Saturday, May 31, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
"The State of Englishness The Brussels Journal
A few days ago (Friday, May 23rd) 18 year-old Ben Smith was stopped, in a routine check by a police officer, while driving his Vauxhall Corsa to his home in Melksham, Wiltshire. The officer found nothing amiss, but noticed an England flag on the parcel shelf (which Mr. Smith used to cover his music system from potential thieves) and ordered him to remove it. According to Smith:
He saw the flag and said it was racist towards immigrants and if I refused to take it down I would get a £30 fine. I laughed because I thought he was joking, but then I realized he was serious so I had to take it down straight away. I thought it was silly – it's my country and I want to show my support for my country."
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
So the subject came up and I was woefully ignorant. Laura knew the name of the aircraft which dropped the second A-bomb to end WWII, and it was named after the captain. I did not know the origin of the name.
Yes, this humble typist owns a bat signed by the great Paul Tibets, God rest his soul. May God rest and bless all of the veteran's souls and those of their families.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
"First, he ground plastic bags into a powder. Next, he used ordinary household chemicals, yeast and tap water to create a solution that would encourage microbe growth. To that, he added the plastic powder and dirt. Then the solution sat in a shaker at 30 degrees.
After three months of upping the concentration of plastic-eating microbes, Burd filtered out the remaining plastic powder and put his bacterial culture into three flasks with strips of plastic cut from grocery bags. As a control, he also added plastic to flasks containing boiled and therefore dead bacterial culture.
Slashdot also links to this on Phoenix mission web content.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Update: Looked like a pain so I nixed it and hope the page pops back up again without the popup...meaning click on the remaining link above to see the tanked critter video.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
This is disturbing:
"Plagued by a lack of funding and growing staff shortages, the San Diego Zoo and Ironwood State Prison were combined earlier this week, bringing local inmates and wildlife together for the first time under the same roof..."It is with great pride that I announce the opening of the San Diego Maximum Security Zoological & Convict Reserve," director David Hennessey said at an opening ceremony Tuesday. "From southern white rhinos to repeat offenders serving 20 years for drug trafficking—you'll find them all here at our amazing new facility.""