Literary Witches Quiz

October 31, 2008

The Guardian newspaper over in England presented its readers with a quiz to test their knowledge of literary witches, so appropo for Halloween. Think you can get them all correct? Check out the Short List blog for a post with the links to the witch-y books.


Hungry Scientist

October 30, 2008

Are you hungry for chemistry? This site is DIY for techies, tinkerers and foodies. When their mothers said: “Don’t play with your food!” they didn’t listen. Their recipe for an LED-lit/edible blue cake showed up in the New York Times food section this week and they have a new book out: The Hungry Scientist Handbook. Take a look at their efforts in the kitchen and thank your lucky stars you don’t have to repair their dishwasher.

YouTube Too Long?

October 29, 2008

If you have YouTube clips you love but they’re a little too long, use Splicd to cut them down to the length you want. Splicd allows you to isolate an interesting tidbit from a YouTube video and provides you with a link to share it with your family, friends, and colleagues.

The Money Meltdown

October 15, 2008

Matt Thompson is an online journalist who had trouble finding useful, authoritative information in one location on the current financial crisis so he started a blog that would fill the void.

October 11, 2008

If you are a foodie and want to be up on the latest news about restaurants, night life and bar scene– openings, closings and up-and-comings in New York, (they have similar sites for other cities as well) check out They also provide last-minute was founded in 2004 by 3 MIT engineers whose goal was to enable people to share information that can improve the lives of patients with life-changing diseases.  You can select your condition to see real-world treatment experiences from patients just like you, including ratings, effective dosage ranges, difficult side effects, and more. is a website put together by Nate Silver and Sean Quinn. Generally speaking, Nate Silver is a baseball statistician who has put his analytical skills to work on the upcoming presidential election. As with his baseball efforts, Nate Silver is primarily interested in being able to predict the outcome of the race. There are poll trackers, electoral vote distributions, and of course, state-by-state projections.

Who can tell me what the relevance of 538 is?