Monthly archives: December, 2008

thesimpsonsicon

The Simpsons get in the (opening credits) holiday spirit




ecofont

Holey eco-printing, Batman!

Ecofont – a font full of holes – is designed to minimize the amount of ink needed to print characters in a legible fashion. This ingeniously simple green-tech solution can supposedly use up to 20% less resources without sacrificing readability.

A free download, Ecofont is ideal for casual printing, saving ink on unimportant documents, but …




sunset

Word of the Day

va⋅ca⋅tion [vey-key-shuhn]
–noun
1. a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday: [Law] Schoolchildren are on vacation now.
2. a part of the year, regularly set aside, when normal activities of law courts, legislatures, etc., are suspended.
3. freedom or release from duty, business, or activity.
[via Dictionary.com]




metricsystemworldmap

Happy 209th birthday, metric system!

According to the all-knowing interwebs (here and here), the metric system was first adopted by France on December 10, 1799.  Fast forward 209 years.  There are only 3 countries left in the entire world who have not adopted what is now known as the International System of Units –  Burma, Liberia, and…the good ol’ US …




giantpotato

Shirt of the Day

Great news – hash browns for everyone!




rubiksprofessor

Fast track to (Rubik’s) tenure

In times like these, people are looking to give holiday gifts that keep on giving (and don’t break the bank).  For under $10, the Rubik’s Professor Cube should frustrate preoccupy just about anyone (who doesn’t belong to MENSA) for quite some time.




Barack: I keep it cool




speakeasy

Happy 75th, 21st Amendment!

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment (aka every college kids’ favorite constitutional amendment) which repealed the 18th Amendment ban on the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol for consumption – aka prohibition.
For those of us in the Bay Area, KQED’s Forum had a great segment on this morning about …




droidel

This is the Droidel you’re looking for

     
BoingBoing has unearthed a 2yr old post from StarWars.com providing instructions (and printable PDF) for making your own Droidel (R2-D2 dreidel), a Druish boy’s dream come true!
Everyone else can enjoy making a TIE fighter holiday ornament.




stevemobs

Steve Mobs tells it like it is