Trans Lucy (sigh) lets you watch a movie in a translucent pane above what you are working on ... what is extra sweet is that you can click through the movie window to interact with the apps below directly.
I don't think I would use it enough to buy it, but it is cool.
As the country moves towards greater ethanol production one has to ask the question where does the energy come from to create the ethanol (in addition to how much energy goes in for every unit that come out - something that hasn't been conclusively settled from my readings).
People you wish you had known... (from Modern Mechanix August 1932)
One of the oddest hobbies in the world is that of Dr. H. G. Dyar, international authority on moths and butterflies of the Smithsonian Institution, who has found health and recreation in digging an amazing series of tunnels beneath his Washington home.
Almost a quarter of a mile of tunnels has been completed, lined with concrete. The deepest passage, illustrated in the accompanying diagram, extends 32 feet down. Every bit of earth was removed unaided by Dr. Dyar, being carried out in pails. He found the tunnel-digging an appealing form of exercise to relieve the intense strain of his work day, which involved much close work with high-power microscopes.
The catacombs are constructed in three levels, with steps and iron pipe ladders leading between different tiers. The idea first came to Dr. Dyar when he sought to make an underground entrance to his furnace cellar.