In the winter of 1980 The Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) abandoned almost 2000 miles of track between Miles City, Montana and Cedar Falls, Washington -- part of a passenger and freight shipping route known as the “Pacific Coast Extension
.” Today, what's left of the Extension is "cut up among different railroads and the best engineered rail line through the rugged Rockies and Cascades is but weeds and trails,
a vital transportation artery no longer available to shippers and the American economy." But in August 1980, before it was abandoned, two former locomotive firemen and engineers spent $400 to rescue a track-maintenance railway car, a 1952 M-19 Fairmont Speeder
, from a scrap heap in a Maine train yard. They used it to travel the route and took photos along the way
. [more inside]
The Birmingham Mail
, a tabloid newspaper covering England's second city, has an 'online news portal
' with a reputation for being a bit slow. Not to fear, Brummie news addicts! A Chrome Extension
, announced by a local alternative media website
, now usefully blocks some of that deeply annoying slowing-down-the-browser content. With data, they explain why
Fuck Shit Up
is a Chrome extension that semi-judiciously sprinkles some "fuck"s into whatever web page you're reading. Not enough fucks? Hit the button a few more times. Gets interesting results when applied to news
, dry technical stuff
, and Twitter at the least. [via mefi projects
Tumblr's $1.1 Billion price-tag instinctively seems very high to most of us, but without context, numbers this huge are often literally
unfathomable to the masses. To help readers gain perspective on the huge numbers commonly tossed around by the media, researcher Glen Chiacchieri has created Dictionary of Numbers
, a Google Chrome extension that automatically adds context to huge numbers printed in the web pages that you read. [more inside]
's latest project is Facebook Demetricator
, a browser application that aims to confront our "collective obsession with metrics" by hiding all of the numbers embedded in Facebook's interface— friends, likes, shares, comments, and even timestamps. [more inside]
Tired of looking at your friends' baby pictures on Facebook?
1. INSTALL unbaby.me
2. BROWSE Refresh Facebook. Any baby pics will now be cats.
3. REJOICE Now you don't have to look at all your friends' annoying kids. [more inside]
Here is dotEPUB
, a Chrome extension that will convert any web page into an EPUB document, able to be viewed in most ereaders. Other browsers can use it via bookmarklets, including mobile Safari.
Interested in doing a small favour to the environment? In raising awareness about planetary issues? In supporting an international environmental organization? Next time you’re going to share a document, save it as a WWF. [more inside]
is a Chrome extension that picks up links to mp3s as you browse the web and adds them to a media library.
Given that you're a Metafilter user, if you're also a Firefox user, you may want to check out the Read It Later
extension. It's not an unfair assumption to assume that Metafilter users tend to do a lot of online reading (who, us?)
, and the Read It Later extension is well-suited to help you manage your online reading while not cluttering up your bookmarks. It began as a bookmarklet but now has its own online site, RSS feed, intracomputer syncing, caching of pages for offline use, integration with Google Reader, and customizable keyboard shortcuts, and has really matured into a really great (free) extension. [more inside]
is a way-cool Firefox extension that automagically summarises
Amazon product reviews.
The Cooperative Extension Service
, founded in 1914 in the US by the Smith-Lever Act, was established in concert with the land-grant universities
to develop practical applications of agricultural research, and spread them to farmers and others throughout the country. As part of this education program, the extension programs have produced and collected an extraordinary amount of practical advice, easily accessible to the layman... [more inside]
"We have [a substance]
that extends the life of every species it's given to. We're 50 years ahead of where I thought we would be 10 years ago." While Harvard Medical School rules prevent David Sinclair
from recommending product
, "I know a number of scientists who think [it]
is their best shot. Others satisfy themselves with a glass of red wine
," which contains the compound. Too good to be true?
people voiced their disappointment
for-the-worse facelift, and a week later someone at holovaty.com wrote a Mozilla Firefox extension
that "routs around the damage" and allows for cleaner browsing. Some
are pondering the legal consequences
Sources say that Giuliani will seek to extend his term. It was unclear whether the mayor would try to amend those laws so voters could elect him for a third term or whether he would try to extend his current term.
Do these circumstances warrant a term extension? Or should Giuliani retire at the end of the year and head up the clean-up efforts?
A proposed new extension
to Seattle's no-sitting law will include prohibition of walking on public sidewalks:
The new language modifies sections 040.A and 040.B, and includes "leg movement for the purpose of mobility" (walking), "appendicular locomotion" (including hopping and cartwheels), and "excessive forward progression" (running), but expressly permits standing still. "We figured if they managed to get into position and stay there, they were probably fairly with-it, and were likely to look neat and orderly" Sidran said.
I live downtown, I have no car, and Kozmo went out of business. Can anyone give me a lift to the gathering?