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google for educators

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following (or recycling) their literacy project (http://digg.com/tech_news/
Google_launches_literacy_project_to_link_resources) now google are making a pass at educators in general. Is there any substance here? well, I guess good vibes count for something

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Written by yishaym

October 13, 2006 at 12:06 pm

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Real snail email

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RealSnailMail is a project currently developed by boredomresearch. The system uses real snails with pet RFID chips glued to their shells to carry and deliver electronic messages on their own time, despite growing expectations of instant communication.

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October 11, 2006 at 10:19 pm

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How bad are you?

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My lifestyle needs 2.5 planets to sustain, and I’m well below avarage. Oh dear..

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Written by yishaym

October 10, 2006 at 5:09 pm

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Dear Mr. Straw

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Dear  Mr. Straw,

I find your necktie repulsive. Please  remove it when posing for the press, so as not to offend me if I accidentally see your picture.

Written by yishaym

October 6, 2006 at 1:11 pm

its so simple

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This global terror thing? here’s an idea:

Screw Bin-Laden: Legalize Heroin.

Now, you’re probably thinking, say what?
First, let’s get one thing strait. Heroin is bad. I have never used it, and never will. I hope none of my children even consider it. But here’s the deal: terrorists fund their activity by drug money. Drug crops give farmers a much better profit than any alternative, hence farmers are happy to support the terrorists who protect and franchise them. But drug economy is based on the illegality of drugs. Its your basic supply demand risk formula. Make them legal, and the price drops, the competition makes alternative sources of income more attractive, and the terrorists are f&@#ed. F&@#ed twice actually, first for loosing income, second for loosing their popular support.

Oh very nice you say, but drugs are bad. Drugs kill you. Yes, well – I haven’t heard you suggesting we outlaw alcohol or cigarettes. Just for a bit of perspective, here’s some data I collated* for the UK:

Total deaths / year 500,000 (aprox.)
Fag related 100,000 (aprox.) which is 20%
Alcohol related 8,000 (aprox.) which is 1.6%
Drug related 1,500 (aprox.) which is 0.3%

*:Sources:
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/mot1203.pdf
http://www.ash.org.uk/html/factsheets/html/fact02.html
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/articles/hsq/HSQ31deaths_drug_misuse.pdf
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=1091
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/aldeaths0706.pdf

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Written by yishaym

October 1, 2006 at 1:51 am