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Let Bygones Be Bygones

In words & phrases on January 21, 2011 at 2:13 am

Here are a few different ways to say ‘Let bygones be bygones’: don’t  fret about something that happened in the past, let the past be the past and move on, forget the past and don’t hold a grudge.   In 1648, Sir Frances Nethersole used the ‘Let bygans be bygans’ form which is still current today. First cited in the United States in the Diary of Cotton Mather.  If people decide to let bygones be bygones, they decide to forget old problems or grievances they have with each other.

via Let bygones be bygones.



In words & phrases on January 21, 2011 at 1:47 am

A minute or minor detail, the small, precise, or trivial details of something.
The origin of minutia is latin
minutiae: trifles, details, plural of minutia, smallness, from minutus
First known use 1782.

via Merriam-Webster Dictionary


In words & phrases on January 21, 2011 at 12:29 am


A portmanteau or portmanteau word is a blend of two or more words or morphemes and their meanings into one new word, usually combining specifically the beginning syllables of one word with the end syllables of another. In linguistics, a portmanteau is defined as a single morph which represents two or more morphemes. An example of which is the combination of the words breakfast and lunch to create brunch.

via Portmanteau


In art, technology & innovatons on January 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm

the layout


FrankenCircuit is the result of an enormous collaboration of over 19 artists, musicians, scientists, computer programmers and engineers. At a superficial level, the Frankenstein reference is obvious, such as in the aesthetics of the FrankenSwitch.  But beyond that, there are issues raised by Mary Shelley’s classic tale that are as controversial today as they were 200 years ago.

The Creature

Electricity, controlled from a single knife switch, animates seven distinct kinetic sculptures, compiled from repurposed mechanical parts and electrical circuitry. Their sounds are amplified through a sound system and mixed with precomposed electroacoustic music, to create a unified sonic environment that serves to dislocate the individual sounds from their physical placement. Work ranges from high tech microprocessor controlled circuitry to low tech mechanistic devices that are at the mercy of friction. The pieces, created independent of one another, are united in their collective sound and in the source of their animation.

The Artists

Martin Back
James Brody
Tristan C hambers
Töped Emoh
Walter Gordy
Stephen Guerin
Tory Hughes
Philip Mantione
David Enoch McPherson
Simon Mehalek
Flamingo Pink!
Zevin Polzin
Ismael Retzinski
Frank Joseph
Rolla Alysse
Stepanian Steina
Woody Vasulka
Dr. Woohoo

The Performers

Martin Back
James Brody
Vince Kadlubek
Flamingo Pink!
Ismael Retzinski
Frank Rolla

via FrankenCircuit.

The First Industrial Complex Circa 2,500,000 BCE – 500,000 BCE

In science & nature on January 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

At Olduvai Gorge, a steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley, Tanzania, prehistoric hominins of the Lower Paleolithic manufactured stone tools.  These rough flake tools were discovered in the twentieth century CE.  These are the  earliest stone tools in human history and are Mode 1 tools, which come from what has been termed the Oldowan Industry. The Oldowan tools were characterized by their simple construction, predominantly comprising of core forms. These cores had initially been rocks that had been hit hard by a spherical hammerstone to cause a conchoidal fracture that knocked flakes off of the top, creating a sharp tip.

via  From Cave Paintings to the Internet & Flaked Stone Tool Technology

World Clock

In wild card on January 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm

The world clock has stats collected from all over the world, showing population, prison growth, births, US illegal immigrations, divorces, species extinct, forests lost, barrels of oil, death stats and more.


In technology & innovatons, words & phrases on January 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm

A CAPTCHA is a type of challenge-response test to ensure that the response is not generated by a computer. Because other computers are unable to solve the CAPTCHA, any user entering a correct solution is presumed to be human. Thus, it is sometimes described as a reverse Turing test, because it is administered by a machine and targeted to a human. The term “CAPTCHA” based upon the word capture was coined in 2000 by Luis von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Nicholas J. Hopper, and John Langford all of Carnegie Mellon University. It is a contrived acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”

via CAPTCHA – Wikipedia

American Drug War: The Last White Hope

In Documentaries on January 16, 2011 at 10:35 pm


The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure?

Corporation Nation

In Documentaries on January 15, 2011 at 10:22 pm

An in depth look at the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) that all governments (corporations) must file under federal law. This is an audit of our government!…

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Here Clint Richardson the creator of  Corporation Nation interviewed by Jan Irvin of Gnostic Media

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Taming the Vampire Squid: Take Back Our Banks

In wild card on January 15, 2011 at 3:27 am
Taming the Vampire Squid: Take Back Our Banks