May 13, 2005

Hit Me With Your Best Shotgun

I’m doing this in a hurry today, so I’m going to have to apologize in advance for not remembering where I got any of these links.

  • Critical Thinking Mini-Lessons
    • Just what it sounds like. Lessons to help you be more selective about what you allow into your brain.
  • Bad Moves
    • On the other hand, this philosopher’s site highlights arguments that are often made badly, but persuasively. Valuable reading if you argue.
  • Parking Battle of the Sexes
    • Almost as much fun as parking real cars. Flash game. [hat tip]
  • Traffic Waves
    • Learn about the patterns that cause traffic on this web page. [hat tip]
  • Darth Vader Sprinkler
    • Because the Sith hate a dry lawn.
  • Darwin Has a Posse
    • These stickers and bookmarks are being introduced to increase awareness and appreciation of Charles Darwin. His theory of natural selection provided a simple, non-supernatural explanation for how life on earth had evolved and continues to evolve. […] To provide some of the needed visible support for science and reason, please consider distributing Darwin-themed bookmarks to your geeky friends, or by stickering something with his image. Sure, these efforts are probably completely futile, but wouldn’t you sleep better tonight knowing that you’ve done your part to delay our slip into Dark Ages II? Instructions and tips can be found below. Thanks!
  • Mega-Ribon
    • You support the troops? Well I REALLY support the troops. Just look at my mega-ribbon. Your wimpy ribbon has just been served.
  • Treat Your Mother Right
    • As this video proves, Mr. T wants you to treat your mother right. Video file.
  • Test From The Future
    • A sample from the 2015 SATs.
    • Global temperatures have risen 1 degree F since 2004. This is due to: A. the greenhouse effect; B. unsound science; C. the Clinton administration; D. gays
  • Omnipelagos (meandering search engine)
    • Omnipelagos finds the shortest paths between any two things.
    • Fun. Choose any two things. Go ahead. Now see the connections. Connections… where have I heard that before?
  • This to That
    • Advice on how to glue… this to that. Enter this and that and it tells you what to use.
  • Squirrel Nested-Shotgun:
  • Worldometers
    • Watch the world go by, in numbers.
    • Watch the population grow!
  • Firefox Geocache Quicksearch Plugin
    • Search for caches right in your Firefox search box.
    • While you’re updating, I’d make sure you’ve got the most recent Firefox security update. There were some serious vulnerabilities fixed. Great quick response from the Firefox developers!

And, here’s a “Heads Up” on next week’s Musical Meanings Monday so that you can listen to it over the weekend. For next week’s song we will give our opinions about The Vapors’ 80’s tune “Turning Japanese.”

Posted by James at May 13, 2005 11:26 AM
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1. Pi is:
D. something Greek homosexuals invented to turn you gay.

HAH! Loved it!

Posted by: Patti M. at May 13, 2005 12:58 PM

GAH! Squirrel Fishing! I used to work at DEAS and have fed the squirrels there. Harvard squirrels are extremely tame and are fed by students, staff, and tourists.

In fact, one day I went out for a walk on campus and had intended to hand out a few peanuts to the squirrels in the main yard (where the tourists go to touch the shoe of Not John Harvard). The squirrels would have nothing to do with me as the Japanese tourists who were feeding them gave them PECANS.

I was shocked and attempted to explain how expensive these nuts were, but the language barrier proved too great an obstacle.

Anyhow...In the first picture, follow the straight path to the far end of the shot--that's Pierce Hall, home of Gordon McKay Library and Blue Hill Library, where I used to work.

In the left of this picture is Hauser Hall, which belongs to the Harvard Law School (Langdell, the Law School library, is behind the picture taker).

I can tell how old this post is by the reference to the Aiken Computation Lab--this was bulldozed in 1998 to make way for the Maxwell Dworkin building, which is CS & EE:

"The state-of-the-art building that houses activities in computer science and electrical engineering, Maxwell Dworkin, was underwritten by two of the Division's most famous attendees, Bill Gates COL '77 and his classmate Steven Ballmer '77."

Maxwell was Gates's mother and Dworkin was Ballmer's mother.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 13, 2005 1:13 PM

Seeing DEAS made me blink. I used to work with them and now I'm in an adjacent building. They still handle support for our development servers.

Posted by: Mike at May 13, 2005 1:34 PM

Funny... they'll ship the Sith sprinkler "worldwide" except for Mexico.

You can get Anakin Skywalker to sprinkle your lawn in Death Valley or the Sahara desert, but not in Mexico.

Probably won't be a big hit on Tatooine either.

Posted by: J. Sandstormer at May 13, 2005 2:28 PM

Mike, where are you, Cruft?

Posted by: Patti M. at May 13, 2005 3:03 PM

I just got me a "Darwin Has a Posse" T-shirt. Thanks, James.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 13, 2005 3:42 PM

Word up.

Posted by: James at May 13, 2005 4:11 PM

Yep. The working environment isn't great but it is a step up from previous spaces I've had there.

Posted by: Mike at May 13, 2005 5:29 PM

I'm having too much fun with Omnipelagos. You can go from Passover to Tyrannosaurus in only five steps!

Posted by: briwei at May 13, 2005 6:31 PM

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