Please enjoy this smattering of Word of the Day sites and pages: OED
, The Free Dictionary
), Urban Dictionary
(RSS), NY Times Learning Network Blog
), Easy Speak (Toastmasters)
, Wiktionary "Foreign"
, all in OLDO
), and Sesame Street
(not daily, unfortunately).
posted by cog_nate
on Dec 13, 2013 -
An interactive calendar
showing birthdate rankings and estimated conception dates for each day of the year. Hover over your birthday to see how common it is (darker purple = more common), and what the estimated conception date is. This appears to use US data only, perhaps explaining the sudden drop in birthrate on July 4th, and the northern hemisphere-centric baby boom in the summer months.
posted by Joh
on Jun 9, 2013 -
The twelve tales are written. (PDF) But words are only half the story – now Neil wants your help bringing them to life. The next step is to illustrate them. [more inside]
posted by Sailormom
on Feb 19, 2013 -
A new calendar:
Every third month would have 31 days, the rest 30. A 7-day leap week called XTR every "five or six years". Christmas and New Year's eternally on Sundays. And Greenwich Mean Time for all. This is the promise of the Hanke-Henry Permanent calendar
, proposed by Steve Hanke and Richard Henry, researcher professors at Johns Hopkins University. The world-wide adoption process is optimistically scheduled for January 1, 2012, with universal use coming just 5 years later. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus
on Dec 30, 2011 -
"The Daily Rind” scheduling system
: I have an inkling that it will work best for those with a particular creative disposition, while those whose thought-patterns are more regimented and linear may prefer more conventional scheduling methods. But if you’ve got a more fluid workstyle and struggle with finding rhythm and balance with the scheduling of your days, give the system a try
posted by Trurl
on May 28, 2011 -
Google makes Picasa, YouTube, Blogger, and Google Documents, Calendar, and Contacts available to command-line geeks with GoogleCL
, a new, official command-line tool. How to install: Mac OS X
. Google's examples of what you can do
; Lifehacker's "five nifty GoogleCL tricks
." [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Jun 29, 2010 -
Timepieces! Ancient calendars, ancient clocks, beautiful clocks
, atomic clocks and the clocks built into your brain that determine how you perceive time and form memories. All the good stuff is inside: [more inside]
posted by metaBugs
on May 18, 2009 -
"The National Counterterrorism Center
is pleased to present the 2009 edition of the Counterterrorism (CT) Calendar
. This edition... contains useful information across a wide range of terrorism-related topics: terrorist groups, wanted terrorists, and technical pages on various threat-related issues" such as recognizing the effects of an anthrax infection. "The Calendar marks dates according to the Gregorian and Islamic calendars, and contains significant dates in terrorism history, as well as dates that terrorists may believe are important when planning 'commemoration-style' attacks." Conveniently available in both online multimedia format (deep link to the timeline itself
), as well as a printable version
(63 MB PDF). [more inside]
posted by grouse
on Jan 8, 2009 -
Word Magazine's Advent Calendar.
The Man in Black in a field of white. Diana + (Flo and Mary) in Santa hats. "Weird Al"'s post-apocalyptic Xmas. Thin Pistols/Sex Lizzy serenade Kenny Everett. Grace Jones uncrated for Pee Wee.
And that's just the first five days.
posted by the sobsister
on Dec 5, 2007 -
This morning in Vancouver, volunteers handed out hundreds of disposable cameras, available free to any low-income resident of the city's Downtown Eastside (DTES
) neighbourhood. Pictures in the returned cameras will be entered in this year's "Hope in Shadows
" competition, with winners getting prizes and one of 12 spots in next year's calendar. (It will be sold by specially-trained low-income folks, who keep half their profits.) Run by Pivot
, a local legal activism group, "Hope in Shadows" is a succesful
and "innovative empowerment through art
" project and a chance for the residents of the DTES to define their community -- one most often defined by its poverty
Previous winners: 2004, 2005  , 2006
posted by docgonzo
on Jun 9, 2007 -
The Thirteen Towers of Chankillo
in Peru may be the Western Hemisphere's oldest known full-service
solar observatory, showing evidence of early, sophisticated Sun cults
, according to archaeoastronomy
professor Clive Ruggles
. The 2,300-year-old complex featured 13 towers running north to south along a ridge and spread across 980 feet to form a toothed horizon that spans the solar arc
. Last year, another ancient observatory was discovered in Peru by Robert Benfer
. The Temple of the Fox
is 4,200 years old, making it 1,900 years older
than the Chankillo site, but wasn't a complete calendar.
posted by homunculus
on Mar 3, 2007 -
Geek goddesses or calendar girls?
Female IT professionals have posed for a provocative calendar to try and shake off their industry's geeky image and encourage young women to consider a computing career. Yup, that'll work...
posted by Tokil
on Jul 10, 2006 -
Today, astronomically speaking, is one of the four Cross-Quarter days
, exactly midway between the solstices and equinoxes. To some people, that makes today the start of summer
- after all, why would you begin the season that's supposed to be bright and hot on the day when the only direction to go is darker? (Yes, I know they say May 1 - the first site I linked to figures out the exact dates and times mathematically, so I'm more inclined to trust it).
posted by wanderingmind
on May 5, 2006 -
A friend notes
that a friend of hers
noted another person on LiveJournal
who said his
brother noted that Wednesday morning "at exactly two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be: 01:02:03 04/05/06." (In U.S. notation.)
posted by cgc373
on Apr 3, 2006 -
Lakota Winter Counts.
Lakota and other plains tribes counted time by winters. An appointed recorder would choose one major event to mark the year, depicting that event by name and symbol
. Early records dating back to the 10th century were often painted on buffalo skins
; more recent winter counts were recorded as text journals
. These fascinating records offer insight into natural and historic events for our land that precede accounts of European settlers. - more -
posted by madamjujujive
on Apr 26, 2005 -
The Numeric Diaries...
So cool. After entering, use the side arrows to navigate back and forth, choose from the drop-down menu, or use the thumbnails
to view images going back to October 1, 2003
. Some images mouse over or click through for further treats or links. And when you're done, you can visit the main site at Trezart
for a lot more art and fun. (French language, via the archives of the great gmtPlus9
posted by taz
on Feb 16, 2005 -
For 170 years, crossing the Channel from the UK to France would have brought you 11 days forward in time, and crossing back would have brought you 11 days earlier. Why? Because the Church of England wasn't about to adopt a new Calendar
instituted by a Catholic pope
. After all, if the old style was good enough for Caesar....
In fact, it took over 300 years for the new Gregorian Calendar to come into use throughout Europe,
causing, no doubt, more than a few missed lunch dates as people forgot to convert between them
as they traveled.
There are, of course, many other calendars in use around the world
, and no shortage of people suggesting that let's do the time warp again
posted by John Kenneth Fisher
on Jan 30, 2005 -
Today is the Ides of March
. What is the Ides of March?
It is March 15th in the ancient Roman calender, the first day of the Roman New Year and the first day of spring. The Roman calender
refered to days by names not numbers, thus each month has an Ide day, although not always on the 15th. The Ides of March is best known as the day Julius Caesar was assasinated in the Senate (44 BC) and made famous by the Shakespeare
line "Beware the Ides of March". It modern times it has come to symbolize foreboding
and bad luck. Iggy Pop sang
about it prophetically with todays current events, and in Rome where it all started it's a good day to Toga Party.
posted by stbalbach
on Mar 15, 2003 -
A 32,000 year old etching on an ivory mammoth tusk
is linked to the constellation Orion which may have been used as a primitive "pregnancy calendar" designed to estimate when a pregnant woman will give birth. The oldest known drawing of a star pattern, it was created by the mysterious Aurignacian people about whom we know next to nothing save that they moved into Europe from the east supplanting the indigenous Neanderthals.
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 26, 2003 -