Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Goodbye Encarta

You've had a good run, but Microsoft is finally discontinuing the encarta franchise later this year: http://education.zdnet.com/?p=2328

My aging bones remember sitting in front of the computer perusing encarta to short-cut on my research paper about the Titanic.  Now I can go to wikipedia and copy and paste a lot more information.  Did you know that the Titanic housed both a Turkish bath and a squash court?

Goodbye Encarta, you have served us well.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Undersea Volcano Erupts

The Boston Globe's Big Picture Series has an impressive collection of shots detailing the eruption of an underwater volcano in the South Pacific. If you have any interest in thing that go boom, and I know you do, I would recommend checking out the full gallery.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Teenage Dinosaurs hang out in swaps, cause trouble, expirement with drugs, get stuck in mud.

Paleontologists have recently discovered a group of teenage (juvenile, not literally teenage) Sinornithomimus dongi in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. The find presents a new understanding of thunder lizard social dynamics. The adolescents stuck together and got into trouble, while the parents raised the young. Sounds vaguely familiar.

Approximation of my bedroom's appearance circa 1989

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Happy Pi Day Dudes!

Sounds about right.

March 14th is Pi Day (3-14, get it?) If you happen to see this today, make sure to do something nerdy in honor of everyone's favorite irrational number. If you would like to know more, here is a website with lots of interesting Pi-related features such as "What do you like about Pi?" and "Pi raps on Youtube". Huh wait. Pi Diddy? lulz.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Machines Restoring Humanity

Watch CBS Videos Online

Check out this 60 minutes video of developments in neural prostheses.