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Monthly Archives: May 2008

CTDL 181: Doomed to big pants

I don’t think they speak much about how big the fat cells can get, but if I’m stuck with the same number of cells I had in adolescence then I’m probably doomed to my chubby 185lbs in 8th grade count over my 145lbs in 10th grade count. I’m just guessing of course.

No amount of dieting [...]

CTDL 180: More than a mnemonic

I’m debating trying this bit of software, though at least the concept is interesting. I figure it’s probably better to remember a few of these things I share.

The right time to practice is just at the moment you’re about to forget. Unfortunately, this moment is different for every person and each bit of information. Imagine [...]

CTDL 179: Look Buzz an Alien!

Interesting theology from the vatican.

The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted as saying the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.
“How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?” Funes said. “Just as [...]

CTDL 178: Creature of Habit

I love the bold there. Make a new habit, learn an instrument, or just drive a new route to work. Become a creature of new and interesting habits.

HABITS are a funny thing. We reach for them mindlessly, setting our brains on auto-pilot and relaxing into the unconscious comfort of familiar routine. “Not choice, but habit [...]

CTDL 177: Why hello there Miss Bee

Those saucy flowers.

Flowers “wave” at insects to get their attention, scientists have discovered.
The finding helps explain why many flowers waft in the breeze, and reveals a hitherto unknown trick used to attract pollinators.
Scientists made the discovery while studying common wildflowers known as sea campion on the Welsh [...]

CTDL 176: Africa, Agriculture, and Oboes

Three Africa stories from the BBC today.
First off we’ve got two different pieces on “green”ifying Africa (and African agriculture specifically). As much as we’d like to think shipping food to Africa is the solution, it’s at best a stop gap measure. What (I think) they really need is an agricultural (and medical) infrastructure that will [...]

CTDL 175: The Human Speechome Project

Yes it’s an apple shill article, but it’s also an INTERESTING one on how study of language development is being done.

At a Glance
MIT’s Deb Roy wants to understand how children learn language. Until now, scientists lacked the technology to implement the intense observation, data gathering, and analysis they need to properly investigate this [...]

CTDL 174: Make windows more productive

Buy a Mac! I kid, I kid… well somewhat. I’m a Linux and Mac geek but have worked with PCs for decades now (“work” being loosely defined as “used heavily at home, at work, and as the de facto PC support person in my circle of friends)”), so some keyboard shortcuts (and such) aren’t a [...]

CTDL 173: Kill impulse purchasing

I love this idea for curbing frivolous spending:

The No Credit Needed financial blog suggests a “$100 rule,” in which any purchase price is divided by that amount and considered for that many days—a $300 PlayStation 3 gets re-considered for three days, a $1,400 MacBook is delayed for two weeks of researching, and so forth.
[From Money: [...]

CTDL 172: Food vs Nutrition

Straight from Boing Boing and Google Talks.

Pollan’s In Defense of Food is a fascinating treatise on eating and food, taking as its central tenet, “Eat food, mostly plants, not too much,” and cutting through all the “nutritionism” science that proposes to feed us on individual molecules instead of whole food. Link
[From Explaining food vs. nutrition: [...]