Before vigilante hackers like Anonymous tamed the Internet, two brothers started their own fight against software piracy. Their weapon: the first PC virus.
Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Books and brew? Yes, please! The Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, VT, knows exactly what gets a crowd through the door. If you are anywhere near this on Saturday night, you have to go! * Hey sci-fi fans, big news over the weekend-- the Hugo Awards were announced! Anyone read any of these (besides A Dance with
Yesterday I linked a story about the movie The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure. The children's film opened last weekend in 2,160 theaters, and earned less than half a million dollars on its opening weekend. That means it only made $206 per theater, a record low for a movie in wide release (more than 2,000 theaters). The reviews for The Oogieloves are awful. Of course, there are other bad movies that never got a chance to set a box-office record because they opened in few theaters, went straight to
So there's this asteroid, 99942 Apophis, that will make a "close approach to" (read: "near miss of") Earth in 2029 and possibly again in 2036. Don't worry, we're probably fine-- there are lots of way more dangerous asteroids coming our way...just not quite so soon. Before an asteroid hits Earth (and one eventually will-- it has happened before), we need a plan to take it out, Deep Impact/Armageddon style-- or at least a plan to visit and study the near-miss asteroids, since they'll be in the
I Can’t Believe “Walk the Line” & “Wear Black” Aren’t On Here It is, after all, a to-do list written by Johnny Cash. * Bringing Down the Big Red Giants Check out these awe-inspiring shots of lumberjacks chopping down gargantuan California redwoods nearly a century ago. * The Class of 2016 Lives in a Weird World This year’s new college freshmen don’t see things the way the rest of us do. Here are a few examples. * Here's a Question How do police rule out foul play? *
It's Thursday, it's late, it's time once again for the game that's SWEEPING the nation: GUESS THE THEME. All the clips, in this case movies, have something in common. Leave your best guesses in the comments.
If you want to have a pet goldfish, park in your own driveway, or die, here are some places you probably shouldn't live.
It's Saturday. It's summer. Let's make some Spin Art, shall we? Abraham De La Torre Makes Exquisite Spin Art Abraham De La Torre is an American painter who specializes in Spin Art. He's even listed on Wikipedia's Spin Art page in the "Fine Art" section. Here's one of his Spin Art demos (there are lots more on his YouTube channel): Giant Spin Art These folks made their own Spin Art platform, capable of handling objects up to 60 inches square. I won't be offended if you skip ahead--
The seven best and the seven worst new fall TV shows. The only one I'm inclined to watch will be on PBS. * Savanna the cheetah cub gets a new playmate her own age. The fact that he's a dog takes nothing away from the adorable video. * Sisko Wanted to Be Bald and Other Things You Might Not Know about Deep Space Nine. No new planets to explore meant extra creativity in the plots. * Two years later, more of the BP oil spill washes up on shore after hurricane Isaac. This could happen every hurricane
Frankenfossil in Custody Battle In a complicated court case, Eric Prokopi imported the bones of a Tyrannosaurus bataar to the U.S. and told customs officials it was worth $19,000. He later sold the reconstructed skeleton at auction for over a million dollars. Then officials from Mongolia claimed that Prokopi took the fossils from the country illegally. The U.S. government seized the fossils on behalf of Mongolia. Prokopi says that the bones were not only brought over in several different batches
1. Whether or not you have kids, you were one at some point. Can I get your help compiling a list of the best children's books? There must be some parents out there looking for reading material. 2. What is the most underrated city you've visited or lived in? 3. If you had to be roommates with one U.S. president, which commander-in-chief would you choose? 4. When you're sending emails, do you capitalize words in the subject line? Sometimes? Never? I want to know about your personal style guides.
A Modern Day Moonlight Graham Remember the old guy in Field of Dreams that made it to the big leagues as a young man but never got an official at-bat? Well there’s a modern day ballplayer that is drawing comparisons to him. And ever since July 9, 2005, when Adam Greenberg was hit in the back of the head with a 92 MPH fastball on the first major league pitch he ever faced, he’s been working to get back to finish that at-bat. * And You Thought Bratz Were Creepy? These dolls are much worse. *
In this video, we learn about the Forest City Gear factory in Rockford, Illinois where all the gears and other moving parts for the Curiosity rover were made. "Anything that moves on the rover, any of the actuators, any of the gears — we cut all the gears that did that," says Jeff Hallberg. Fun fact: the gears are all made of titanium. Lots of small businesses made parts for Curiosity. ABC News even has a video about how "nearly all of" Curiosity was Made in the USA, including parts from
"Actually, Literally, What Your Crutch Word Says About You." My default is probably "but, anyway" which isn't listed, though of those in the list I'll have to go with "like" and "basically." But I use them all. LITERALLY! * The original poster says everything I want about this Mad Men mashup: "I will never be able to wrap my brain around how obsessive one has to be to make a video like this. I mean, think of the hours and hours one would have to spend watching Mad Men in order to splice together various
Even if you aren't familiar with ESPN pundit John Clayton, you will still appreciate the weird humor of this SportsCenter promo that features him. Please let that ponytail be real... * Why you'll always remember Empire's phone number is 588-2300: The history of ad jingles.
Today is the birthday of the original Rin-Tin-Tin, who was found on a World War I battlefield when he was just 5 days old. Brought to America by a young soldier, Rin-Tin-Tin went on to become a Hollywood star, an American hero, and the progenitor of a line of celebrity German Shepherds. To celebrate the birthday of this legendary canine, we've rounded up video clips of his story, his films, and his offspring. His Story On CBS News A CBS News segment on Rin-Tin-Tin aired on September 25, 2011. You
In September of 1973 I turned 15 years old. Now I have a daughter who is 15 and she watched the Video Music Awards with the excitement I might have had over a stadium concert back in the day. Here are some of my favorite songs from 1973 on the late movies. I spent a lot of quarters playing these on the jukebox! Feelin' Stronger Every Day Chicago music takes me back. * Rocky Mountain High John Denver made us all feel good in 1973.
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