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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Sunspots 86


Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:


Humor:
(Also politics) The Library of Congress has posted an exhibit of cartoons and other illustrations.

Science:
Originally from the BBC, now on YouTube, a video of a fungus that destroys ants. Among other things, it grows in their heads, causing their behavior to become erratic.

Slate thinks that a NASA moon base is a really bad idea.

From NPR: you can listen to earthquakes, and the earth's other regular activity.

Literature:
The Oxford Book of American Essays, 1914, includes Benjamin Franklin on paying too much for a whistle, Ralph Waldo Emerson "On the Uses of Great Men," and about 30 other essays by prominent people. From Edward Sandford Martin's "The Tyranny of Things:"
"To associate with very rich people involves sacrifices. You cannot even be rich yourself without expense, and you may just as well give over trying. Count it, then, among the costs of a considerable income that in enlarging the range of your sports it inevitably contracts the circle of those who will find it profitable to share them."

The web site for Eragon, which movie comes out in two days. I have posted on the series that this movie is based on.

Christianity:
Katherine discovers that Haggai has good advice for taking a driver's test. (She passed.)

Pastor Perry Noble on why Jesus wouldn't have been a good fit as pastor in many churches.

Henry Neufeld on why he isn't an evangelical. (He gives one person's detailed definition of what an evangelical is, with a critique.)

This week's Christian Carnival is here. (For information on locating these Carnivals, see here.)

When I don't tell where I found an item above, I either found it directly, or was probably pointed to it by the Librarian's Internet Index, SciTech Daily, or Arts and Letters Daily. All of these sources are great.

Thanks for reading! Keep clicking away.

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