Saturday, May 28, 2011

End of Spring Links

I know I just did one, but a fresh start is good, too! Plus I want to clean up my tabs again before taking off for Switzerland

Not sure if a fan video has ever *taught* me, but this one did: The Fibonacci in Lateralus (Tool)

GREAT Add-on to FireFox, which preserves all your tabs, but does NOT reload them until you click on them. Oh my gosh, I can't believe how much faster my computer feels now! Thanks for this one, Himanshu. I'm using the beta version, by the way.

Wayne Besen explains Why Gay Cultural Progress Is Meeting Stiff Political Resistance:

On the other side, D. Ruth Bavosett calls for a different kind of activism: You are awesome, Ruth!

Can't beat Jon Stewart! Daily Show: The Global War in Your Pants - Jon and the correspondents offer a public service message to the kids about a third option to sex or abstinence. "Boys have a God stick, and girls have a shame cave." Exactly the issue, Jon.

Joe Brockmeier asks, Does Amazon "owe" open source? Maybe a little: I think that we all make choices about ideas and companies we choose to support. Let's consider the kind of a world we want, rather than looking for the cheapest price all the time. I'm willing to pay more for value, and part of value is how companies treat people, and how they treat the Earth.


*Excellent* article about the Tragedy of Sarah Palin. I remember being encouraged when I heard that John McCain had chosen her as his running mate. She had been a smart, popular Governor, and I thought maybe he was returning to his "maverick" roots, which made him one of my favorite Republicans. Instead -- horrors. I really think she could have had a wonderful effect on the United States, instead of the really negative influence she has become. Truly a tragedy.

So funny! Love The Onion:

This is so amazing! The mom or dad who created this marble run - genius!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

This Week in Links - April and May

Exciting to do this! This was supposed to be weekly, but time slid away from me. But there are so many tabs open FF is hardly working, so it's TIME.

Amazing article, highly recommended: 150 Years After Fort Sumter: Why We're Still Fighting the Civil War:,8599,2063679-1,00.html. 150 years later, it is high time to look back and learn the lessons of that horrible war, and the scourge of slavery which stained this country for so long. The racism which remains shows that we have NOT owned up to that full history, but have continued to ignore all the causes. We nearly lost our Union then, yet talk of secession still simmers now.

OMG, want: Freaking all-flash site, but that coffee-maker looks amazing!

Interesting old slideshow (2004), history of the beginning of KDE:

If ever I do write a thesis, this might come in handy!

Lots of cool videos of ants in action:

Amazing track by Johnny Cash. If only the radio preacher and all his suckered believers had listened to this, instead of to the radio: The Man Comes Around.

Yay, I had lost this link until someone posted it! Great online comic:

For those who are having Flash problems recently in Linux, this is supposed to help: What helped ME in Natty was removing and purging flashplugin-nonfree, then reinstalling flashplugin-installer.

Best reply to the idiots in the Tennessee Legislature who recently passed a bill banning the use of the word "gay" or "homosexual" by teachers in school: That is SO Takei!

A series of links I've found concerning my dead mic and headphone jack:,,,,

The great Bill Withers, Ain't No Sunshine While She's Gone:

John McCain regains his integrity? A bit late, but better late than never:

The cost of cowardice. I used to support Sojourners, but they have let me down, they have let gay Christians down, and in doing so, lost their integrity and value:

Nice explanation of Kubuntu repositories:

Eric Clapton, Tears in Heaven, live:

Cool project! Use the idle time on your computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux) to cure diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research. It's safe, secure, and easy: Thanks for the link, Himanshu.

Possible use for Alsachat?,

Fun link - my first computer! The Coleco ADAM:

Fascinating discussion of How Robber Barons hijacked the "Victorian Internet:

Discussion on reddit about how teams best manage artwork:

Quite funny, and a bit mind-bending for Americans, maybe:

Interesting discussion of religion and atheism (anti-religion?):

Obviously I like *this link, since I tried to raise my kids this way: Let Kids Play With Fire, and Other Rules for Good Parenting.

God Help The Girl
is a story written by Stuart Murdoch, which is in the process of being turned into a film, and which has already yielded a self-titled album, an EP (‘Stills’) and a handful of live shows.

So cute! Animals with Stuffed Animals. And

Important to remember: Also, after reading a biography of Marie Curie when I was young, I admired her so much. But I didn't want to BE her! The reason we are here on Earth, is to be our Selves, as much as possible. In my opinion.

Bizarre, and so opposite from the xkcd message, is: This might cheer you up, though: Clickety-click!

Interesting article about Nokia and open source.

World IPv6 Day. Get ready, people! Unlike the End of the World, this is actually happening.

Open Source Sewing
? Yeah, including this Teddy Pig pattern.

Why are there so many engineers in India? Interesting article about higher education in India, some of which is true in China too.

I had a blog with links about helpful travel sites, but I think it's way outdated. Easier to link to Hypatia's blog:

This sucks, but doesn't surprise me: It would discourage me, but I just got a nice card from Sen. Fayn as a response to an email I sent him. And he's a Republican. One of the good guys.

No idea if this works, is practical, etc. But it is interesting: Android, Chrome OS, and Ubuntu United in One Platform: A new option from Always Innovating adds a fourth Linux-based operating system for a quad-boot alternative. I don't have a Beagle board, but who knows the future?

Spreadsheet with Google Summer of Code students, and their distribution around the world:

If you didn't see it, President Obama at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner - now is as good a time as any!

From NPR: Size Matters: The Hidden Mathematics of Life.

That's quite enough, don't you think? I do too. More later, of course!