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March 2006

Visualize Your Tax Spending
Posted over on Boing Boing, Xeni pointed to this very cool visual representation of how US taxes were spent in 2004.  It’s fascinating to visually see how much was spent on one thing (the ‘Bureau of Indian Affairs’, for example, at $2.462 billion) compared to …
Friday Mar 17, 2006 | 0 Comments

August 2005

Serenity, Legoized
What happens if a person has the time, resources and skill for Legoizing (if that’s not a word, then it should be), has an interest for Firefly, and some web space to spare? I’m pretty sure you’ll click on this link to find out. …
Tuesday Aug 23, 2005 | 12 Comments

July 2005

Ok, you’ve got three months to cool off
That’s what workers at the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab will say to a two-story centifugal furnace full of molten glass after it finishes making the 27-foot mirrors for the Magellan telescope, otherwise known as “teh largest eye bulb telescope evar”. That’s some hot glass! …
Wednesday Jul 27, 2005 | 0 Comments

March 2005

Writings of H.P. Lovecraft
I was looking for links to read the short stories of H.P. Lovecraft, the horror author from the turn of last century, when I discovered that his works prior to 1923 are now public domain. And whether the copyrights of the stories he wrote after …
Thursday Mar 31, 2005 | 3 Comments

December 2004

Pricing Software
Joel Spolsky comes out with yet another wonderful article.  You know, all of his that I’ve read have been great and yet his site isn’t a regular destination for me.  Hmm… I think this needs to change. Anyway, his great article is on software pricing.  …
Thursday Dec 23, 2004 | 0 Comments

October 2004

Print Magazines delivered digitally
Using the free Zinio software, many print magazines are offering themselves to be delivered digitally.  Like most magazine offers, you get the free ones by signing up for trade publications.  Depending on your answers to their questions, you are given a list of qualifying trade …
Friday Oct 15, 2004 | 1 Comment

June 2004

Listen, Print, Share
Apple has released the new Airport Express, a nifty palm-sized wireless extension of the Airport Extreme Base Station.  Yes, cards, and other full-size wireless routers can extend the range or provide additional wireless and wired access points to your network like this can; but the …
Tuesday Jun 8, 2004 | 24 Comments

April 2004

iTunes 4.5 Update
Apple released iTunes 4.5 today, and after checking some forums to make sure nothing got nerfed, I downloaded and installed it.  Read on to discover the new features.
Wednesday Apr 28, 2004 | 2 Comments

March 2004

Why I’m Short(er)
Blogdex had a link today to a New Yorker article about average heights of different people/populations around the world and throughout history.  It seems that the average height in the US has remained essentially the same for the past 50 years whereas European heights have …
Wednesday Mar 31, 2004 | 0 Comments
Dialect Survey Mapped!
Yeah, exciting headline, I know.  In the vein of Chris’s recent commonly mispronounced words entry, I bring you (courtesy PA), the Harvard University Dialect Survey.  It maps alternate pronunciations of words and where people say them, and questions such as the quintessential: “What is your …
Friday Mar 26, 2004 | 5 Comments
Common Mispronunciations has a list of the top 100 mispronounced words and phrases in the english language.  I’m not quite sure of the source for the list, but there are certainly a large number of the entries that I hear mispronounced all the time.  “excape” and …
Friday Mar 19, 2004 | 4 Comments
Burning DVD Labels?
I finally got around to reading last month’s PC World issue and I came across a small article (is it really an “article” if it only takes up around a third of a printed page in the magazine?) that discussed a new method for creating …
Wednesday Mar 10, 2004 | 2 Comments
Subways of the World
The size of varying cities’ subway systems really isn’t particularly important in the greater scheme of things.  Or even the lesser scheme.  But darned if it isn’t really interesting!  Fake is the New Real has up a page (which looks to be expanding in the …
Thursday Mar 4, 2004 | 1 Comment
Apple Upgrade Gets an A+
I received my hard drive today.  As I’ve mentioned, I’ve never purchased a hard drive before, but I have swapped them from machine to machine and built a PC from scratch, so I’m certainly familiar with the installation process. Apple gets a fabulous grade in …
Monday Mar 1, 2004 | 1 Comment

February 2004

Finding ‘Mars on Earth’
Wired has a rather fascinating article up about some NASA researchers who are trying to devise tests to perform on Mars.  In order to do so, they’re trying to find the best proxy for Mars that Earth has.  They think they’ve found it. The ridge …
Wednesday Feb 25, 2004 | 1 Comment
Death Star LEGO Diorama
This display of LEGO creativity is simply leaving me in awe.  “AC Pin” created a massive diorama of the Death Star interior.  It includes many scenes from the movie (Falcon hangar, control room, detention cell, garbage room, conference room, etc.) as well as many really …
Wednesday Feb 25, 2004 | 2 Comments
iTunes Now Playing
I found this hint at MacOSXHints today.  It’s pretty nifty, as it samples iTunes every 15 seconds, and if it detects that you are playing a new song, it generates a PNG and uploads it to your server.  The image is then ready to use …
Wednesday Feb 25, 2004 | 0 Comments
Life, the Universe, and Ev…well, the Universe Anyway
The Washington Post, among other newspapers is running a story regarding a new finding from the Hubble telescope.  Well, kind of new.  Einstein postulized that there was some sort of cosmological constant, some sort of energy that kept the Universe from tearing apart or collapsing …
Saturday Feb 21, 2004 | 3 Comments
Outdoor Gear Wishlist - Forever Flashlight
With an upcoming kayak excursion, my eyes float towards new and nifty gear.  I’ll probably have quite a few of these “wishlist” type items, so I’ll use the above title to sort them. Today’s item is the Forever Flashlight.  Working on the Principle of Induction, …
Wednesday Feb 4, 2004 | 0 Comments

January 2004

Hot deal ‘vinyl’ CD-R’s under 50 cents each
Today and tomorrow (through 1/17), Office Depot has an in-store only buy one get one free of the Verbatim Digital Vinyl CD-R’s.  The five pack is $4.83, so after the free pack (at register, not a rebate) they end up being 48 cents each.  It’s …
Friday Jan 16, 2004 | 8 Comments
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