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It seems like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror film. But some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause massive food shortages, as the world's harvests fail.

They are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the more bizarre mysteries ever to happen in the natural world - the abrupt disappearance of the bees that pollinate crops. Late last week, some bee-keepers claimed that the phenomenon - which started in the US, then spread to continental Europe - was beginning to hit Britain as well.

- bill 4-15-2007 3:49 pm [link] [7 comments]

so it goes
- steve 4-12-2007 3:38 am [link] [2 comments]

Gwen's voice


- bill 4-11-2007 11:55 am [link] [add a comment]

Mark, make sure you see Trombone Shorty when you go down there. ( I recommend pressing pause and letting the video load completely before viewing.)
- jimlouis 4-09-2007 10:19 pm [link] [add a comment]

we know from our own mr a wilson that the alexander wilson was a preeminent american ornithologist. what i didnt realize is that he was a skilled illustrator or birds as well. he is noted for the eight volume set posted here. first to find the wilson warbler wins.


- bill 4-09-2007 3:50 pm [link] [5 comments]

Johnny Hart R.I.P.
- steve 4-09-2007 2:26 pm [link] [4 comments]

IF A GREAT MUSICIAN PLAYS GREAT MUSIC BUT NO ONE HEARS . . . WAS HE REALLY ANY GOOD?

It's an old epistemological debate, older, actually, than the koan about the tree in the forest. Plato weighed in on it, and philosophers for two millennia afterward: What is beauty? Is it a measurable fact (Gottfried Leibniz), or merely an opinion (David Hume), or is it a little of each, colored by the immediate state of mind of the observer (Immanuel Kant)?
- jimlouis 4-08-2007 12:52 pm [link] [add a comment]

its snowing.
- dave 4-05-2007 8:04 pm [link] [6 comments]

i dont know if its some new edict but theres some prick of a traffic cop giving out tickets to motorcycles locked up to the fence on the allen street mall (the median). first they removed the benches so that the human flotsam would move elsewhere (although now noone has any place to sit) now this. im still waiting for that glorious revitalization project that they wasted money crowing about two years ago.


- dave 4-05-2007 7:25 pm [link] [1 comment]

From now on all digitalmediatree matters will be resolved with this 101 gesture version of Rock Paper Scissors.
- jim 4-03-2007 7:45 pm [link] [3 comments]

show down tonight! come early

After a two-year legal battle, the city of New York has dropped its lawsuit against Time’s Up!

The lawsuit, filed March 22, 2005, targeted the monthly Critical Mass bicycle rides in Manhattan, in which large groups of cyclists ride together. The city sought to require that Critical Mass obtain a parade permit, and also wanted to stop Time’s Up! from promoting Critical Mass.

“We’re very happy that the case was dropped,” said Bill DiPaola, director of Time’s Up! “We’re hoping that this is a first step in a more positive relationship between bicyclists and New York City.”

The city was forced to drop the lawsuit after the Police Department instituted a new rule, said Sheryl Neufeld, senior counsel in the Administrative Law Division of the New York City Law Department.

The new rule defines a parade as a procession of 50 or more pedestrians, vehicles or bicycles, Neufeld said. The old rule did not specify a number of participants.


- bill 3-30-2007 6:09 pm [link] [1 comment]

dc is for the birds.
- dave 3-30-2007 5:47 pm [link] [1 comment]

I think we saw a gyrfalcon on saturday. Alex, is it possible? It was HUGE, bigger than any eagle I've ever seen. But it had pointy bent wings like a falcon, and very dark, almost black, on the underside. We saw it quite close up, near the north shore of Lake Erie, which I know is a hot spot for migration.
- sally mckay 3-26-2007 7:06 pm [link] [14 comments]

Ten most magnificent trees in the world.
- jim 3-26-2007 6:19 pm [link] [2 comments]

100 year old photoblog
- dave 3-21-2007 12:53 pm [link] [5 comments]

What better way to celebrate than with a record dramatizing the novel's steamiest scenes, complete with orchestral accompaniment? Unless you consider “phallus” and “sex” to be obscene words, you'll find yourself quaintly charmed by the idea that this once caused an uproar, even though the anonymous actors do their best to sell the sex with breathless, melodramatic readings.

Both the jacket and the album feature the notation, “Vol. 1,” on all sides, suggesting that this was the first in a series. As the album covers the entire plot of Lady Chatterly's Lover, I must assume that they never found another piece of adult-oriented literature worthy of adaptation.

- bill 3-19-2007 11:31 am [link] [add a comment]

get yer grateful dead-sponsored, lithuanian basketball team shirt. who knew?

- linda 3-16-2007 10:25 pm [link] [2 comments]

Giant ice cap found under the south pole of Mars that, if thawed, would cover the entire planet with 30 feet of water.
- jim 3-16-2007 2:54 pm [link] [1 comment]

fowl mouth


- bill 3-10-2007 8:21 am [link] [add a comment]

wikipedia to check id's. - note first comment


- bill 3-09-2007 5:44 pm [link] [1 comment]

New Orleans Jazzfest lineup not too shabby this year.
- jimlouis 3-09-2007 12:00 pm [link] [5 comments]

For my "Pointy Stick Award For Practicing Ludditry With a Computer", I tried to be clever and do a superposition of images in html. This works in firefox but renders badly in internet exploder.








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Oh wait. Now it sort of works. Sort of. I'm too tired to futz with it. If I'm lucky, I might get a link from the mighty PZ Myers, and I don't want a badly broken post that mocks a luddite. I got the idea from here. Here's another version ...










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- mark 3-07-2007 5:24 am [link] [add a comment]

Worldmapper: "Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest."
- jim 3-06-2007 3:11 pm [link] [add a comment]

one time only long distance telephone tax refund

this applies to cell phones too right?
- bill 3-05-2007 2:28 pm [link] [add a comment]

lunar eclipse now! well totals over but it wasnt dark then. still weird.
- bill 3-03-2007 10:24 pm [link] [18 comments]