Odd & Interesting #1

March 6, 2010
I really just need somewhere to share random web-pages happened upon through Stumbleupon, emailed links from friends, and the end results of my meandering through the web. To that end, I have added a new category: Random & Interesting, which is exactly what entries into it tend to be. Without further ado, onto the first set of Random & Interesting.

Stumbleupon gifted me with  this gem, a list of the "56 best/worst anthologies of high school students". It was really a great idea for a contest, and several of the entries certainly made me laugh.

Support Details solves a very important problem: If you are a proficient computer user in the 21st century, it is nearly guaranteed that at some point a computer-illiterate friend or family-member will request that you play the role of tech support for whatever issue it is that they have. Unfortunately when a problem is encountered while installing software, the user may not be able to tell you what OS they're running, or is Javascript is turned on, but they can probably type in your email address.

I recently was looking for an exact quote from Beowulf, and unfortunately, I don't own a copy, digital or otherwise. Digital Classics to the rescue. I couldn't download any of them (anyone have any info about that?) There are over 100 literary classics, and they're all free, legal, and high quality.

For quite a while now I've been wondering about the future of print material: it seems quite likely that most newspapers and magazines won't be around for two much longer, but I'm really more concerned with books, and found a great post about "Why E-books will not replace paper-bound books (at least anytime soon)"  Along the same lines, I dug up a Globe & Mail article: A lament for the bookshelf, which is both well-written and entertaining.

Contact me, or comment if you think you have anything to add to a future list.


My 'Bill Nye' Poster

February 27, 2010
Bill NyeI've been irritated in the past by people insisting "Bill Nye is dead!", and when I came across a picture of him, I was inspired to make this: (it really isn't funny enough for the main page though... I know, I know.)

Bill NyeMaybe it's just in Canada that everyone's always so worried about his immenent destruction? Post away.

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Phillip Reeve & LEGO

February 27, 2010
Phillip Reeve, Flickr, LEGO I doubt that you've ever heard of him, but Phillip Reeve (Wikipedia on him; his blog) is one of my favorite authors. I've never been a huge fan of steampunk, but I've always loved post-apocalyptic novels, huge machines, and weird technology, and his Mortal Engines series includes all of it.

Recently posted on Boing Boing, DeGobbi's Flickr account has not nearly enough pictures of one of the most impressive ...
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The Big Man's Lakes

February 22, 2010
Obama & Great Lakes I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate President Obama.

The Great Lakes contain approximately 22% of the world's fresh water, a provide most of the drinking water for the area around it, and yet we have, and continue, to pollute it.

A step forward was announced today, when the Big Man announced $475 million to restore the Great Lakes. It's refreshing to see money go somewhere it's needed, and can be used. Hopefully PM Harper will re...
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Cinnamon Flax Muffins

February 10, 2010
Many supporters of Conventional Wisdom extol the supposed health benefits of consuming flax seeds. Recently, there has been some concern, but I'm still of the camp that says moderation is the best policy. Using a coffee grinder to grind the flax seeds into meal works quite well, and if you are looking to produce a very light, fluffy, muffin, then I suggest adding a bit of extra baking powder.

Cinnamon Low-Carb Flax Meal Muffins (makes 12)  

Liquid Ingredients:
  • 6 tablespoons Peanut Oil
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