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January 31, 2009

And it wasn't Galileo. Despite his innovative work, Harriot remains relatively unknown. Unlike Galileo, he did not publish his drawings. Unlike Galileo, Harriot is not being widely celebrated during 2009, dubbed the International Year of Astronomy as a commemoration of the telescope's 400th year. This has been another episode of Publish or Perish.

January 30, 2009

Perfect Balance . Another fun game at Kongregate!! more inside
Saddlebacking. [Via]

January 29, 2009

John Martyn dies aged 60, though he surprised many by making it this far after some hard living, interspersed musically with some beautiful songs, an album of searing emotional honesty and a willingness to experiment.
Yakushima is a beautiful island off the southern tip of Japan. Its ancient forest, including many cedars over 1000 years old, inspired Hayao Miyazaki's film Princess Mononoke. For one photoblogger, a short visit led to a three-day trek over the island's peaks. more inside

January 28, 2009

BubbleQuod! . Evil level 39. ARRRRRRRAAGH!!! more inside
Animal Kingdom Gets a New Root.

January 27, 2009

A Meyer Whedon crossover I can get behind.
Smile for the Camera, Chimpy! The NYTimes asks some chief wire photo editors to choose the best photos of W's era. Really, the common ones are just as interesting as the divergent ones.

January 26, 2009

93 year old man freezes to death inside his own home. Pay your damn bills if you live in Bay City, Michigan!
An artistic bent(o) More here and here, and a how-to here. more inside
How to Memorize Scripts . Ken Levine asks around.
Nuclear slide rules . Try the EZ calculator! Don't touch me there
Planet Harddrive.

January 25, 2009

Japanese Government Banning Used School Girl Pantie Vending Machines. No, Virginia, there is no way to snark on the original title. more inside
Hypothetically, what would happen if you combined ghost nurses, NSFW content (you have been warned), and, uh, inspired? dialogue. Behold.
Hypothetically, what would happen if you combined Doctor Who, Eminem and Benny Hill? OMG, only the best thing ever!

January 24, 2009

Hawkman of the Himalayas. British falconer Scott Mason and friends have combined paragliding and falconry into the art of parahawking. [Via]
MetaFilter's been hacked.
Time Magazine has a slideshow of a 1980 photoshoot, when the freshman Barack Obama was asked if he would mind posing for a classmate of his. via
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