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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon April 18, 2011

Here's What's Awesome

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.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Nice Jump, Lonnie

Doing a base jump out of a wheelchair? Yeah, that qualifies as extreme. And awesome.

There's more "extreme chairing" at, you guessed it, ExtremeChairing.org. [SayOMG]

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Thu April 14, 2011

Ah, Trebek! We Meet Again, and Again, and Again

Mark Gstohl via Flickr/Creative Commons

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.

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Daylight Come and I Want to Make Plastic From Bananas

Missha via Flickr/Creative Commons

When I see a banana, I think "breakfast" or "snack" or "potassium" or even "don't slip on its peel".

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Food-Bot Scours the College Web For Free Pizza

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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

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Sat March 26, 2011

Here's What's Really Awesome

Owen Graham Carlson, born at 1:58 pm! Mother and baby are doing great. 

Since your internet sherpa will have his hands full with this little pumpkin, we're holding off on new awesomeness for a few weeks. See you soon!

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Rebecca Black's not the only Awesomeness out there...

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It's Frieeday every day! Thirteen year old Rebecca Black becomes the internet’s new punching bag!

 There are remixes everywhere, from Bob Dylan to death metal.

 Physorg: ‘Worst song ever’ tops 30 million YouTube views

Mashable: How Rebecca Black Became a YouTube Sensation

 

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11 for '11
12:00 am
Tue March 22, 2011

11 for '11: Tyler Cowen

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 Better argues 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.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Science, Again!

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]

As always, we hope you'll share an awesome link or two in the comments. No context required.

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Charlie Sheen and Other Awesomeness on Today's Show

Mike Licht via Flickr/Creative Commons

Charlie Sheen, Unemployed Winner – the internet loves a meltdown! And it loves remixing a meltdown.

Cats Quote Charlie Sheen - http://mediumlarge.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/cats-quote-charlie-sheen/

The Charlie Sheen is Too Damn High Party - http://wwwyoutube.com/watch?v=Ks9DBlH0VRY

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11 for '11
4:30 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

11 for '11: Raj Patel

In January, the global food price index rose for the seventh month in a row, reaching the higest level since record keeping began in 1990. Raj Patel is an activist and academic whose book, Stuffed and Starved, predicted the food crisis that caused riots on four continents back in 2008. More recently, his book, The Value of Nothing, argues that we as citizens should rethink our assumptions about rational markets and the very meaning of democracy.

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Now That's a Sendoff

A memorial of 320,000 firecrackers might help a guy rest in peace,  but he sure won't be forgotten! [Bits and Pieces]

As always, we hope you'll share an awesome link or two in our comments.

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Fri February 18, 2011

A 7-10-310-489 Split

Ever see that scene in The Big Lebowski where The Dude is laying on the rug listening to the sounds of bowling pins? I think this is what he was seeing in his head [UniqueDaily]

As always, we hope you'll roll an awesome link or two into our comments.

Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Fluorescent Nerve Liquid Makes Surgery Look Like The Australian Pink Floyd Show

shelled via Flickr/Creative Commons

Surgeons want to avoid nicking a nerve while operating, for obvious reasons. (It gets on their nerves, you see. No pun intended.) They use a system called electromyography, which highlights most of the big nerves, but it sometimes misses smaller ones. Now there's a fluorescent goo that makes even the small nerves light up and show themselves in true psychedelic fashion

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Here's What's Awesome
12:00 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Space Nets Will Catch Space Junk In Space

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For my money, the space object with the coolest name of all is the Whipple Bumper. It protects the International Space Station against squeezing the Charmin, and against damage from space debris.

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