Nerds and Geeks

–Nerds and Geeks (Kairosnews) Over on KairosNews, blacklily8 playfully taunts editor Charlie, “Can you tell me what the difference is between a geek a nerd? You seem to be the expert!“ I had a minute before heading home for the day, and thus spake Google: http://jargon.watson-net.com/jargon.asp?w=geek http://jargon.watson-net.com/jargon.asp?w=nerd The Jargon Lexicon notes that the word “nerd” probably derives from the Dr. Seuss book “If I Ran the Circus,” but as I recall…

King speech still rings true for retired professor

Howard Dantzler stood among a sea of people on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., 40 years ago today. | He was 29 years old then. He had been in the service. He had earned a master’s degree. | But he was not free. –King speech still rings true for retired professor (Tribune-Review) A man looks back 40 years at the day Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I have…

Carabella Goes to College

Like most new college students, Carabella will spend the week before the start of classes doing routine tasks that we take for granted: opening a bank account, receiving new checks, using a credit card, and shopping at a grocery store that has a “club card”. She will learn how such simple activities can have major consequences for her privacy. –Carabella Goes to College (Privacy Activism) In this game, you’re a young…

Stolen [Leonardo Da Vinci] masterpiece rivals the Mona Lisa

[W]ith the Mona Lisa, the Madonna was among only a handful of paintings known to be authentic Leonardo works. | The thieves arrived just before 11am. They were flamboyantly dressed, polite and personable until the moment one of them presented a knife to a woman tour guide who had led them to the Madonna. — Jim Mcbeth –Stolen [Leonardo Da Vinci] masterpiece rivals the Mona Lisa  (Scotsman) Here are a…

Lewis & Clark Expedition Left Pittsburgh 31 Aug 2003

At around 11 o’clock that morning Lewis departed from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a a party of eleven men. They arrived shortly after at Bruno’s Island which was a mere 3 miles from Pittsburgh. Once ashore Lewis demonstrated his airgun to the men, while citizens watched. However, one citizen accidentally caused the gun to discharge, sending the bullet through a woman’s hat where it brimmed across her temple. The woman was…

Bear Slaughter Ends Wilderness Research

Usually, the bears would come to greet him within a day or two of his arrival, sniffing his scent in the air, nuzzling his footprints and then making contact.|This year, there was nothing. But there were fierce snowstorms and he thought they might be keeping the bears away. He travelled far and wide, looking for any sign of the bears he knew. –Alanna Mitchell –Bear Slaughter Ends Wilderness Research (Globe and…

Mike's Journal

“[E]excuse me, I just got my sight back last week after being totally blind for 43 years. Could you help me figure out what I am seeing?” — Mike May –Mike’s Journal (Sendero Group) A fascinating excerpt: I found it very distracting to look at people‚Äôs faces when I was having a conversation. I can see their lips moving, eye lashes flickering, head nodding and hands gesturing. First, I tried looking…