links for 2009-06-12

  • Genius way of getting at the unmentionables by taking advantage of the indefensible.

  • "These three trials were so vast in scope, and so significant in their impact, that Darrow's work remains inspirational. Starting with Leopold and Loeb and going on to the Scopes 'monkey' trial, with its backdrop of evolution, and then defending a black doctor, Ossian Sweet, charged with murder, Darrow swept through a triangle of defining cases in quick succession. In each one he showed a fascinating mix as a man of reason who used such emotion in court."

  • "If you’re sitting next to someone on a plane who irritates you, try doing this..."

  • Preview photographs of the refresh of my back garden/local municipal park.

  • This old fashioned DMOZ style project might seem redundant, but their New This Week feature always seems to uncover interesting websites that no one else seems to be talking about on a range of topics. Examples to follow:

  • A visual obituary service for deleted YouTube videos.

  • Collaborative effort to create searchable databases from obscure archive material which could prove useful to someone someday. Some of the documents seems like a lot of effort -- there are a couple of dictionaries in progress whose scans could just as usefully be computer read, the job being to copy and paste that data into the database.

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