Archives for July 9, 2009

Pursuant to … pursuits … I am once again culling old posts for classic items to repost for you now and then this month. I need a breather, and that is how I’m going to get it. Sadly, or alternatively, happily, two years ago in July we were in South Africa, so I’ve got nothing…

… In which I narrow the gulf between two allied factions enough that with a running start you can jump across … maybe.

Oooh look… Shiny

So the other day I stopped at the grocery store to get a few items for the trip up north. One of the things I needed was water. I know, I know, if I buy bottled water the earth will split in half and we will all die. But you have not tasted the water…

Unscientific America

Book note: I have received my copy of Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum of The Intersection, and am now reading it for review. I am probably going to finish it this weekend, so you can expect something on Monday or Tuesday.

Do not rip DVD’s in Linux

This is illegal. Do not do this in the US. Or, do it only for CD’s that you totally own. Like, you are the artist formerly known as Prince and you are going to rip your own DVD off of your own DVD. That is probably not legal either. So, for those of you tuning…

VLC Media Player hits Version 1.0

VideoLAN’s VLC media player, arguably the world’s best media player, hit version 0.9.9 in early April. Three months and more than 78 million downloads later, VideoLAN has announced VLC 1.0.0, or “Goldeneye.” Your media will never be the same. In fact, with VideoLAN’s VLC media player for Windows, Mac, and Linux, it doesn’t have to…

…. or is there a honest to goodness glitch in the way browser shares are counted? There is indeed evidence that IE browser share has dropped at the expense of Firefox over recent months. There is some evidence that there are problems with the way in which different versions of IE are counted which could…

It has become virtually axiomatic that as climate shifts or other potential insults to the ecology of a given area occur, plants and animals enclosed in parks bounded by “impermeable” landscapes are at great risk. Instead of the extreme ranges of a plant or animal moving north or south, or across a gradient of rainfall,…

Missionaries

Today’s quiz: In what southern American city was Independence Day (July 4th) not celebrated for about 80 years, and why? While you are working on that, have a look at this post by the Accidental Historian which is a (friendly) response to my series of posts on missionaries.