Monday, June 29, 2009


In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Sony Walkman, the BBC gave one to a 13-year-old kid for a week. Read his review here. "It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape."


Thanks to Mental Floss's 10 Ways to Learn Stuff While Procrastinating Online I learned:

What's special about every number from 0 to 9999 here.

That the guy who runs this website has “hyperthymesia”.

How to write my name in elvish.

Here's at least one way of doing it:


Here's a yummy recipe for a raspberry lassi that I will have to make someday.


My former classmate at GW, Yinka Dare, got a mention in Mental Floss's 5 Streaks of Futility (And How They Finally Ended) for going 77 games over 3 seasons before recording his first assist of his NBA career. I did not realize he died in 2004. Sad. I remember seeing him often at the cafeteria freshman year. He was impossible to miss, really, he was so tall.

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In 1789, the governor of Australia granted land and some animals to James Ruse in an experiment to see how long it would take him to support himself. Within 15 months he had become self sufficient. The area is still known as Experiment Farm. This is my Experiment Farm to see how long it will take me to support myself by writing.