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A Picture is worth much, much more than 1,000 words

Historical Painting with Wikipedia Links & Mouse Over Tagging By Chinese Artists Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An, 2006, oil on canvas 103 people of influence Link to learn about people who made history:       Advertisements

Bill Nye the Science Guy says creationism not good for kids

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Scientist and children’s television personality Bill Nye, in a newly released online video, panned biblical creationism and implored American parents who reject the scientific theory of evolution not to teach their beliefs to their youngsters. “I say to the grownups, ‘If you want to deny evolution and live in your world […]

reCAPTCHA: Crowd Sourcing CAPTCHA: Telling Humans and Computers Apart Automatically A CAPTCHA is a program that protects websites against bots by generating and grading tests that humans can pass but current computer programs cannot. For example, humans can read distorted text as the one shown below, but current computer programs can’t: The term CAPTCHA (for Completely Automated […]

Good Morning to All: Happy Birthday “Happy Birthday to You“, also known more simply as “Happy Birthday“, is a song that is traditionally sung to celebrate the anniversary of a person’s birth. According to the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records, “Happy Birthday to You” is the most recognized song in the English language, followed by “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow“. The […]


The World Health Organization WHO has codes for doctors to use when diagnosing them. Their total amount of codes are 14,199, but I think there are more diseases being discovered all the time, and I think there are many illnesses, especially rare or exotic ones, that the WHO has not classified yet. ICD means International […]

Evelyn Glennie: Touching Sound

Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie (2004) Percussionist and composer Dame Evelyn Glennie lost nearly all of her hearing by age 12. Rather than isolating her, it has given her a unique connection to her music. While still a student, Evelyn Glennie learned that she was going deaf. Rather than abandon her […]


Formerly an independent city-state, Riga was captured by Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus in 1621, and was in fact Sweden’s largest city until it was taken by Russia under Peter the Great in 1710. At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union’s Red Army defeated German forces occupying Latvia but remained after the war […]