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cordycerps commented on the word slugging
"Sometimes slugging is a little terrifying, especially when your driver is a huge mess and missing a mirror...."
February 24, 2011
Slugging and Couch Surfing in the USA
Released: Feb. 17, 2011
JHK discusses slugging and couch surfing and other casual self-organizing transportation and lodging systems that are emerging under new terms of existence in a less affluent USA.
cordycerps commented on the word Slugging
Slugging, also known as casual carpooling, is the practice of forming ad hoc, informal carpools for purposes of commuting, essentially a variation of ride-share commuting and hitchhiking. While the practice is most common and most publicized in the congested Washington, D.C. area (where it is primarily used by commuters who live in Northern Virginia), slugging is also used in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and other U.S. cities. Sluggers gather at local businesses and at government-run locations, albeit not always with official sanction.
cordycerps commented on the word trilithon
The upside of down: catastrophe, creativity, and the renewal of civilization
By Thomas F. Homer-Dixon
A trithon weighing 2 fully loaded 747's
P308 Hajar el Hibla "stone of the pregnant woman" ....weighing 1000 metric ton represents enduring evidence of overreach of civilisation
January 13, 2011
cordycerps commented on the word loxodrome
This is a feature of a Mercator projection of the Earth, and why such maps was useful in their day.
November 6, 2009
cordycerps commented on the word muir web
a Muir Web named after the ecologist John Muir shows all the habitat relationships for all the species as a computer generated web.
"Habitat is defined as the place where an plant or an animal can be meet its basic ecological needs, that is, needs for food, water, shelter, and reproductive resources (e.g. materials for building nests, or a den where an animal can give birth). We began compiling habitat descriptions for the 1001 likely species of Mannahatta into a database, using habitat information found in field guides. A tree species might grow best in “dry sandy soils�? or a warbler may eat “tree insects, especially in open deciduous woods.�? As we developed these lists, we added entries to include the definition of “openness�? or of “woods�? and eventually even “dry sandy soils.�? We reconstructed the habitat relationships until eventually they reached the physical and ecological variables we had mapped, and then even further. At the base of the “Muir Web�? of habitat relationships are fundamentals like space, time, geology and climate. We named these webs of habitat relationships (inclusive of food webs, but adding additional relationships) after John Muir, the famous naturalist. John Muir once wrote “When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.�? The Muir Web for Mannahatta makes these cords visible for all to see."
October 16, 2009
cordycerps commented on the word flaneur
In the 1960s, the French Situationists coined the term ‘psychogeography' to describe a radical method of mapping cities. Through aimless walks, they would recover what was unnoticed in the urban landscape, performing a phrenology of all nooks and crannies in the Parisian metropolis.
-Nika Stella-Sawicka, Will modern-day flaneurs help rebuild fragmented communities?
September 30, 2009
cordycerps commented on the word oleophobic
"afraid of oil." And, "aversion" or "not-like-to-be-around-tivity to oil
as in http://gizmodo.com/5302097/giz-bill-nye-explains-the-iphone-3gss-oleophobic-screen
July 14, 2009
cordycerps commented on the word silane
"The intermediate chemical is a "silane," a molecule that has silicon and alkanes (chains of carbon atoms"
..which allows the 3GS screen to be oleophobic
cordycerps commented on the word nurdle
There is much to learn about nurdles and their increasing appearance and representation in beach sands around the world far from their source. Read the world without us" by Alan Weisman
November 24, 2008
cordycerps commented on the word �?
Uses the feather radical - 羽
November 22, 2008
Definition: The sound of wind.
See? Its an ideogram which looks like wind! If wind could speak, this would be its voice.
cordycerps commented on the word woronin bodies
Woronin bodies are cytoplasmic organelles which commonly lie near the septa in ascomycetous fungi. Although these organelles were observed nearly 100 years ago, little is known about their origin and development.
November 14, 2008
cordycerps commented on the word whaktard
The worlds only mono-winged bird - now extinct.
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