"The Dicshunary aims to provide a home for all the small,
endangered 'werds' that might only exist in the language of one
neighbourhood, one family or even one person."
Like these off-the-wall British insults and compliments, for instance.
One of these days, instead of referring to the technical "specs," these guys
who make head-mounted displays will just refer to their products as
These gizmos give your doctor the friendly bedside manner of a covert
surveillance SWAT team.
Aw man, now even Autonomedia has built a slashdot site. This is like a
geek food-fight for anarcho-syndicalists. Instead of news of Pentium
overclocking, you get stuff like the "International Women's Conference
Against Imperialist War and Plunder."
These guys are into shopping malls that have collapsed, gone broke, and been
Dead and dying malls are sometimes known as "greyfields." There are lots of
Here's a similar take on dead grocery chains.
These urban design types are having a contest to try to figure out what to do
with derelict shopping malls.
This isn't exactly nostalgic, Ray Bradbury, Norman Rockwell territory. On the
other hand, for the 21st century, maybe it
Hey, nifty animated map of the Salem Witchcraft hysteria.
Man, that's a lot of witches and wizards. A hundred and sixty of them. A
wonder there was anyone left.
Nice selection of pics here. Kind of explains a lot when you realize that
Puritan judges got to take a teenager's clothes off.
Nice use of hotlinks here. You get to follow the melancholy biographies of
the accusers, the afflicted, the fit-stricken, the slaves, and so
And you can search the hallucinatory trial evidence, which seems to have been
hastily scribbled by court clerks scared to death:
(H) how did you go
(T) we ride upon stickes and are there presently
you goe through the trees or over them
(T) we see no thing but are there
(H) why did you not tell your master
(T) I was a fraid
they said they would cut off my head if I told
Bruce Sterling writes books like Darwin watched animals. Find out more about him,
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He lives with his wife Nancy and their two daughters in Austin, Texas.