Reasons to love your job
And you thought you had to take a lot of crap from people at your job. The worst jobs in science.
(via Boing Boing)
When playwright George Bernard Shaw died in 1950, he bequeathed most of his fortunes to developing an alternative to the alphabet of the English language, an alphabet composed of at least forty letters to account for each of the possible sounds produced in English without all the crazy spelling variances. The resulting competition brought forth hundreds of new alphabet proposals. The Shaw Alphabet submitted by Kingsley Read was announced the winner. Another proposed alphabet, Unifon, was a close runner-up.
More interesting stuff on alphabets and their origins at Omniglot
Terrified of running out of toilet paper? Sure, you could get a double dispenser, but if you're a self-respecting geek, you'll still need a TP usage algorithm. Hmmm, this is getting a little complicated. How about just getting a little bit bigger roll?
(all links after first one via The Presurfer)
The shot, taken in a 1969 Cash concert at San Quentin after a photographer asked Cash for a shot "for the warden".
The pic resurfaced in 1998 when Cash took out a full-page ad in Billboard. Disappointed at the industry's reluctance to play his newer music, the photo appeared with the following cation placed squarely above Cash's middle finger: "American Recordings and Johnny Cash would like to acknowledge the Nashville music establishment and country radio for your support."
Johnny Cash may be in the Country section at Best Buy, but deep down he was all rock-n-roll, baby...
(Translation: You should check out the amusing Mad Ape Den. Each post is composed of 3-letter or shorter words. Why? Whaddaya mean why? Like climbing Everest (on a motorcycle) or going for the free 72 oz. steak... because it's there, man, because it's there!)
Sounds like these Indian cell phone owners should have volunteered for beta testing...
(via Ars Technica)
For the rest of us, I guess we can just enjoy every Mad Magazine cover since its inception in 1952. I always did like Don Martin best, anyway. Great sound effects.
There is a link on the page to an audio slide show, with stills from the video and commentary.
For those of us that still occasionally like to take the newpaper and pencil in bad facial hair on the photos, check out the official categories for the event.