Category Archives: Entertainment and Lifestyle

Bradbury, Genius of my Childhood

Celebrated author Ray Bradbury passed away today at the age of 91. I have several of Bradbury’s books, well worn from the hours I spent reading and re-reading them. With his death comes a renewed interest in his work. Younger … Continue reading

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Safely Viewing Venus Transit Today

Many sources are telling people that welder’s filters are safe for viewing today’s transit of Venus across the sun, an event that won’t occur again until the year 2017. This advice is both true and dangerously incomplete! If you buy … Continue reading

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Exercise Makes You Smarter

I knew that puzzles and other brain exercises were being debunked, but this is encouraging: According to Gretchen Reynolds, author of the soon to be released The First 20 Minutes, a book about the science of exercise, recent research shows … Continue reading

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Proof I’m a Packrat

On the left, a 2.50 GHz quad-core computer with 8 GB of memory running 64-bit Windows 7. That’s the computer I use. On the right, a computer with a 50 MHz 80486 chip with 20 MB of RAM running Windows … Continue reading

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Tiny Burger

You should believe the menu when it says “tiny burger.”

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U, the Klingon Opera, Opening Soon

Fire up your may’rons and ring your baS ‘In, because the first Klingon opera is coming to Earth: The opera, titled u, plays at the Zeebelt Theater in The Hague, Netherlands, from Sept. 9 through 12. … Three years in … Continue reading

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Train Fail

Played dominoes with parental units. Was creaming ’em. Then got caught with 18 dominoes in my hand. Frustrating thing was they all lined up in a perfect train — I just couldn’t get them started. 178 points. From lead to … Continue reading

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Brain Game Fail

Brain game designers say playing games can improve memory and increase ability to reason and do math. Recent research suggests otherwise: More than 8,600 people aged 18 to 60 were asked to play online brain games designed by the researchers … Continue reading

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New Dinosaur in Texas

A new “bony-skulled” dinosaur species has been discovered in Texas, labeled Texacephale langstoni. The dinosaur had a softball-sized lump of bone on the top of its skull which scientists speculate was used to ram each other head on. Surprisingly, the … Continue reading

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Eyjafjallajökull

Update: These fantastic pictures and many more are available at Boston.com. The UK Telegraph has a collection of the best volcano pictures I’ve seen. Go click on the images to see them full sized. Technorati Tags: Eyjafjallajökull, Valcano Pictures

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