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|20091028 184300 Z||Girl's 'Notes Left Behind' Made Into Book||www.wlwt.com … 9609/detail.html||www.reddit.c … s_of_love_notes/||Inspiring, Kids, Sad||A heart-breaking story. Here's to stories like Up and Finding Nemo. See some some of Elena's Notes [http://www.notesleftbehind.com/elena/notes.php].|
|20091020 195959 Z||How to Write Unmaintainable Code||www.geocitie … aintainable.html||Funny, Programming, TECH||I dug this one up from some old bookmarks and I'm filing it here. The author is sick and funny.|
|20091020 195310 Z||C++ in Coders at Work||gigamonkeys. … /coders-c++.html||www.reddit.c … those_who_never/||Programming, TECH||Usually these sort of articles are of an "A v B" type, but this one is about why some folks dislike the programming language C++. The simple explanation of the success of C++ is not that C++ was great at being object oriented, but that it was backwards compatible with C. Lots of folks say that Objective-C (1986) also backward compatible but is better than C++ (1983). However C++ is much more popular Objective-C because the latter didn't give it away enough.|
|20091019 232105 Z||Yes you can live in an all-solar house||www.smartpla … olar-house/1817/||Animation, Engineering, Images, Live Action, Photos, Solar, Sustainability, Videos||So much fun to look at this stuff. I'd like some wind capture too.|
|20091018 183456 Z||Holy Crap!! Franken ANNIHILATES KBR attorney during testimony (w/video)||www.dailykos … ny-%28w-video%29||digg.com/pol … during_testimony||Live Action, News, Politics, USA, Videos||Senator Al Franken totally kicked Halliburton arse on video. How can anyone justify gang raping their own people? The Jon Stewart video nails it too.|
|20091018 135518 Z||Arctic Largely Ice Free in Summer Within Ten Years?||news.nationa … bal-warming.html||Geology, Nature, Science, Sustainability, World||More like probably within 10-20-90 years. If the Arctic will be ice free in the summers, then I wonder what Antarctica will be like? The ramifications can be remarkable and global.|
|20091018 134735 Z||National Anthem||www.youtube. … ch?v=n9LXHrzOVYA||Cool, Live Action, Music, Videos||Well done with a rock twist. "The Star Spangled banner played on a Louisville Slugger bat by Glenn Donnellan of the National Symphony Orchestra."|
|20091016 171036 Z||Boy Asks Obama, 'Why Do People Hate You?'||www.youtube. … ch?v=Py15owTneag||digg.com/pol … veryone_Hate_You||Barack Obama, Cool, Inspiring, Live Action, News, Politics, USA, Videos||A clean, intelligent, down-to-earth, and respectful answer.|
|20091016 163626 Z||Epistemology and Rhetoric||Comics, Journalism, Philosophy, World||Read (not watched) "V for Vendetta". Listened to "Another Brick in the Wall". Heard how the North Korea propaganda machine interpreted the Korean War. One of the problems is that applying epistemology is useless if you don't apply rhetoric too.|
|20091015 161217 Z||Drunkest Guy Ever Goes for More Beer||www.break.co … r-more-beer.html||digg.com/com … _More_Beer_Video||Chill, Crude, Funny, Live Action, Training, Videos||How to work on your falls and getting up.|
|20091014 193808 Z||Ultra Slo-Mo Video of Bullet Impacts||www.mentalfl … s/archives/36977||digg.com/odd … Glass_Metal_Wood||Chill, Cool, Guns, Live Action, Quirky, Videos||Mesmerizing, especially how the bullets sometimes pulverized on impact, and how the fractures in glass spread faster than the bullet itself. Here's the direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfDoQwIAaXg.|
|20091014 015245 Z||Clever New Fan Has No Blades||www.livescie … 3-dyson-fan.html||digg.com/gad … an_Has_No_Blades||Gadget, Hardware, Science||Absolutely brilliant and elegant! This new fan design by James Dyson and his company is a simple spinning hollow ring with a cross section like an airplane wing. It creates turbulent free (laminar) flow and won't need a safety grill. The http://www.dyson.com/fans/ page also has a video of people reacting to it --which is essentially like seeing magic. By coincidence we recently bought the Dyson DC25 Animal vacuum and it is so well engineered: Clearly the best vacuum we've ever gotten.|
|20091013 190437 Z||10/GUI: The Video||http://10gui.com/video/||www.reddit.c … _reimaginations/||Animation, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Hardware, Operating System, Software, TECH, Videos||Not just a multi-touch tablet, but ideas on the interface. Interesting but the whole thing needs trials. The Reddit thread has some ideas too.|
|20091013 184918 Z||More Trampolining Madness From Oli Lemieux||video.mpora. … watch/INMA5dxhV/||digg.com/odd … rampoline_Skills||Cool, Live Action, Training, Videos||Yeah he's ready for zero gravity.|
|20091008 193400 Z||Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy)||www.boston.c … tsana_ondoy.html||www.reddit.c … hitty_flashajax/||Images, Inspiring, Money, Philippines, Photos, Sad, World||36 dramatic photos. That could've been me smothered in mud. I usually do my donations in December, but I made an exception and donated to the Red Cross last week|
|20091006 180021 Z||Super-Social Networking: Superhero Facebook Status Updates||www.comicsal … cebook-status-u/||digg.com/com … k_Status_Updates||Chill, Comics, Cyber Life, Facebook, Funny||I liked the one from Superman and Dr. Doom the best, but for those in the know, the Spiderman one rocked too.|
|20091005 172516 Z||Bathrooms of the Future||www.home-des … ms-of-the-future||Beauty, Cool, Gadget, Images, Photos, Sustainability, TECH||The one that uses graywater tech (reusing water) is the most important, but the others are cool too.|
|20091005 152232 Z||The sunflower boy's smile||www.cnn.com/ … lower/index.html||www.reddit.c … s_ive_ever_read/||Beauty, Inspiring, Kids, Sad||Yes, it is quite sad, quite poignant.|
|20091005 151026 Z||Playgrounds From the 70's||www.divineca … playgrounds-70-s||digg.com/tra … om_The_70_s_PICS||Chill, Cool, Images, Kids, Photos, Play||I remember being afraid to go up the double rocket with the twirly slide! To complete the experience, you want the red, white, and blue rocket popsicle too.|
|20091002 181848 Z||How do I print a listing of files in a directory?||www.computer … ues/ch000772.htm||Computers, Operating System, TECH||Because I forget. In DOS something like:
Initially it looks like some Japanese sexed up thing, but really it's zombie/Tarantino type of gore. More stuff like this will probably be posted as Halloween nears. The Reddit thread leads to other similar youtube goodies including the following:
It's annoying and vexing that although Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) [W] has been around for 10 years now, it's not implemented in browsers in a standard fashion, especially Internet Explorer. See:
Until properly implemented, we have to use cheats like embed, object, and iframe in non-IE browsers. IE can show SVG by using stuff like svgweb [http://code.google.com/p/svgweb/] which converts the SVG into Flash. I love Inkscape for SVG images, and there should be more tools for SVG videos, charts, etc.
Ha ha ha! I love it when President Barack Obama hits back. He usually does it in an intelligent and respectful manner too.
What I reject is when some folks say we should go back to the past policies when it was those very same policies that got us into this mess in the first place. (Applause.) Another way of putting it is when, you know, I'm busy and Nancy's busy with our mop cleaning up somebody else's mess --- we don't want somebody sitting back saying, you're not holding the mop the right way. (Applause.) Why don't you grab a mop, why don't you help clean up. (Applause.) You're not mopping fast enough. (Laughter.) That's a socialist mop. (Laughter and applause.) Grab a mop -- let's get to work.
Grab a mop!
You can't tell from the context whether the person with the tatoo knows about the latter verse.
It's a tattoo reading “[Thou] shall not lie with a male as one does with a woman. It is an abomination. Leviticus 18:22″. Who else sees the problem here? Leviticus also forbids tattooing. In the very next chapter.
“Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:28″
I also like the fellow mentioned in the Reddit thread:
Someone at my university has a tattoo that is just a chapter and verse number -- when you look it up, it's the leviticus prohibition on tattooing. Clever.
This makes sense:
Prof Van Wolde, 54, who will present a thesis on the subject at Radboud University in The Netherlands where she studies, said she had re-analysed the original Hebrew text and placed it in the context of the Bible as a whole, and in the context of other creation stories from ancient Mesopotamia. She said she eventually concluded the Hebrew verb "bara", which is used in the first sentence of the book of Genesis, does not mean "to create" but to "spatially separate". The first sentence should now read "in the beginning God separated the Heaven and the Earth".
Here's my approximation of the so-called "Chicken Salad" that my mom has made for years. Good for lots of people.
Macaroni Chicken Salad
6 cooked chicken thighs
2 C raisins
3 20 oz cans of pineapple tidbits, drained
1 # boiled potatoes, cubed
2 C mayonnaise
1.5 # macaroni
Piece apart the chicken by hand into bits (diced chicken doesn't cut it). Prepare the other ingredients while the macaroni is cooking. Rinse the macaraoni with cold water. Gently toss all the ingredients together into huge bowls.
A cool comic book. Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou
a comic book about the quest for logical certainty in mathematics. The story spans the decades from the late 19th century to World War II, a period when the nature of mathematical truth was being furiously debated. The stellar cast, headed up by Bertrand Russell, includes the greatest philosophers, logicians and mathematicians of the era, along with sundry wives and mistresses, plus a couple of homicidal maniacs, an apocryphal barber and Adolf Hitler.
The Slashdot thread includes a bunch of other good ones too.
Ardipithecus was discovered in 1994, but it's making the news because the papers on it are finally making the rounds. Ardi was around 4.4 million year ago, (compared to Lucy at 1.2 mya), 120 cm (47") tall and 50 kg (110#). Arni probably lived in the forest where she walked on the ground but went on all fours in the trees. Arni is the oldest solid ancestor before the split in the Hominini tribe into the subtribes of Paninina (Chimpanzees) and Homonina (Humans and extinct relatives).
This article by Richard Dawkins is a short one that refutes the "missing links" argument that creationists try to use against evolution. It's all good for those of us who side on evolution, but I have empathy for Dawkins because it's a hard job to champion evolution against religion.
The problem is not with the objective facts (scientific method, evidence, logic, etc.). The problem is that people want to put their subjective preferences before the objective facts. In this case the fundamentalists subjectively want to cite the scripture as something that is supernatural and literally true. Thus the fundamentalists are naturally obliged to somehow reconcile the objective facts with the scriptural "facts".
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