Daily Archives: November 8, 2014

“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. – Anne Frank 12 June 1929 early March 1945 — Historical Pics

Saint of the Day for Saturday, November 8th, 2014: St. Castorius

Today’s holiday: Räben-Chilbi


Every year on the second Saturday in November, the town of Richterswil, Switzerland, celebrates a holiday named Räben-Chilbi, the largest turnip festival in Europe. On this day, school classes and clubs prepare for the “Räbeliechtli” procession, for which displays made from carved turnips lit with candles make their way around town. Approximately 26 tons of turnips and 50,000 candles are used each year. In addition, a wide variety of music and entertainment is part of the celebrations. More… Discuss

Quotation: Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation. Charlotte Bronte

Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) Discuss

today’s birthday: Bram Stoker (1847)

Bram Stoker (1847)

Though he was best known during his lifetime as the longtime manager of actor Henry Irving, Stoker’s enduring popularity rests squarely on his 1897 Gothic horror tale, Dracula, about the eponymous vampire. Although he did not invent the vampire novel, Dracula is singularly responsible for scores of literary, theatrical, and film interpretations throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Why did Stoker’s widow demand that the 1922 film Nosferatu be destroyed? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Wilhelm Röntgen Discovers X-Rays (1895)

Wilhelm Röntgen Discovers X-Rays (1895)

In 1895, Röntgen, a German physicist, discovered rays that did not exhibit properties such as reflection or refraction. Because of their mysterious nature, he called them X-rays. His discovery, which gave medicine a critical view inside the body and allowed bones to be photographed, remains a valuable diagnostic tool. Röntgen’s breakthrough earned him the first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901. One of the first X-ray photographs he took was of his wife’s hand. What did she say when she saw it? More… Discuss

Engineers Develop Safer Button Battery

Engineers Develop Safer Button Battery

Button batteries, those easily ingested, little, disc-shaped batteries that power things like toys, watches, and hearing aids, are responsible for thousands of children’s emergency room visits every year. Some suffer severe injuries and even death as a result of the current these batteries release while in the digestive tract or as a result of battery leakage. However, a simple and cheap solution has been devised that could render the batteries harmless if swallowed. Engineers coated button batteries with a material that prevents them from releasing current unless they are squeezed firmly, as by springs in a battery compartment, and with a sealant that minimizes the risk of battery leakage. More… Discuss

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island (PEI) is a Canadian province situated in the Maritimes. It is the nation’s smallest province in both size and population, but it has Canada‘s highest population density. With its fertile, distinctive red soil and its agreeable climate, the island has become known as the Garden of the Gulf. Tourism and fishing contribute to the island’s economy, and there may be natural gas deposits beneath its eastern end. What Canadian author and PEI native set most of her novels there? More… Discuss

word: ken


Definition: (noun) Range of what one can know or understand.
Synonyms: cognizance
Usage: This level of mathematics is beyond my ken. Discuss.

‘Enough, I’m Tired’ Comment Rallies Mexico Protest – ABC News


Inbox App From Google Makes Email Simpler


Another Arizona Immigration Law Struck Down – ABC News


Pope Demotes U.S. Cardinal Critical of His Reform Agenda – NYTimes.com


Obama’s attorney general pick is change of style, not substance


Kaiser Nurses in California Plan to Strike Over Ebola – Businessweek


Nine MH17 victims unaccounted for

Nine MH17 victims unaccounted for http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29966848

US air strikes target IS gathering

US air strikes target IS gathering http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29969989

Mexico AG: Missing students killed, burned and dumped into river | CTV News


A less famous picture of the Rockefeller Center workers— Historical Pics

Mark Zuckerberg’s take on ‘Social Network’: It was ‘hurtful’ and fabricated | Entertain This!


On Twitter and Harassment – Dumb Out | Dumb Out


Tech Times


How to use Facebook’s new News Feed controls – CNET


Chef, 90, faces jail, fines for feeding the homeless


New York temperatures expected to drop 15 degrees below normal – NY Daily News


President Obama, GOP leaders deeply divided on immigration at White House luncheon – NY Daily News


Hunger Games to become stage show

Hunger Games to become stage show http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29950354

Terror amongst Pakistan’s Christians

Terror amongst Pakistan’s Christians http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29956115

Week in pictures: 1-7 November 2014

Week in pictures: 1-7 November 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29931398

US retailer lost 53m emails in hack

US retailer lost 53m emails in hack http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29946792

Memorial plaque removed in Colombia

Memorial plaque removed in Colombia http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29963392

Indian army in rare Kashmir apology

Indian army in rare Kashmir apology http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-29965748

Apec agrees anti-corruption network

Apec agrees anti-corruption network http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29965849

How Crowdsourcing Helped Bring Red Cross Problems to Light – ProPublica

How Crowdsourcing Helped Bring Red Cross Problems to Light

The ability to reach a much wider universe of sources gives reporters a powerful new tool — if they know which questions to ask.

Over the past decade, journalistic innovators and reformers have eagerly awaited a future in which the wisdom of the crowd would identify potential subjects for investigative reporting. That hope was bolstered by some undeniable achievements. Thousands of volunteer software developers created programs like Linux and Firefox, used by millions of people. Volunteer authors created a dynamic, online encyclopedia – Wikipedia – that dwarfs any previous compendium of human knowledge. The “crowd” curates Kickstarter, a new means of steering small-dollar philanthropy to artistic and commercial projects. A plethora of websites bring us movie, product and restaurant reviews written by an army of amateur critics.

But the “hive” has been far less effective at identifying subjects for investigative reporting and the reasons why say a lot about the core challenges of deep-dive journalism.

via How Crowdsourcing Helped Bring Red Cross Problems to Light – ProPublica.

Change in pace of Ebola infection may be due to traditional burial practices | South China Morning Post


Bankrupt supplier alleges bait-and-switch by Apple – SFGate


Judge approves Detroit bankruptcy exit plan