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January 15, 2009

Czech Traditional Puppets as presented (in Flash) by the National Museum of Taiwan.

January 14, 2009

Ricardo Montalban has died. As well as being Capt. Kirk's nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, in a classic Trek episode and the movie The Wrath of Khan, he was known for playing the tall guy who ordered Tattoo around on Fantasy Island. He will be swaddled in rich, Cordovan leather for his burial, provided by Chrysler.
One to keep an eye on opening in two days or so -- whatever it may be. Looks like a Flash-based "Decorate the Oval Office" game by Ikea.
Entropa is causing some commotion. The supposedly collaborative piece has been installed in the headquarters of the European Council of Ministers in Brussels. Bulgaria complained about its depiction as a toilet, prompting Czech artist David Cerny to admit that it's a big hoax. more inside
Book Is Rallying Resistance to the Antivaccine Crusade. "Paul A. Offit sees a fiery debate on autism as being hijacked by vaccine opponents peddling false hope."

January 13, 2009

Obama's Playlist It's been confirmed that President-Elect Obama's first foreign trip as President Obama will be to Canada, reinstating a long tradition. While visiting Presidents have often given speeches to the Canadian public (tv and radio clips), this time we're going to give the President a little musical education, and you can help by voting for the top 49 songs to showcase Canada. more inside
We have identified the man to blame for the current global financial crisis and apparently it's David Bowie.
Human Hunters Genetically Shrink Their Prey. Animals hunted by humans are evolving faster than any other animals of their kind in the wild, becoming progressively smaller.

January 11, 2009

NASA Detects Mystery Booming Sound In Deep Space, Origin Unknown.
The story of the NS11 , a record-breaking airship which met a disastrous end. more inside

January 10, 2009

It's the bicentary of Louis Braille inventor of the writing system for the blind. But does it matter?
My Genome, My Self. "In the coming era of consumer genetics, your DNA will have much to tell you about the biological bases of your health, your physique and even your personality. But will this knowledge really amount to self-knowledge?"

January 09, 2009

A prenatal test for autism would deprive the world of future geniuses. [Via]

January 08, 2009

The Odyssey retold as part choose-your-own-adventure, part amusing multiple choice quiz. Test your classical knowledge or just ask yourself "What would Odysseus do?" more inside

January 07, 2009

Russia has agreed to cut gas supplies via Ukraine, claiming Ukraine have been siphoning off gas. Unfortunately, the Ukraine pipeline also supplies Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, France, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey. 100% of Slovakia's gas is supplied via the pipeline and they have declared a state of emergency.
On the Wings of Love: At Temple's Aviary, Problem Birds Find Feathered 'Friends'. [Via]

January 06, 2009

Google has a new year's present for Mac users. Picasa for the Mac is finally available (in beta, like all Google products). Now I can finally wave goodbye to iPhoto. (I am doing a happy dance right now.) more inside
Best fiction of 2008. I haven't read a single one of these. Have you? What else would you recommend from last year's new books?
How would you feel about a half-human half-chimp hybrid?

January 05, 2009

The Uninvited - how to seriously disconcert the new guy in the building. If you need help with your costume let me know, I have made mine by wrapping a black t-shirt around my face with a hooded jacket and cut finger holes in black socks for the gloves. I do not have any black pants so will spray paint my legs on the night.
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