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Weekend reading
Here's a list of stuff I would read if I had time.



Nanobacteria
There may be a bacteria which is 10% smaller than any other form of life on earth. Not only that but it may be the most common form of life on earth. It also may be the cause of rust, copper patinas and kidney stones. via genehack.



Linking legalities
Over at Content-Exchange, Attorney Byron Petersen tackles the legal issues regarding linking in: To link or not to link." The court unequivocally held that linking does not violate copyright law." While you're over at Content-Exchange make sure to check out E-media tidbits, a weblog about the world of online journalism/content/publishing.



Reading list
Here's my reading list for solving a few Web design issues I'm having. These issues are keeping me from blogging the things I really care about, like the neuroscience of steering a car around a corner.



Weird NJ
Weird NJ highlights some of the unusual sights to see in my home state. Some of which I have seen myself including the abandoned Jungle Habitat (rumors abound about lions roaming southern NJ after the place went backrupt), the grave in the middle of a parking lot, and stories about mysterious tunnels and other underground structures. They don't include the abandoned amusement park near Lake Hopatcong (I don't know whether its still there but the memories of crawling through the abandonded ruins of a dark funhouse still gives me nightmares.) They also leave out the World War II bunkers in Sandy Hook. Those are very cool if you can find the way in. I'll try to get some pictures up here of both places - stay tuned. Standard disclaimer: underground structure exploration is dangerous and usually illegal. Thanks to Fasthack.



Chicago Weblogs
John at Jautieria has let the secret out. Now those west coast bloggers will know where to find us. He even shows where I get on and off the train every day. And the global headquarters of KIPlog is in view of his window.



BBEdit
Here's a good list of tips for the users of BBEdit. If you don't know what that is, then you don't write HTML on a Mac, and you won't care. The site has a very useful grep tutorial. "If you don't know how to use it, it's time you learned, because it is immensely useful." via xblog who's back to their excellent visual-thinking blog work after a job-caused absence. xblog notes my only complaint about BBEdit - "Now someone please tell me why my 'Soft Wrap' preference never stays set!"

Insulator and Fruit Jars history
Further proof that if more than one person is interested in something, you'll find something about it on the Web. KISSIN COUSINS, A History of Insulator and Fruit Jar Manufacturers, an article covering the fact that manufacturers of glass jars, usually made those glass telephone pole insulators. If you're interested in collecting them, there's a whole site about glass telephone pole insulators. If that's not your bag, try this list of Hobby and Craft sites.



Weblog notes
Joe Clark's nublog: "A Weblog on online content and everything that entails". It discusses usability, design, programming, content and why Jakob Nielsen should please shut up. He can't resist mentioning his obsession for redheads however and his hate for Arial. I guess he'd have a love-hate relationship with me.

I should mention his thorough documentation on the Redhead Cluster Phenomenon, where he documents the fact that "you happen upon redheads in close sequence, followed by long periods of seeing none whatsoever. You'll see five in an afternoon and then none for two weeks." He notes that redheads account for about 4% of the population. If this phenomenon were an actual fact, wouldn't I, as a redhead, see more redheads than other people with less interesting hair would, since they'd be clustered around me? I have noticed that Rabbits (a redhead's term for guys who like carrot-tops) seem to come in clusters though. I should mention the redhead blogs cluster err.. ring.


Lawsonomy
When you drive from Chicago to Milwaukee on 94,you see a very prominent University of Lawsonomy sign. On my recent trip to the great cheese state, I noticed they added a Web site address to the sign. My friends and I have been past that sign many times in the last 15 years, and we always wondered what they hell they taught there. There was always a picture of an airplane and maybe a windsock, and it looked like there might have been a small airfield close by, so I always thought it had something to do with flying. Wrong. "Lawsonomy is defined as the knowledge of life and everything pertaining thereto." There's pages and pages of Alfred Lawson's take on everything pertaining thereto. Lawson's foundation, like KIPlog's, is knowledge and truth. Is Lawson's take on everything worth learning? I don't have the slightest. But at least I know what the sign is for now. Thanks to Mike who blogged it, reminding me to check it out.


An Anti-spam war
"Behind Enemy Lines, A Spammer's Luck Runs Out When She Forges The Wrong Domain". A spammer forges a hackers domain name and the hacker gets revenge by posting everything he found on the spammers computer. Proof of allegedly illegal business practices and records, personal information, even a picture of the spammers butt. This is a great story. It'll be interesting to see how this turns out. Whether its a case of vigilanteism or a case of the internet policing itself. via camworld. Note the link Cam provided was a mirror, which was taken down by threats from the spammer which you can read at that address.



How to use a dash
Type specialist Robin Williams shows us the proper use of the dash. The Slot has a Sharp Point about knowing the difference between the dash and the hyphen. It also provides even more detail about the hyphen. Neither source tells you that em and en dashes are supported by IE 4 with the use of – and — HTML character entities so you won't have to do this "--" for the MS crowd.


Sears Tower
They put an 80-foot steel and fiberglass extension on top of one of the antennas on the Sears Tower, making the antenna's tip the highest point atop any building in the world. From my window, the new antenna doesn't look much higher than the other one, but it's 1730 feet up, so it's hard to tell. Here's some pictures of it on the ground. Last week, the developer planning to build a 112-story, 2,000-foot building in Chicago defaulted on a loan for the property but there's rumors Trump might by in. (Sorry, that's a registration required article at the Chicago tribune).


Chicago's role in technology
This Digital Chicago article on Chicago connections to technology claims many of the programs and technologies you take for granted these days had their origins right here in Chicago. The article mentions the early arcade games of Bally/Midway and Williams Electronics (Remeber Defender?), as well as the accomplishments of NEC, US Robotics, Motorola and UIC.




Reading assignments
As if I didn't have enough to read... Here's a pile of articles that looks like they need to be read. They seem to be blogged everywhere I look.


Reading assignments
I've slowed down again due to a busy work schedule, so here's a list of things I need to read and try to make sense of when I get the time:







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