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Old 28th Nov 2004, 5:06   #31
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Webcomix are cool. :D
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Old 29th Nov 2004, 15:55   #32
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This is rather whizz, a program that trawls for the top 100 news postings and the top 100 news words every hours, presenting them in a 10x10 table of pictures.

Ten by Ten.

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Old 30th Nov 2004, 18:11   #33
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100 Scientific Things to do Before you Die.
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Old 30th Nov 2004, 21:00   #34
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More complicated options include joining the 300 Club at the South Pole (they take a sauna to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, then run naked to the pole in minus 100 F) or learning Choctaw, a language with two past tenses - one for giving information which is definitely true, the other for passing on material taken without checking from someone else.
That's fantastic. English should be abolished and we should all learn Choctaw and then journalism can become an honourable profession again.
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Old 15th Dec 2004, 12:30   #35
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I know there are lots of these - but here's a seasonal short:

It's a Wonderful Life - by bunnies
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Old 15th Dec 2004, 14:08   #36
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From http://www.guardian.co.uk/online

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Top libraries to go online in deal with Google

Bobbie Johnson
Wednesday December 15, 2004
The Guardian


Students take note - endless journeys to the library could become a thing of the past thanks to a new multimillion-pound scheme to make classic texts available at the click of a mouse.
Under a deal announced yesterday between the internet search engine Google and five of the world's top libraries, some of the globe's greatest literary treasures will soon be freely available for all to read on the world wide web.

Oxford University's world-renowned Bodleian Library will initially make an estimated 1m books from its 19th-century collection available to Google, while Stanford University and the University of Michigan in the US will be contributing their libraries of a combined 15m titles. Also taking part in the scheme on a test basis are Harvard University and the New York Public Library.

The project will involve scanning millions of titles - many of them rare and delicate - and making the text available on the internet via Google searches. It is a process which experts have predicted could take as long as 10 years.

"This project won't necessarily have an end date," said Fabio Selmoni, the managing director of Google's European advertising sales and operations. "As far as Google is concerned, it's very exciting to move into a non-digitised area and bring it to people all around the world. We're working very closely with libraries and publishers to make as much information available as possible."

The deal fits with Google's wide-reaching ambitions to drive as much information as possible on to the internet. Although there have been setbacks along the way - Downing Street this week jettisoned its 2006 e-government target, for example - many remain confident that the future for all data, new and old, lies on the web.

Bullish predictions from search companies indicate that it is not a case of if data will hit the internet, but when. "We have the audacity to believe that one day we will be able to provide all the world's information online," Mr Selmoni boasted.

The California-based search giant hopes to get a head start on its competitors by integrating the library information into its own database, while the libraries involved will benefit from having their collections brought into the digital age. The Bodleian could eventually see its entire collection of 8m titles transferred into searchable digital formats.

Although many out-of-copyright titles are already available for free on the web, Google hopes users will take the opportunity to search across collections and look at titles previously only available on library shelves.

"The Bodleian Library's 19th-century collections, which include many out-of-print titles which would otherwise be incredibly hard to find, will be scanned as part of the Google Print Programme," said Reg Carr, the director of Oxford University Library Services. "We hope that Oxford's contribution to this project will be of scholarly use, as well as general interest, to people around the world."

The scheme could revolutionise academic life by putting information at the fingertips of readers instead of being filed away in musty library catalogues. Students, scholars and amateur enthusiasts alike will be able to look at books which were previously out of reach - including works by Charles Darwin, Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Babbage - simply by connecting to the internet.

"At the moment you can come and look at these texts if you have a bona fide scholastic interest," said Nicky Old, a spokeswoman for Oxford University. "Now you will be able to do it from the comfort of your home or office. And the benefit of being on the internet is that it's not just accessible, but searchable as well."

Neither Google nor the libraries would reveal any financial details of the project, but the search giant's well-publicised flotation this year raised more than $1bn - capital that could easily be injected into a programme which some are estimating will cost at least $150m.

Google's attempt to become a library on the web is not the first of its kind, but it is by far the most ambitious. Project Gutenberg already publishes the texts of books which are out of copyright, while the British Library is part of a £2m scheme allowing readers to view copyright-sensitive material electronically. Google and the online retailer Amazon, meanwhile, have made deals with publishers such as HarperCollins and Penguin to make newer, copyright-sensitive titles available.

"We're not just intending to focus on books that are out of print," Mr Selmoni said.

"We are also hoping publishers will realise the benefits of putting their existing catalogues online."


Books that could find their way into Google:

The Descent of Man - Charles Darwin

The Bodleian Library has an extensive collection of Darwin material, including his 1871 work The Descent of Man - a follow-up to the controversial The Origin of Species

Goblin Market and Other Poems - Christina Rossetti

Oxford has an original edition of Goblin Market, the first major success for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, of which Rossetti was a member. Her most well-known work was praised by reviewers for heralding a new voice and original talent when it was published in 1862

On the Economy of Machinery and Manufacturers - Charles Babbage

Babbage is better known as the godfather of computing, but this 1832 rarity was his first exploration of management theory. His passion was calculating machinery and he was well aware of the commercial possibilities of such a machine, and gives a description of cost accounting in this book

The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy - Isaac Newton

Stanford has a first edition of Newton's 1687 work, in which he laid out the principles of time, force and motion that have guided modern physics

The Whetstone of Witte - Robert Record

The University of Michigan has a rare copy of Record's bizarre mathematical manual - the first publication to use the equals sign because, in the author's words, "noe .2. thynges, can be moare equalle"
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...and following on from the stuffed still-born foal on ebay...
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Click on Amner's link above and go to 'Pickled Pets' on the menu. What nicer than a jar of skinned squirrel tails - or a bull's dissected testicle? Too ho-hum? Try a skinned kitten.

I worry, I really do .......
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Got this on an email this morning, was rather entertained by it:

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MAKERS OF CRACK ISSUE SAFETY WARNING

Could Cause Users to Become Ho's, Company Says

The makers of the popular drug crack issued a safety warning today,
advising crack's millions of users that habitual use of the stimulant
could cause them to become ho's.

A spokesman for Pharmacia Cranque LLP announced the safety warning from
its corporate headquarters in Brussels, causing its shares to plummet on
Wall Street.

"Clinical studies have shown that continued use of crack may, in some rare
instances, cause the habitual crack user to become a crack ho," said
spokesman Jean-Luc Van de Velde.

While not every crack user becomes a crack ho, Mr. Van de Velde added,
"the occurrence of crack ho's per one million crack users was high enough
to warrant this safety advisory."

In Kansas City, crack user Shelly McTaggart said she felt "betrayed" by
the drug giant's announcement: "I've been smoking crack every day for the
last eight years and there was no warning label indicating that I was in
danger of becoming a ho - which, by the way, I am."

Drug industry experts said that the safety warning was particularly bad
news for Pharmacia Cranque, which earlier this year was forced to issue
similar warnings for two of its hottest-selling street drugs, China Girl
and Chiba Chiba.

Dexter Tolan of Credit Suisse First Boston said that the company's latest
woes may cause investors to look elsewhere to put their drug money to
work: "Right now I've gone from 'neutral' to 'buy' on crystal meth."
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