Appreciation to Mark Frauenfelder for posting this incredibly handy tip at BoingBoing.com…
How to tell which side of your rental car the gas cap is on
Mark Frauenfelder | BoingBoing.com | 28 Mar 11
Here’s something I’ve never been able to remember: when I rent a car I forget to notice which side the gas cap is on.
For the rest of my trip, I don’t think to look. I only think about it when I’m driving and it’s time to fill up the tank. I try to use the side view mirrors to see which side the gas cap is on. It never works. Then I look at other cars on the road, hoping to spot one that is the same model as mine so I can see which side the gas cap is on. Unfortunately, I’m car blind in the way that some people are face blind, so that usually doesn’t work. I usually end up driving to the pump and finding out if I got lucky.
But last month I met Joshua Schacter (creator of Delicious) at TED and he told me that most late-model cars have a little arrow on the gas gauge that points to the side of the car with the gas cap. This information has changed my life.
Joshua’s latest creation is ClueDB, a website “for sharing tips and tricks on how to make life better. You can tag, vote and comment on the clues you like. And you can contribute clues as well.” Sample clue: “Putting a screw into a threaded hole — Turn the screw backwards until it clicks into the first thread. the chances of putting it in wrong are much less that way.”
Recently William Cronon, a historian who teaches at the University of Wisconsin, decided to weigh in on his state’s political turmoil. He started a blog, “Scholar as Citizen,” devoting his first post to the role of the shadowy American Legislative Exchange Council in pushing hard-line conservative legislation at the state level. Then he published an opinion piece in The Times, suggesting that Wisconsin’s Republican governor has turned his back on the state’s long tradition of “neighborliness, decency and mutual respect.”
So what was the G.O.P.’s response? A demand for copies of all e-mails sent to or from Mr. Cronon’s university mail account containing any of a wide range of terms, including the word “Republican” and the names of a number of Republican politicians.
_______________________________________________________________________________ Laurens (Larry) V. Griswold, known as “The Diving Fool”, was an American gymnast and entertainer who was involved in the early development of the trampoline.
This may be a bit more life analysis than most of us are into but the graphics are really neat…
The Birth of a Word
Deb Roy | TED | Mar 11
_______________________________________________________________________________ Deb Roy studies how children learn language, and designs machines that learn to communicate in human-like ways. On sabbatical from MIT Media Lab, he’s working with the AI company Bluefin Labs.
It has been reported that many of the pro-government forces fighting against the rebels in Libya are in fact mercenaries, hired guns, paid to do Qaddaffi’s dirty work and save his regime. Some of them are said to be from Israel. Now there’s a plot twist if I ever heard one. So tell me, what’s the difference between a hired mercenary gunman shooting from a rooftop at rebel forces and a French jet dropping an American cruise missile on that building? The answer? Our mercenaries are bigger than theirs…
This is a wonderful video. The filmmaker goes on a subway and asks random people about their lives. The answers, and the people who give them, are sensitive, revealing, insightful, typical, delightful and totally human. Much applause to Mr. Rudkowski for this exquisite glimpse at the human condition.
Just Keep Going
Luke Rudkowski | YouTube | 22 Mar 11
_______________________________________________________________________________ Luke Rudkowski does video explorations of the human condition. He can be found at http://twitter.com/lukerudkowski and http://www.facebook.com/LukeWeAreChange.
When I was a kid we used to watch the Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday nights. That was before 60 Minutes. Aside from Elvis, I always enjoyed the jugglers. And there were some really great ones. I remember a Chinese group that juggled a dozen plates while balancing on a dozen chairs. But none of them surpassed this guy…
Michael Moschen and a Triangle
_______________________________________________________________________________ Ranked as one of the world’s leading jugglers and one of America’s most visionary performing artists, Michael Moschen has transformed this ancient circus art into a mesmerizing concert form that has garnered critical acclaim as “genius,” “exhilarating virtuoso entertainment” and “flawless purity” from leading media such as the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. Moschen has performed both solo and collaboratively with leading artists Off-Broadway, in major concert halls, and on arts festivals in Europe, Asia and North and South America. His work crosses ethnic and social borders, and is greeted with standing ovations and critical acclaim in every country and audiences of all ages. Recognized by the McCarthur Foundation with the prestigious Genius Award, his work is seen often on stages, film and television. When not performing Mr. Moschen is creating.