In 1660, the Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards marched from Scotland to London under the command of General Monck, and helped end Parliamentary rule and restored the monarchy under Charles II. 350 years later, to honour their former commander and to help raise funds for their injured colleagues, soldiers from the Coldstream Guards recreated the march in aid of charity. [more inside] posted by Petrot at 6:11 PM PST - 9 comments
As Scott Jerome-Parks lay dying, he clung to this wish: that his fatal radiation overdose — which left him deaf, struggling to see, unable to swallow, burned, with his teeth falling out, with ulcers in his mouth and throat, nauseated, in severe pain and finally unable to breathe — be studied and talked about publicly so that others might not have to live his nightmare.
From the first of a series of articles by the New York Times, putting the spotlight on what happens when radiation therapy goes wrong. [more inside] posted by Bukvoed at 4:58 PM PST - 49 comments
Mameshiba They're not quite a dog, nor a bean but a hybrid of both. They love to appear out of nowhere and offer random bits of trivia whether you asked for it or not. posted by boo_radley at 3:26 PM PST - 62 comments
This was going to be a post about japanese fighter ace SaburoSakai(around 60 kills) while also mentioning Hiroyoshi "the Devil" Nishizawa, Japan's top WWII ace (around 110 kills). But while comparing them to aces of other countries I encountered something your average non-war buff american probably doesn't know. That is that about thetop 60 fighter aces of WWII (and all time consequently) were all german. And where does the US rank on this list. You don't want to know. posted by jake1 at 2:32 PM PST - 53 comments
The announcement of the iPad earlier this week has prompted a lot of discussion about ebook prices among publishers and their sales partners. That discussion took a major turn yesterday when Amazon pulled the buy buttons for Macmillan's books off their site. Many of Macmillan's titles are still available through Amazon, but only through third parties. Right now, one of the largest publishers in America is no longer available from Amazon because they can not agree on ebook prices. [more inside] posted by Toekneesan at 9:18 AM PST - 310 comments