Dan Schultz doesn’t like Facebook or Twitter because they are too focussed on individual expression rather than the community. That may be because he is using them wrong. I liked photography as a kid, but I didn’t know any photographers. Flickr happened to come into my life just after I bought my first digital camera.… Continue reading Me Social Media
The first couple TED videos I watched didn’t impress me. A few weeks later, I saw this post from Sam about the top 10 TED videos. Sam is one of those people who reserves good for the truly special so I made sure to watch them. This video was the first on that list and… Continue reading TED Talk: Stroke of Insight
These companies use mitochondrial DNA to trace one’s genetic lineage. So, they take a sample from my mitochondria (which I got from my mom) and compare it to samples that have been taken from mitochondria samples found in their database to match it. Well, my mom’s mom has lots of English and Scottish ancestry. So… Continue reading What About Mixed People?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Order Confirmation number: 37679041 Body: Dear Customer, Thank you for ordering from our internet shop. If you paid with a credit card, the charge on your statement will be from name of our shop. This email is to confirm the receipt of your order. Please do not reply as this email was… Continue reading Best Virus of the Day
Why does Bush go “nucular”? By Kate Taylor – Slate Magazine: To say “the word is spelled (x), and therefore should be pronounced (y)” doesn’t make any sense. Spelling is not a legitimate basis for determining pronunciation, for the following reasons: 1) English spelling is highly irregular. For example, “move”, “dove”, and “cove” are spelled… Continue reading Going “nuclear” over use of “nucular”
I have always considered the Illiad or the Odyssey to be among the best of love stories. True, there is lots of violence. True, the characters are mostly men. Love is the motivation and driving force behind the heros and why each is able to overcome and win. If they were written by women, then… Continue reading Homer a Pseudonym for a Woman?
I got my oil changed today. One of the guys there sits down and says that he’ll put the more expensive oil I selected in my car while charging me for the cheaper stuff (about 60%) cheaper. The catch is he wanted me to give him a half the difference in cash under the table… Continue reading Freebie
(No really, wearing the Binary People shirt!) Back from Chicago. I posted the last of my pictures from the trip to Chicago. They are a tad out of order. I really enjoyed the trip. Its nice to meet with people who are doing the same things and stuggling with the same issues. I was able… Continue reading Back in Black
This series is my LOTR (the books I have read over and over). From 7th grade through 11th grade I read them at least once a year, usually twice. I replaced my first copy with another as the covers were nearly destroyed. So, now I know how the fanatics feel (not true, . I so… Continue reading Dragons
The link is for the article at Slate. A good teaser paragraph. How Brazilian soccer players get their names. By Nick Schulz: Brazil’s affinity for nicknames might stem from the country’s historically high illiteracy rate. As such, shortened spoken names are typically used more often than longer birth names. In Brazilian society, the use of… Continue reading Origins of Brazilian Soccer Scorer Names