were the whole plan, our calendars would fall behind one day in each year. However, the second part of the Revised DST Plan deals with this. Every four years, instead of adding a day, let us SUBTRACT THREE DAYS.

Furthermore, let these be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, which according to recent polls are the least popular days.


Stop Daylight Saving Time



Daylight Saving Time

About Daylight Saving Time

Wikipedia Daylight Saving Time

Saving Time and Energy

Daylight Savings Google News

As a result of the U.S. passing the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. will change starting in 2007. DST will begin on the second Sunday of March and end the first Sunday of November.

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  Tuesday, November 03, 2009 – Permalink –

Pen Trix

Be cool in the office


You've seen people twirl pens in their hands; rolling around their fingers. Here's how to do it.
What is Pentrix? Pentrix is the new and improved version of Pentix - The Art of Pen Spinning web site. Pentix has been around since January, 2000 and has grown in popularity among pen spinners ever since. The mission of Pentrix is to teach people how to spin their pens.


PenTrix.com

There's also Glowsticking:



GlowSticking.com




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  Sunday, November 01, 2009 – Permalink –

Paper Art

Fold it all up




Caterpillar on a leaf PDF

Origami.com

Here are a couple of sites that provide templates and instruction about Origami; paper folding:

Animated lesson

OrigamiHeaven.com
David Mitchell is internationally known for his ground-breaking origami designs and publications. He is a particular specialist in the field of modular origami but is also a prolific inventor of one-piece paperfolds, novelties, flexagons, puzzles, visual paradoxes and magical effects.

This site sells paper and provides templates:
Paper and More



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  Monday, October 26, 2009 – Permalink –

Office 2010 Blogs

A collection of sources


Here is a list of Blogs put out by Microsoft developers and proselytizers:

Official MS 2010 Office Blogs

Microsoft blogs about everything:
Team Blogs




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  Thursday, October 15, 2009 – Permalink –

Definition of Definition

One Stop OneLook


A plethora of punditry

"If you have a word for which you'd like a definition or translation, we'll quickly shuttle you to the web-based dictionaries that define or translate that word. If you don't know how to spell the word, we'll help you do that too. No word is too obscure: More than 5 million words in more than 900 online dictionaries are indexed by the OneLook search engine.

What can you do at OneLook.com?
Define words:
Type a word into the search box on the front page to retrieve a list of dictionary web sites that define that word. Be sure "Find definitions" is selected.

Translate words:
Type a word into the search box and select "Find translations" to retrieve a list of dictionary web sites that have translations of that word into other languages.

Find words:
Type a pattern consisting of letters and the wildcards * and ? to retrieve a list of words matching your pattern."

OneLook.com


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  Friday, October 09, 2009 – Permalink –

Does Butter Fly?

Not Birders - Butters?


North American Butterfly Association
The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) is, by far, the largest group of people in North America (Canada, United States, and Mexico) interested in butterflies.

[Butterflies - North American Butterfly Association Home Page Graphic]

Here are some quotes from the FAQ:
How many kinds of butterflies are there?
There are approximately 20,000 species of butterflies in the world. About 725 species have occurred in North American north of Mexico, with about 575 of these occurring regularly in the lower 48 states of the United States, and with about 275 species occurring regularly in Canada. Roughly 2000 species are found in Mexico.
How many kinds of butterflies can I find near where I live?
In most parts of the United States, you can find roughly 100 species of butterflies near your home. The number is higher in the Rio Grande Valley and some parts of the West, somewhat less in New England. As one goes northward into Canada the number decreases, while as one goes southward into Mexico the number greatly increases.
How long does a butterfly live?
An adult butterfly probably has an average life-span of approximately one month. In the wild, most butterflies' lives are shorter than this because of the dangers provided by predators, disease, and large objects, such as automobiles. The smallest butterflies may live only a week or so, while a few butterflies, such as Monarchs, Mourning Cloaks and tropical heliconians, can live up to nine months.

Also See:
An Obsession with Butterflies

"Just living is not enough, said the Butterfly. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. "

-Hans Christian Anderson (1805-1875)


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  Tuesday, October 06, 2009 – Permalink –

Unicode is Big

More symbols and letters


This free download lets you see and select more characters in the Unicode set. The Unicode Character Grid shows all assigned characters and private use characters in Unicode 5.2.




Here's a blog covering Scripts, Unicode, Character Encoding and BabelStone Stuff
BableStone Blog



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  Monday, October 05, 2009 – Permalink –

Gambling for Tuition

Casino tutoring


An education will probably increase your lifetime earnings. Why not make that probability work for you? Or not.



Teaching probability can be challenging because the mathematical formulas often are too abstract and complex for the students to fully grasp the underlying meaning and effect of the concepts. Games can provide a way to address this issue. For example, the game of roulette can be an exciting application for teaching probability concepts.
In this paper, we implement a model of roulette in a spreadsheet that can simulate outcomes of various betting strategies. The simulations can be analyzed to gain better insights into the corresponding probability structures. We use the model to simulate a particular betting strategy known as the bet-doubling, or Martingale, strategy. This strategy is quite popular and is often erroneously perceived as a winning strategy even though the probability analysis shows that such a perception is incorrect.

The simulation allows us to present the true implications of such a strategy for a player with a limited betting budget and relate the results to the underlying theoretical probability structure. The overall validation of the model, its use for teaching, including its application to analyze other types of betting strategies are discussed.


Illustrating Probability through Roulette


More Roulette strategy and statistics:
To Be Ahead And Quit


The Laymans Guide to Probability
"An in-depth but easily readable guide on probability theory, covering various aspects of the theory with a bias to gambling games and strategies. Includes working examples in an excel spreadsheet."



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  Sunday, September 27, 2009 – Permalink –

Hold the Book in Your Hand

DaVinci and friends


It's close to impossible to be able to physically handle a classic text by Mozart, Jane Austin or others.

There is a way to get pretty close. Look at:
Turning the Page



This was brought to my attention by
BookofJoe.com



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  Sunday, September 20, 2009 – Permalink –

Rewrite the Bill of Rights

A wiki for the people


Try it out. Experiment. Funny-looking wig not required!

Which is the best version?

The Second Amendment
  1. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

  2. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms within militias coordinated by the States, shall not be infringed.
It is increasingly difficult for the average person today to participate in shaping the public agenda. Most policy initiatives are drafted in back-rooms with a few individuals providing all of the input; the public is rarely involved in this process; outreach to others is not a standard practice.
Along with these imposing barriers to entry, television, radio and print meda are largely accessible in only one direction, with little interactivity or opportunity for everyday citizens to contribute ideas.
In contrast, more perfect offers an open public forum where everyone is a potential contributor and participants create their own content. By focusing on the written word instead of the 20-second sound bite and enabling anyone to contribute to the public discourse, more perfect offers a unique opportunity to re-invigorate the marketplace of ideas originally envisioned by our founding fathers.
  • Rewrite the Constitution of the United States
  • Edit the Bill of Rights
  • Tweak the Washington State Constitution
  • Help define the Priorities of Government for Washington
  • Revise Washington State Party Platforms: Dem/Rep
MorePerfect.org


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  Sunday, September 13, 2009 – Permalink –

Combine Pharmacokinetics and Bowling

Shape the Zeitgeist



I like to jump head first into subjects that I have no understanding of at all.
Here's a site that meets the criteria. A site that discusses the book:

"Agronomic Representation of Muddles in Linguistic Theory"
by Peter Cannings

The august journal Speculative Grammarian has a long, rich, and varied history, weaving an intricate and subtle tapestry from disparate strands of linguistics, philology, history, politics, science, technology, botany, pharmacokinetics, computer science, the mathematics of humor, basket weaving, archery, glass blowing, roller coaster design, and bowling, among numerous other, less obvious fields.

SpecGram, as it is known to devotees and sworn enemies alike, has for centuries sought to bring together the greatest yet least understood minds of the time, embedding itself firmly in the cultural and psychological matrix of the global society while simultaneously illuminating, reflecting, and shaping the universal Zeitgeist.

The Speculative Grammarian


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  Sunday, September 06, 2009 – Permalink –

More PI, Please

Pick a piece


Is your Social Security number just part of Pi? How about your phone number?

In 1996, Arthur Bebak of Netsurfer Digest jokingly suggested the idea. I put the site online, linked from the now-defunct Useless Web Pages Pages. The original suggestion was to find your birthday in Pi, but things got out of hand. The original pi searcher featured 1.25 million digits. It was upgraded in 1998 to 50 million, in 2001 to 100 million, and in 2005, to 200 million digits to keep up with the times. The Pi Searcher has proven both exceptionally useless (see the comments) and occasionally useful to math & early science classes.

The Pi Searcher lets you search for any string of digits (up to 120 of them) in the first 200 million digits of Pi. You can also show any substring of Pi


Today's date:
The string 09062010 occurs at position 100,612,215 counting from the first digit after the decimal point.

The string and surrounding digits:

69799506351530413700 09062010 38508990326697425579

Dave Anderson at:
Angio.net:
PiQuery



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  Saturday, August 29, 2009 – Permalink –

In Search of Stupidity

By Merrill R. Chapman


ISBN 1-59059-104-6
APress 2003





About the Author
Rick Chapman has worked for them all; from Ashton-Tate to Ziff-Davis.

Also see:
InSearchofStupidity.com

Book Description
"... how did Microsoft get that monopoly?

According to Rick Chapman, the answer is simpler: Microsoft was the only company on the list that never made a fatal, stupid mistake. Whether this was by dint of superior brainpower or just dumb luck, the biggest mistake Microsoft made was the dancing paperclip. And how bad was that, really? We ridiculed them, shut it off, and went back to using Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet Explorer every minute of every day. But for every other software company that once had market leadership and saw it go down the drain, you can point to one or two giant blunders that steered the boat into an iceberg.

Micropro fiddled around rewriting the printer architecture instead of upgrading their flagship product, WordStar. Lotus wasted a year and a half shoehorning 123 to run on 640kb machines; by the time they were done Excel was shipping and 640kb machines were a dim memory. Digital Research wildly overcharged for CP/M-86 and lost a chance to be the de-facto standard for PC operating systems. VisiCorp sued themselves out of existence. Ashton-Tate never missed an opportunity to piss off dBase developers, poisoning the fragile ecology that is so vital to a platform vendor's success."


Quote: the following quote was added just for the neat statistic.
"In 1993, Microsoft Excel 5.0 took up about $36.00 worth of hard drive space. In 2000, Microsoft Excel 2000 takes up about $1.03 in hard drive space. All adjusted for inflation."



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  Monday, August 24, 2009 – Permalink –

Find Someone's Email Address

Ether-like white pages


Finding a published landline phone number is pretty easy. Cell phones may be searchable in the future.

Here are directions on how to find an individual's email address.

There are some good hints, but remember that the first suggestion is to "Ask directly"


Finding List.

Email Lookup




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  Monday, August 17, 2009 – Permalink –

Last Name Distribution

Where are your cousins?


This site shows the geographic positioning of last names. It links to a site that will find your relatives in Italy, as well.


The Gens project is born by the initiative and the experience of a team of graduates in Humanities at the University of Genoa - Italy, who have specialized in history, demography, statistics, archive-keeping and librarianship.

Why have the Smiths avoided certain states?




Surnames in the US


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  Sunday, August 09, 2009 – Permalink –

Triangle with 3 Right Angles

They said - "Impossible!"


Forget high school geometry. A triangle can have more than on ninety degree angle.




Here's how it was done:

IllusionsEtc.Blogspot.com

"Caution!!!! Some of the optical illusions on this blog may cause dizziness or possibly epileptic seizures. The latter happens when the brain can't handle the conflicting information from your two eyes. If you start feeling unwell when using this website, immediately cover one eye with your hand and then leave the page. Do not close your eyes because that can make the attack worse."


Site map


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  Sunday, August 02, 2009 – Permalink –

Paper Power

What do steam and paper have in common?





I find origami and paper sculpture intriguing.

Ed Bertschy provides a template that can be downloaded and printed on good paper to be used in the construction of a paper steam engine.


This paper steam engine is based on a Riches and Watts nominal 2 1/2 horsepower vertical A-frame double acting simple slide-valve steam engine circa 1870-75. The original engine was used to drive a water pump to irrigate the fields of Norfolk. If this model had a scale, it would be roughly 1:19. I had to double the size of the eccentric and strap in order to make it buildable. Everything else is close to scale, but changed in design and appearance because, well, paper isn't iron.

Everything will work on this engine, the flywheel turns, there really is a slide valve in the valve chest, the piston works, the cranks and the connecting rods, eccentric and strap all work if built carefully. The final model stands about 12 inches high. I hope you have as much fun building it as I had designing it.



Paper Steam Engine


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  Sunday, July 19, 2009 – Permalink –

Your Grand-cestors Swore

Your Grandmothers told them to stop


What is there about a well placed curse that spices a novel or a conversation?
Perhaps it's genetic or evolutionary.


"The Jacobean dramatist Ben Jonson peppered his plays with fackings and "peremptorie Asses," and Shakespeare could hardly quill a stanza without inserting profanities of the day like "zounds" or "sblood" - offensive contractions of "God's wounds" and "God's blood" - or some wondrous sexual pun.

Even the quintessential Good Book abounds in naughty passages like the men in II Kings 18:27 who, as the comparatively tame King James translation puts it, "eat their own dung, and drink their own piss."

Almost before we spoke

Refered to by:
LanguageHat.com
The Antiquity Of Cursing


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  Tuesday, July 07, 2009 – Permalink –

Photo Blog

Daily shots


I don't see it mentioned very often, but Webshots.com has been expanding its offerings. They have a free screensaver/desktop background application.

They also have a spot to upload your own pictures.

Recently they started a Blog with a new shot each day.


Blog.Webshots.com

"With 7.2 Million monthly visitors and more than 520 million photos to explore, Webshots is one of the largest photo- and video-sharing sites.

Webshots provides you with a variety of ways to enjoy photos and videos:

  • Free and premium memberships with tons of storage—you'll never run out!
    Webshots provides you with a variety of ways to enjoy photos and videos:
  • Share photos, videos and slideshows on Webshots and your personal website.
  • Download professional photos in Webshots Pro Shots.
  • Access Webshots on the go with Webshots Mobile.
  • Easily manage your online photos with the FREE Webshots Desktop.
  • Order prints and make custom photos gifts that anyone will love.
And more! "


Webshots! Over 20 MILLION FREE screen saver and wallpaper photos!


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  Sunday, July 05, 2009 – Permalink –

What if the Truth Teller Fibs?

Who ya gonna believe?


Snopes.com is a great source for answers about urban myths, legends and computer hoaxes.

These articles appear on the Snopes site:


TRUE: The Mississippi state legislature removed fractions and decimal points from the mathematics curriculum of public secondary schools.

FALSE: The restaurant chain formerly known as "Kentucky Fried Chicken" changed its name to KFC to eliminate the word "fried" from its title.

TRUE: At the moment the Titanic hit an iceberg in the north Atlantic, the silent version of the film The Poseidon Adventure was being screened aboard ship.


After you stop shaking your head, look at the bottom left corner of the page and click on "More information about this page."
False Authority Syndrome

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  Thursday, July 02, 2009 – Permalink –

Watermelon Pickles

Actually quite good


  1. Cut a watermelon into slices (for best results, use a melon that's not overly ripe).

  2. Cut the rind off the pink portion and cube the flesh.

  3. Soak the watermelon cubes overnight in brine made by dissolving 2 Tbsp. of pickling salt in 1 qt. water.

  4. In the morning, drain the brine off the melon cubes.

  5. Put a dill head and stem (or a couple of teaspoons of dill seed) in each quart jar. If you desire, also add a hot pepper (chili) and whole allspice and/or mixed pickling spice to each quart.

  6. Bring to a boil 1 cup white vinegar, 2 cups water, and 1/2 to 1 cup granulated sugar (try the smaller amount first and increase the amount if you decide you like your watermelon pickles sweeter).

  7. Pour the pickling solution boiling hot over the melon in the jars, filling them to 1/2 inch of the top of the jars.

  8. Wipe the rims and seal the jars with sterilized lids and rings.

  9. Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes, just long enough so the contents won't ferment. (If you process the pickles too long, they will be too soft.)
Here's the Volga Deutsch site:

 Getting in a pickle


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  Friday, June 26, 2009 – Permalink –

Paper Skyscrapers

Fold your own steamship


This beats paper airplanes. If you order you get hard paper cards with all the pieces.


What exactly is a Micromodel? Micromodels are card or paper models that were originally sold from the 1940's through the 1960's. Most were designed by Geoffrey Heighway.
Each model was made up of several small cards illustrated with the pieces of the model, all wrapped up in a label. You could cut the pieces out and carefully assemble an intricate little three-dimensional model.
Micromodels were known for the amazing details that people would add to customize their models. There were more than 100 original Micromodels of all types.

MicroModelsUSA


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  Friday, June 19, 2009 – Permalink –

Dead Yet?

Approximate your last breath


Let me guess. The odds are that you are less than 77.6 years old.
The longevity figures have increased as medical science finds ways to hold off sending a final bill.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Center for Health Statistics have almost all the data you'll need between now and then:
Life Expectancy




My high school held a 100 year reunion September 15. 2006.
Of the 38,797 graduates, 24,176 or 62% could still be alive.

Living Graduates

CelebrateStadium.com

Stadium History

Maybe you saw the movie:
10 Things I Hate About You


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  Thursday, June 11, 2009 – Permalink –

Map Yourself

Make your own


You know you've wanted to play with Google maps on your own. It's not super easy, but here's a description about how to do it.

"One of the great things about Google maps is it has its roots in XML. To translate for the non-web developers out there, it basically means Google maps are user hackable.

This how-to will show you how to make your own annotated Google map from your own GPS data. Plus, you'll be able to tie in images and video to create an interactive multimedia map.

We'll walk you through the steps we took to generate an annotated map of a walk we took recently through our hometown, now that it's actually starting to get warm enough to want to walk about!"

Make your own annotated multimedia Google map

Also:
gmaptrack.com
"gmaptrack allows you to create and place your own information onto Google Maps, and share with others."


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  Friday, June 05, 2009 – Permalink –

May I HAve a Word?

Vocabulary game


Sometimes what we know is wrong. Try this puzzle to see if you really know what words mean.

"In this etymology game you'll be presented with 10 randomly selected etymology (word origin) or word definition puzzles to solve; in each case the word or phrase is highlighted in bold, and a number of possible answers will be presented. You need to choose the correct answer to score a point for that question. Beware! The false answers will often also seem quite plausible, and some of the true answers are hard to believe, but we have documentation!

What is arachibutyrophobia?
  1. A fear of spiders.

  2. A fear of ingesting too much margarine.

  3. A fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.

  4. A fear of butane lighters.
Etymologic.com


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  Thursday, May 28, 2009 – Permalink –

Time Flies Like an Arrow

Fruit Flies Like a Banana


Here's a collection of clock sites.
There are also links to code to add a clock to your web site.

 Internet Clocks, Counters, and Countdowns


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  Sunday, May 24, 2009 – Permalink –

Moxie Cola

What this country needs is plenty of Moxie


"Moxie outsells Coke"

The West coast was not a huge Moxie fan back in the day. Easterners had the advantage of a drink that has been described as a combination Dr. Pepper and cough syrup. It preceded and out sold Coke and Pepsi in the beginning, but lost market position.

How could it fail with a spiel like this:

"Contains not a drop of Medicine, Poison, Stimulant or Alcohol. But is a simple sugarcane-like plant grown near the Equator and farther south, was lately accidentally discovered by Lieut. Moxie and has proved itself to be the only harmless nerve food known that can recover brain and nervous exhaustion, loss of manhood, imbecility and helplessness. It has recovered paralysis, softening of the brain, locomotor ataxia, and insanity when caused by nervous exhaustion. It gives a durable solid strength, makes you eat voraciously, takes away the tired, sleepy, listless feeling like magic, removes fatigue from mental and physical over work at once, will not interfere with action of vegetable medicines.


BDragon.com

You can still buy Moxie and a bunch of other odd soft drinks. Here is some information on micro bottlers around the country.

Moxie Info

Information about Moxie, Moxie History, Moxie pictures, Moxie books, editorials about Moxie, Moxie Events, Moxie Horsemobile, Moxie Days, links to Moxie related sites, where to find Moxie Soda or bottlers and manufacturers, where Moxie is served with your food, Moxie collectibles, and more.

Here is a list of manufacturers.

Other soda sites:


The Soda Pop Stop:

PLANTATION STYLE MINT JULEP


Bubbles of fresh tasting mint in a soft drink. This one is so great! It's delicious alone, use it as a mixer or make ice cubes.


SodaKing:

LENINADE


Many people who once escaped from the Soviet Union, upon tasting Leninade, have overwhelmingly remarked that it is "BETTER THAN EXPECTED"; and those who prefer vodka in their potables have been known mix it with Leninade and ice to make a COMMIE KAZE. The Marx Brothers would be so proud. But even if you're a teetotaler you can get tired of Russky Chai and Drink As Lenin Drank!


The Soda Shop:

BOYLAN'S ORIGINAL BIRCH BEER



"Although we may be the smallest soda company around, our flagship brand is the most locally loved soft drink of its time. Rich with history, Boylan's Birch Beer started in a apothecary in the early 1890's and developed into the most popular flavor of The Boylan Sodaworks. Boylan was a bottling and keg filling operation located in the heart of Paterson, NJ, the first industrialized city in the country.

Competition increased however, and in the 1930's Boylan was forced to close its bottling lines, leaving Boylan's Draught Birch Beer as its only product. Shortly thereafter, the rights to the name, the formula, and the sole route was purchased by the driver. He, by himself, was responsible for pulling Boylan's Draught Birch Beer from near extinction to a beverage that is enjoyed by thousands at Fourth of July parades, town picnics, hot dog stands and many good times.

His reward for this accomplishment was a 7 day - 80 hour work week, but he would have it no other way.

In appreciation of our grandfather's effort, we honor him with this bottling project."


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  Wednesday, May 20, 2009 – Permalink –

The Grand Complication

By Allen Kurzweil


ISBN 0-7868-6603-9
Hyperion August 2001




About the Author
The Library of Congress has a reading by Kurzweil


Book Description
"Narrated by Alexander Short, a stylish young reference librarian of arcane interests, The Grand Complication propels the reader through a card catalog of desperation and delight, of intrigue and theft. It's a novel of suspense that comes full circle, with a clock-maker's precision and a storyteller's surprise, on page 360."

Quote
"THE SEARCH BEGAN with a library call slip and the gracious query of an elegant man.
"I beg your pardon," said the man, bowing ever so slightly. "Might I steal a moment of your time?"

He deposited his slip on the reference desk and turned it so that the lettering would face me. And if this unusual courtesy wasn't enough to attract attention, there was also the matter of his handwriting — a gorgeous old-fashioned script executed with confident ascenders and tapering exit strokes — as well as the title of the book he requested. Secret Compartments in Eighteenth-Century Furniture played right to my fascination with objects of enclosure.

"Let's see what we can do for you, Mr. — " I double-checked the bottom of the slip before uttering his improbably literary name. "Henry James Jesson III."

After I had directed him to the tube clerk, curiosity got the best of me, so I rang the stack supervisor and asked that she expedite retrieval. In a further breach of protocol, I pushed through the swing gate and planted myself near the dumbwaiter in Delivery, where I waited for the book to surface.

"This is terribly kind of you," Jesson said as I slid Secret Compartments under the brass grille.

"Glad to be of service."

I was professional enough not to mention the uncanny overlap of our interests — I don't meet many readers keen on lettering technique and enclosures. But that same restraint left me mildly disappointed. The call slip was so enticing, our exchange so stilted and brief.

Jesson settled himself at a table near the municipal tax codes. He quickly supplied further proof of a charmingly outmoded manner by digging deep into his capacious trouser pockets to extract a roll of paper, a tiny ink pot, and a calligraphy pen. Though he seemed to ignore the stares of nearby readers, he occasionally glanced in my direction, as if to confirm that I'd stuck around. Which, of course, I had. In fact, while he took notes on Secret Compartments, I took notes on him, convinced that the consonance of our uncommon pursuits demanded annotation.

He wore billowy trousers of moss-green corduroy that had wale as thick as pencils. These he partnered with a button-down shirt of subtle stripe and a dainty chamois vest tied at the back with a fat purple ribbon. He had an indulgent-looking face and blue-gray eyes that recalled the color of the buckram on my compact OED. Despite a bump at the bridge of his nose and teeth that predated fluoridation, he was undeniably handsome, a scholar who appeared unencumbered by the tattered frugality of most academics I assist. Those, in toto, were my preliminary observations of the elderly man wishing to steal a moment of my time."


A watch that shows the phases of the moon, for instance, is said to have one complication. A watch with five of these extra actions is said to be a grand complication.



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  Monday, May 18, 2009 – Permalink –

Be Well, do good work, and keep in touch

A morning's home companion


The Writer's Almanac®, a daily program of poetry and history hosted by Garrison Keillor, can be heard each day on public radio stations throughout the country. Each day's program is about five minutes long.


Minnesota Public Radio will email the newsletter and link to you every morning.

It's a pleasant way to start the day with Garrison talking about some piece of literary history and then reading a short poem.

Try it, you'll like it.The Writers Almanac.org

Also, in keeping,
Prairie Home Companion Features

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  Tuesday, May 12, 2009 – Permalink –

Byte, Nibble, Crumb, Bit

Umpty ump definitions and references — maybe even a googol.


We all know/knew that a nibble is four binary digits or half of a (eight-bit) byte and that a crumb is jargon for two bits (two binary digits). However, there must be some other definitions that don't pop into mind right away.

That's where Whatis, an IT-specific encyclopedia comes in.



"Every File Format in the World"

This is a list of file name extension or suffixes that indicate the format or usage of a file and a brief description of that format.

KAR
MIDI file (text+MIDI) (Karaoke)


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  Monday, May 11, 2009 – Permalink –

Free TIVO

(Almost, if you've got the parts laying around)


From the "Not quite too hard to do" file. Construct your own DVR from a leftover PC.

"I started with an old PC (a Dell Dimension 4500) that had unfortunately been destroyed by lightning. After some experimentation, I figured out that the only bad portions of the PC were the motherboard and the modem (which I didn't need anyway). I decided to replace the motherboard and keep the same case and other hardware because I really liked Dell's clamshell case design. I did some research at my local Fry's electronics store and got a motherboard that would allow me to use the same memory, processor, and case. After getting . . . . .




Makezine.com:
Build a Better DVR out of an Old PC

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  Monday, May 04, 2009 – Permalink –

Extreme Tweaks

Learn by example


When you realize that tattoos are only skin deep.

"Some people may look at this website, browse through the portfolios, and come to the conclusion that they want to become part of Steve's art. Some others may immediately decide that they don't like what they see. They may be offended or horrified by the subject matter, by the form that Steve's art takes, by the extreme individualism exhibited herein.



So one person's idea of body modification is going to be a pierced ear lobe, and another person's idea of body modification is to look like the el Diablo himself. Just because you don't agree doesn't make it wrong."


Steven Haworth

Here's one of Steve's clients:
"Stalking Cat"



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  Tuesday, April 28, 2009 – Permalink –

Quote Me All You Want

What the other guy says has weight


There are sites that give you Bartleby Quotations.

Gar Reynold has put together a list of some other sites that can help bolster any argument, no mater how specious.


"In my presentations, I may have several slides which feature a quote from a famous (sometimes not so famous) individual in the field. The quote may be a springboard into the topic or serve as support or reinforcement for the particular point I'm making. A typical Tom Peters presentation at one of his seminars, for example, may include dozens of slides with quotes. "I say that my conclusions are much more credible when I back them up with great sources," Tom says."

PresentationZen.blogs.com:
Where to get quotations


"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
Pablo Picasso"


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  Sunday, April 19, 2009 – Permalink –

Half Staff

When and how


A Proclamation by the President: Death of Coretta Scott King

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

As a mark of respect for the memory of Coretta Scott King, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, that on February 7, 2006, the day of her interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on such day. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.

GEORGE W. BUSH
Issued 2/6/06


Free notification of Official orders to fly the flag at half staff. Contact FlagsExpress.com.

You will be notified when orders are released.



HALF-STAFF INFORMATION

Also:

Veterans Administration:
Guidelines for Display of the Flag
and:

Flag Etiquette

Washington State flag



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  Saturday, April 11, 2009 – Permalink –

That's the Way I Beleive it's Spelled

Wrong list


Spelling feels more like art than science. Here's a site that shows 100 (actually 250) words that are often misspelled.

It also gives you reasons and memory tricks to get it right.

Not all pens and pencils come with spellcheckers.


The "i-before-e" rule has more exceptions than words it applies to.

Dr. Language has provided a one-stop cure for all your spelling ills. Here are the 100 words most often misspelled ("misspell" is one of them). Each word has a mnemonic pill with it and, if you swallow it, it will help you to remember how to spell the word. Master the orthography of the words on this page and reduce the time you spend searching dictionaries by 50%.


100 Most Misspelled
Also:
Most Mispronounced
(You mean it's not "pronounciation"?
That's what happens when you have Old-timer's disease.)



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  Saturday, April 04, 2009 – Permalink –

Indoor-Backyard Battles

ADDENDUM


Indoor/Backyard Battles


Testosterone relief

Wet, rainy, cold weather activity, or just because.
"Always follow the rules! If you got hit in the head by a band but you don't want to take the 2-minute penalty (for instance), don't sit there fighting it out. Just suck it up and do the time. No one's going to have fun if all you guys end up doing is yelling at each other about rules and regulations. Take your time out, and keep in mind that, in the long run, you're going to have a much better time.

Clean up afterwards. Nobody's wife (or husband) likes to see rubber bands sitting in the chicken soup she had left simmering on the stove while she went out to buy some more carrots. ("Interesting flavor, honey...")

Ultimate Guide to Shooting Rubber Bands
Also,

Now you can build your own rubber band machine gun!



"This beauty is a fully functional machine gun with TWELVE rotating barrels and a live action trigger. Loads 12 bands per barrel for a whopping 144 rubber bands that shoot off as fast as you can turn the handle!"

Rubberband Machine Gun PLANS

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  Thursday, March 26, 2009 – Permalink –

Just Say No to Be

To be, or no to be


E-Prime aims to eliminate all forms of the verb "to be". (Try that with your next report.)


"E-Prime comprises standard English with all forms of the verb 'TO BE' deleted; its use prevents forms of the verb 'TO BE' creating erroneous and irrational generalizations in language and thought."


  • John is lethargic and unhappy.
  • John is bright and cheerful.

  • John appears lethargic and unhappy in the office.
  • John appears bright and cheerful on holiday at the beach.

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  Tuesday, March 17, 2009 – Permalink –

Hip Replacement

Do it yourself


Well, not exactly.

The Northwest has a great PBS radio station in KUOW.

Here is a story about how surgeons work, including a blow by blow description of a hip replacement operation.
. . . "this hour: the surgeon's hands. How do surgeons keep their hands healthy? What kind of training do they go through to keep their fingers tactile and sensitive? How important is touch to successful surgery? Are the hands of surgeons gifted? Over the past month, we've been talking with people who use their head and their hands in their work. Our 'How To' series continues today with surgeons.

Guests

Richard Ellenbogen, M.D. chairman of neurological surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine, the Theodore S. Roberts Endowed Chair in Neurological Surgery, the Chief of Neurological Surgery at Harborview Medical Center

Eric Froines, M.D., F.A.C.S. chief of general surgery, Capitol Hill Specialty Center Group Health Permanente"

How to Operate
(scroll in to about 14 minutes)

For more information, here is a link to the University of Washington:

What is Hip Replacement?
A Review of Total Hip Arthroplasty, Hip Resurfacing, and Minimally-Invasive Hip Surgery.




Also see:
 The Flying Patient



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  Tuesday, March 10, 2009 – Permalink –

GIF Editor

Free tool


Here is an online GIF image editor. You can create animated GIF files and save them to your site or your machine.

There is nothing to download. All the work is done on line.






"Create your own special effects with any GIF -- even animated ones! Resize it, colorize it, optimize it, and jazzercise it -- then save it and take it with you. You name it and you can do it!

It's simple! Using the easy-to-use pull down menus. Simply follow the instructions to load any GIF and then manipulate the image using the GIFWorks menus. It's that easy.

The GIFWorks interface uses standard HTML and JavaScript. It should work correctly in Netscape and Internet Explorer versions 3.x and greater."


GIFWorks


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  Friday, March 06, 2009 – Permalink –

Make a List

How to check it


January is the month that bird watchers try to find as many birds as they can.

This is only one kind of list. This link helps you create a list of 453 Washington state birds and more.

There's also a list for a motorcycle first aid kit.

Checklists for Motorcyclists

Also see:
Pack Light

And read this book to get yourself ready. (Maybe next year.)

The Big Year : A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession


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  Tuesday, March 03, 2009 – Permalink –

A Hot Spot in Your Pocket

Or at least nearby


It'll cost about $1,000, but think about the bragging rights!

"I love the fact that more and more devices are sporting built-in Wi-Fi. The lone hitch: Wi-Fi is useless without a hotspot.

What if you could marry the short-range power of Wi-Fi with the huge coverage areas of high-speed cellular services such as EV-DO to create a portable hotspot?
Since EV-DO works at freeway speeds, you could even give Internet access to an entire road-trip caravan.

Now I can surf for as long as three hours without being tethered to anything but a cell signal. The project isn't cheap, but prices for the components and service are sure to come down in the next year or so. In the meantime, you can find me in the hills around Southern California. I'll be the one surrounded by PSP-packing hikers."





Popular Science:
Be Your Own Hotspot
By Mike Outmesguine

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  Sunday, March 01, 2009 – Permalink –

Where in the World is it Raining?

Weather maps from around the world


Want to see what the weather is like on the other side of the earth, or next door?

From Aruba to Zambia.

Rather than wait on an all weather channel or sticking your head outside, try this site:

FallingRain.com



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  Saturday, February 21, 2009 – Permalink –

Where in the World is . . .

Your spy dollars at work


The World Factbook

The World Factbook provides a 'snapshot' of the world.

The online Factbook is updated regularly - generally weekly - throughout the year.

A 46 Meg zipped version is also available.


The World Factbook is in the public domain and may be used freely by anyone at anytime without seeking permission. However, US Code prohibits use of the CIA seal in a manner which implies that the CIA approved, endorsed, or authorized such use."


When you find yourself worrying about the local car wash spilling drainage into the storm sewer, look at some of these environmental concerns:


Azerbaijan
Local scientists consider the Abseron Yasaqligi (Apsheron Peninsula) (including Baku and Sumqayit) and the Caspian Sea to be the ecologically most devastated area in the world because of severe air, soil, and water pollution; soil pollution results from oil spills, from the use of DDT as a pesticide, and from toxic defoliants used in the production of cotton


www.CIA.gov

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  Saturday, February 14, 2009 – Permalink –

Dictionary means - never having to say huh?

Google dictionary



"To see a definition for a word or phrase, simply type the word "define," then a space, and then the word(s) you want defined. If Google has seen a definition for the word or phrase on the Web, it will retrieve that information and display it at the top of your search results.

You can also get a list of definitions by including the special operator "define:" with no space between it and the term you want defined. For example, the search [define:World Wide Web] will show you a list of definitions for "World Wide Web" gathered from various online sources."

Also check out http://wordweb.info/



"WordWeb Pro is a quick and powerful international English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows. It can be used to lookup words from almost any Windows program, showing definitions, synonyms and related words. There are also many proper nouns and usage examples. You can search for words matching a pattern, find and solve anagrams, and optionally search a large number of extra word lists."



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  Friday, February 06, 2009 – Permalink –

Rewind DVDs

Speed the process


Sometimes one finds a solution to a problem that is not seeking an answer.

"Guaranteed Lowest Price on the Internet for DVD Rewinding
No More Embarrassing Fines or Hassles at your Video Rental Store !!!
No Fuss — No Waiting — Do It Online — Do It Now!
Rewind your DVDs


Digital Velocity



DVD Rewinder


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  Monday, January 26, 2009 – Permalink –

Graphics from the '50s

Remember it the way you want to


Original fifties clipart? Just in time for the holidays, some Ozzie and Harriet style pics.



"Most communities in the fifties had small town print shops that doubled as printers of local news and advertising papers. These printers could not afford graphic artists so they used stock clipart supplied by large companies who distributed common graphics for use in advertising sections of the papers. They were provided for the printer in lots of categories to meet any advertiser's needs."

Retrographix.com


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I"m always looking for retro looking graphics in Microsoft Office. Thanks!
 
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  Thursday, January 22, 2009 – Permalink –

SuDoku

CrossNumber puzzles


I have to admit that I have not caught the fever that these puzzles seem to have generated.

Most every newspaper in the world has started publishing these brain teasers.


"Sudoku , sometimes spelled Su Doku, is a logic based placement puzzle, also known as Number Place in the United States. The aim of the canonical puzzle is to enter a numerical digit from 1 through 9 in each cell of a 9x9 grid made up of 3x3 subgrids (called "regions"), starting with various digits given in some cells (the "givens"). Each row, column, and region must contain only one instance of each numeral.
Completing the puzzle requires patience and logical ability. Its grid layout is reminiscent of other newspaper puzzles like crosswords and chess problems.
Although first published in 1979, Sudoku initially became popular in Japan in 1986 and attained international popularity in 2005."


Wikipedia — Sudoku

Here is a download that will construct as many of these puzzles as you might be Jonesing for.

Andy Pope Su Doku

Also:

Su Doku.com

Web Su Doku

Here's an Excel template from the Redmond people:
  1. Enter puzzle values in Starting position grid
  2. Set Game state to 1
  3. Press F9 to calculate
  4. The Possible numbers grid will show the first step in the solution
  5. The Final position will show the current result
  6. Continue to repeat calculation by pressing F9 until the puzzle is solved or the solver stops responding
Sudoku solver


[Edited entry from 11/18/2005]

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