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Tell a friend How Stuff Works

How Stuff Works

We use technology all the time — telephones, computers, the Internet, television, cars and so on — but do you ever wonder how these things work? What happens after you press the "on" button or turn the key? In plain English, Marshall Brain (yes, that’s his name, and no, it’s not a pseudonym) demystifies everyday things from tattoos to airplanes to cell phones in How Stuff Works, a fun reference book featured on today’s Oprah.

If you’re not sure whether to invest in the book, start with the HowStuffWorks.com web site, which features explanations of Google Earth (how it works), dieting (how it works) and chocolate (how it works), as well as experiential things you may not have even realized had explanations, like laughter and dreams.

Posted January 19, 2006 by Mariva in books, education, fun, innovations, resources

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Tell a friend an American hero

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Posted January 16, 2006 by Mariva in community, education, holidays

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Tell a friend fun sites

fun

Googlism: Find out what Google "thinks" of you — or of anyone or anything else.

The Dialectizer: Turn the verbal content of a web page into any of a variety of funny dialects, including "Jive," "Cockney," "Elmer Fudd," "Swedish Chef," "Moron," "Pig Latin" or "Hacker." I sound quite cornpone when Mariva’s Guide has been Redneck Dialectized.

5ives: Lists of five things within a random topic, such as "five ways to get on the del.icio.us home page" or "five terrible fake ideas for a retro TV comeback."

Posted January 11, 2006 by Mariva in business, education, entertainment, fun, games, innovations, resources

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Tell a friend smell and scents

smell and scents When I was conducting research for my post on scented paper, I came across some interesting smell-related sites:
  • Better Living with Essential Oils: information about and uses for essential oils for body and home care. #24 is instructions on infusing scents into paper, although I would suggest adding the drops of essential oils to a cotton pad rather than directly onto the paper.

Posted December 29, 2005 by Mariva in bath & spa, beauty, education, health, home, resources

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Tell a friend Season’s Greetings

Season's Greetings Courtesy of Wikipedia, please have a happy and well-informed:

Posted December 23, 2005 by Mariva in education, holidays, resources, social

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Tell a friend Scattergories

Scattergories

When I was in the eighth grade, my English teacher assigned the class a unique exercise in vocabulary building: an empty table with general categories (cities, vegetables, animals, etc.) across the top, and single letters down the left-hand side. Our task was to complete the table with category-specific words that began with each of the letters. I was under the impression that I had to fill in every cell of the table — or fail the assignment.

Posted December 15, 2005 by Mariva in education, entertaining, fun, games, gifts, resources, social

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Tell a friend IDEO Method Cards

IDEO Method Cards

Feeling creatively blocked? Try a pack of IDEO Method Cards, a tool that helps designers, innovators, entrepreneurs and others come up with new ideas, approaches and strategies for business and creative endeavors. Each card features a photograph, diagram, drawing or other image on the front and a suggested approach on the back. You don’t have to be a professional designer to appreciate how these cards can help you think about things differently or conduct thought experiments in the everyday world. IDEO provides four examples online; if you’re intrigued by these, you’ll hunger for the whole deck.

Posted December 9, 2005 by Mariva in business, career, education, fun, games, gifts, innovations, resources

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Tell a friend history of zero

history of zero

Oh, what’ll you do now, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what’ll you do now, my darling young one?
I’m a-goin’ back out ‘fore the rain starts a-fallin’,
I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest,
Where the people are many and their hands are all empty,
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters,
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison,
Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden,
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten,
Where black is the color, where none is the number,
And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it,
And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it,
Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’,
But I’ll know my song well before I start singin’,
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard,
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Posted December 2, 2005 by Mariva in education, innovations, music, resources

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Tell a friend Jumble & other word games

play Jumble online

Jumble is my favorite newspaper game — and it’s even better online (requires Macromedia Shockwave). Unscrambling each word, and then using the circled letters of those words to unscramble the punch line of the goofy joke — the whole thing gives me a thrill. (Sometimes I cheat a little.)

More word games:
Reference.com Fun & Games
Yahoo word games
wordplays
WordCentral.com
FunBrain.com Kids Center: Words
Vocabulary University
Merriam-Webster word games
east of the web word games
BlackDog’s word games
Etymologic: "the toughest word game on the web"
more…

Posted November 16, 2005 by Mariva in education, fun, games, resources

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Tell a friend WebExhibits

WebExhibits
A couple weeks ago, on a Sunday morning, I found out that it was an hour earlier than I thought it was. I’d forgotten to "fall back." I ran a search for the semiannual time changes so that I could mark my calendar once and for all, and therefore know when to expect them. During my search, I stumbled upon WebExhibits and learned not only when the time changes occur, but all about Daylight Saving Time in fascinating detail, the dates of which will be changing in 2007.

Posted November 11, 2005 by Mariva in arts, education, innovations, resources

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