I suppose we’re overdue for another pronouncement from an “expert” about how the Internet will kill us all. The way in which people frantically communicate online via Twitter, Facebook and instant messaging can be seen as a form of modern madness, according to a leading American sociologist. “A behaviour that has become typical may still [...]

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Jimmie on December 28th, 2010

Holy crapweasel, that’s a big storm! If you look carefully, you can see snow on the ground in Maryland and farther north. Neat stuff from NASA GOES.

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Jimmie on December 24th, 2010

Before I head out to the Annual Family Christmas Gathering and Gift-O-Rama, I thought I’d give you a few links to some of my favorite Posts of Christmas Past.* Here is some my favorite Christmas Music in one post! There is Handel there, directed by the legendary Robert Shaw, so enjoy. Christmas in London, 1941. [...]

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Jimmie on December 21st, 2010

This may be my favorite Christmas commercial. I smile every time it comes on. It serves as a remind that it doesn’t necessarily matter how expensive or elaborate you gift is, so long as you deliver it right on target.

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Jimmie on December 21st, 2010

My plan last night was to wake up not long before 3 AM and catch a good chunk of the lunar eclipse, past totality (which is not terribly exciting viewing) into the unveiling of the moon from the Earth’s shadow (which is incredibly cool). Alas, I also saw Tron: Legacy earlier in the evening and [...]

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Jimmie on December 20th, 2010

I like to think I’m more plugged in to science news than the average person, but I don’t think I’m plugged in so much that I believe that NASA had this glorious a year. NASA in 2010 set a new course for human spaceflight, helped rewrite science textbooks, redefined our understanding of Earth’s nearest celestial [...]

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Jimmie on December 20th, 2010

Someone get this to Stephen Green, stat! If you have often wondered what exactly lies within the various concoctions that make our favourite alcoholic drinks, then here is your answer. These incredible pictures show popular cocktails magnified up to 1,000 times under a high-tech laboratory microscope. Produced by U.S. firm Bevshots, they reveal the incredible [...]

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If you’re looking for something to ponder this weekend, let me recommend this piece in the Economist about the Internet in the modern age to you (via Melissa Clouthier’s Twitter feed). The article looks at the challenges of keeping the internet open in the face of obvious threats to national security such as WikiLeaks, reassertion [...]

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