New Features

There’s a couple of new website features and a couple of bug fixes on the site now.

First, the bug fix. The calendar at the right mostly works (the month selections don’t really work yet).

Now the features. The new search box at the left is interactive. As you type in a search term, the highest ranked results show up in the column underneath. For the full list of results, you can still hit a carriage return and get to the search page.

Second, each document on the site has a star-rating system open to all visitors. When visiting a document (i.e. the url to the document looks something like:, at the bottom of the document there’s a set of 5 stars. Please click on the number of stars that you think the document deserves. This is intended to be a community rating system.

Coming soon, a tag cloud

‘Kryptonite’ Discovered in Serbian Mine

How cool is this!

From [Slashdot](

Rubinstien writes “A mineralogist at London’s Natural History Museum was contracted to help identify an unknown mineral found in a Serbian mine. While he initially thought the miners had discovered a unique compound, after its crystal structure was analyzed and identified the researcher was shocked to find the material already referenced in literature. Fictional literature. Dr. Chris Stanley, from the BBC article: ‘Towards the end of my research I searched the web using the mineral’s chemical formula — sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide — and was amazed to discover that same scientific name, written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luthor from a museum in the film Superman Returns … I’m afraid it’s not green and it doesn’t glow either — although it will react to ultraviolet light by fluorescing a pinkish-orange.'”

Life imitating art? Comic book art?

I Say It’s My Birthday

From Wikipedia


  • 1533 – William I of Orange (d. 1584). Yuck…. the beginning of the troubles
  • 1937 – Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist (d. 2001)
  • 1942 – Barbra Streisand, American singer/actress
  • 1964 – Cedric the Entertainer, American comedian and actor
  • 1982 – Kelly Clarkson, American singer


  • 1656 – Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician and physicist (b. 1561)
  • 1974 – Bud Abbott, American actor and comedian (b. 1895)


  • 1479 BC – Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty).
  • 1184 BC – Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional).
  • 1558 – Mary Queen of Scots marries the Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris.
  • 1704 – The first regular newspaper in the United States, the Boston, Massachusetts New-Letter, is published.
  • 1917 – The US declares war on Germany and they enter World War One.
  • 1953 – Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
  • 1961 – Bob Dylan earned a $50 session fee for playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte’s “Midnight Special.” It was his recording debut.
  • 1979 – “Georgia on My Mind” is adopted as the official state song of the U.S. state of Georgia, a month after it is performed before a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly by Ray Charles.
  • 1990 – STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched by the Space Shuttle Discovery.