General

Research or Teach…that is the question

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Apparently it has been a busy couple of days in the UK with the Business Secretary and Science Minister having a go at academic research spending and the shift over the last decade or two toward a research focus over teaching in universities. It is somewhat surprising that these direct statements haven’t been made before […]

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Wedding Geography

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Several crafty types have created homemade moving compass wedding invitations for their weddings including a heirloom quality one made of recycled chip board, a super fun interactive one posted on Crafster with a great compass related poem, and some artistic hand drawn maps and compass invitations by Pier Gustafson. On the basic logistics side, many […]

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Highway Engineers

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In between class sessions on my first day as an Assistant Professor at Coastal Carolina, I ran across this great comic from xkcd…and had to post it because I think the same thing every time I see painted traffic instruction on a road here in the US.

Environmental

Light Bulbs to Get New Labels

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The FTC is mandating that in 2011, light bulbs get new labels that emphasis luminosity more so that watts.  If you take a look at the labels shown at the link, it features quit a bit of new information to help buyers determine the best bulb for their needs.  The emphasis on lumens over watts is a good change, as it’s […]

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Don’t Go North, It Will Take Longer!

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Or so people believe, studies show.  Wired News is reporting a couple of experimental studies that suggest people think “North” is a harder route to travel than “South”, even when moving in a fairly localized area.  The perception, apparently, is that North is uphill and South is downhill.  On trips to North Carolina, when I was […]

Data

Want Google’s Gigabit Network in Your Town?

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Looks like you’ll have to get in line with the other 1,100 or so towns that have applied.  Apparently there is a LOT of demand for 1gb fibre network.  The map at the link shows the spatial distribution of the towns that applied.  It shouldn’t be any huge surprise that the coasts seem to have […]

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Where’s Sindy

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So I was online last night trying to locate bulk orders of Altoids tins (Don’t Ask) and stumbled across the Where’s Sindy game on the Altoid’s website a game they launched in 2007 that involves using Google Earth to follow a trail of clues to locate Sindy the Altoid’s Cinnamon girl. If you remember, Where […]

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Daylight Savings Time Uses More Energy

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If you ask me, this should go into the “duh” file, but I’m glad someone did the numbers to prove it – Daylight Savings Time uses more energy.  Indiana recently changed their laws to require all the counties in the state to adopt DST.  In the past, 15 counties had opted out of the practice. […]