An anonymous poster, in a /. poll comments section, mentioned Dialect Survey. It contains results to a series of questions, including rhyming word pairs and vocabulary words, to explore words and sounds in the English language. There were no right or wrong answers; by answering each question with what people really say and not what they think is "right". It shows an accurate picture of how English is used in the community. This maps and result page was the interesting one to look at.
People, with a lot of money, can finally buy Residential Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators: "Gone are the days of science fiction when people traveled in transparent bubbles. Today this is no longer a product of our imagination. There is a bubble that can carry you without cables, pulleys or pistons. It is our self-supporting vacuum elevator; a light and resistant structure built with aluminium and polycarbonate. By simple principles of physics; the difference in air pressure above and beneath the vacuum elevator cab literally transports you by air. It is the vacuum pumps or turbines that pull you up to the next floor and the slow release of air pressure that floats you down." There are informations, FAQs, three MPEG video clips, etc. on the Web site.
According to this Ananova story (has a photograph), Yang who found a two-headed snake at his home is raising it as his pet. He discovered the unusual reptile in a discarded bag in his yard in Zhenyang town, Henan province. Yang has decided to raise the snake in a washbasin in his family home. Both the two heads are well-developed, and each have eyes and a mouth.
/. mentions a Sci Fi Wire article that says Star Trek producers have finally agreed that Star Trek fans are oversaturated with the show, and are planning to provide a break. This does not mean they won't bring something new to the screen; they will just wait a few years. They are convinced the ratings dropped due to the show competing against other Trek re-runs.
Here is another USB story, titled "The ins and outs of USB" like the The USB Vision: 10 Years Later story. It tells how USB was developed and discussed the pros and cons of the standard. The USB specification may be an example of that hybrid de jure or de facto standard, one that clearly earned wide acceptance through its technical merit...
According to ghost16825's Broadband Reports security forum thread and F-Secure's Weblog, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer remarked that Microsoft might indeed ship Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows XP before Longhorn/next Windows major version comes out.
Viral Videos & Ads recently posted four new television/TV spots/commercials/advertisements. Two of them were funny:
Dmusic mentions a MSNBC story on children revealing more online than parents know. Thousands of parents around the country are discovering teenagers are among the most active Internet bloggers, and many are posting pictures, names, addresses, schools, even phone numbers, almost always without their parent's knowledge. Provocative photographs (e.g., butt in the air, with their thongs sticking out of it; squeezing their elbows together to make their breasts/boobs look bigger), a list of friends, personal information, etc.
This CNN story reports a new trike bike could take fear out of junior's first solo ride. Three Purdue University industrial designers, who tapped into memories of their own childhood cycling misadventures, have built a bike that ditches the training wheels but keeps rookies stable. The bike is called SHIFT that slowly transforms from a tricycle to bicycle configuration as the rider pedals faster. Then, it returns to trike formation as the rider slows down.
This Dilbert cartoon shows how we computer geeks usually talk to others who don't know computers. [grin]
Worth1000 shows 53 modern products and display them in a vintage light, through advertisements, packaging or even the product itself.
This New York Times article (no registration required) says anywhere else in the world, a train running 90 seconds late would perhaps be considered on time. But in Japan, 90 seconds would foil commuters who depend on trains' connecting to one another with balletic precision, often with only a couple of minutes to spare...