Time to Kill?

Looking for a quick break from spreadsheets or calls from irate customers? These sites have caught my fancy over the last few months. Check them out.


As past posts will attest, I can be a bit of a science geek. I have no aptitude for it whatsoever beyond being a fan of discoveries, those who make them and those who figure out how to interpret and apply them. So I’m psyched about most of the top scientific breakthroughs of 2010.

Speaking of science, 2011 is the International Year of Chemistry. According to the prospectus, the year-long celebration was created to let people know how chemistry helps meet world needs and encourage interest and generate enthusiasm for chemistry among students and the general public. You don’t have to be a scientist to participate. Check out the ideas and activities page. Maybe you want to catch a lecture or just use one of the chemistry-related stamps being issued this year.

Readers of the blog will know I was a vegetarian (for the most part) from Thanksgiving 2010 to Thanksgiving 2011. I haven’t completely jumped back into the carnivorous world, but these food maps caught my eye.

Have fond memories of Cameron’s house from Ferris Bueller and a million plus to spend? The house is on the market and hasn’t sold after a year.

Although not real (yet), you can also check out real estate from Star Trek. Find out where Starfleet buildings and Kirk’s apartment could be located.

Possibly related to my science geekery is my desire to one day find buried treasure, hidden doors or secret caves. Okay, maybe that’s not just my science geekery, but experience with 20-sided dice and with Nancy Drew. Anyway, the folks at the Nottingham Caves Survey are beating me to it. Of course, over 500 man-made caves were cut into the sandstone beneath the city. My neighborhood probably doesn’t have the same thing going on.

Last, but not least, put things in perspective. This is what the year will be like … somewhere. When your year takes a turn for the worse (as all years inevitably do at some point), come back to the video. No matter what you’re dealing with, snow and rain will still fall, trees will sprout green leaves that turn to orange and fall. The world continues.

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