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November 30, 2010

Computer symbols and icons: origins

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Wrote Rob Schwandt in an August 18, 2010 ktla.com post, "Since computers came into our lives, we really didn't ask questions about how they got here or the process of naming the keys and symbols."

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"But aren't you curious about where the names and symbols came from?"

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I was, you might be as well.

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The article takes a look at the six symbols pictured above and below and how they came to mean what they do.

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I was especially interested in the story behind the USB symbol [below],

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which I'd never realized before reading Schwandt's piece has three different geometric shapes at the tips of the three-pronged spear.

[via Joe Peach]

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Wax Seal Necklace

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$75–$95.

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U.F.O. Watchtower

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Excerpts from Kirk Johnson's November 26, 2010 New York Times story appear below.

Selections from an audio slide show accompanying the Times piece appear above and below.

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“I like humans, they’re fun," Judy Messoline [below]

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said as she showed a visitor through her vortex garden, which psychics have said contains not just one, but two separate portals to a parallel universe.

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“The world needs a place where people can go to talk about their experiences and not be laughed at,” she said.

“The best sightings have been when people are just out enjoying the evening,” she said. Fifty-nine events — lights that move erratically or, during the day, objects that defy explanation in shape or movement — have been witnessed from the tower since 2000, Ms. Messoline said, sometimes by dozens of people at the same time.

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No one knows the count before that, since no local institution existed for counting. Many residents, though, say the San Luis Valley, just north of the New Mexico state line, has been a hotspot for decades. U.F.O. reports reach all the way back to the early settlements of the 1600s, with a particularly noted wave in the late 1960s.

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The sky, with barely a town to break the landscape, is black at night — a riot of stars not visible from the big city — and huge at all hours. And people here are used to being out and aware of their surroundings, which makes them perhaps more likely than city folk to see things in the great Out There.

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“There’s not a lot of activity, so people have more opportunity to be watching what’s around them,” said JoDene Newmyer, 64....

Ms. Messoline says the years of scanning the sky and of meeting people who are drawn to her and her tower have changed her.

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She decided recently to put the patch of ground under the tower and the vortex garden in her will, donating it to a U.F.O. research group in Denver to continue the work, or the fun, after she’s gone....

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The video below featuring the watchtower

is among a number to be found here on YouTube.

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Potato Chip Science

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From a November 22, 2010 Washington Post story:" This was one of a few games that kids rated as a 10+ on a scale of 1 to 10. Third-graders tested this bag of fun and easy science experiments, all involving the lowly — but amazing — potato. Even the bag becomes a fun activity: the Bag Blaster. 'We loved it!' the kids said."

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$11.31.

 

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WeGoLook.com — "We go look when you can't"

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"What exactly does 'gently used' mean? For deals that sound too good to be true, let us look for you."

"Onsite verification of items and property nationwide."

"Worried about dealing with things at a distance? Can't go and look at it? We go look at it for you and send reports — and photos!"

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Keyboard Silencer

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Noisy typing is so over.

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"Not only reducing the noise,

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but will also protect your keyboard from the dust [sic] or water."

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Stylish,what?

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$35.76.

[via Nuclear Toast]

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Lumber made from newspaper looks like real wood

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From a November 9, 2010 article by Yuka Yoneda on Inhabitat: "Doesn’t the material in the photo above look just like real wood at first glance? Upon further inspection, the text on the top plank gives away the 'lumber’s' true origin — newspapers! Developed by Mieke Meijer for design firm vij5, Kranthout (Dutch for “newspaper wood”) is a new material made of old newspapers that are rolled together and milled into planks. The versatile product even mimics the appearance of wood grain and can be drilled and sanded just like real wood."

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[via Worldchanging, The Best Part, and boxbank+]

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Corn Dog Mints

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Mmmm, corn dogs.

100 mints: $2.50.

November 30, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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