Art Ritchie and Dan Jones have cornered the market on wooden carousels. As the founders of Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio, their marvelous creations have found homes all around the world. But these days, wooden carousels are becoming increasingly rare, and Ritchie and Jones, who have been partners for three decades, are some of the last craftsmen who make a living designing them.
Kidlington is a large village in Oxfordshire, England, with a population of a little less than 14,000, according to the last census. If you've never heard of it, you're not alone. Kidlington is a fairly average English village and not an exceptionally remarkable place.
Despite a lack of obvious tourist attractions, Kidlington locals have recently been surprised to see busloads of foreign tourists arriving on their streets and taking photographs.
I used Jane & Michael's 1983 book "Goodfood" as my guide for places to eat on my adventure road trip across the USA in the early 1980's. Good to see that they've gone modern with a website.
James Newman started work on the "Megaprocessor", which is 33ft (10m) wide and 6ft (2m) high, in 2012.
It does the job of a chip-sized microprocessor and Mr Newman has spent £40,000 ($53,000) creating it.
It contains 40,000 transistors, 10,000 LED lights and it weighs around half a tonne (500kg). So far, he has used it to play the classic video game Tetris.
Prince Online Museum
Posted by LinusMines in entertainment 17 days ago
We launch with over a dozen of Prince’s most popular sites, but over 20 years online, Prince launched nearly 20 different websites, maintained a dozen different social media presences, participated in countless online chats, and directly connected with fans around the world. This Museum is an archive of that work and a reminder of everything he accomplished as an independent artist with the support of his vibrant and dedicated online community.
Year after year, the world of competitive academia has brought us many excellent gems?—?the most fruitful of which have come from the extremely intense annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Perhaps you were unaware, however, of another equally thrilling student contest that took place this week: The Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship.
Frigatebirds have to find ways to stay aloft because they can't land on the water. Since their feathers aren't waterproof, the birds would drown in short order. They feed by harassing other birds in flight until they regurgitate whatever fish they've eaten and the frigatebird takes it. Or they fly over a fish-feeding frenzy on the ocean surface and scoop up small fish that leap out of the water to escape larger fish.
So in between meals, apparently, frigatebirds soar ... and soar ... and soar.
In one case, for two months — continuously aloft.
As a composer and studio engineer, Wiltshire-born Daphne Blake Oram was a trail-blazer in a male-dominated world that regularly undermined and overshadowed her successes.
The reputation isn’t just a stereotype—it’s the result of a calculated, highly progressive ad campaign launched 20 years ago.
You know who’s really happy about the way Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is going? Political scientists.
[ Request to admins - please drop the "2008 from the category "filter the vote 2008" ]
Born in York, Pennsylvania, but reared in North Carolina and Virginia, the country singer Robbie Fulks came to New York in 1980, to get off the farm (his parents were back-to-the-landers) and enroll at Columbia: “I didn’t know that there wouldn’t be women there, or even that it was in the Ivy League,” he said the other day. He dropped out after two years to give the singer-songwriter thing a go.
(quote) When many lower-income Americans are feeling isolated by the deadening uniformity of things, by the emptiness of many jobs, by the media, they still yearn for physical social networks. They are not doing this by going to government-run community service centers. They are not always doing this by utilizing the endless array of well-intentioned not-for-profit outreach programs. They are doing this on their own, organically across the country, in McDonald’s. (end quote)
Archerfish are already stars of the animal kingdom for their stunning spit-takes. They shoot high-powered water jets from their mouths to stun prey, making them one of just a few fish species known to use tools.

But by training [them] to direct those jets of spit at certain individuals, scientists have shown that the little guys have another impressive skill: They seem to be able to distinguish one human face from another, something never before witnessed in fish and spotted just a few times in non-human animals.
[Quote] The new optic, called a metalense, has better focusing power than traditional glass lenses and measures a fraction of a millimeter in thickness. Metalenses can focus light into an area tighter than one of its wavelengths, providing image resolution that would not be possible using less precise glass structures while streamlining tools that utilize the lenses.
What I wouldn’t give to go back 50 years and re-do the American road trip just like I picture it in my mid-century kodachrome dreams.