7 pencils made of paper…

Dane and I have developed a taste for Origami. The pencils to the left are folded by Dane. Soon I’ll make a brag-post with pictures of our best creations. My most refined to date was a Triceratops (that’s a dinosaur) which I made earlier this evening. Dane’s comment: “Oh Mummy, that’s SO COOL!” A reward in it’s own… Inspiration and instruction courtesy of The Natural History Museum where we spent most of the day with good friends visiting from Denmark.

The rest of this post is devoted to all the nice places on the web you never knew you were missing…

On Slate there’s a quick’n’dirty guide to testing various search engines, obviously prompted by the emergence of the self-proclaimed Google-competitor Cuil (pronounced COOL). It’s quite good and it’s more quick than it’s dirty, if you get my drift. Still, it’s good to bear in mind that if you often search within a specialty realm, it’s a good idea to make your trial searches with well known items within that realm.

Another way to waste some time online is to check if your use of the Internet is gender specific or not. Take the test here, it takes only a few seconds. Apparently I’m 64% male… and that’s without ever having visited a sports page in my online existence. The pointer came from Marginal Revolution – as usual.

Here’s an interesting article about US presidential candidate John McCain. I’m not a taker, so I needn’t be convinced. But reading an article like this, where the author clearly likes McCain and takes him serious as a candidate, is much more interesting than reading hundreds of articles that just make fun of McCain. He’s not to be made fun of, really. He’s one of two contestants for the world’s most influential job – and almost half of all American voters are looking his way at the moment. The article focuses on McCain’s Internet illiteracy. Apparently, he needs an aid to log on to a news site or a blog for him and the man has never sent an e-mail. I don’t believe that has anything – or much at least – to do with age. I know quite a few people of his age or near it who are very proficient on the web. It has to do with a kind of arrogance and stubborn defiance that is far more troubling than age! But read the article for yourself, it appears in the Washingtonian, the local website for all things Washington D.C. Pointer from Ezra Klein.

Tomorrow we head south for the first part of our holiday here in Great Britain.

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  1. Heya Sweetpea!
    Bill Clinton, himself, has never sent an email and do not use internet either!! This piece of info, was to me, quite shocking! From an in depth article on Hillary “Vanity Fair” August – Talking about arrogance and ignorance………
    Great Origami ! I never could get my otherwise nimble fingers around that! So congrats!!!!!
    Enjoy your day
    Love from Gabs

  2. You know I’m an awful pedant, so here’s the correct quote from VF:
    “Bill Clinton still doesn’t use e-mail or own a BlackBerry.”
    I bet Steve Jobs has sent BC an Iphone after reading VF…
    CIA & Secret Service are against the President using e-mail, as it can be most compromising. But he could of course have started using it after leaving office! He does use the Internet though, so is not illiterate and had a technology strategy in place more than eight years ago, whereas McCain doesn’t have one yet.

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