Photo: Flickr user lifeontheedge

Friday, May 04, 2007

Wikitravel seems to be coming into its own. It just won a webby award and it's developing cool articles like Hitchhiking in Japan.

A fainting goat is a breed of domestic goat whose external muscles freeze for roughly 10 seconds when the goat is startled. Though painless, this generally results in the animal collapsing on its side.

The commons picture of the day is available via email and rss, too.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Awesome map depicting online communities by membership size and tenor. Serisouly, it's awesome. North is "practicals", South is "intellectuals", West is "focus on real life", East is "focus on the web".

Wikipedia's in the southeast. Good chance to brag about the disproportional readership our relatively small membership draws.

The City of a Thousand Pillars (Arabic: إرَم ذات العماد, Iramu ḏāt al-`imād) is a lost city on the Arabian Peninsula.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

A gaikokujin tarento (外国人タレント) is a foreign celebrity active exclusively or almost exclusively in Japan.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

"And why, you might ask, is it even important to understand such an obscure, silly phenomenon? Why is it important to understand gaming culture, furries, or TV fandom? Should we not dismiss such embarrassing cultural idiocy, and lead humanity towards a golden age of a new enlightenment? I believe in the latter, but not in the former. If we want to advance as a species, we must understand what makes us tick. We must develop models that help us to explain why people form online communities around the idea of hunting menacing citrus fruits." via geoff

Category:Famous man-eating animals is up for deletion! I vote keep.