Saturday, March 28, 2009
Red lettering offers a one-topping pizza for $5.
Audio: NPR's Morning Edition, March 26th.
Recently Jack asked if Alaska Governor and 2008 VP candidate Sarah Palin was still relevant to national dialogue?
His audience isn't shy.
Viewers shared their opinions.
Photo: CNN/Getty Images
Audio: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here and Now, March 26th.
Friday, March 27, 2009
In some of the most bizarre casting news to come down the pike, Sean Penn has been set to star in the Farrelly Brothers' "Three Stooges," with Jim Carrey and Benicio del Toro close to committing, according to Variety. Penn will play Larry, Carrey may play Curly.
Can you see the resemblance?
Charlotte Observer, March 26th.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Kamal Meattle explains how he overcame health problems caused by poor air quality with a specific combination of three common houseplants working together as a natural air freshening system. With extensive indoor planting he created what the Indian government calls the "healthiest building in Delhi."
Productivity up, energy costs down, nature's way.
From: TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference, Long Beach 2009.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
An American nun decided to confront the issue, determined to transform the apparent oxymoron -- corporate practices focused solely on short term gain for owners.
To get corporate boards to buy in, she had to buy in as well...
As a stockholder.
Article & Audio: BBC World Service
Anyone can contribute an article. But not everyone can understand some of them.
Sometimes the writer is a professor. They write hard stuff for people without fancy degrees.
It's a wiki... Not a submission for peer review!
Click here to go to Simple English Wikipedia.
Suggested by: Dave Cortright.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Mount Redoubt, an Alaskan stratovolcano 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, experienced large explosions starting late on Sunday and early Monday. Geologists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported a plume of smoke rose up to 50,000ft into the air and issued a red alert, meaning a significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere is likely.
Photo: J. Warren, US Geological Survey -- Mt. Redoubt Volcano, AK, April 21, 1990
Yucca Mountain in Nevada was the proposed site for a national nuclear waste repository from 1987 to early 2009. It's the creation of a caldera volcano.
The only recent eruption is cheering from those who wished to make the plans for Yucca politically extinct.
Las Vegas City Life managing editor Andrew Kiraly also comments on KNPR.
Its manufacturer, Tata Motors, advertises it as the cheapest car in the world... or as the fastest & best handling giant jellybean.
Audio: NPR's All Things Considered, March 23rd.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Like other great feats of transport engineering...
The transcontinental railway or the "Chunnel," building the US’ first concrete-steel composite arch bridge across the Colorado River is a delicate task.
When it’s finished, the 1,900-foot-long, 88-foot-wide bridge will carry 17,000 cars a day between Arizona & Nevada, replacing a 2-lane roadway atop the Hoover Dam.
Article: Las Vegas Weekly
On 2002's album
New products & technologies need early adopters... People who pay higher prices before the effects of mass production bring them down.
The Rich are part of an ecology.
As much as their well-heeled lives, sense of privilege and conspicuous consumption offend, the rich do some things worthwhile.
Photo: High-performance electric sports car Tesla Roadster (teslamotors.com)
There's a small performance venue in the center courtyard of Neonopolis. It's at the base of the central elevator tower decorated with the electric signs that give the complex its name. Since it opened in May, 2002 the $100 million retail & entertainment complex adjacent to downtown & the former "Glitter Gulch" has lost all but a handful of tenants and of the thousands who walk by daily, only a few walk in.
But there he stood, singing and playing guitar accompanied by karaoke tracks patched into his p.a... Pretty good versions of songs ranging from George Strait to the Georgia Satellites. And all sung with good cheer an engaging manner to an audience that could be tallied on two hands.
A family of 8 Mexicans walked by, doubling the audience for around thirty seconds, and then walked on. The cowboy smiled and kept on.
Even if he wound up totally alone, he'd come to sing.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Mayor Boris Johnson has a plan to fix that, by requiring the city's businesses to provide access to their facilities... Supplementing public toilets with those previously private.
Two from TV & Radio. The third an academic...
He's the only weatherman who was actually my pal... A neighborhood kid whose interest in the subject led to a doctorate in Meteorology from Florida State and a teaching career in another place where it doesn't feel like spring yet. (Where we grew up you couldn't be sure a hard freeze was not in the forecast until May 3rd... his birthday.)
Can't plant yet? Chris Jansing says it's never too early to plan:
Video: NBC's Nightly News, March 20th.
Dr. Daniel Glavin, an astrobiologist with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, asked why and found meteorites suggest early Earth was bombarded with asteroids which may have tipped the balance towards life choosing to lean left rather than right.