What's your homepage?

David K. Israel

I confess I was one of the first web-geeks in the early 1990s.

Prison lit


So the weekend is here, Paris is back in jail, and Mercury is about to turn retrograde.

World's first cat-mounted spy camera

Ransom Riggs

Have you ever wondered what your cat does outdoors all day? A guy in Germany did, and developed a cat-mounted spy camera in order to find out. Wonder no more!

Do You Know These 100 Words?

Chris Higgins

I recently came across a link to 100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know, by the folks who brought you the American Heritage Dictionaries.

Three Things I Didn't Know About Kool-Aid

Jason English

1) Kool-Aid was invented in 1927 in Hastings, Nebraska, as Kool-Ade [NOTE: Nathan Miller has called this into question -- see his comment below.] 2) After the government tightened regulations regardi

Weekend Word Wrap: satire

David K. Israel

The great Roman poet Horace wrote: satura tota nostra est -- satire is completely our own.

Second Life: do you have one?


So I'm really just talking about the social networking/virtual world site, Second Life. As part of its virtual atmosphere, SL converts users into avatars, also referred to as "residents.

On My Desk

Chris Higgins

As someone who works a lot at a desk, I'm pretty particular about how things are set up: for me it's all about piles.

Geoengineering: playing God?

Ransom Riggs

Problem: the Earth is getting warmer. Other problem: even if we stopped producing C02 completely tomorrow, the Earth would still continue to warm -- for years -- before it started to cool again.

The _floss on Facebook

Jason English

Last week, I became the 25,000,000th person to join Facebook (give or take). I'm slowly stockpiling friends, co-workers and former classmates. Photos have been posted.

Lamps with Personality

Miss Cellania

We all need light in the darkness, but the variety of lamps available can boggle the mind. Anything can be made into a lamp, if you can attach a battery or run an electrical cord through it.

Sleep deprived?

David K. Israel

Not sure how many of you heard the news last month, but a 43-year-old sleep deprivation record was broken by one Tony Wright, in London.

Hairshirts: who's wearing them, who's not


Hairshirts used to be the clothing article de rigueur for penance and mortification.


Chris Higgins

In researching (ahem, yeah, I call my surfing research) an entry on Image Macros, I came across a category of phrases that use the format: "I'm in Your X, Y'ing Your Z." It turns


David K. Israel

Who doesn't love a good flip book? Eh?