Funraginous Friday

April 23, 2010 Comments Off on Funraginous Friday

Farraginous (adj): disordered; jumbled; miscellaneous. Funraginous (adj): pile of assorted amusements.  I only have eleven this week, so here they are, unordered:

  • BBC photo classes – The Beeb’s Wildlife Magazine’s “12-part series on the art of wildlife and nature photography.  Each issue […] will focus on a different type of photography and demonstrate how you can improve your pictures.”  Printable PDFs for each month’s issue demonstrate how the BBC photographers get such amazing shots.
  • Women’s rights in Iraq – Grace Rubenstein compares the civil rights battle for present-day Iraqi women to the battle fought in the US by previous generations.
  • Paying for performance – Studies done on the increasing number of school districts paying students for performance are finding that you can make a difference in learning by paying, as long as you pay for the right things…
  • Volcanoes – TBP’s take on Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano, including how people’s lives have been affected by the eruption.  Amazing pictures!
  • Printing generator – A layout generator for print documents like brochures, newspapers and flyers.  Choose your layout, enter your content, and then print it out.
  • Avatar 2 – James Cameron’s interview with the LA Times.  He discusses the response Avatar has gotten globally, and what he’d like to do with the (inevitable) sequel.
  • Ultra athlete – Slovene soldier Jure Robic takes only 90 minutes of sleep a day when competing in 2500+ km weeklong ultra-endurance races.  He offloads much of the decision-making to his support crew, because he is not mentally capable of making those decisions in that condition.  Fascinating article!
  • Tagxedo – Like Wordle, but with the ability to shape the word cloud to fit an image.  Some great examples on the site.
  • Not Coming Soon – Great mock-movie posters for films that should never be made, including Independence Day After Tomorrow, Mission: Impossible to Mars, and my favourite, A Nightmare on Sesame Street.
  • Ancient Recycling – The Honors Western Civilization class at John Carroll School in Bel Air, MD put together this list for Earth Day of ways that ancient cultures recycled.
  • Concept train – A concept for a bullet train that never stops, using “collector cars” like a freeway’s collector lanes.  Stopping and starting at each station uses a tremendous amount of energy, so to avoid it, simply use this system, where passengers embark and disembark from collector cars on the roof of the train.
  • The CSI effect – Because of the ubiquity of forensic evidence in procedural dramas, juries in criminal court expect more forensics than actual cases usually generate.

That’s it for this week, so have a great weekend, and remember that April 25th, in addition to being the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope (really? Man, I’m old) is also World Penguin Day.

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