This month’s installment of our 11 for '11 series of big picture conversations on the issues of our times. Today, it’s energy, specifially oil. Oil is trading at 112-dollars a barrel, up from 86-dollars a year ago. Michael Klare says the era of easy oil is behind us. He’s made news for his concept of “extreme energy” – the pursuit of fossil fuels in increasingly difficult environments using expensive and sometimes dangerous methods.
Today we have this month's 11 for '11 segment, focusing on how the increasingly dangerous pursuit of oil affects the market price. Plus, alcoholism in Russia, and a journalist shares stories from inside the Balkan Underground, a crafty, cynical, and fearless network that has heisted hundreds of millions of dollars worth of jewels in 26 countries.
Here's how it works: the system goes on a person's head, and little magnets placed in the mouth and on the tongue do a sort of motion-capture as the person mouths a word The system then translates the mouthed words into speech.
Over time the Obama Administration has been building out government webspace for transparency projects – making the vast amount of public government data not only available, but usable for people who want to make graphs or maps or other mashups.
You can take any category you want for any amount you want thanks to J! Archive, which catalogues every single answer-and-question pairing from every Trebek-era episode of Jeopardy. I took a look at the board for July 25, 2008, an episode I missed because I was launching this blog.
Actually, if you want free food you should have a baby - people have given us all sorts of delicious things. But if that approach is a little drastic, maybe Food-Bot would be more useful. This site, designed by a once-hungry college student looking to eat on a modest budget, scours campus event calendars for mentions of free edibles. You can even have the site send you e-mails when new events are posted
A new book by George Mason University Economics Chair Tyler Cowen has inspired spirited debate among beltway and economics circles. Published only as an e-book, The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Betterargues that America's economic growth plateaued in the 1970s. Median wages have stagnated since, he says, because we have eaten all the low hanging fruit that enabled innovation to flourish and average income to grow across the board.
Maybe it's scientists that have more fun. The blog Out of Context Science suggests that, anyway; they post one short phrase that, without any explanation, just sounds more interesting than what the rest of us are doing. [via Miss Cellania]
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