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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hump Day Schmump Day

Now that the world has been once again topsy-turvyed by midterm elections, we can get back to the important business of...

Reinventing the keyboard! It's been a long time since the QWERTY layout took control of the keyboard landscape. But perhaps the advent of cell phone messaging (and emailing) has created an opportunity for a usurper to step in. Then again, maybe not.

If you're an iPhone or iPad user, you're probably well acquainted with the fact that Adobe Flash and Apple products like each other less than Harry Potter and Voldemort. But a new app proposes to fix all that...for a small fee.

So there's this thing, a movement really, of barefoot runners. You may have heard about it in the fantastic book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall. (The title, by the way, is hardly an overstatement, and was, in fact, part of my inspiration to run a half marathon last year.) Anyway, I guess it's catching on a bit.

Don't you wish you could resolve conflicts the way a circuit does? XKCD imagines what it might be like...

And just in case you had forgotten, Chris Evans, who played Human Torch in the Fantastic 4, is also playing Captain America in the new film based on that character. When the decision was first announced, a lot of people (read: comic book geeks of the Marvel persuasion) were none-too-pleased. The studio has released some images from the upcoming movie, so maybe that will soften their rhetoric. Maybe.

Finally, I leave you with some very cool pictures of very, very small things.

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