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T. rex and guest. Sharktopus and guest.

Sat, 06 Jul 2013 06:54:51 -0800

FML Listings

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:29:29 -0800

Truly, a state-of-the art machine.

Sat, 23 Oct 2010 12:26:57 -0800

A piece of Google's action

Mon, 24 May 2010 08:43:32 -0800

Have a website? Use Google AdSense? Ever wonder what your cut of the ad revenue was? Google just revealed it this morning: 68 percent for content ads, 51 percent for search.

'Spoiler police, up yours.'

Thu, 20 May 2010 10:46:35 -0800

Braille is disappearing

Fri, 07 May 2010 05:30:11 -0800

Braille is facing extinction, says Canadian newsweekly Maclean's, thanks to strained budgets, audiobooks and text-to-speech. "In the 1950s about half of all blind children learned Braille, says the U.S. National Federation of the Blind. Today, that number has fallen to 10 per cent -- and it's about the same in Canada. For some, like NFB director Mark Riccobono, that means we're letting blind children grow up as illiterate as Braille's 19th-century contemporaries. 'If only 10 per cent of sighted children were being taught [to read],' he told Maclean's, 'that would be considered a crisis.'"

Porter Garden Telescopes

Thu, 22 Nov 2007 16:19:59 -0800

In addition to his work on the design of the 200-inch Hale telescope, amateur astronomer Russell W. Porter (1871-1949) designed and produced a remarkable, bronze-cast garden telescope in the 1920s. Fewer than 60 of these unusual Newtonian reflectors were ever made, and they're even harder to find now: earlier this year, one went for $18,000 at auction. But a reproduction of the Porter Garden Telescope is now available, for a mere $59,000 (it's cast bronze on a marble pedestal); a local cable station has a profile of the people behind it. Via Sky and Telescope.

Down syndrome and Alzheimer's

Sat, 05 May 2007 09:26:25 -0800

Jack Williamson, 1908-2006

Sat, 11 Nov 2006 09:09:25 -0800

When Jack Williamson published his first story, Isaac Asimov was eight years old. Seventy-three years later, his novella, "The Ultimate Earth," won the Hugo and Nebula awards. Easily the longest career in science fiction, and one of the most distinguished, came to a close yesterday: Williamson died at the age of 98. (Boing Boing, Locus.)

Peanut Gallery: DIY MST3K

Wed, 14 Jun 2006 05:22:10 -0800