Smartphones receive holy blessing

January 25, 2010

Seen via Slashdot: blessed be the mobile users and those called the children of iPod.

Plow Monday is normally for blessing laborers and their tools; as the name suggests it is aimed at those who work the land. A church service in London, England Monday decided to go after a more modern audience: office workers and their modern communication gadgets. From the Times article: ‘The congregation at St Lawrence Jewry in the City of London raised their mobiles and iPods above their heads and Canon Parrott raised his voice to the heavens to address the Lord God of all Creation. "May our tongues be gentle, our e-mails be simple and our websites be accessible," he said.’"

A fascinating event in the future of religion..

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Polar Bears’ new Entrance Video

January 25, 2010
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Seen via Suzanne: this intro video for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks’s hockey team.

Alaska Nanooks 2010 Hockey Intro from Szymon Weglarski on Vimeo.

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Hair Ice

January 25, 2010
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Via Suzanne, this post on BoingBoing about hair ice.

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While the term frost is used frequently as part of such names, these ice formations are not a product of frost. Frost comes about by moisture from the air being deposited on surfaces. As such frost is quite amorphous and would never appear as fine needles like we see here. Hair Ice is ice that grows outward from the surface of the wood, as super-cooled water emerges from the wood, freezes and adds to the hairs from the base.

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