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November 14, 2002
U.S. states ranked according to smartness.
The ranking was based on such factors
as average high school dropout rate, how much teachers earn and how frequently they are attacked, etc. There are probably some other relevant factors they might have included, but didn't. What criteria do you think would be most appropriate for measuring a state's relative intelligence?
posted by shoos at 10:53 PM PST - 47 comments
Pocket Calclulator Show
looks like it started as a sideline of a shortwave radio show
about "products from the electronics revolution of the 1970s and 1980s", but its of primary interest for their collections of classic nerd toys. Thrill to the memories in the Digital Watch Museum
, the Walkman Museum
, the Boombox Museum
, and especially the collection of Magical Gadgets
, which includes a not-so-useful-anymore cb radio to 8-track adapter
, an incredible casio talking clock/calculator (listen to it talk!)
, and, of course, that great pioneer of personal sound technology - the Bone Fone
(it vibrates, you know!)
posted by yhbc at 8:46 PM PST - 7 comments
Rock paper scissors: The world championship:
This year, for the first time, the annual Rock Paper Scissors international championship is open to the general public (as opposed to just professional RPS players. I had no idea there even were professional RPS players). Some interesting facts on RPS, including the answer to the age-old question: Does Rock crush Scissors or is Scissors dulled by Rock?
posted by Badmichelle at 8:34 PM PST - 26 comments
Slippery football players.
Probably not a new way to avoid getting tackled, but an interesting use of technology nonetheless. It certainly didn't help them win. And who's gonna wash those uniforms, hmm? [OK, I haven't posted in a while, so forgive the formatting gaffes...]
posted by datawrangler at 1:34 PM PST - 10 comments
Lord Timothy Dexter (1747-1806)
was one of the most colorful characters of early American history, described here as, among other things, an "Eccentric 18th Century Merchant - Investor with a Midas Touch - Impresario - Patron of the Arts, founding the 'World Mouserum of Grate Wonder and Gret Caricters' - progressive 'Libperel' - Self Appointed 'Consler of Trouth.'" This site includes a complete transcription of Dexter's punctuation-free magnum opus, A Pickle for the Knowing Ones
featuring his famous Addenda
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:10 PM PST - 12 comments
last year i saw the land rover
, yesterday i saw the boot bus
. while it looks to be in support of a small commercial site
, the bus is a 'grassroots' adventure to document and share information gathered during their endless journeys in a VW bus. feel free to share your favorite 'common-man' travel resource.
posted by donkeysuck at 9:11 AM PST - 3 comments
Looking for those perfect noise-reducing, mini-headphones
What do Wyclef Jean, Wilco, Jethro Tull, Blues Traveler, Everclear, Nikka Costa, Weezer, Pete Yorn, Tricky, Sum 41, Herbie Hancock, Barenaked Ladies, Oasis, and Phantom Planet share ? Apparently the love
for Shures E-Series mini-headphones, briefly mentioned
in todays NYT (reg req). The professional musician's alternative to the effete Bang and Olufsen
and the monster Bose
. Can personally no longer live without them.
posted by Voyageman at 8:13 AM PST - 74 comments
The true story of Ex Parte Quirin.
The case that is cited to support the Bush administration's "Terrorism Tribunals" has gotten little scrutiny. Everyone knows that the Nazi saboteurs were part of a plot cracked by FBI agents and justly imprisoned and executed, and everyone may be wrong. Michael Belknap, a professor at California Western School of Law, aptly referred to Quirin as "a putrid pedigree" in a recent law review article. Kenneth Royall, a former military counsel in the case, described it as a lynching. And John P. Frank, a clerk to Hugo Black at the time of Quirin, denounced the court in his 1958 book Marble Palace for acting like a "butcher shop."
posted by norm at 7:39 AM PST - 5 comments
HOW TO GET RICH, by Jared Diamond.
An academic justification for the pluralist society?
Clay Shirley (guest blogger @ B-B) makes the point: "In a finding that everyone worried about having a single global IP regime should read, Diamond concludes that innovation requires having several different legal, cultural and technological regimes at the same time, in competition with one another. Columbus had to go to several countries before he got funding for the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Had there been a pan-European agreement on naval expeditions, he would never have left port.
" [More inside]
*Warning*: 12, easily read pages in link. I hope this thread is a grower...
posted by dash_slot- at 5:22 AM PST - 30 comments
You Are a Suspect
A growing awareness by those on the right and on the left that our rights are now seriously in threat of total erosion in light of new Petnagon proposal to track all moves of citizens in giagantic data base. may require reg for NY Times.
posted by Postroad at 3:57 AM PST - 66 comments