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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Airplanes

modèles de papie



Model Templates for paper airplanes


Also:

Collection of paper airplanes

Build the best paper airplane in the world

Record winning paper airplanes


More sites

Fiddler's Green paper airplane models, some free some for sale


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Carophile

All things auto


"Jalopnik loves cars.

Secret cars, concept cars, flying cars, vintage cars, tricked-out cars, red cars, black cars, blonde cars
sometimes, cars just because of the curve of a hood."
Jalopnik.com


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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Legal Understanding

See what they mean


Through precise definitions, an act can be compared to what's allowed and what is prohibited.

This very process of clarification can make the statutes difficult for the layman to understand.

" Welcome to Nolo's Legal Glossary, your life-raft in the sea of legal jargon. Do you need to know the meaning of sprinkling trust, toxic tort or some equally puzzling legal term? Look it up here. Our glossary contains plain-English definitions for hundreds of legal terms, from the common to the bizarre."

Toxic tort
A personal injury caused by exposure to a toxic substance, such as asbestos or hazardous waste. Victims can sue for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Willful tort
A harmful act that is committed in an intentional and conscious way. For example, if your neighbor builds an ugly new fence and you intentionally run it down with your truck, that's a willful tort. But accidentally backing into the fence as you pull out of your driveway is not willful, though it's still a tort.


Everybody's Legal Glossary


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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Bricks as Pets

Is it right?


Tired of picking up after your pet?
"Red Bricks (Brickus vermillius) are found around the world. Their association with humans is a long one, for bricks have been found in archaeological sites from the very ancient to the modern.

The vast majority of bricks are working bricks, used mainly in construction of human houses and other buildings. A tiny minority of bricks, however, are unfortunately kept for human consumption, a use that is thankfully dwindling under the force of anti-brick-cruelty laws."


Pet Brick FAQ


The site also has more than enough information about rats.
Rat Behavior and Biology


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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Grandma Knew Best

Advice from the past



History does repeat itself, so we might learn from advice from the past.

"Take a step back in time as I share words of wisdom from my collection of about 1,000 classic advice books in a quest to solve modern-day dilemmas.

The books span from 1822 to 1978 and cover the age-old topics of dating, love, living together, marriage, health, beauty, puberty, sex, etiquette, housekeeping, home economics, and home repairs. I've spent years scouting out used bookstores and thrift shops to locate these treasures of self help. "

MissAbigail.com


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Monday, May 29, 2017

A Way Cool Paint-Picker

Just slap it on



If you have decided to paint your home, or just this inside of the downstairs coat closet, the Behr paint people have a neat tool.

Color Smart

You still have to slop the paint on yourself, though.

Here are other color generators:

Top 8 Color Tools

EasyRGB matches generated RGB values to paints, inks, etc.


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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Internet History

Two tin cans



From Forbes:

The Internet: A Short History of Getting Connected.
When the Defense Department issued a $19,800 contract on December 6, 1967, for the purpose of studying the "design and specification of a computer network," the world didn't take notice. But it should have. For, from that small, four-month study grew the ARPANET. And, from ARPANET emerged the Internet.

Also:
Living Internet
"An elegantly organized tour of the history of the Internet -- both fun and informative -- a rare combination!"
Steve Crocker, invented the Request For Comments.


All About the Internet

Hobbes' Internet Timeline v11.0


A Brief History of the Internet

"When the late Senator Ted Kennedy heard in 1968 that the pioneering Massachusetts company BBN had won the ARPA contract for an "interface message processor (IMP)," he sent a congratulatory telegram to BBN for their ecumenical spirit in winning the "interfaith message processor" contract."



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Friday, May 26, 2017

Be a Local Scoble

Photo Walk


Robert Scoble, tech evangelist, has been touting the fun of Photowalking. Getting together with a group of like-minded people to just walk around and take pictures.

Robert has made a number of videos that you can see on his blog The ScobleShow.

Locally Kevin Freitas, a web developer and community supporter, solicited participation in a Tacoma area walk.

Since digital film is free. After you've got a camera, why not set a walk up in your city?



The results of our stroll can be seen at theses links:


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Did You Know

Nerd Conversation Nibblets



Here's a part of the list of knowledge tidbits from Kelly's Bar

Did You Know?
  • Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.
  • The dollar symbol ($) is a U combined with an S (U.S.)
  • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
  • The Statue of Liberty's tablet is two feet thick.
  • There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
  • Hacky-sack was invented in Turkey.
  • Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.
If you have doubts about these "facts", look at the Snopes Urban Legends Reference Pages


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Color Blind

Be seen by all



Books on web design warn against using the colors red and green.

One out of twenty people have problems with some form of color blindness.

Here is a site that will let you check your web pages. You will be able to see the page as it appears to someone with one of the three main types of color deficit.

Vischeck

Normal



Deuteranope color blindness

hats, deuteranope



Colorblind Web Page Filter


How do things look to Color Blind People


Web Colors


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

President's Day or Presidents' Day

Neither


The third Monday in February is officially Washington's birthday, not Presidents' Day according to the federal government.

Individual states may designate the day as anything they want, but the federal holiday is Washington's birthday.

Snopes.com





Interestingly enough, although Georgia celebrates Washington's Birthday, the Governor is accorded the right to designate when state holidays occur. In Georgia, Washington's Birthday is recognized the day after Christmas.

There is an urban legend that when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was implemented in 1971, President Richard Nixon issued a proclamation calling for a Presidents' Day on the third Monday to honor all U.S. presidents.

Each February both the Law Library at the Library of Congress and the Nixon Library field an upsurge in calls on this question. No evidence of this exists in Nixon's official papers.

Wikipedia


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Non Designers Type Book, The

By Robin Williams


ISBN 0-201-35367-9
Peachpit Press 1998



About the Author
Williams teaches electronic typography and has written some excellent books on digital design.

Anyone who has witnessed the horrific use of type on many personal web sites knows how badly these books are needed. Clear explanations and good illustrations are the hallmarks of both volumes.

Also author of The PC is not a typewriter.

Book Description
Each short chapter explores a different type secret including use of evocative typography, tailoring typeface to project, working with spacing, punctuation marks, special characters, fonts, justification, and much more. It is written in the lively, engaging style that has made Williams one of the most popular computer authors today.

It uses numerous examples to illustrate the subtle details that make the difference between good and sophisticated use of type. The non-platform specific, non-software specific approach to the book makes this a must-have for any designer's bookshelf - from type novices to more experienced graphic designers and typesetters.


Quote
"Most packages also have a discretionary hyphen, affectionately called a "dischy." If you type Ctrl+- (Control Hypen on a PC), the word will hyphenate at that point, that hyphen will disappear when the word moves to another location.

Also (and this is the point), if you type a discretionary hyphen in front of a hyphenated word, it will not hyphenate at all, ever."



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Friday, May 05, 2017

Home School Computers Available

Need PCs?



"Our economy is at a crucial turning point. Jobs in America require technological skills and computer expertise. The CFL program places computers in our classrooms and prepares our children to contribute and compete in the 21st century.

The CFL website connects the registered needs of schools and educational nonprofit organizations with available computer equipment. The program allows federal agencies and private sector entities to transfer unneeded computers and related equipment to schools and educational nonprofit organizations, while giving special consideration to those with the greatest need."

Computers for Learning (CFL) FAQ


"Schools and educational nonprofit organizations can participate in the CFL program.

A school is eligible to participate if it is a public, private, parochial, or home school serving pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students. Day care centers must provide a state approved preschool curriculum in order to participate. "



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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tiny Trebuchet

Pumpkin (seed) flinger


Something there is that is fascinated by hurling things through the air. The medievals tossed oil and rocks.
Today it's mostly Fall vegetables.

Here's away to bring the machine down to desk level and make cubical living even more dangerous.



Build your own 3" trebuchet out of paperclips

Also:
Build a Trebuchet in your backyard


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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Calendar Templates

New days


Here are calendars that you can produce using Word, PowerPoint, or even Visio.

Calendars

Also see
Make a Calendar

"For each month of each year featured, there are a variety of printable calendar pages for you to choose from. You can print out calendar pages that include coloring pages, selected craft projects, and special days to celebrate. "



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Monday, April 10, 2017

Shoelaces

What's to know?


Fun, fashion & science in this quirky site about shoelaces. Whether you want to learn to lace shoes, tie shoelaces, stop shoelaces from coming undone, calculate shoelace lengths or even repair aglets, Ian's Shoelace Site has the answer!
Fieggen.com


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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Find Commands

Ribbon seeker

MS has a download that can be used to search for those old toolbar commands on the new Ribbon.

OfficeLabs.com


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Open with Google

And you want to do this why?


"Google has added the functionality to make its office apps (Docs and Spreadsheets) the default application to open word documents and spreadsheet files, either for files downloaded from the Internet or local files on your computer, or both."

GoogleTutor.com


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Templates

Suggestions

If you have a task with an app that you find yourself repeating, make a template.
Here are some suggestions.
Bottom line: don't do it twice if you can template it once.
Jotform.com


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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Long Bets

Take a chance


The purpose of Long Bets is to improve long–term thinking. Long Bets is a public arena for enjoyably competitive predictions, of interest to society, with philanthropic money at stake. The Long Now Foundation furnishes the continuity to see even the longest bets through to public resolution. This website provides a forum for discussion about what may be learned from the bets and their eventual outcomes.
  • By 2060 the total population of humans on earth will be less than it is today.
  • By 2020, bio-terror or bio-error will lead to one million casualties in a single event.
  • By the year 2020 solar electricity will be as cheap or cheaper than that produced by fossil fuels.
LongBets.com

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Snow Flakes

Cooling

Your online guide to snowflakes, snow crystals, and other ice phenomena ...

SnowCrystals


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

First Aid

Do it yourself

Got a foreign object in your nose? The Mayo Clinic has some advice on First Aid.

MayoClinic.com


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Thai Recipies

Videos

How to cook Thai dishes with videos and ingredients.

ThaiFoodTonight.com


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Monday, February 06, 2017

World Wide Web Cams

Peek around the planet

Links to over 500 free webcam.

Opentopia.com


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Monday, January 30, 2017

Tag a Collection

Basic naming and tagging protocol

Here are some suggestions about indexing a collection. In this case pictures on Flickr.

Deciding on classifications and inputting the tags is the hard part. Once all of the tags are in place your collection is searchable, and you can make sets based on any of the criteria used.


EvilMadScientist.com


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Monday, January 23, 2017

One Summer America, 1927

EVERYTHING happened in the Summer of 1927!

by Bill Bryson




"It’s amazing what a talented writer at the top of his game can do with a seemingly narrow topic. The title of Bill Bryson’s latest sums up the simplicity of his task: to document the “most extraordinary summer” of 1927, beginning with Charles Lindbergh’s successful flight across the Atlantic. 

Even though we know many of these stories--Lindbergh’s flight, Babe Ruth’s 60-homerun season, the Mississippi River flood, Al Capone’s bullet-ridden reign over Chicago--in Bryson’s hands, and in the context of one amazing summer of twentieth-century ingenuity and accomplishment, they feel fresh, lively, and just plain fun. The book is so jammed with “did you know it” nuggets and fascinating origin stories (the opening of the Holland Tunnel, the first Mickey Mouse prototype, the source of the term “hot dog”), the effect is like sitting beside a brilliant, slightly boozy barstool raconteur, who knows a little bit about everything

From a tabloid murder trial to a flagpole-sitting record to the secret origins of the looming Great Depression, One Summer offers a new look at a transitional period in history, re-introducing us to such characters as Capone, Jack Dempsey, Al Jolson, Charles Ponzi, and Herbert Hoover. Ultimately, this is a book about the moment when important things, for good or ill, began happening in the US. With a giddy narrative voice and keen eye for off-kilter details, Bryson has spun a clever tale of America’s coming of age." --Neal Thompson




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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Healthy Computing

10 tips

Neck hurt? Wrists ache? Back pain?
Here are some suggestions.

TipTalk


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Need a Doctor?

Look up site



”Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2016, the AIM DocFinder was the only online physician directory of its kind when it was launched in 1996. The DocFinder is still recognized for its easy to use search engine. DocFinder remains the only combined database of all licensing jurisdictions that has its direct source of data from and controlled by state licensing boards and remains free of charge to the public.”


DocBoard.org


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Monday, January 09, 2017

How to Lace Shoes

Two trillion Ways

Forget about Velcro. Here are 33 illustrated ways to lace your shoes.

Fieggen.com/Shoelace


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Monday, January 02, 2017

Sgt. Pepper

If you're old enough

The Oxford Dictionary presents an interactive version of the cover.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Office 2010-13 is Loose

It’s been loosed on the world

More news about the latest version.

Office 2010

Office 2013


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