Archive for October, 2005

lovely hi-rez scan of illuminated manuscript

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

the site it’s hosted on is a little strange, though.

debugging the child brain

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

An excellent explanation of a common read-write error in the brains of many Zogg:

Me, trying to be as non-threatening as possible: “Hi, I’m Ms. Jen. What’s your name?”
Kid: (long, earnest searching of memory banks)
Kid: (big, wide-eyed stare)
Kid, finally: “Um, I don’t know.”

NZ literary-historical goodness

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

A massive online compendium of early New Zealand writings. Unfortunately, it’s all in some page-at-a-time format instead of something that I could download and, y’know, read in a format that doesn’t burn my eyes, but it’s still a great step forward.

three responses to “intelligent design”

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

Thing one: The only debate on Intelligent Design that is worthy of its subject Sample:
Intelligent Design advocate: YEAAARRRRGGGHHHH! YOU BROKE MY KNEECAP!
Scientist: Perhaps it only appears that I broke your kneecap.

Thing two: Godless Linguistics!. Sample:
All English teachers should be required to include Babelism as a valid alternate theory to Linguisticism, whenever the origins of the English language is discussed.

Update: They Tried to Teach my Baby Science (via the ever wonderful Onion)

Thank you, and goodnight.

a list of cromulent words from the Simpsons

Monday, October 17th, 2005

A thorough and exhaustive list of the various new words, phrases, portmanteaux, and abbreviations used in the course of the show The Simpsons.

LOTR in l33t

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Specifically, apparently remixed using only stills from the movie, and comments pulled from World of Warcraft. Enjoy

pi

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

pi, the latest by hard ‘n’ phirm

welcome to the americas

Monday, October 10th, 2005

happy columbus day!

david frost to join al-jazeera

Friday, October 7th, 2005

Sir David Frost, of That Was the Week that Was, etc., is slated to anchor al-Jazeera’s forthcoming English-language channel, launching spring 2005. I couldn’t find any pertinent info about that on their website, but they do conveniently have a conspiracy theory clearinghouse linked off the front page. Word.

new zealand really exists

Friday, October 7th, 2005

finally got my pictures from new zealand up on flickr. view as slideshow or as thumbnails. Unfortunately, my camera is not quite bright enough to datestamp anything, so when I had to switch memory cards halfway thru the trip, it started reordering everything. But you don’t care about chronology, do you?

Shanti has finally updated his New Zealand pages. If you want the condensed version of my travels (with the photo of the penguin in the parking lot) check out his Southland page. Not enough photos though, and he actually had the good camera!

you know you lack a mandate…

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

…when you lose an election to a dead woman.

Upper Dir is a deeply conservative region where tribal elders backed by radical Islamist clerics in July banned women from standing in the election or casting votes.

But hundreds of women defied the ban after the central government said it was unconstitutional and vowed to support women taking part in the election.

More symbolic than anything else, evidently, but still snarkily inspirational.

serenity spoilers

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

Have you seen Serenity yet? Good, then ponder this, and be wistful about this.

love, french stick-figure style

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

Louis Clichy’s A quoi ça sert l’amour ?

new comic to read

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

Stops frustratingly abruptly, but still good (was actually nominated for an Eisner last year!): Nowhere Girl. I thought it was right purty.