I did a little more shopping around, and this is much better free desktop planetarium than the Cosmic Thing: Heavens-Above. Endless [free] content unrolls before your eyes. Here’s the view from my back yard.
stating the obvious has an entertaining piece about uber-geek Jamie Zawinski. I remember thinking how annoying he was when I first saw his Netscape internal web page that blared out “my cubicle is cooler than yours.” I work with people like this every day.
Usability on parade in FEED: Listen to the usability rock stars talk about how the famous Palm Beach ballot was flawed.
New Scientist magazine has a good article in its November 11th issue, Surf like a Bushman, about biological foraging theory and the hunt for information. Searching for food and searching for information are strikingly similar. I can relate; I feel the primal rush of a successful hunt after tracking something down on the web. The word browse derives from eating.
The December issue of The Atlantic Monthly is just terrific. I’ll buy a magazine if it has one interesting paragraph in it, and this issue has two big meaty articles worth savoring in detail: a report on wine critic Robert Parker Jr. and an article on people who deliberately amputate healthy limbs by Carl Elliot. Weird but compelling.
I love Books on Tape. I used to be embarrassed to admit it, but I’ve given up. Now the only question is whether to say, in idle conversation, that I “read” such and such a book, or to say that I listened to it, but hey that’s just as good. I have a half hour commute, and listening to good books has become one of the high points of my day. Recently “reads”: The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain and I, Claudius by Robert Graves.