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Giant Spider Web August 30, 2007

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Southeastern Social Cobweb Spider – Anelosimus studiosus (Hentz, 1850)
This web was first found about three weeks prior to the photo and has been spreading slowly.
It’s out on a point by the lake, probably less than 50 yards from the water.
It continues along the park’s nature trail for some 200 yards! Now CNN has publicized it and Natalia Collier forwarded it to us.. This link is to the original photos or click the picture to see the full size version. But the record might go to a 60 acre Canadian Spider Web!

Greek Fires View From Space August 28, 2007

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The extent of the unprecedented fires raging in Greece is evident from this picture from NASA’s Aqua satellite. Click on the picture to enlarge.

Ooops! – Server Worth $1.5 Million Wrecked by Forklift August 28, 2007

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PC World – Server Worth $1.5 Million Wrecked by Forklift
The accident happened in October, 2006. The server destined for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, was being transferred from a delivery truck to T.R. Systems’ warehouse in Alexandria, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. It was packaged in a crate on a pallet and held on a fork-lift truck’s prongs.

A report said that the rear wheels of the fork-lift truck encountered a step at the warehouse entrance. The truck rocked and so did the pallet: “the base of the pallet and the crate broke and the crate fell onto the curb, damaging the server packed inside.”

Tornado of Starlings August 25, 2007

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Adam Brown writes…This is a crazy google video on starlings coming into roost at dusk…they make some incredible formations. It gets really good at three minutes in…..

Kids’ Food Fussiness May Be Inherited August 24, 2007

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Kids’ Food Fussiness May Be Inherited – Forbes.com
Wardle said food preferences appear to be “as inheritable a physical characteristic as height.”

Unlike nearly every other phobia, neophobia is a normal stage of human development.Scientists theorize that it was originally an evolutionary mechanism designed to protect children from accidentally eating dangerous things – like poisonous berries or mushrooms.

Neophobia typically kicks in at age 2 or 3, when children are newly mobile and capable of disappearing from their parents’ sight within seconds. Being unwilling to eat new things they stumble upon may turn out to be a lifesaver. While most children grow out of the food fussiness by age 5, not all do. For parents of particularly picky eaters, experts encourage them not to cave in when their children throw food tantrums

Block YouTube Ads August 24, 2007

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TubeStop :: Now I Have a Blog Too
Now that Google is trying to generate money from YouTube with embedded ads, you can stop them with  this plug0in for Mozilla’s FireFox Browser. TubeStop simply swaps out the site-based player for the embedded player, the ad-blocking feature is really just a happy coincidence. TubeStop is an extension for Mozilla-based Web browsers that disables the autoplay on YouTube videos. This means that you can open multiple YouTube videos in tabs in the background without them all starting to play at once. TubeStop also disables the autoplay on YouTube videos embedded on non-YouTube.com sites (MySpace, for example).

Why Study War? August 24, 2007

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Why Study War? by Victor Davis Hanson, City Journal Summer 2007

Military history teaches us about honor, sacrifice, and the inevitability of conflict.
A wartime public illiterate about the conflicts of the past can easily find itself paralyzed in the acrimony of the present. Without standards of historical comparison, it will prove ill equipped to make informed judgments. Neither our politicians nor most of our citizens seem to recall the incompetence and terrible decisions that, in December 1777, December 1941, and November 1950, led to massive American casualties and, for a time, public despair.

For a therapeutically inclined generation raised on Oprah and Dr. Phil—and not on the letters of William Tecumseh Sherman and William Shirer’s Berlin Diary—problems between states, like those in our personal lives, should be argued about by equally civilized and peaceful rivals, and so solved without resorting to violence. Yet it’s hard to find many wars that result from miscommunication. Far more often they break out because of malevolent intent and the absence of deterrence. Margaret Atwood also wrote in her poem: “Wars happen because the ones who start them / think they can win.” Hitler did; so did Mussolini and Tojo—and their assumptions were logical, given the relative disarmament of the Western democracies at the time. Thanks to Chad Brisbane for this prescient article. (more…)

Head of PC Mag Dumps on Vista August 18, 2007

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Passing the Torch – Columns by PC Magazine
After five years at Ziff Davis Media and nearly 16 years in editorial content—the last two at the helm of this terrific magazine—I’ve decided to try something new. I’ve jumped over to become CEO of Revision3, the leading Internet television network focused on developing programming for the on-demand generation.

Maybe it was something in the water? I’ve been a big proponent of the new OS over the past few months, even going so far as loading it onto most of my computers and spending hours tweaking and optimizing it. So why, nine months after launch, am I so frustrated? The litany of what doesn’t work and what still frustrates me stretches on endlessly

Are We Failing Our Geniuses? August 18, 2007

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Are We Failing Our Geniuses? – TIME
To some extent, complacency is built into the system. American schools spend more than $8 billion a year educating the mentally retarded. Spending on the gifted isn’t even tabulated in some states, but by the most generous calculation, we spend no more than $800 million on gifted programs. But it can’t make sense to spend 10 times as much to try to bring low-achieving students to mere proficiency as we do to nurture those with the greatest potential.

Hurricane Dean Picture of Roseau River, Dominica August 18, 2007

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Thanks to Kelvin Felix sending this from Edith Benjamin in Dominica.


Can you believe these laws? August 17, 2007

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The world’s strangest laws | The Daily Telegraph
– In Victoria Australia, only a licensed electrician is allowed to change a lightbulb.

– In Victoria Australia it is forbidden to wear pink hot pants after mid-day on a Sunday.

– It England, it is illegal for a cab in the City of London to carry rabid dogs or corpses.

– It England, it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

– It England, it is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside down.

– In France, it is forbidden to call a pig Napoleon. (more…)

Video: Postcards of Secrets August 17, 2007

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Frank Warren has been requesting postcards from strangers confessing their secrets. Instead of going to a priest in a confessional, these postcards express the need to anonymously expunge those guilty feelings. Here is a 4 minute video composite of some of the more artful/powerful ones.

The 100 oldest domains on the internet August 14, 2007

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The 100 oldest domains on the internet. « Life & Times
To satisfy his curiosity, this geek went in search of the earliest adopters of the World Wide Web as we know it today and to his surprise there were WWW dns entries that go back as far as 1985…can you believe that…now who was browsing the internet back in 1985 (other than Al Gore). Anyways, the list below represents the 100 first domains ever registered on the internet…it includes some expected names, some unexpected names and some notable missing names.

1. 15-Mar-1985 SYMBOLICS.COM
2. 24-Apr-1985 BBN.COM
3. 24-May-1985 THINK.COM
4. 11-Jul-1985 MCC.COM
5. 30-Sep-1985 DEC.COM
6. 07-Nov-1985 NORTHROP.COM
7. 09-Jan-1986 XEROX.COM
8. 17-Jan-1986 SRI.COM
9. 03-Mar-1986 HP.COM
10. 05-Mar-1986 BELLCORE.COM
11. 19-Mar-1986 IBM.COM
12. 19-Mar-1986 SUN.COM
13. 25-Mar-1986 INTEL.COM

‘Cool farms’ mask the extent of global warming August 14, 2007

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‘Cool farms’ mask the extent of global warming – earth – 14 August 2007 – New Scientist Environment
Whereas urban development generates pockets of hot air, irrigated fields tend to cool things down, they say – and there is evidence that the effects have been felt in California for over a century.

In areas of intensive irrigation, such as the Central Valley in California, US, these “cool farms” have counteracted global warming, say Céline Bonfils and David Lobell of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. But they warn that a reduction in irrigation could spell the end of the relief that these regions have enjoyed. Pakistan and China have become huge irrigators over the past 50 years, but the growth of irrigated areas is slowing down.

Cities – The Medieval & Modern Battleground August 12, 2007

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Subtopia: The City in the Crosshairs: A Conversation with Stephen Graham (Pt. 1)

In a recent speech before the National Press Club on C-Span, Newt Gingrich closed with a grim admonition that those protesting the infringement of civil liberties from the Patriot Act will be overwhelmed, if that surveillance doesn’t keep us from losing a city. Americans will surrender their “rights” for “Security”. This interview of a leftist British professor has many insights into the new Postmodern Late-Capitalist HyperUrban Medievalism. I am not so sure we are in the “post-capitalist” stage quite yet (though I’m sure that he thinks so). The Assymetrical “Long War” of Globilization will be fought in the cities.

The global mixing in today’s world renders any simple dualism between North and South, or Developed and Developing, very unhelpful. Instead, it’s more useful to think of transnational architectures of control, wealth and power, as passing through and inhabiting all of these zones but in a wide variety of ways. Extreme poverty exists in many ‘developed cities’ while enclaves of supermodern and high-tech wealth pepper the cities on South East, Southern and Eastern Asia.

The histories of the city and of political violence are, of course, inseparably linked. As Lewis Mumford teaches us, security is, of course, one of the very reasons for the very origins of urbanization. The evolution of urban morphology, as you say, is closely connected to the evolution of the geographies and technologies of war and political violence: fortification and the bounding of urban space through defensive and aggressive architecture are especially central to this long and complex story. So, too, is the fortification of cities to the symbolic demonstration of wealth, power and aggression, and as the commercial demarcation of territorialities. The elaborate histories of siege craft, atrocity, the symbolic sacking and erasure of urban space, and cat and mouse interplay of tactics and strategies of attack and tactics and strategies of defence, are all central here. Much of the Old Testament, in fact, is made up of fables of attempted and successful urban annihilation. As Marshall Berman has argued, “Myths of urban ruin grow at our culture’s root.” Important, here, are the symbolic roles of urban sites as icons of victory, domination and political or religious regime change. (more…)

Bridge Collapse – Slide Show August 7, 2007

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Pictures from the I-35w Bridge Collapse. Thanks Jeff Ullian for this link.

Video – 1920 Daytona Motorcyle Race August 7, 2007

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MySpaceTV: MOCK UP on MU TRAILER by DPLA_Auvinen
Vintage film of boardtrack racing with motorcycles — teens to 1920’s. Boardtracks were wooden tracks built in the early 1900’s that were abondoned or dismantled after serious weathering caused the death of riders and even spectators. Cars also raced on the boardtracks. Thanks to Vincent racer Carlton Palmer.

Optical Illusion of a Castle August 5, 2007

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CNN just featured this year-old video, with no scary pop-ups, just how your eyes can play tricks with you.

Free Net Phone Calls? August 4, 2007

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Get Your Free Net Phone Calls Here – New York Times
The price of home phone service has dropped 30 percent since 1999. Surely, say the analysts, that trend line will eventually plummet all the way to zero. Surely, thanks to the Internet’s ability to carry your voice, landline phone calls will soon be free.

Of all of these approaches to free Internet calling, T-Mobile, Jajah and Ooma come the closest to delivering the holy grail: free calling, to any phone number, from regular phones. Even they are not entirely without drawbacks — but they’re certainly enough to keep phone company executives awake at night.

Skateboarder’s X-treme Fall August 4, 2007

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It still makes him feel like a kid – Los Angeles Times
Skateboarder Jake Brown, whose 45-foot free-fall Thursday night brought a hush to the crowd at Staples Center, remains hospitalized after suffering bruises of the liver and lung, stress fractures in his vertebrae and a small fracture on the top of one hand.

He also suffered a mild concussion and could not immediately remember performing a 720-degree spin across the 70-foot gap leading to the quarterpipe — the first time that maneuver has been accomplished in competition.

Brown, 32, who was injured during the big air competition on the mega-ramp during a silver medalist performance, is expected to be released from the hospital today or Sunday and make a full recovery. Thanks to Randy Marks. (more…)

Europe’s Summer of Wild, Wild Weather August 3, 2007

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Europe’s Summer of Wild, Wild Weather – washingtonpost.com
Thousands of tourists and residents were forced to flee ahead of raging wildfires that have engulfed parts of the Canary Islands since the weekend, the latest in a string of bizarre, weather-related calamities to hit Europe this summer.

The Canary fires are the latest offspring of strange weather patterns that have buffeted Europe this summer, from unusually severe floods in England to chilly, fall-like weather in Paris, to searing heat waves, drought and wildfires in Southern and Eastern Europe.

Cement Truck Pancakes Car, Driver Walks Away August 1, 2007

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Cement Truck Tips Over Onto Car, Trapping Man Inside – News Story – WESH Orlando
According to police, the driver of the cement truck tried to avoid crashing into stopped traffic and swerved into the median. At the same time, Kim Strandberg, the driver of the car, was making a U-Turn when he collided with the truck and the truck tipped over on top of the small car.

Both drivers, however, walked away from the collision with just minor injuries. Click on the link to see the video, You won’t believe this guy walked away, while his car was pancaked.

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