Archives for July 30, 2008

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…

Blog Carnivals Galore!

The Carnival of the Elitist Bastards #3 is, where else, at the Big Kahuna’s blog: Pharyngula. (He’s not really an elitist bastard.) All Things Eco carnival is at Focus Organic Travel on a Shoestring Carnival: South America, Africa, Middle East #6 is t Less Than a Shoestring Should there be an Open Access Blog Carnival?…

I shall be released.

Well, not me exactly. But a couple of important Linux items have been released. KDE 4.1 is out and is said to ‘rock’. I find this particularly interesting: One of the most controversial announcements during the KDE 4.1 development cycle was the reported removal of icons for the desktop. In actuality, desktop icons are not…

Blogospherics: Recommended reads

From the silly to the sublime. Starting with the silly: You must go HERE to read the punchline. Regarding energy and energy conservation (hey, I watched the Car Talk TV special last night, anybody see it? I mus say that The Car Talk Twins look nothing in life like the disembodied voice we assume they…

NASAs Phoenix Steps in Puddle

Check this out. NASA Phoenix Mars lander has images of a surface beneath the lander that has changed from mid-June to mid July, They are calling it the “snow queen.”

 Sabertooth Cat, Megantereon nihowanensisl There are two kinds of “true cats.” Cat experts call one type feline or “modern” partly because they are the ones that did not go extinct. If you have a pet cat, it’s a modern/feine cat. This also includes the lions, tigers, leopards, etc. The other kind are called “sabercats”…