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March 17, 2008

3-17-08 Never Forget: The leprechaun invasion has begun. (Youtube)
Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor talks about her "stroke of insight," when in her late 30s she experienced a stroke in her left hemisphere which left her partially paralyzed; unable to read, speak or understand spoken language; and affected her memory. more inside
You become responsible, forever, for what you have strafed. A former Luftwaffe pilot claims he may have shot down Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince.
Questionaut - a flash game my the makers of samarost
Antique spectacles has a lot of interesting images of early specs, plus 'interesting topics' which really are, and much beside. See also...
How the BBC rendered their spinning globe logo in 1985 - A live picture of a spinning globe had been shown before BBC programmes since the Sixties. When colour came to BBC 1, a curved mirror was added behind the globe, and the effect this produced continued to be seen on screen for over fifteen years. But technology had moved on and time was running out for this mechanical symbol. A solid state device had generated the symbol on BBC 2 since the end of the Seventies. Subsequently, electronic clocks on both networks had replaced the mechanical clocks. And in early 1984, work began on a project to generate a digital symbol for BBC 1 too. Here is the story of those great men & women, etc..
Birmingham is the weirdest place to live in the UK - we all knew this, comes as no surprise, right? Almost two-thirds of Brummies believe in the supernatural after reports of giant hailstones hitting city streets and Martians dropping in for mince pies at the Rowley Regis home of Jean Hingley in 1979. Also, The Bull Ring. It's actually the 10th Circle of Hell, it's just been outsourced.
The 14 Precepts of Engaged Buddhism By Thich Nhat Hanh.