Archives for October 23, 2009

New Homeopathic Substance

This remedy makes you silly and giggly. It makes you get “high” and you tell silly stories. It also makes you really thirsty and causes some food yearnings. It also causes erotic talk and behavior. Here’s how you make it:

Crocs Afar

One day, about six thousand years ago (or more like 15 thousand ? the timing of this is disputed) a volcano in the vicinity of Mwea, Uganda blasted a huge volume of stuff into the air, covering the surrounding landscape and choking off most of the life forms living in a nearby lake. (A very…

People acting stupid with bison.

Keith Schon of Cataphora discusses how computers can track behavior, and find out all your dirty little secrets. What are the limits on what your company is allowed to find out about you, and how are they doing it? How do we figure out, after the fact, whether “Yeah, go do that” means “Yes, grab…

Cultivating Open Source Software

The much anticipated Part Three of Jim Hall’s exploration of OpenSource … This is getting really interesting. This collection of posts will be the go-to source for anyone wanting to start an OpenSource project. Here, on Collective Imagination.

Happy Mole Day!

It’s mole day. The mole day site is down (try it later), but you can find out about it on Wikipedia. Mole Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated among chemists in North America on October 23, between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM[1], making the date 6:02 10/23 in the American style of writing dates. The…

Vegetarian Diets vs. Meat

It is an old story that a vegetarian diet is linked to a more efficient use of resources than a meat-rich diet. One of the reasons cited for this is that meat is taken from a higher level on the food chain, and thus about one tenth of the energy that enters the system is…