2014 Sep 29, 2:50
Walking was invented in Europe, according to this sign found by a friend in China.
2014 May 18, 1:20 2012 Mar 15, 4:05
“This rather embarrassing issue was pointed out to the committee, the fact that there were three votes too many, and that these three
votes determined the outcome. When this was done, along with formally requesting a re-vote, that re-vote on the points in question was
2010 May 18, 12:21 2009 Nov 23, 2:20
"The Atlas of True Names reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings, of the familiar terms on today's maps of the World, Europe, the British Isles and the United States. For instance,
where you would normally expect to see the Sahara indicated, the Atlas gives you "The Tawny One", derived from Arab. es-sahra “the fawn coloured ,desert”."
2009 Jan 16, 4:02
"European regulators notified Microsoft it believes the software giant is in violation of the region's antitrust laws by bundling its Internet Explorer browser in Windows, the company said Friday."
2008 May 7, 4:24
Woo Unicode! "For the first time, we found that Unicode was the most frequent encoding found on web pages, overtaking both ASCII and Western European encodings"
2008 May 2, 10:20
I've finally finished the Baroque Cycle, a historical fiction series set in the 17th and 18th centuries by Neal Stephenson whose work I
always enjoy. There were often delays where I'd forget about the books until I had to take plane somewhere, or get discouraged reading about the character's thoughts on economics, or have
difficulty finding the next volume, or become more engrossed in other books, projects or video games, and leave the Baroque Cycle books untouched for many months at a time. Consequently, my reading
of this series has, I'm ashamed to say, spanned years. After finishing some books which I enjoy I end up hungry for just a bit more to read. For this series I don't need a bit more to read, I'm
done with that, but I do want a badge or maybe a medal. Or barring that, college credit in European History and Macro Economics. I can recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Neal
Stephenson's other work and has a few years of free time to kill.
2008 Feb 8, 11:21
FTA: "I was quite troubled to realize today that I couldn't list ten major differences between Sweden and Norway. All my best Livejournal pals lent a hand and we came up with this
2008 Jan 2, 2:13
FTA: "Seems that a number of villages in the English countryside are being overrun by errant trans-European trucks which are regularly misdirected by their GPS satnav systems onto roads that were
better suited for horse-drawn carriages than big, long-dist
2007 Apr 15, 4:06
For the past several months I've seen various articles suggesting why bees are disappearing. At first I thought this was another crackpot's article that somehow made it onto digg.com. But they keep
coming and sometimes from credible sources. After the article I saw tonight I thought I should go back and put together the various articles I've read on this topic. Bees may be disappearing due to
, new organic pathogens
, genetically modified crops
, or climate change
. Apparently, the US hasn't been keeping accurate counts of its bees
don't know the extent of the situation. There's an interview with Maryann Frazier, M.S., of the Dept. of Etymology at
and a congressional hearing
on the matter.
I know this is all very serious and could signal the end of our ecosystem as we know it, but I can't help throwing in the following links as well. The bees could be hiding in this Florida couple's kitchen
. Or perhaps they're laying low while being trained by the government to fight terrorism
. Or they're hiding in extra dimensions that we mere humans can't perceive
(I'm fairly certain that's what this
article is suggesting. Really. Read it. Seriously. Its awesome.)
2007 Mar 29, 5:51
Windows will use the localized digit shapes instead of the European 0, 1, ... 9 if preceded by the Unicode codepoint U+206E.
2006 Dec 27, 6:35
Photos from my old friend Jake. He has some very well done ones from Europe.|Jake Meltzer
2006 Nov 27, 2:15
Public bodies are by far the largest producers of information in Europe. This information is recognised as a major, but so far under-exploited asset, which could and should be a fundamental building
block of the ‘new economy’ in the Information Soci
2006 Sep 11, 10:00