Bored? Looking for something to do? Try out some of the suggestions in this book available at the Gutenberg Project: The Boy Mechanic. It’s a collection of articles published by Popular Mechanics in 1913, full of projects for energetic young boys. Projects involving sulphuric acid, compressed gas cannons and spark plugs.
It’s all fun and games until Koz loses an eye.
All a person could ever want to know about the ampersand.
Here’s a list of the compact discs Sony released with their infamous XCP rootkit digital rights management software. It’s a little funny there’s a Pete Seeger album in there.
One thing I really enjoyed during my trip to Chicago in August was a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry. Our reason for visiting turned out to be rather ghastly, but I did enjoy another exhibit at the museum, The Great Train Story. It is a gigantic model train set, over 3,500 square feet of diorama. Trains head west from a model downtown Chicago, across the Great Plains, into the Rockies and eventually end up at the Seattle waterfront. I was absolutely fascinated by the entire layout, recalling model train sets of my youth. The exhibit featured multiple tracks carrying a myriad of trains; numerous freight trains, passenger trains, commuter rail, the “L”, and even a subway in downtown Chicago. It was a train lover’s delight, and still brings a smile to my face three months later.
For an eerie view of internet activity, check out this animated gif of originating IP addresses for http requests hitting google.com over the course of one day in 2003. This graphic is from a paper on parallel analysis of large data sets, something Google probably has a vested interest in developing.
A week after featuring a high speed rendezvous in Paris, I thought I would feature a cool movie that a guy made by taping a camera phone to an electric slot racer car.
Check out this CNN documentary Undercover in the Secret State; a riveting look at underground dissidents using mobile phones and digital cameras to document to appalling conditions in Kim Jong Il’s reclusive, xenophobic state. The footage shows people dropping dead in the streets from hunger, children picking in the dirt for specks of food and the miserable conditions inside this communist police state.
Like chocolate and peanut butter, like peas and carrots… Two great tastes together at last.
I’ve said it before, let me say it again: Guam is awash is litter. I’m not talking about cigarette butts and beer cans along the highway, though there is plenty of that to go around. I’m talking about illegal dumping of large objects, abandoned vehicles, washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners, furniture, and back road boonie dumps. Many of these illegal dumps are exposed after a typhoon strips the foliage around the island, revealing nasty piles of garbage and rusting white goods at a convenient dumping point.
KUAM’s story on the abandoned vehicle program reported that over 1500 junked cars were collected in the last six months, and that’s only from the two villages of Yoña and Dededo. Hopefully the Chinese demand for metal will spur more aggressive efforts to remove all the junk littering the island. Somehow though, I doubt the kind of people that dump their old washing machine on the back road to Andersen are going to pay $15 to have it collected and shipped off island. And they definitely aren’t going to pay $75 for their old car when it’s cheaper and easier just to dump it in the boonies off Ysengsong Road and let somebody else deal with it.
I have a soft spot in my heart for maps and cartography. Via Future Feeder, here’s a very cool website worth exploring. Radical Cartography showcases a variety of fascinating maps, both personal and public, exploring what maps represent and how they present it.
Ketogenic Diet Prevents Seizures By Enhancing Brain Energy Production, Increasing Neuron Stability
Apparently high protein, low carbohydrate diets reduce epileptic seizures in children resistant to drugs.
A package arrived yesterday from an eBay auction; a Magnavox M61107 TV signal amplifier. I got the idea from a coworker who said Kmart had these things that clear up the snow on cable television. They did, but for $26 a pop. A quick trip to eBay solved that problem, I got one for about $10 plus shipping. Of course I had to wait a month for the gizmo to arrive, but when I plugged it into my cable last night I was amazed. The snow was gone. On every channel, even the inscrutable ones at the lower end of the dial. I can watch ESPN again! Hello, SportsCenter…
I’ve got something on my mind these days…
The Independent has a story about the looting of Baghdad’s Museum during the initial invasion by US troops. Here’s a hint: it was an inside job.
Title says it all: A slide show about How to Write More Clearly, Think More Clearly, and Learn Complex Material More Easily. The key? Break it down into small, easily understandable (and testable) components, both in your writing and your learning.
I couldn’t believe my eyes, but it is true: the road construction in Yoña is finished! The entire road, all four lanes of blacktoppy goodness, is open for traffic down to the Ylig River Bridge. I drove down Route 4 last night to check for myself. The road is finished, painted and marked, but I think it is missing some traffic signs, otherwise the job is complete. And it only took three years longer than expected.
Here’s a little story that I haven’t heard anything about in the local media. Archaeologists taking sediment cores in Saipan’s Susupe Lake have found definitive evidence of human habitation in the Northern Marianas from 1800 BC, 3800 years ago. But they also uncovered possible evidence of human induced climate changes from 5,000 years ago, the earliest evidence of human habitation in Micronesia. The discovery predates the earliest site on Saipan by 1,000 years.
Friday I watched A Very Long Engagement, and I enjoyed it very much. Today I realized what day Friday was, and thought it very peculiar I watched that particular movie on that particular day. So bow your heads for the fallen of the Great War, the war to end all wars.
- In Flanders fields the poppies blow
- Between the crosses, row on row,
- That mark our place; and in the sky
- The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
- Scarce heard amid the guns below.
- We are the Dead. Short days ago
- We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
- Loved, and were loved, and now we lie,
- In Flanders fields.
- Take up our quarrel with the foe:
- To you from failing hands we throw
- The torch; be yours to hold it high.
- If ye break faith with us who die
- We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
- In Flanders fields.