Archive for December, 2004

How Popular are You?

Although it only has data since 1990, you might be interested to see how common certain names are for “>new babies in the US according to the Social Security Administration. Emily has been the most common name for girls for a number of years. I guess I haven’t met a lot of very young girls […]

Calendar Reform Proposed

Richard Conn Henry, professor in the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University, is proposing a Better Calendar Proposedreformed calendar. His system would maintain 12 months a year and 7 days a week. The chance is that the dates will always fall on the same day of the year. […]

Last day of Child’s Play 2005

Today is the last day to contribute to the Child’s Play Charity for 2005. If you are not familiar with Child’s Play, it is a charity started by computer gamers who were tired of the bad wrap they were getting. Last year they raised $250K in cash and gifts for the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Most […]

Off-the-Record Messaging for GAIM

Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging allows you to have private conversations over instant messaging by providing: Encryption No one else can read your instant messages. Authentication You are assured the correspondent is who you think it is. Deniability The messages you send do not have digital signatures that are checkable by a third party. Anyone can forge […]

Science Honours

Winner: Water on Mars. Nasa’s Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity discovered compelling evidence for the prolonged existence of salty, acidic water on the surface of the Red Planet. Runner up: Indonesian “hobbit”. A team of archaeologists made the mind-blowing discovery of a new species of human that stood only one metre tall and lived on […]

Ballooning into the Sky

I always thought the idea of flying through the sky with balloons would be cool. Looks like I am not the only one. Check out Ballooning into the Sky. I am not sure if you have seen the movie “The Red Balloon”, but both I, and the site author have. I always wanted to fly […]

Year in Ideas

The New York Times has published a great list they call the Year in Ideas: A to Z. While it is missing entries for a few letters (while others are duplicated), it has some great new inventions, discoveries and ideas from the last year. And to think the US Patent director stepped down saying we […]

The Christian Science Monitor has an article titled Contrarian finding: Computers are a drag on learning, which is a great example of sensationalism both in reporting and studies. Since there are plenty of reports saying computers help learning no one would read a report that repeated these findings, but if you say the opposite (or […]