History: America’s Dust Bowl
Apr20

History: America’s Dust Bowl

Reproduced with permission from the neOnbubble Learn You Some History series of student learning guides. This is a concise guide to the 1930s’ Dust Bowl that occurred on the prairies of America using photographs from the Library of Congress. America faced a problem in the 1930s. The Great Depression meant that average people couldn’t afford to buy foodstuffs that were grown by farmers throughout the states of Oklahoma,...

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A Visit To Old Angelfire
Apr09

A Visit To Old Angelfire

In the olden days when the internet was young there rose from its vast sea glittering towers, home to people from far and wide, places where strangers could form communities and friendships. These towers had strange, exotic names like Tripod or Geocities or Angelfire. Tiled backgrounds and animated graphics were almost mandatory. Marquee text was currency. Lime green Times New Roman text was the status symbol of choice. Mostly. They...

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Animated GIFs
Apr09

Animated GIFs

A lot of the time animated GIFs leave me cold; I think they’re pointless and irritating. But sometimes I see one and think “yeah, that’s pointless and irritating but it’s also got something else, something captivating, something indescribable, something gah! about it.” This is especially true if the animation looks like it was pulled straight from a VHS tape. Here are some animated GIFs that made me think...

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Quote Time Estimate
Mar14

Quote Time Estimate

Conversation between client and me: “We’ve been looking through this quote for the work and have a few questions.” “Okay, go ahead.” “Is this quote for the specification we sent you?” “Yes. As it says in the quote itself it’s for the specification you sent us.” “Good. Good. Okay. Now, how long will it take to do this work?” “The quote is for eleven...

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Tunisian Prostitution And Islam
Mar12

Tunisian Prostitution And Islam

Courtesy of Al Jazeera I got to reading about the case of a group of Tunisian sex workers whose livelihood was violently taken away from them all in the name of morality, subsequently leaving them dependent on the state and the charity of others for support. Tunisia sex workers demand brothel reopening I know that some people have a problem with prostitution and that opponents can easily rattle off an interminable list of the many...

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Star Trek Endings
Mar01

Star Trek Endings

Today I watched the final ever episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, a mere fifteen years after it aired. The reason for the slight delay is one of bad luck and odd repeat-showing practices by the people in charge of such things. I never saw the final series of DS9 when it was first shown and every time I’ve seen the series being repeated, for some reason, the last season was never part of the cycle. Sure, I could have bought...

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