Author Archives: Lorne Beaton

News from the Catholic Church

It’s official. The demand for exorcists is higher than ever, and a group of priests and assorted hangers-on at a Roman Catholic university in Rome have identified the source of the problem: it’s the Internet’s fault! With modern communications, it … Continue reading

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Things I came across: Week of March 28, 2011

I’m going to start keeping track of cool, fun, interesting, terrifying and/or random things I come across and posting them on a regular basis. Here’s the first collection. An eight-year-long thread (and still going strong) of ER docs, nurses, students, paramedics … Continue reading

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Fire in Detroit

Woke up this morning to see a plume of smoke stretching across my entire view: Apparently it’s a plastics-recycling warehouse on fire in Detroit. That would account for the thick black smoke. As I write, it’s been burning for four … Continue reading

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The cutting edge of beer technology

Guinness drinkers who drink at home will be familiar with the little plastic ball that rattles around in the can after you crack it open and pour out a pint of dark creamy goodness. If you’ve ever wondered what that … Continue reading

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To knock some sense into them

Here’s a nice little meme from the past couple of weeks: Motorists, who feel their progress is being hindered by non-motorists, taking matters into their own hands and plowing into crowds of people. That’s the corner of Tulip and Iris … Continue reading

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From the halls of Montezuma, to…

So maybe you noticed the price of gas just went up again? Christine was stonkered enough to post a WTF on Facebook last night: 121.6 cents per liter! The reason is pretty simple: Muammar Qaddafi isn’t busy just murdering his … Continue reading

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The energy/climate crisis sidles closer…

Well, well. Jeff Rubin, the Globe’s resident energy pessimist, latched on to the same WikiLeaks revelation that I did: the former head of the Saudi oil company, Aramco, told the U.S. embassy that the company has been overstating its estimated … Continue reading

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The new energy crisis is about to go wide

Since moving to my new apartment, I occasionally drive to or from work on the north service road, and there’s an impressive new solar panel out in front of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 773 office, next to the … Continue reading

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Sand art is not as easy as this guy makes it look

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Basic, Intermediate, Advanced

Okay, try this: Go to the Google home page (www.google.com). Click where it says Advanced Search. You’ll get a bunch of options for the kind of search you want to do. Look for their new Reading Level feature. Click the dropdown and choose … Continue reading

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