August 19, 2005

LinkNews Digest [08/19/2005]

College Teaches Course on Fishing

Now in its third year, the noncredit course is aimed at fishing novices or anglers new to Alaska who want to avoid learning by reading how-to books or trolling for tips from salesmen at sporting goods stores.

For about $1,100, $300 more with food and housing, the college offers 20 hours of classroom time and field trips that include flying to a remote lake, an excursion to the ocean or a float trip down the Kenai River. The tuition is in the same price range as that of booking individual day trips, said Atcheson, who also worked for the state as a fish and game technician.

"The idea is to teach people how to fish, but also to teach them all that goes along with being a good steward of the land and resources," Atcheson said. (LINK)

Your Name In Stephen King's Next Book

Authors are teaming up to fund The First Amendment Project, a California-based nonprofit group that promotes freedom of information and expression, by auctioning off character names in their upcoming books on eBay.
Stephen King : "One (and only one) character name in a novel called CELL, which is now in work and which will appear in either 2006 or 2007. Buyer should be aware that CELL is a violent piece of work, which comes complete with zombies set in motion by bad cell phone signals that destroy the human brain. Like cheap whiskey, it's very nasty and extremely satisfying. Character can be male or female, but a buyer who wants to die must in this case be female. In any case, I'll require physical description of auction winner, including any nickname (can be made up, I don't give a rip)."
Neil Gaiman : "My next novel will be called THE GRAVEYARD BOOK. It's a children's novel, and will be published, er, when it's published. Maybe in 2007 or failing that, 2008. It will have lots of gravestones in it. Your name, or the name of someone you love (who won't mind) can be on a gravestone."
Lemony Snicket :"(I'm offering ) An utterance by Sunny Baudelaire in Book the Thirteenth. Pronunciation and/or spelling may be slightly 'mutilated.' An example of this is in The Grim Grotto when Sunny utters 'Bushcheney.'

Warcraft Kid PWNED By Gamer Mom

Blizzard’s World of Warcraft is the biggest MMORPG ever. So big, in fact, that everyone and his mother is playing it… literally.

It used to be that a boy could play his favorite game all night and mean old Mom would be none the wiser about it.

But when WoW’s so popular that Mom’s playing too, Junior runs the risk of getting busted. In the thread linked below, little boy Brion makes a rather innocent-sounding forum post at 3:30 AM. Trouble is, his mother notices because she reads that same forum. She responds:

"Pardon me for hijacking the thread, here.. But, Brion - if you don’t want your mother to know you were up and on the computer at 3:29 in the morning - DON’T post on a forum that she reads. Busted. Grounded."(LINK)

The Viking Ship Made of Popsicle Sticks

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A former Hollywood stunt man now living in the Netherlands launched his greatest project to date Tuesday: a 45-foot replica Viking ship made of millions of wooden ice cream sticks and more than a ton of glue.

Rob McDonald named the ship the "Mjollnir" after the hammer of the mythic Norse god of thunder, Thor. After the 13 ton boat was lifted into the water by crane, "Captain Rob," as he is known, stood calmly on the stern as a team of volunteers rowed the apparently sturdy vessel around the IJ River behind the city's central station.

"I have a dream to show children they can do anything," McDonald said before the launch. "If they can dream it, they can do it."

The launch went smoothly, and McDonald plans to apply for a mention in the Guinness Book of Records.

He estimated that in all, he used up to 2.2 tons of glue and 15 million birch wood ice cream sticks donated by an ice cream manufacturer and found by neighborhood children. (LINK)

Russian Cows to be Fed Marijuana

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's long winter will just fly by for a herd of Russian cows which, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, will be fed confiscated marijuana over the cold months.

Drug workers said they adopted the unusual form of animal husbandry after they were forced to destroy the sunflowers and maize crops that the 40 tonnes of marijuana had been planted among, Novye Izvestia daily reported.

"There is simply no other way out. You see, the fields are planted with feed crops and if we remove it all the cows will have nothing to eat," a Federal Drugs Control Service spokeswoman for the Urals region of Sverdlovsk told the paper.

"I don't know what the milk will be like after this." (LINK)

And You Thought PlayStation Controllers Were Complex

This is the steering wheel of a Ferrari F1 Racer.
The big display in the center-top display all the information you can image: engine revs, laptimes, speed, gear, ...
The green-black button N to put the gearbox in neutral
The black-red LC button, to change setting of the launch control
The red-black L button, to apply the speed limiter in the pit lane
The yellow button radio is a switch for the onboard radio
Buttons M and Bo on the top are multifunctional buttons for display adjustments
The blue rotating button is to adjust the fuel-air mix in the engine
The button under air-fuel allows the driver to regulate the braking pressure on the front and rear wheels
The button above air-fuel permits adjustments to the power steering
The 3 rotating buttons on the right are all for engine adjustments ( LINK )

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