January 12, 2006

Alternative Monopoly Rules

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September 15, 2005

The lowdown on The Guardian's new size

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August 21, 2005


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June 02, 2005

Glasgow inventor launches beer vending machine.

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January 11, 2005

How one guy learnt French in one year

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November 28, 2004

A never ending quest for the Holy Grail

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November 25, 2004

A day of public thanksgiving and prayer

Text: of George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d dy of October, A.D. 1789.

(signed) G. Washington

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August 21, 2004

Wheelie Bin Grand Prix

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Google Landgeist

Google Search Engineer Douwe Osinga combines various Google hacks to come up with a score, e.g.

For keywords like 'war', 'poverty', 'party', this project shows which country (names) have the highest relative scores (google shares). I.e. 35% of all pages with the word Iraq on them, also contain the word War, making Iraq leader for war, just after Afghanistan and North-Korea.

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August 20, 2004

How to expertly roast coffee

At t o n x . o r g » I roast coffee:

In the last year Victrola began roasting its own coffee with Chris (the co-owner with his wife Jen) and my barista colleague Sam taking on the task of learning the art of roasting on a new Diedrich gas fired roaster and developing blends for our espresso and drip coffees. The early results were astonishingly good, which was fortunate as we had previously been using Vivace’s coffee and thus the bar was set very high for the drinks we delivered. When Sam left for the big city I took over his spot as roaster and, after a steep learning curve, have become proficient at turning green coffee beans into a great cup of coffee - a process I will describe for you here…

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Irvine Welsh new novel to be set in Edinburgh and San Francisco

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Ten Mistakes Writers Don't See

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