Saturday, June 11, 2005

More postcards from the web

It's Saturday, and if you're goofing off, you might want to give these interesting links an eyeball:

See a close-up satellite photo of the White House (or your house) on Google Maps. You can see individual trees and even cars on the street. Extremely cool.

Here's a service I've been using and recommending for almost a year now: BooksFree. For about $14 a month you can borrow up to four books at a time. There is never any charge for postage--when you're finished with the books you just tuck them into a prepaid mailer and drop that in any mailbox. You can keep the books as long as you like. And when you return them, you'll automatically be sent the next set of books off your reading list. I use this service extensively to check out books I wouldn't normally buy but would like to have a quick look at.

Do you ever think of old movie stars or politicians or authors and wonder if they're still living? Check out Dead or Alive and you can know whether they've kicked the bucket yet.

Two fun things from The first one, an audio illusion, I "got" right away. The second one, a card trick, took me a minute to figure out, and then I was ashamed of myself. How quick are you?

And here's the first paragraph of a fascinating article from Wired News:

Scientists at the University of Arizona have discovered how to use quantum mechanics to turn molecules into working transistors in the lab, a breakthrough that might one day lead to high-powered computers the size of a postage stamp.

Now get out there and make it a great weekend, everyone. I'll see you back here on Monday.

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