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Cool Stuff from Yahoo Research

One of my favorite RSS feeds is IT Conversations, "a listener- and underwriter-supported network of high-end tech talk-radio interviews, discussions and presentations from major conferences delivered live and on-demand via the Internet." Check out the presentation by Gary Flake, Founder of Yahoo! Research Labs from the March 2005 O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference March 2005.


Keeping track of personal health information

Try out a demo of Medical Records from Digital Fried Chicken. It is both inexpensive and simple to use software that is great to compile medical information for individual family members. You can even print out I.D. cards with photos for children. Available for both Macintosh and Windows computers for $9.95.
if you like the format and feel, take a look at the other offerings at the downloads page.


Interruptions can be valuable!

If you've ever said, "interruptions are my work," don't miss this digital culture hot topic NPR audio. The Day to Day October 14 broadcast features Alex Chadwick interviewing New York Times Magazine contributor Clive Thompson about "interruption science," the study of the effect of disruptions on job performance.


Pete's Pond

Here's something for those Friday blahs. Known as Pete's Pond, National Geographic's WildCam Africa requires the latest RealPlayer plugin and a broadband connections. If you meet those requirements you're in for a treat because this live webcam is at a watering hole in Botswana. I have it running as I write this and just saw a troop of baboons playing at the water's edge as I listened to the sounds of the birds, animals, and insects.


Finding the hard to find describes itself as a directory "whose mission is to connect people in search of discontinued and hard to find products, as well as classic and vintage items, with the suppliers who stock them. We list the companies who offer the products; manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. All their contact information, brands and products are conveniently organized in categories."


Celebrate Discardia

Discardia is a great new holiday made up by Dinah Sanders, a San Francisco web geek. Her description reads, "It takes place in the time between the Solstices & Equinoxes and their following new moons. Discardia is celebrated by getting rid of stuff and ideas and habits you no longer need. On the Discardian new moon you don't buy anything or bring anything into your home and enjoy the fact that you have enough." Check out her recent Discardia blog entry.
Mark these dates on your calendar:
22 Sep 2005 - 3 Oct 2005



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