by syaffolee

Links I’ve Accumulated in the Past Week:

Astronomers Spy Massive Diamond. “If anyone’s ever promised you the sun, the moon and the stars, tell ’em you’ll settle for BPM 37093. The heart of that burned-out star with the no-nonsense name is a sparkling diamond that weighs a staggering 10 billion trillion trillion carats. That’s one followed by 34 zeros.” The first thing I thought about was–space pirates!

After Packing M&M’s Together, Scientists Like What They See. “In possibly the biggest advance in the science of candy since the discovery that Wint-O-Green Life Savers emit faint blue sparks when chewed, scientists are reporting today that M&M’s pack more tightly in your mouth than gumballs.” It has something to do with the fact that M&M’s are flattened spheroids rather than perfect spheres.

Amazon Glitch Unmasks War of Reviewers. I read the book reviews on Amazon, but that doesn’t mean that I believe them. Sometimes I read a book that people call bad just to be contrary. And sometimes it turns out not to be bad.

Benign Viruses Shine on the Silicon Assembly Line. This has nothing to do with the viruses and worms spread via e-mail and networks. Real live biological viruses are used to grow crystals for technology that is becoming more and more miniaturized.

Desktop Is. Some screenshots of really ancient desktops.

Online Scrabble for One. I am such a horrible scrabble player. I think it has to do with the fact that the letters are mixed up and my brain isn’t optimized to be an anagram generator.

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Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Dragon:: Blood
  2. Molecule:: Of Water
  3. Tire:: Tracks
  4. Mighty:: Ducks
  5. Octane:: Fuel
  6. Troll:: Gate
  7. Atmosphere:: Pressure
  8. Guide:: Dog
  9. Leash:: Mania
  10. Dustmite:: Microscopic