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Sunday, November 30, 2003
Iraq war = business opportunity
smelled an opportunity
when his hometown fell to the Americans this past summer. He knew Americans loved pizza, and he knew that most Iraqis had no idea how to prepare it..
posted by SV @ 11/30/2003 06:52:00 AM
Saturday, November 29, 2003
Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out.
An ongoing examination of the
history and development of footwear
and shoemaking techniques until the 16th century.
posted by SV @ 11/29/2003 07:11:00 AM
Friday, November 28, 2003
Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection
Well-known masters of American photography have shared their work on the Internet for many years. Though the name Charles Cushman may not arouse even a flicker of recognition, this unsung
documented life in America from 1938-1969. Thanks to his donation of 14,500 photos to Indiana University, we all have a chance to savor in the glory of
. Cushman was an inveterate shutterbug, snapping
in his travels across the U.S. He was drawn to the
as well as
, and his work reflects a time when American life seemed
. Jump in the time machine and let Cushman's photos transport you in a way words can't.
posted by SV @ 11/28/2003 09:50:00 AM
Thursday, November 27, 2003
Which bird is the best?
There are better-cooking birds than turkeys. Take chicken, for example: Roasted in high heat for about an hour, it becomes a delicious paradox, at once moist and crisp.
posted by SV @ 11/27/2003 06:20:00 AM
Mind your language Mr. Governor!
I love Thanksgiving turkey...it's the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts. - Arnold Schwarzenegger
posted by SV @ 11/27/2003 06:15:00 AM
Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Fareed Zakaria: We Need to Get The Queen Bees
‘When America and Europe are divided, when Japan is hesitant,’ Lee cautions, ‘the extremists are emboldened’
Comment from a very good friend of mine:
"this is sensible and desperately important but George W. Bush & Co. is not capable of hearing it. Here is what I think: we are at the beginning of the end of an era, as big a deal as the end of the Roman Empire, and civilization as we know it is starting to fall. It may take a few hundred years or it may be cataclysmic, but what Zakaria says is probably the only way to save it, and this Administration is absolutely incapable of doing it, prevented by their own constricted world view and arrogant biases (shared by a lot of people) from grasping that this must be done. Of course I could be wrong on either count and I hope I am wrong on both.
On the other hand, if civilization simply falls apart, without atomic holocaust, and descends into barbarity and dark ages, it will mean everything human suffers, but the rest of life on earth will get a chance to recover."
posted by SV @ 11/26/2003 06:02:00 AM
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Green Means Go
Andrew Gumbel has an article at The Independent titled,
"Infra-red device gives drivers the green light."
posted by SV @ 11/25/2003 06:15:00 AM
Are you a cunning linguist?
Some common words such as Hello and Thanks
in hundreds of languages!
posted by SV @ 11/25/2003 06:05:00 AM
Monday, November 24, 2003
Coolest Inventions 2003
While many of us deskbound types have spent the past year surfing the Web, filling out spreadsheets, and eating Cheetos, brainy inventors have been hard at work coming up with many amazing inventions to make our lives even cushier. In the animatronics category, we find dander-less
and the perfect beach-blanket companion,
. For a truly 21st-century crib, you'll need an
, a handy
pet fish. Speaking of which, new-fangled bikinis will have you doing the best
impersonation yet. Stop traffic as you tote an
, and sport spy-cam
while zipping off on your
en route to a
day. Is all this really necessary? Of course not. But you can't blame them for dreaming.
posted by SV @ 11/24/2003 07:03:00 AM
Sunday, November 23, 2003
Take this McJob!
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary includes the definition of a McJob:
"low-paying and dead-end work"
. Of course McDonald's isn't too happy about it.
posted by SV @ 11/23/2003 06:15:00 AM
New range of curry translates as "arse"
Sharwoods promised the
sauces based on a traditional northern Indian method of cooking would "change the way consumers make curry". Unfortunately, 6m TV campaign was spent on a name that means..er...a human behind.
posted by SV @ 11/23/2003 06:11:00 AM
Saturday, November 22, 2003
Who said it?
- When was the last time you saw an Iraqi in a f***ing helicopter?
(UK pilot after US marines fired on his Chinook Helicopter)
- I ain't saying the customer service in my bank is bad, but when I went in the other day and asked the clerk to check my balance...she leaned over and pushed me.
- Heaven is where the Police are British, the Chefs are French, the Mechanics are German, the Lovers Italian and it's all organised by the Swiss.
Hell is where the Chefs are British, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss, the Police are German and it's all organised by the Italians.
- The right half of the brain controls the left half of the body. This means that only left handed people are in their right mind.
posted by SV @ 11/22/2003 06:05:00 AM
Friday, November 21, 2003
American RadioWorks: The President Calling
Did President Kennedy
say that? You betcha! We're all familiar with how presidents speak in front of the media, but what do they really
say behind closed doors
? Here's your chance to eavesdrop on some of the most critical conversations ever held on the taxpayer's dime. Three U.S. presidents --
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard M. Nixon
-- willingly bugged the Oval Office and tapped White House phones, leaving behind an audio legacy that captured thousands of conversations from our country's most critical and mundane hours. See how each worked the phones using their verbal weapons: Kennedy his charm, Johnson his forcefulness, and Nixon,
...he was prolific in his taping. It's said while Kennedy was usually a smooth talker, a lot of quick "yeahs" and "uh-huhs" signaled apprehension. Vietnam presented some of Johnson's most
, and Nixon's choice of
provides fascinating insight into High Court hijinks. Ready to hear how your leaders kept office hours? Roll tape!
posted by SV @ 11/21/2003 06:05:00 AM
Thursday, November 20, 2003
The Invention of the Aerial Age
In 1903, two ordinary bicycle mechanics did the impossible. They gave humans
. You know their names, but find out how
Wright gained the edge over rival inventors. In a word? Family. For 300 years,
placed great emphasis on achievement. Their father taught that family loyalty was the bedrock of life, and this philosophy gave the brothers the immense self-confidence to see them through many
and aeronautic false starts. With no formal science training, they began toying with loftier ideas in 1895. They boned up on
-- poring over previous flight
, looking for a
. It came in 1899, when their
led to the Wright Kite. Over the next four years,
ultimately led to triumph at
. In 1905, the Wrights finally mastered the
, formally propelling us into a century of flight.
posted by SV @ 11/20/2003 06:10:00 AM
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Flu season: Time to ship the kids away - DAVE BARRY
Winter's here, and you feel lousy: You're coughing and sneezing; your muscles ache; your nose is an active mucus volcano. These symptoms -- so familiar at this time of year --
can mean only one thing:
Tiny fanged snails are eating your brain.
posted by SV @ 11/19/2003 06:06:00 AM
Armani go and play with ESPN and stop bothering L'Oreal
Americans are increasingly turning to the world of popular culture to name their children,
a study has found.
"It is no different from the 19th century when parents named their children Ruby or Opal... it reflects their aspirations " - Professor Cleveland Evans
posted by SV @ 11/19/2003 06:05:00 AM
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
For Matrix lovers
Everything about Matrix
: Audio, Video, Images, Screensavers, ...
Navigation is little tricky. Select your bandwidth and follow the explanation below:
posted by SV @ 11/18/2003 06:05:00 AM
Monday, November 17, 2003
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
- A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
- History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.
- Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.
- Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
- When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
- Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
- The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
- Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
posted by SV @ 11/17/2003 09:42:00 AM
Sunday, November 16, 2003
Mathematicians before 500 A.D.
And you thought math was a new science!
posted by SV @ 11/16/2003 08:40:00 AM
Surround Sound with one speaker, using time of arrival at ear as an algorithm!
Single speaker unit creates surround sound.
posted by SV @ 11/16/2003 08:39:00 AM
Saturday, November 15, 2003
Sacked: Jake the police dog!
Jake the police dog proved himself man's best friend - by
to bite criminals!
posted by SV @ 11/15/2003 06:10:00 AM
Cracking the hacker underground
and their tools are not hard to find on the net.
posted by SV @ 11/15/2003 06:08:00 AM
Friday, November 14, 2003
NOVA: Magnetic Storm
is brewing deep within the planet's molten core. As much as we hate to admit it, some acts of nature are firmly beyond our control. Case in point is the possible magnetic storm headed our way. PBS offers this timely look at our mysterious magnetic field and how this necessary component to life on Earth could
, or even disappear and wreak untold havoc. Our dynamic
allows many things to happen;
to glow, birds to migrate, compasses to work, ATMs and checkout scanners to function, just to name a few. In our geologic history, the magnetic field has harmlessly reversed directions
. However, scientists have found evidence of dramatic weakening, signaling a potential end to the magnetosphere. If that happens, our sole protection against lethal cosmic rays and solar winds would be gone. Our fragile ecosystem would
, and humanity would literally be left high and dry. Doomsday nonsense or the beginning of the end? Only nature knows the real answer.
Airs on PBS November 18, 2003.
posted by SV @ 11/14/2003 06:12:00 AM
Thursday, November 13, 2003
A new kind of poetry is created when
Andy Goldsworthy works
with stone, wood and water — our world never looks quite the same again.
Goldsworthy regards all his creations as temporary. He photographs each piece once right after he makes it. His goal is to understand nature by directly participating in nature as intimately as he can. He generally works with whatever he notices: twigs, leaves, stones, snow and ice, reeds and thorns.
I like all his work but one of my favorites is '
'. Come walk alongside Andy Goldsworthy's extraordinary Storm King Wall. Created over a two-year period, the 2,278-foot-long site-specific sculpture was made using stones gathered from the Art Center property. The first part of the wall weaves in and out of trees, following and extending the path of an old stone wall that had existed previously on the site, meandering downhill to a nearby pond. The wall's second section emerges out from the other side of the pond, continuing its westward "walk" uphill. According to historical maps, another wall originally existed in this vicinity, but its remnants are gone. The wall's full extension physically links disparate areas of the property, from the trail overlooking Moodna creek to the south fields and the western border.
posted by SV @ 11/13/2003 06:10:00 AM
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
The new Boeing 7E7
Boeing 7E7 jet
, if launched as planned, will be the 25th commercial airplane model unveiled by the Western world, and the 11th jet from Boeing or McDonnell Douglas.
posted by SV @ 11/12/2003 10:24:00 AM
The year and the gear that was!
top 100 technological innovations of 2003,
from aviation to defibrillation, GPS to Wi-Fi, rotary to rockets!
posted by SV @ 11/12/2003 06:09:00 AM
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
Tact is, after all, a kind of mind reading. - Sarah Orne Jewett (1849 - 1909)
A couple goes on vacation to a fishing resort in northern Minnesota. The husband likes to fish at the crack of dawn. The wife likes to read.
One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and continues to read her book.
Along comes a game warden in his boat. He pulls up along side the woman and says, "Good morning Ma'am. What are you doing?"
"Reading a book," she replies, (thinking "isn't that obvious?")
"You're in a restricted fishing area," he informs her.
"I'm sorry officer, but I'm not fishing, I'm reading."
"Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up."
"If you do that, I'll have to charge you with sexual assault," says the woman.
"But I haven't even touched you," says the game warden.
"That's true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment."
"Have a nice day maam", and he left.............
MORAL: Never argue with a woman who reads. It's likely she can also think.
posted by SV @ 11/11/2003 06:10:00 AM
Monday, November 10, 2003
Words of choice: a selection of words with unusual origins
Oxford Dictionary says language isn't all about the obscure. Lexicographers don't have 'favourite' words, but here are a few old chestnuts which are both common (for the most part) and
have a story to tell..
posted by SV @ 11/10/2003 09:41:00 AM
posted by SV @ 11/10/2003 07:07:00 AM
Sunday, November 09, 2003
Plants are in a perpetual state of change -- buds develop, leaves sprout, branches grow, and flowers bloom. This evolution occurs so slowly it is undetectable to the human eye in real time, but thanks to time-lapse photography, we can now observe the undeniable growth of plants. The results are incredible. The QuickTime movies found here capture a series of images, which are then shown in rapid succession. Three-and-a-half hours in the life of a
document it slowly rising to attention, and then powerfully bursting forth in an explosion of purple and white petals. Watch as the leaves of the
plant quickly close when lightly touched with a flame, and then see
dancing and swaying to an imaginary rhythm. Proving once again that nature's beauty is truly boundless, this unique view of garden life grabs you from the start and
doesn't let go.
posted by SV @ 11/09/2003 06:05:00 AM
Saturday, November 08, 2003
When looking to buy a book on the web, this
scans over 70 bookstores in just a few seconds, and finds the book stores with the lowest prices, usually at a discount of 30% - 80% off the list price.
posted by SV @ 11/08/2003 06:16:00 AM
Today in Literature
What do a couple of former English teachers do in their spare time? They share clever quips and juicy tidbits about literary history, of course. And they are happy to share this esoteric and amusing knowledge with you, gentle reader. This site doesn't list the mere birth and death dates of classic authors -- instead, each day features a witty anecdote about a writer or a book. Consider the unconventional attitudes of
s mother, enjoy Groucho Marx's description of dinner with poet
T. S. Eliot
, and learn how gothic writer
Edgar Allan Poe
influenced Vladimir Nabokov's controversial Lolita.
stories are available in full, as are excerpts of the
. Or, you can
for free to read everything.
posted by SV @ 11/08/2003 06:05:00 AM
Friday, November 07, 2003
New York hosts Indian film festival
Some 18 feature and documentary films are being shown at the
, which runs from
5 - 9 November
posted by SV @ 11/07/2003 10:36:00 AM
Let your fingers do the talking
Throw away your earpiece, soon
could be helping you make and take calls via your mobile phone.
posted by SV @ 11/07/2003 06:03:00 AM
What does the New York Times redesign say about its self-image?
posted by SV @ 11/07/2003 06:02:00 AM
Thursday, November 06, 2003
Vindolanda Tablets Online
In ancient Europe, all roads led to Rome -- even in
England's far north
. In this region of the Roman Empire, the garrison of Vindolanda was home to hundreds of
, primarily soldiers and administrators, plus some families and traders. The daily lives and the
significance of the fort are preserved in a cache of postcard-sized wood tablets that Oxford University discovered and put online. Start with the
section for a comprehensive look at who carved the tablets and why. You can also
the tablet database and search by topic. The
section provides detail on aspects of Roman life and terminology such as
weights and measures
, and the
, which are all mentioned in the tablets. These Vindolanda artifacts offer a remarkable reconstruction of life in one community on the edge of the Roman world.
posted by SV @ 11/06/2003 06:05:00 AM
Online sale of Scottish castle closes with two million hits
The online sale of a
, Lee Castle, has closed after its website attracted more than two million hits, worldwide interest and nearly 40 formal offers.
posted by SV @ 11/06/2003 06:03:00 AM
Wednesday, November 05, 2003
Underwear Shoppers Get Striptease Lessons
- November 05, 2003 10:51 AM ET
A Paris department store is offering women free "lessons in seduction" this week as it opens what it calls the world's largest underwear store.
Teen Joyrider Nabbed Driving Train
- November 05, 2003 10:49 AM ET
BERLIN (Reuters) - German transport authorities said Wednesday they needed to tighten internal security after a teen-ager previously convicted of joyriding with public transport managed to gain control of a Berlin train full of passengers.
Police Open Roads Around 'Spiderman' Protest
- November 05, 2003 10:45 AM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - Police reopened roads around Tower Bridge in London after mounting public outcry over traffic gridlock caused by a protester dressed in a Spiderman suit.
posted by SV @ 11/05/2003 12:25:00 PM
The Hacker's Diet
The Hacker's Diet
, notwithstanding its silly subtitle, is a serious book about how to lose weight and permanently maintain whatever weight you desire. It treats dieting and weight control from an engineering and management standpoint, and provides the tools and an understanding of why they work and how to use them that permit the reader to gain control of their own weight.
posted by SV @ 11/05/2003 06:10:00 AM
Joy of Soup
When you're the self-proclaimed "Soup Lady," you'd best know your way around the bowl. And by the looks of her scrumptious weblog, this chowder chick knows more than the average soup slurper. Start with her many Plogs (soup + blog) where you'll find
Soups to Lose Weight By
, the timely
Pumpkin & Potato
Spicy Lentil & Pumpkin soups
. The archives are packed with delectable creations, so heed the Soup Lady's advice to "sit down, and have a nice bowl of soup."
posted by SV @ 11/05/2003 06:05:00 AM
Tuesday, November 04, 2003
NOVA: The Elegant Universe
Theory of Everything
boil down to some really good vibrations? That's the word from today's top cosmologists. Astrophysicist
argues that the utterly elegant yet mind-boggling string theory explains the very fiber of time, reality, and the universe at large. Despite stellar credentials, Greene and others couldn't resolve the incompatibility between quantum mechanics and general relativity (as currently understood, both can't be correct). But by envisioning the
rather than separate point particles like atoms and quarks, all is reconciled. This watershed notion leads to further possibilities that will turn your head, like the existence of 11 dimensions and parallel universes. I'm not as smart as Greene and
, so I won't even try to explain it all. Instead I'll let you watch with wonderment as the cosmos is presented in an intriguing nutshell. Isn't science grand?
Airs on PBS November 4, 8-9 p.m
posted by SV @ 11/04/2003 06:06:00 AM
'Emotional' robot goes on display
The machine, called
, will greet and interact with visitors to Birmingham's Thinktank.
posted by SV @ 11/04/2003 06:02:00 AM
Monday, November 03, 2003
Michael Moore's New Book, "Dude Where's My Country?"
Michael Moore has written a book that seeks not to defeat the Bush people next year, but to have them removed from Washington right now.
Second week at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list.
Check it out.
posted by SV @ 11/03/2003 06:10:00 AM
New switching rules may trash millions of cell phones
If predictions hold true,
millions of cell phones will be put out
to pasture starting in late November under a new rule allowing people to keep their phone numbers when switching cellular carriers.
posted by SV @ 11/03/2003 06:00:00 AM
Sunday, November 02, 2003
Unsafe at any seed?
could change the way we label food.
posted by SV @ 11/02/2003 06:02:00 AM
Bush election donors share $8,000,000,000 Iraq reconstruction bonanza - Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian
Major donors to George Bush's election campaigns were the main beneficiaries of an $8bn (£4.7bn) bonanza in government contracts for the rebuilding of Iraq, an
posted by SV @ 11/02/2003 06:00:00 AM
Saturday, November 01, 2003
Doctor slang is a dying art
The inventive language created by doctors the world over to insult their patients - or each other - is in danger of
posted by SV @ 11/01/2003 07:00:00 AM
I rest my case!
One has a greater sense of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience. - Alice James
A woman tells her doctor, 'I've got a bad back.'
The doctor says, 'It's old age.'
The woman says, 'I want a second opinion.'
The doctor says: 'Okay - you're ugly as well.' - Tommy Cooper
First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me. - Steve Martin
When I told my doctor I couldn't afford an operation, he offered to touch-up my X-rays. - Henry Youngman
posted by SV @ 11/01/2003 06:58:00 AM
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