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Newsish 10/16/2007 0

Tuesdays don’t require lead-ins.

Maybe more later, I’m pretty busy.

Today’s Vocab Word: Flatulence

Newsish 10/15/2007 0

I didn’t want to do this, but they made me.

More later.

Today’s Vocab Words: revanchism, femtocells

Clever’s Newsish Items – 10/10/2007 0

It’s back. And just in time for you to read it. Aren’t you glad? You are now!

Today’s Vocab word(s): deep linking

All the Newsish that I’ve Paid Attention To 1

I have a bit of an Ars-fest this morning:

You like the list look? I do.

Post anything you’d like listed in the comments. I’m phoning this one in today.

Today’s Vocab Word: veridical

Clever’s Newsish Items 10/3/2007 1



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  • Pulsejets down under
  • A comet loses its tail
  • Congress blinds DHS’s space-borne eye of Sauron, postpones domestic spy plan
  • Another follow up: Blackwater Hearings Ain’t no Superbad – A Wired correspondent’s take on the hearings yesterday. A good quote:

    What I found especially telling, given the consistently weak grasp of the issues, was that multiple representatives opened their remarks by talking about how Blackwater contractors protected them while on visits to Iraq. They often meant this as a compliment to the firm, and also a way of establishing their credentials on the issue. But it usually backfired, revealing a lack of simple curiosity. It showed that they’ve known about the massive use of contractors for years – they just didn’t bother to ask any questions, even when the issue was in their faces.

  • All hail Tweety:

I’ll probably find more. Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments.

Slice, Dice 0

…lose a finger? Some robot enthusiasts made a “Mumblety-Peg” automatron:

Fascinating what people do in their spare time.

Via Engadget

Moving on down 0

In Dusty Archives, a Theory of Affluence, an article in the NY Times has some interesting thoughts on the history of the industrial revolution:

Generation after generation, the rich had more surviving children than the poor, his research showed. That meant there must have been constant downward social mobility as the poor failed to reproduce themselves and the progeny of the rich took over their occupations. “The modern population of the English is largely descended from the economic upper classes of the Middle Ages,” he concluded.

It is fascinating to me that we still do not have a true handle on how we got where we are, and by extension, what it has/is costing us. For, what are we really?

Found via Slashdot

Politically Incorrect Human Nature 0

Via Slashdot, an article from Psychology Today that portends to explain why most suicide bombers are Muslim, beautiful people have more daughters, humans are naturally polygamous, sexual harassment isn’t sexist, and blonds are more attractive.

Vocab word: fecundity

It has interesting conclusions. To me it looks to be of sound logic, but that still doesn’t quell the mental resistance we have socially installed to allow for ‘correctness’. The everlasting battle of feelings and the cold process of explanation.

Vertical Farms 0

Pretty sweet.

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