A special land-and-water issue of Agricultures (Purdue)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
In all of history, the total amount of gold humans have mined would fill:
A. two Olympic-size swimming pools
B. the Colusseum in Rome
C. the Grand Canyon
At Batu Hijau, a large-scale open-pit gold mine in eastern Indonesia, how long does it take to accumulate more tons of mining waste than than all of the tons of gold mined in human history?
A. sixteen hours
B. sixteen days
C. sixteen months
How much rock and ore must be extracted at Batu Hijau to produce the amount of gold (one ounce) in a typical wedding ring?
A. 250 tons
B. 250 pounds
C. 25 pounds
The answer to all three questions is: A.
Source: The Real Price of Gold, National Geographic, January 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Live Free or Drown: Floating Utopias on the Cheap. "Patri Friedman wants to make it easy for anyone to build an independent country: 'If we make one seastead, there's room for thousands.'" (wired.com)
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Will today's digital documents be accessible in the future? Jackie Esposito predicts that "30 to 40 percent of this information will be available" in the future. (ResearchPennState)
Monday, February 9, 2009
A dubiously useful list in no particular order.
1. Maybellene, why can't you be true?
2. What to do?
3. Will you dine and dance with me?
4. Out the door?
5. Nadine, honey is that you?
6. How long to get fixed?
7. Should I pick you up at a quarter to eleven?
8. Is it a date?
9. Where to dine?
10. Can we get in?
11. Girl, what'd I say?
12. Oh mommy, mommy, please may I go?
13. Oh baby doll, will it end for you and me?
14. Who's the queen standin' over by the record machine?
15. Would you get hip to this kindly tip?
"Death in the domain of the insects can be swift and cruel but retains a magnificence and beauty that is somehow at odds with the brutality of what is happening..." (scienceray.com)
Friday, February 6, 2009
How happy are you with the design of your magazine?
- I think it's the bee's knees: 6 (26%)
- I like it, but there are things I'd like to improve: 13 (56%)
- I neither like nor dislike it: 1 (4%)
- I dislike most of it, but there are some good things about it: 2 (8%)
- I really don't like it at all: 1 (4%)
An illustrated manual of Soviet road safety guidelines, written in verse. ("Don't use vodka as a fuel, Or you’ll crash your engine cruel.")
Thursday, February 5, 2009
'Ring Tossed: "A Visit to the Nurburgring -- once the world's most treacherous racetrack, now a pedal-to-the-metal public playground -- provides a crash course in German automania."
Finalist, leisure interests, American Society of Magazine Editors' Best American Magazine Writing 2002 (Steve Rushin, Sports Illustrated)
After you read the story, have a gander at this:
Gone: "What's it like to be kidnapped and held for ransom, not as a political prisoner but as an economic one? What's it like to live in the Ecuadoran jungle for 141 days? What's it like not to sleep, to be bound in chains, to have your body invaded by living things, to waste away to the point of death? What's it like to have one of your fellow hostages killed when the negotiators fail at negotiation? What's it like? This is what it's like."
Finalist, feature writing, American Society of Magazine Editors' Best American Magazine Writing 2002 (Tom Junod, Esquire magazine)
It's now or never for America's dailies. A former TIME managing editor offers a way to return journalism to prosperity: charge for it, a nickel at a time: "I am hoping that this year will see the dawn of a bold, old idea that will provide yet another option that some news organizations might choose: getting paid by users for the services they provide and the journalism they produce." Walter Isaacson, Time magazine