Le Linkage #4

Alright, here’s another set of links gathered whilst I stumbled through the Internet.

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The Journalist Express: Need to do a large amount of research on current events quickly? This is the place to do it. Hundreds of links to major news sources and information repositories. Especially useful if you know someone fond of twisting facts, or of you (like me) like to dig for information quickly.

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Star Wars Origins: Frank Herbert’s Dune: “Lucas has often acknowledged Dune as an inspiration. In early drafts of the Star Wars script the influence was much more obvious – the story was full of feudalistic Houses and dictums, and the treasure the Princess was guarding wasn’t the Death Star plans, but a shipment of ‘aura spice.'” This guy makes a real good case in saying (from what I gather) that the Star Wars universe is what happens a few thousand years after the Dune universe. Great read for Sci-Fi geeks.

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Math Humor:“Top 10 Excuses for Not Turning in Math Homework: 10. It’s Isaac Newton’s birthday. 9. I couldn’t decide whether i is the square root of -1 or i are the square root of -1. 8. I accidentally divided by 0 and my paper burst into flames. 7. It’s stuck inside a Klein bottle…” You get the drift. Math humor that’s funny to even the most numerically challenged of us.

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Get an MIT Education For Free: Well, not quite. But you can check out hundreds of recorded MIT lectures from home. True fun for those of us who are dumb enough to let our child-like pervasive curiosity live past the point of maturation. And for nerds.

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Alaska Route 11, Dalton Highway: Now this is what I call a vacation: driving 400 miles through the middle of nowhere with nothing but you, your car, and the Arctic circle. This is where I’m planning to hang out for a few weeks in 2007. Fairbanks, Prudhoe and Barrow, here we come! (Seriously, you should check out the pictures on this site.)

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The Subnixus: Good blog covering the last days of an 8 to 5 job. Good read on everything from online marketing to important philosophical matters. Mostly I’m putting this link here ’cause I’m entering the Las Vegas Giveaway they’re doing now.

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