Thursday, June 12, 2003

Suppose, when he went to Gettysburg to dedicate the cemetery there, Abraham Lincoln had been able to employ the wonderful abilities of....

....(wait for it)....


No, but if you hum a few bars, I can fake it.


Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Necessity Addiction the mother of invention . . .

In related news, deputies involved in "Operation Rose Pipe" in St John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, found that 14 percent of [270 5th-7th grade] students associated the glass rose tubes with smoking crack cocaine. So yeah, cursive drills are maybe not the most important thing to have kids do while you've got them in the classroom.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

A scientist studies what may be the mummy of Queen Nefertiti of Egypt.

(Note to self: Check previous posts before posting....oh well, at least I got a picture!)

What if Superman were a Red?

What if he had landed in the Ukraine instead of Kansas? An interesting take and very creative endeavor. (Review: may contain spoilers).
A consequence of the computer age: cursive is apparently dying.

Every so often I'll attempt to scrawl a bit in cursive, and it always takes me several minutes just to recall how to make every letter. I believe I was in my early college years the last time I actually used cursive for anything longer than my signature. Even though I do a lot of longhand writing, none of it is cursive. (I print in italics.)

Should we still teach cursive, or has it become irrelevant?


I hope this isn't what Andrew Carlssin was talking about over at Laputan Logic.

Beauty Check?
Find out about:
* why some faces are more beautiful than others;
* how scientists help unravel the mystery of beauty; and
* the dangerous relationship between a beautiful body and social power.


Sunday, June 08, 2003

The Hellenic Ministry of Culture (via plep on MeFi). Of course, ol' languagehat has already been there.

Your assignment: pick a favorite site? (and we aint talkin web here, baby.)