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LOLCat Calendar

The all-new, completely free LOLCats calendar for 2008 is here. It is a 2MB PDF download.

Common Census Map Project

This is a neat project; I hope more people participate.  The map below shows the USA divided into regions, based upon their emotional ties to particular areas.  Thus it is not based upon borders or any other typical geographic boundary.

Medical/technical illustrators too often are forgotten.  They add value to publications, and need to be compensated.  So what will be the effect, as open-access publishing becomes more common?   It is hard to know for sure, as the whole field is evolving so rapidly.  But Peter Suber, writing at Open Access News, thinks the OA…

What Second Life Really is Like

I am glad to see this, because I have never played the game, but have been curious.  So I gather that the game is mildly amusing, but gets old. via videosift.com

Yes, it has come to this.  Increasingly, college graduates are trading their mortarboards for hard hats.  Why? Because that is where the jobs are.  Plus, there is a looming wave of retirements, as most current coal miners are in their 50’s.  The story is at Christian Science Monitor.   Note: it is not as gloomy…

Free Audiobooks

A site called LibriVox now has a catalog of over 1,000 free audiobooks.  They are all in the public domain; all have been read and recorded by volunteers.  It’s a nice supplement to the 20,000+ free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog. HT: Open-Access News

A guy was sitting at a stoplight, minding his own business, when a wrecking ball crashed into the trunk.  The man was not seriously injured. The wrecking ball was being used in demolition, but apparently had a defective cable. HT: DNA Lounge. Meadville mishap defines wrecking ball One breaks loose, goes on tear near college…

Eisenhower Was Right

When he said: We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.     –Dwight D. Eisenhower (source)

Balloon Neuroanatomy

From BoingBoing, an illustration of the neuroanatomy of balloon dogs: Original source: Pneumatic Anatomica.

Most people expect a wait when they call tech support.  Knowledgeable users arrange to have something to do to kill some time: a book, magazine, something like that. This is the story of Timothy Scott Short, who is going to have to wait a very long time. Short stole a specialized printer, used to make…