The Disappearing Lake, Gecko Tape and the 5-Second Rule Debunked

Jason Plautz

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Missing Lake: Scientists are on the hunt for a five-acre lake in the Andes (or not in the Andes, perhaps?) that's gone missing.

A Special Deal for Our Twitter Friends! (Test)

Mangesh & Jason

[Test Post. These codes might not work just yet. But they will

The Chicago Tribune Likes Us!

Mangesh Hattikudur

Apparently, our little print magazine made it into the Trib's 50 Favorite Magazines list. Woo-hoo!

How To Be More Productive, Feel Calmer, And Learn To Paint Happy Little Trees

Jason English

Here's the stat of the day: "An average worker's functioning IQ falls ten points when distracted by ringing telephones and incoming emails.

On Jury Duty: Day #2

David K. Israel

No Tuesday Turnip today folks, sorry; I'm still Internet-less here on jury duty.

Macintosh Development Stories:

Chris Higgins

Andy Hertzfeld's is a sort of historical blog, documenting the development of the original Macintosh computer. For Mac geeks and computer people in general, it's a fascinatin

(Bubble) Wrapper's Delight

Mangesh Hattikudur

As an admitted bubble wrap enthusiast, and someone who's wasted a good portion of his youth delighting in that pop-pop-pop sound, I was thrilled to stumble into a few bubble wrap links and storie

2008's weirdest independents

Ransom Riggs

They might not win -- heck, getting on the ballot is a victory for these candidates -- but third-party presidential hopefuls are part of what keep America's election cycle interesting.

Things I Learned In Utah

Jason English

I started this post three weeks ago, on the way back from a whirlwind weekend in Park City, Utah.

Memphis Music Tour

Miss Cellania

Memphis is where the Mississippi River meets the Deep South. The city has a rich musical history, full of blues, rockabilly, gospel, and rock and roll.

Let us now praise Vitamin A...


Trader Joe's recently peddled me a very attractive assortment of vitamin supplements, and in each self-contained valentine of pills were all the usual suspects reassuringly packaged together.

On Jury Duty: Day #1

David K. Israel

I'm sitting in the nation's largest courthouse right now. I was hoping to write a Word Wrap follow-up post and give you my 3 favorite newly-coined words, but jury duty called.

Life After Studio 60

Jason English

Despite our endorsement, Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip will not see a second season.

Praise for the blind man who invented cruise control

Mangesh Hattikudur

THE INVENTION: Cruise control's that (wonderful, wonderful) thing that helps you avoid speeding tickets. Yup, everybody loves cruise control.

Viral meme your friends already know about #142: Teen Girl Squad

Ransom Riggs

Wacky, immature, postpostmodern Gen-X silliness -- or genius?