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January 31, 2008

I Refuse to Acknowledge the Passing of Halloween! Every day I listen to spooky sounds and scary stories. I read terrifying tales from the comics of yesteryear. I dream about what my house would look like but for the influence of my non-horror geek wife. I remember the horror toys I used to own and love. I plan for next year's Halloween costume. more inside
Jerome Kerviel, hero to the Dilbert generation? The French fraudster has become an internet phenomenon and hero to some. more inside
The most "earthlike" exoplanet found to date is Gliese 581c, the smallest planet yet discovered in the habitable zone of another star, Gliese 581, which is a Red Dwarf star. Given that it is in the habitable zone, what would conditions be like on that planet?

January 30, 2008

Curious George and his lawn darts. Yeah, yeah, yeah, of course they're dangerous. But you knew that, and it's not like you played Catch. Assuming you're not subject to a ban -- though you can still buy dart parts (*wink wink*) or buy them legally, or even still have them in the basement -- would you ever play with lawn darts again? Would you let your kids?
Cloverfield in 15 minutes. And what they should have done. Remember, when rampaging beasties rampage, don't be a victim. *spoiler warning for, well, pretty much everything*
Celebrate the Holocaust!! "A Carnival float with a pile of model dead bodies commemorating the Holocaust is causing unease before the lavish parades in Rio de Janeiro this weekend."
The "blog" of "unnecessary" quotation "marks".

January 29, 2008

The Polka Floyd Show Warning: MySpace. Warning: Audio. Warning: Polka.

January 28, 2008

Beauty Queen rejected as pageant judge. Stephanie Conover, the reigning Miss Canada Plus, has been rejected as a judge of the Miss Toronto Tourism contest, on the basis that her hobby of reading Tarot makes her a witch.
You are living in the Anthropocene Epoch. So now you know.
Is "Canadian" the new racial slur in the American South? According to that link, and to the Houston District Attorney's Office, "Canadian" is the new racist "code word" for African-Americans when a racist doesn't want to sound racist. more inside
Death From Above. A poison-laden US spy satellite is careering around the planet and is due to re-enter the atmosphere any week now. Don't panic.
Robert Capa--Lost Negatives Photographer of the Spanish Civil War, his most famous photo has been hotly debated as real. A lost suitcase of negatives, otherwise known as The Capa Cache* has been found. *Nifty phrase courtesy of wowbobwow. That, and all links, totally stolen from the Blue. Thanks, guys more inside

January 27, 2008

Pretty kitties, tusks, and more! Traditionally, the Big Five of Africa were the most ferocious mammals hunters tried to kill. Now safari-goers are more likely to shoot with a camera. But there are other ways to encounter the Big Five. 1. Elephant biltong (that's jerky to some of us). 2. Suicide by Lions -- don't get your lady pregnant, or this might happen to you. 3. Cape Buffalos are usually in a herd, but sometimes you'll meet the Dagga Boy. 4. Dead Rhino at your local Mormon University museum. 5. Leopards -- here kitty, kitty. more inside
Books that make you dumb. The title is misleading, because it's a list of the most popular books on Facebook, listed according to the users' college network, compared with average SAT scores for those colleges. more inside

January 26, 2008

Teach your brain to stretch time - Biologists traditionally divide our timekeeping abilities into three domains: circadian rhythms, which control things such as sleep and wakefulness over the 24-hour period; millisecond timing, which is involved in fine motor tasks; and interval timing, which is the seconds-to-minutes range - the system through which we consciously perceive the passage of time.
How to make a kimono. Here we find patterns and styles, how to tie an obi, about Japanese yukata, about men's kimono, about hakama pants, and about tabi socks.

January 25, 2008

Aaaaaay! Milwaukee to erect a life-size, bronze statue of Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli.
Claim: Too Much Cola Can Cause Kidney Problems
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