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Flesh and Blood

Meaning Usually refers to one’s family. Sometimes used (as in Shakespeare’s original) to denote all living creatures. Origin From Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Clown: I have been, madam, a wicked creature, as you and all flesh and blood are; and, indeed, I do marry that I may repent. –Flesh and Blood (The Prhase Finder) Er, no, that’s not from Hamlet. It’s from All’s Well That Ends Well (I.iii). I love quirky online databases,…

Macramé Disaster

I panicked and tried to pat out the fire with my hands but the brittle, dry macramé cord was fully ablaze within a few seconds. All I could do was stand there and scream for help. The owl was now a fireball which was scorching my wall and dropping cinders onto the carpet. –Macramé Disaster (Catenema) Also worth reading — Cub Scout Confidential. Found via an amusing MetaFilter thread on macramé.

Media students 'most employable'

Media studies students – sometimes stereotyped as studying “Mickey Mouse” degrees – are among the most employable of any graduates, says a major survey. –Media students ‘most employable’ (BBC) An interesting detail to keep in mind as I put together my plan for a “Disney Worldview” course for next January. Via Color in a Lurid World.

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The worst word in the language

For crying out loud, I‘m middle class. I went to a school most people would call posh. But if I came home and said to my wife that I wanted a beverage, or asked her to pass the condiments, she?d punch me. When I travel, I don’t need to be treated like Hyacinth Bucket. I want you to understand I speak like you do and that I‘ll understand perfectly if…

What are the lessons from Dan Gillmor's Bayosphere?

If there is any general lesson about Bayosphere, it’s that citizen journalism at the community level needs less high-flown rhetoric and more street-smart testing. The model for what works in content remains to be finished. Citizen journalism is not a failure. But there needs to be a more engaged relationship between the proprietors and impresarios of community sites and their contributors, some of whom are news-gathering novices. –Tom Grbisich –What…

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Galleries — Bridge Drawings

–Galleries — Bridge Drawings (Ex Astris Scientia) A very cool collection of cut-away schmatics of the various designs of the bridges for Star Trek. Starts with the bridge as it appeared in the Star Trek pilot episodes, the original series, the movies, and various refits of the same set for the various Federation starships encountered throughout the later series. Very geeky. Very good.

We will never forget them…

We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and “slipped the surly bonds of earth” to “touch the face of God.” –We will never forget them… (MetaFilter) A thread devoted to the 20th anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

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Thumbs Up for Movie-Making Game

So The Movies — set in an unnamed city where they make movies, decorate with palm trees and assign sycophants to celebrities — is a fictionalized simulation of a real place that simulates fiction while fictionalizing the real world. [...] Activision and its partner Lionhead Films encourages the uploading and sharing of your creations, so this could be your big chance to show the real-life movie studios what you could…

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Hacker

Like any red-blooded hacker, Mozart adored mathematics as a child (and gambling as an adult), found word-play irresistible (email would have been perfect for him) and loved setting himself puzzles. His Musical dice game uses dice throws and pre-composed short fragments of music to form compositions created by random numbers; the challenge was writing fragments that would fit together whatever the throws. At one point in his opera Don Giovanni,…

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The Bridge Home Theater

The first thing that occurred to me was the similarity between the bridge on the Enterprise and a small theater. The view screen made an obvious film screen and the seating centered around the command chairs and behind would fit well in the small space I had. I therefore decided to make my theater into a loose replica of the bridge sets from the various Start Trek TV shows and…