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7 Mark has an example of what designers used to have to do in the days before desktop publishing… via textfiles. Read more | Permalink | Comments | Read more articles in Retro | Digg this!
MAKE Magazine 15 hours ago
13 If his story is to be believed (and it seems pretty believable), an anonymous tipster to Engadget Japanese got a nice surprise with his recent Mac mini purchase: a Snow Leopard install disc. It’s one of those vanilla hardware-specific install discs, dubbing itself Mac OS version 10.6, and clearly packing the goods if the screenshots don’t lie. This only adds confusion to the ship date, which has b
Engadget 16 hours ago
12 BudgetTravel has a slide show of what they’ve deemed the “World’s Weirdest Hotels.” No Madonna Inn, but more interesting to me than theme rooms anyway are places where the entire hotel structure is an oddity. Top, the Hotel Costa Verde near Quepos, Costa Rica. Left, at the Capsule Hotel in Den Haag, Netherlands, you can sleep in an escape pod from a 1970s oil rig. “World’s Weirdest Hotels, Part De
Boing Boing 20 hours ago

news

Hit F5 or tick the auto-refresh option for the latest updates, and email john.ashdown@guardian.co.uk, to help calm his nerves. For a sneaky, pop-up scoreboard, click here.23rd over: Australia 86-0 (chasing 546; Watson 36, Katich 43) A stifled appeal from Broad, as Watson inside edges onto his pad. Then – agonizing. Broad gets a cutter to leap off a length, smacking Watson on the top glove, the bal
Guardian Unlimited home | Guardian Unlimited by John Ashdown, Andy Bull 12 min
explore State of emergency declared as wildfires advance to 12 miles from city centre, destroying homes and forestWildfires were raging in suburban Athens today, destroying homes and forcing thousands of people to flee in dramatic overnight evacuations, officials said.The fires reached communities around 12 miles north of the city centre, blackening thousands of hectares of pine forest. Anti-aircraft miss
Guardian Unlimited home | Guardian Unlimited by James Sturcke 1 hour ago
Andrew Clark meets the Arkansas publisher charging for online news – and making a profitTucking into a pulled pork platter in a Little Rock barbecue restaurant, the publisher of Arkansas’s largest newspaper appears an unlikely pioneer for the global media industry. Bald, bespectacled and with a penchant for panama hats, he is about as old-school as they come.But Walter Hussman of the Arkansas Demo
Guardian Unlimited home | Guardian Unlimited by Andrew Clark 11 hours ago
• British quartet did well against the Olympic champions• Greg Rutherford’s long jump medal hopes were hit by a row over a foulBritain added a fourth medal to their haul last night, as the men’s 4x100m relay team took bronze in Berlin. Harry Aikines-Aryeetey brought home the baton in a season’s best time of 38.02 sec, the podium finish helped along by the disqualification of the US team in the fir
Guardian Unlimited home | Guardian Unlimited by Anna Kessel 12 hours ago

thinkers

Paul Ford at ftrain has created (for his first post since February!) a very enjoyable Unicode table “for people who like looking at characters; you can click on the number below each character to visit its Wikipedia page. Surprisingly many symbols have their own pages.” Just move the sliders (x100 x1,000 x10,000) at the top to access whatever part of the system you want. Enjoy!
languagehat.com by languagehat 8 hours ago
3 Is it possible he was the most deregulatory President of his century?  John Nye writes:…Harry Truman left office in 1953 a very unpopular man.  Almost no one at the time gave him credit for overseeing a period of rapid recovery that was much broader and more impressive than anything that happened under Roosevelt’s tenure — and this at a time when most economists predicted a deep postwar rec
Marginal Revolution by Tyler Cowen 15 hours ago
13 What can I say?  I have to count this tome as one of the best history books I have read, ever.  The author is Chris Wickham and the subtitle is A History of Europe from 400 to 1000.  The author states that this is a book written “without hindsight” so the focus is not on how early medieval times were a precursor of this, that, or the other.  In addition to its all-around stunningness, it
Marginal Revolution by Tyler Cowen 1 day ago
10 video Might have to dust off the Wii for this one: New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Features include four-player collaborative play (!!) and something called “demo play”. The game will also be the first game on the Wii to feature “demo play”, where players will be able to pause the game, let the game complete the level for them, and resume play at any time by unpausing. In my house, this was called the “
kottke.org remaindered links by Jason Kottke 1 day ago

Video Gallery

fun

They got engaged amid much fanfare on national television but item girl Rakhi Sawant is worried about her Toronto-based fiance Elesh Parujanwala. She is worried about him accepting her sexy image, his financial independence and, above all, she doesn’t want him to be just known as “Rakhi Sawant’s husband”.
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YouTube :: Most Viewed Videos – Today by rss@youtube.com (TheStation) 17 hours ago
2 News In Photos
The Onion 19 hours ago
video EDIT: OHMYGOSH. Selena herself just posted my video link on her Twitter! THANK YOU SELENA! :D I’m excited for your album! — LYRICS[Credit:ellelafontaine] You walk and talk Like you’re some new sensation You move in circles You don’t need an invitation You spend your money You can’t get no satisfaction You play it right so you can get the right reaction It won’t be long, my
YouTube :: Most Viewed Videos – Today by rss@youtube.com (jasminekpk) 1 day ago

science

A new process for creating ultrathin, ultrasmall inorganic light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and assembling them into large arrays offers new classes of lighting and display systems with interesting properties, such as see-through construction and mechanical flexibility, that would be impossible to achieve with existing technologies.
ScienceDaily Headlines 8:30 PM PST
4 New photos from NASA’s new moon probe have revealed tracks left behind by Apollo 14 astronauts in 1971.
SPACE.com 4:53 PM PST
Two environmental officials are the focus in the sickening of children near a smelter in central China. Two environmental officials were being investigated Saturday after more than 1,300 children were sickened with lead poisoning caused by pollution from a manganese-processing plant in central China.
L.A. Times – Environment 3 hours ago
‘Bullets on wings’ can bring down planes, so keeping them away from runways is critical work. Most people know them as European starlings, stout little birds that weigh no more than 4 ounces. But around the nation’s airports, they are called “bullets with wings.”
L.A. Times – Environment 3 hours ago

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geeky

A time-Arduino, nifty… Wiseduino is an Arduino-compatible microcontroller board, which includes a DS1307 real time clock (RTC) with backup battery, a 24LC256 EEPROM chip and a connector for XBee adapter for wireless communication. Wiseduino is completely compatible with the Arduino project software and IDE, and also pin compatible with the existing shields. Read more | Permalink | C
MAKE Magazine by Phillip Torrone 2 hours ago
MD5: 9DCBD8493F9CC860467B3B226CADCEDC Information: website Size: 2.95 MB MediaFire: Download License: Freeware Foobar2000 is an advanced audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats. Features: – Audio formats supported: MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, MPC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC / Ogg FLAC
winAddons.com by Rado 3 hours ago
Wondershare FLV Downloader Pro is a handle-to-use yet useful tool combining FLV downloader and FLV converter which supports protocol of RTMP and HTTP. It can download most online videos such as Yahoo Videos (RTMP), YouTube Videos (HTTP), CNN, MySpace, Dailymotion, etc, and convert FLV to various formats, such as MP3, MP4, AVI, WMV, MPEG, MOV, etc. Features: Download any FLV videos from Yahoo, You
Giveaway of the Day by Giveaway of the Day project team 3 hours ago
27 video When they draw up the Complete History of Lifehacking, Angus MacGyver will certainly merit a chapter. We pay tribute to the creative can-do secret agent this week with 10 tricks that make extraordinary use of truly common objects. Photo by PoweredByLarios™. Note: The following snippets are works of MacGyver fan fiction (hopefully the non-cringe-inducing variety). Any resemblance to events transpir
Lifehacker by Kevin Purdy 18 hours ago

Zoology

Background: Well preserved genomic colinearity among agronomically important grass species such as rice, maize, Sorghum, wheat and barley provides access to whole-genome structure information even in species lacking a reference genome sequence. We investigated footprints of whole-genome duplication (WGD) in barley that shaped the cereal ancestor genome by analyzing shared synteny with rice using a
BMC Evolutionary Biology – Latest articles by Nils Stein 1 day ago
Background: Intron gain events reportedly were very rare during evolution of vertebrates, and the mechanisms underlying their creation are largely unknown. Previous investigations have shown that the exon-intron patterns of genes from the serpin superfamily were subject to massive changes during metazoan radiation, in contrast to many other genes. Results: Here we investigated intron dynamics in t
BMC Evolutionary Biology – Latest articles by Olaf Kruger 1 day ago
Evolutionary correlations between functionally related character suites are expected as a consequence of coadaptation due to physiological relationships between traits. However, significant correlations may also exist between putatively unrelated characters due to shared relationships between those traits and underlying variables, such as body size. Although such patterns are often dismissed as si
Journal of Evolutionary Biology by R. ALEXANDER PYRON, F. T. BURBRINK 2 days ago
Background: GATA transcription factors influence many developmental processes, including the specification of embryonic germ layers. The GATA gene family has significantly expanded in many animal lineages: whereas diverse cnidarians have only one GATA transcription factor, six GATA genes have been identified in many vertebrates, five in many insects, and eleven to thirteen in Caenorhabditis nemat
BMC Evolutionary Biology – Latest articles by Stephan Schneider 3 days ago

technology

PhreakOfTime writes “According to Bill Livingston and Matt Penn of the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, Arizona, sunspot magnetic fields are waning. The two respected solar astronomers have been measuring solar magnetism since 1992. Their technique is based on Zeeman splitting of infrared spectral lines in radiation emitted by iron atoms in the vicinity of sunspots. Extrapolating their data (
Slashdot by kdawson 1 hour ago
I’m posting a problem from the Chicago OTA forum, because the same problem comes over-the-air, from two stations (WIFR and WBBM) that aren’t owned by the same company. It could be a network issue. On both stations, over “the past couple of months or so”, as he says, HD images from the network, whether sports, dramas, etc., have “excessive” edge enhancement, as well as less de
AVS Forum by mikemikeb 1 hour ago
3 It’s not necessarily on the level of Yankee Stadium’s jetstream, but the new Dallas Cowboys stadium has its own problems. The massive HDTV strung up over the field was hit by a punt during the first NFL game played there last night. So far, by the rules that will result in a do-over, while owner Jerry Jones says there are no plans to move the screen and he doubts anyone will hit it during the regu
Engadget by Richard Lawler 7 hours ago
28 I’m a Web fanatic, I admit. But you probably already knew that… My work environment has been completely web based for years now. The same applies to my music. Like many people, I used to download music from Kazaa or eMule (Yeah, I know some of you still do).  Most of the time now, I listen to music on the web and don’t have any need to download it. My laptop benefits the most  from this inclinatio
TechCrunch by Orli Yakuel 15 hours ago

video

Heavy torrential rains and flood waters have displaced more than 17,000 people in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. River Teesta has breached its banks at some places. The district administration sought help of the Indian Army in relief operations on 22 August.
Video – MSN India: Editor 8:21 PM PST
This kid tries to settle a bet by letting his friend blast him in the jaw with a nunchuck. His friend’s reaction immediately after the hit is priceless.
BREAK.com - 4 hours ago
video Diablo 3 Monk Trailer Blizzcon 2009 Author: ikya123 Keywords: Diablo Monk Trailer Blizzard Blizzcon 2009 Warcraft Starcraft Added: August 21, 2009
YouTube :: Most Viewed Videos – Today by rss@youtube.com (ikya123) 1 day ago
Watch the trailer of the song ‘Love Me’ from Bollywood film ‘Wanted’. The film is directed by Prabhu Deva and the cast includes Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia, Om Puri, Mahesh Manjrekar and Vinod Khanna. Sajid and Wajid have composed the music for the film.
Video – MSN India: Editor 1 day ago

Art and culture

explore Five Stages Of Colon CancerColon cancer is a cancer that affects the four to five feet of the upper large intestine. In Stage 0, the cancer hasn’t grown past the mucosa of the colon. In St…
GoArticles Search for ‘Love Yourself’ by default@goarticles.com (Nancy Tagore) 6 hours ago
Heard about organic coffee? Want to know what an organic coffee is? Well, according to several researches, the concept of organic coffee has long been considered in the coffee industry as a …
GoArticles Search for ‘Love Yourself’ by default@goarticles.com (Hong Kirby) 6 hours ago
With so many MLM distributors failing in MLM companies like Body Alive, how come people are still being attracted to them when 97% of people fail in this industry?? Now there is no reason why …
GoArticles Search for ‘Love Yourself’ by default@goarticles.com (Josh Waldrom) 8 hours ago
With so many MLM distributors failing in MLM companies like Bionovix, how come people are still being attracted to them when 97% of people fail in this industry?? Now there is no reason why yo…
GoArticles Search for ‘Love Yourself’ by default@goarticles.com (Josh Waldrom) 8 hours ago
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CNN – End of Christian America? (4/13/09)

August 23, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
clipped from www.youtube.com
CNN – End of Christian America? (4/13/09)
Anderson Cooper and his guests, Tony Perkins (Family Reasearch Council), and Mel White (Soulforce.org) talk about where Christianity stands in America today.

How far can you go to save your life?

August 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
clipped from www.psychologytoday.com
What may we do to save ourselves?
August 19, 2009
How far can you go to save your life?

Here are two explorers. Let them be Penelope Pessimist and Ophelia Optimist. They are exploring some mountainous regions, when they become suddenly aware of a bear in the distance, a bear big and hungry and intent upon feeding – feeding upon them.

The bear heads in their direction, picking up speed, anticipating a tasty explorer breakfast. 

‘We’d better run for it,’ urges Ophelia Optimist.

‘What’s the point?’ sighs Penelope Pessimist in despair at the bear. ‘There’s no way we can outrun a bear.’

‘No need to do that,’ smirks Ophelia Optimist. ‘No need for us to outrun the bear – just for me to outrun you.’

And with that, she was off.

* * *

What are we morally allowed to do to save our lives?  Presumably Ophelia would not be permitted morally to trip up Penelope…

I raise this question because in many parts of the world we do need to protect our lives, yet in doing so, we may endanger others. 

How and Why We Support Our False Beliefs

August 23, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
clipped from www.buffalo.edu
data shows substantial support for a cognitive theory known as ‘motivated
reasoning,’ which suggests that rather than search rationally for information
that either confirms or disconfirms a particular belief, people actually seek
out information that confirms what they already believe.

“In fact,” he says, “for the most part people completely ignore contrary information.

“We form emotional attachments that get wrapped up in our personal identity and
sense of morality, irrespective of the facts of the matter.
One of the most curious “false beliefs” of the 2004 presidential election, they
say, was a strong and resilient belief among many Americans that Saddam Hussein
was linked to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
“This misperception that Hussein was responsible for the Twin Tower terrorist
attacks was very persistent, despite all the evidence suggesting that no link
existed,”
it helped citizens make sense of the Bush Administration’s decision to go to war
against Iraq.

Al Qaeda doesn`t actually exist….

August 23, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
clipped from www.youtube.com
BBC now admits al qaeda never existed

What Your Choice of Words Reveals about You

August 23, 2009 at 3:37 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
Interesting. Quite short article but difficult to encapsulate in a clip. The article refers mainly to political rhetoric and to observing medicalised patients over time. It does not factor in emotional lability which often removes the degree of conscious control over expression.
clipped from www.scientificamerican.com

No one doubts that the words we write or speak are an expression of our inner thoughts and personalities. But beyond the meaningful content of language, a wealth of unique insights into an author’s mind are hidden in the style of a text—in such elements as how often certain words and word categories are used, regardless of context.

It is how an author expresses his or her thoughts that reveals character, asserts social psychologist James W. Pennebaker of the University of Texas at Austin. When people try to present themselves a certain way, they tend to select what they think are appropriate nouns and verbs, but they are unlikely to control their use of articles and pronouns. These small words create the style of a text, which is less subject to conscious manipulation.

clipped from www.scientificamerican.com
studies have shown that words that are used to express balance or nuance (“except,” “but,” and so on) are associated with higher cognitive complexity, better grades and even the truthfulness with which facts are reported.

Artificial life will be created ‘within months’

August 23, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
more (at source): Carole Lartigue and colleagues removed the bacteria’s entire genome and inserted it into the yeast – an organism that is distant from bacteria on the tree of life.

Yeast is easier to manipulate in the lab and this process allowed the team to alter the genes – in this case, deleting one gene not necessary for bacteria to live.

clipped from www.dailymail.co.uk

Scientists are only months away from  creating artificial life, it was claimed yesterday.

Dr Craig Venter – one of the world’s most famous and controversial biologists – said his U.S. researchers have overcome one of the last big hurdles to making a synthetic organism.

The first artificial lifeform is likely to be a simple man-made bacterium that proves that the technology can work.

But it will be followed by more complex bacteria that turn coal into cleaner natural gas, or algae that can soak up carbon dioxide and convert it into fuels.

They could also be used to create new vaccines and antibiotics.

Craig Venter

The prediction came after a breakthrough by the J Craig Venter Institute in Maryland.

Researchers successfully transferred
the DNA of one type of bacteria into a yeast cell, modified it and then transferred it into another bacterial cell.

The pioneering ‘gene swap’ was performed on a simple species of bacteria called Mycoplasma mycoides.

Gene switch experiments
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