Where Do Google Doodles Go?

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Ever wonder what happens to those Google Doodles where they’re no longer needed? For instance, I posted earlier on the great interactive Moog synth doodle created for the birthday of Bob Moog. But where will it be tomorrow? Turns out they go to Google Doodles Museum, a sortable searchable archive. Now you know. [Read more...]

More on the Megiddo Hoard

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I posted on this yesterday, but more information is coming out of Tel Aviv University. First, there’s this excellent picture of the jar’s contents, which date from about 1100BC: Next, there’s a long press release from the University, with more details on the jar, its discovery and analysis, and significance. I’ll embed the whole thing after the [Read More...]

Barcode Everyone at Birth!

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… says writer Elizabeth Moon. If I were empress of the Universe I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached – a barcode if you will; an implanted chip to provide an easy, fast, inexpensive way to identify individuals. It would be imprinted on everyone at birth. Point the scanner at [Read More...]

Where’s Wall-E?

Illustration by Richard Sargent

God help me, but I think I can identify at least 80% of these. Click here for the full size picture. The answer key. [Read more...]

Today’s Google Doodle Is…

… a functional Moog synthesizer, in honor of Bob Moog’s 78th birthday. Moog died in 2005, but the analog synths he invented beginning in the 1950s introduced technology to music in a whole new way. Unlike the Mellotron, which used tape loops [CORRECTION: it used strips, not loops], the Moog generated sounds electronically. After a lifetime of [Read More...]

Eugene Polley, RIP

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When I was young, my parents had convincing stories of youthful hardship: long walks to school, hauling coal for 25 cents a ton, the deprivations of the Depression, World War II, and so on. My stories of the average Gen X childhood are considerably less impressive (although my son remains fascinated by the dangers of [Read More...]

Our Dwindling Food Variety

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This astonishing graphic from National Geographic shows the sharp decrease in seed variety over the past hundred years. Take a look: Seeds vanished because farmers found they got higher yields and more protection against drought and blight with other varieties. However, this narrowing of crop diversity has been shown to reduce the ability of crops [Read More...]

Orthodox Jews, the Internet, and the Ecumenism of the Trenches UPDATED

I understand and even share the concerns of the 40,000 Orthodox Jewish men who gathered at Citi Field in New York to discuss the problems of the internet. BBC has a decent video on the event (sorry, no embedding allowed), but too much time is spent with the point-missing counter protesters. Memo to the media: when [Read More...]


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