Archives for July, 2008

The Eighth Harry Potter Book?

You can’t have it until December, but you can pre-order it now (in case they run out!). Click the picture. Maybe. Probably, this is more properly thought of as the Zeroth Harry Potter Book. Do you know about the Tales of Beedle the Bard? According to Julia (I didn’t know) it has to do with…

A total Solar Eclipse will happen tomorrow, August 1st. Here is the map (click the map for the original version at NASA): More details here.

I like Netflix in Principle. In fact, it is what we do instead of going to movies, most of the time. (Except the other day when we did go see Hancock.) But what they did with their Watch Instantly service was very disturbing to me. It only runs on Windows, and in fact, only runs…

for the children Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols addresses this question. The question itself was recently raised when Mark Shuttleworth (Mr. Ubuntu) discussed the possibility in a recent talk. We can assume that Shuttleworth is being optimistic and pro-Linux because he is so invested in it. So I won’t write off what he has to say, but…

New film of possible interest

Hat Tip: Grrrrrrrl Scientist who has a lot more on the film, so go visit her site.

Penguins adrift

I noted earlier that hundreds of baby penguins are being washed, dead, onto beaches thousands of miles away from their native lands. Various causes have been suggested, including the idea that the penguins are swimming into unfamiliar and penguin-hostile waters in search of fish, diminished in supply owing to overfishing. Well, this phenomenon has continued,…

A Goshen Family has identified an apparition of Banana Jeezus on their kitten. Here is a closeup: Go HERE for a film of Banana Jeezus. All Hail Banana Jeezus! All Hail Orac for Brinin’ Us Dis Newz! All Hail Ceelin’ Kat! We ask Ceelin’ Kat, “Ceelin’ Kat, whut 2-do about teh unbeleevers????” Laik dis, ceelin’…

Austrian Franz Sikora was a fossil hunter and merchant of ancient bones working in the 19th centuyr. In 1899 he found the first known specimen, which was to become the type fossil, of Hadropithecus stenognathus in Madagascar. This is an extinct lemur. To be honest, I’m not sure when this lemur went extinct, but I…

code_swarm

This visualization, called code_swarm, shows the history of commits in a software project. A commit happens when a developer makes changes to the code or documents and transfers them into the central project repository. Both developers and files are represented as moving elements. When a developer commits a file, it lights up and flies towards…

After months of probable false leads and demonstration of embarrassing ineptitude, the Bush FDA may have finally come to a helpful conclusion regarding the origin of a salmonella outbreak that has harmed more citizens within the borders of the United States than, say, the large number of Islamic terrorist attacks that have not happened over…