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June 2, 2010
Because they have their own minor-league spelling bee circuit.
Having a qualifying spelling bee league that is, at times, tougher than the actual competition is what results in the extreme over-representation of Indian kids (1% in population, 11% in the spelling bee) at the national-level Scripps spelling bee. Where else have you seen such a phenomenon?
posted by vidur at 7:10 PM PST - 16 comments
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posted by gman at 2:50 PM PST - 15 comments
The first Epic MegaGames release, back in 1991, was ZZT, an ascii-based top-down action game. [more inside]
posted by LSK at 1:56 PM PST - 30 comments
This species was around seventy-six million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and the continents were splitting. The impact of a colossal space rock wiped out the dinosaurs but did not finish them off, even though their habitat was close to 'ground zero'. They survived the super-hot "greenhouse Earth" of the Eocene, major changes in global ecosystems, and the Ice Age (take that, Scrat). They have grooved teeth which inject venom into their prey; very strong limbs which end in long sharp claws. They have only three native predators. However this 'living fossil'
called the Solenodon
could soon be wiped out by mongoose, people and wild dogs
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posted by Hardcore Poser at 1:13 PM PST - 9 comments
HELLO WORLD (SLYT)
"Lego felt tip 110" printer connected to an Apple Mac. This is not a kit you can buy and does not use mindstorms. I designed/built/coded it all from scratch including analog motor electronics, sensors and printer driver, the USB interface uses a "wiring" board.
posted by grumblebee at 7:49 AM PST - 42 comments
We've seen lots of crazy skydiving, BASE jumping, wingsuit flying and so on. Now watch Taïg Khris jump from the Eiffel Tower
wearing rollerblades. SLYT [turn speakers down if you don't like loud crowds].
posted by bwg at 4:55 AM PST - 60 comments