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End of the World

No Points of Distribution

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 2/26/11 (8:03pm)

borders-logo.gif On the way home, I made a last sweep through our local Borders. I went through the bookshelves and magazine racks and wondered what exactly will be the extent of our access to print media when none of this is around any more. Is the publishing industry (no matter how vibrant or moribund) about to run out of outlets?

Depressing Historical Factoid of the Day

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/8/11 (3:17pm)

From Magill's Medical Guide:

"Meanwhile, Spanish physician Michael Servetus published a treatise in 1553 describing how circulation of blood to the lungs and back (often called the lesser circulation) might occur. Unfortunately, because he also included religious views, all copies of his writings that could be found were destroyed, and he was burned at the stake. Eventually, in 1694, a copy of his book was found; his circulation theory matched later findings." [6th ed., v. 1, p.369]

Goodbye Cruel World

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 12/16/10 (11:51pm)

I think I’m going to jump off a cliff -- the lords of platitude have won: http://tinyurl.com/3yndb62

End of the World: Kiddieland to Close

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 5/21/09 (3:47pm)

kiddyland_logo.jpgIs nothing sacred? Kiddieland, the amusement park for Chicago's toddlers, is set to close after this season. It's the end of the world.

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Sneezing in the Time of Cholera

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/28/09 (4:59pm)

So of course at the moment I've come down with a cold. I'm sneezing and sniffling through much of the day. Needless to say, it's not exactly the best time to come down with such conditions.

Thank goodness, there's a nifty little guide "Is it a Cold or the Flu?" (pdf) put out by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) available on this page...

Bye-Bye Dailup at NYU

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 1/5/09 (10:08am)

nyu_logo.gifReading my copy of Connect Magazine, which the IT People at NYU are kind enough to still send me, I notice that they're discontinuing Dailup Service as of January 20, 2009.

That's a shame though probably long overdue. NYU Dailup service was my first gateway to the Internet way back in 1994. I had had a modem on my laptop since the late Eighties but the only time I actually used it was to dial into a special government number to download some unexceptional data. Dailing into specialized phone numbers was about all you could do with a modem back then -- that and then a bit later on, connecting to proprietary networks like AOL or CompuServe.

It's when I got to NYU in '94 and was able to connect to their Dailup service that this strange unfamiliar network called the 'Web' became accessible. This was the era of GIF images and Netscape 1.0. In fact, just before I got there, the Library at NYU had completed an initial effort to make content available online -- in Gopher.

Oh well. I used Dailup till sites like Napster started getting big, at which point I switched over to DSL from Verizon. Ah, the days of 28kbs and 56kbs connectivity!

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Three Days Till Doomsday (Mass Transit in Chicago)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 11/2/07 (2:15am)

CTA Bus with Doomsday HeadlineLove the subtle messaging of the Chicago Sun-Times. This graphic greeted communters somewhere halfway in Thursday's paper. The headline read, "3 Days Until Another 'Doomsday'".

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Total Bummer: Our Galaxy to Go Bust

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 5/20/07 (7:18pm)

As if we didn't have enough trouble:

Scientists think galactic mergers are one of the primary ways galaxies form. Like heated wax in a lava lamp, two small galaxies can come together to form one larger one, or a blob of gas and stars might pinch off during a particularly messy galactic smash-up and, over cosmic time, the result evolves into a diminutive dwarf galaxy.

Telephone Book Delivery : Day 2

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 3/29/07 (5:50pm)

 Well, that didn't last long.  Directly in the trash.

Telephone Book Delivery : Day 2: Well, that didn't last long. The maintenance people threw them directly in the trash.

Telephone Book Delivery

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 3/28/07 (4:01pm)

Telephone Book Delivery

Telephone Book Delivery: Waiting for me right outside my door. How much longer is this going to last?

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