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Gone E-birding

So I've been checking out the ebird website which I believe is a coordinated effort from Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Long-time Maryland Birder Marshall Iliff has posted to our listserve MDOsprey urging us to upload our sightings to e-bird. He pointed out to me that I've posted a detailed list to the listserve and that it would have been just as easy to post to e-bird and then have the list e-mailed back to me making the post easier.


Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day !

According to ... its National “Talk Like a Pirate Day” again. September 19th is the big day.

Q. So how do you know if you are a pirate.
A. You don't think about things like that ... ya just Arrrrrrr !

Animator vs. Animation Flash Animation

I got a link from a friend to this flash animation. I'm not a big flash fan but I thought this was pretty cool. Check out Animator vs. Animation

Pretty Validation Pages

The validators at have been given a face lift. They are much prettier now than they were the last time I checked my pages. I use the Markup Validation Service and the CSS Validation Service very frequently. These tools are a great way to validate your HTML/XHTML markup and CSS.

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs

The cartoon ... SuperNews! - Gates vs. Jobs is pretty funny. Its funnier than the standard “I'm a Mac and I'm a PC” commercials. It also features the Commodore 64. Check it out.

Wikipedia Edits stories

I came across this funny article from Wired magazine called “Vote On the Most Shameful Wikipedia Spin Jobs” after talking with co-worker Eric. Eric pointed me to this blog after I mentioned the NPR story to him (which is worth listening to for the background information on the subject).


copyscape is a site that you can use to find other sites on the web that have used your intellectual property. It compares your site with other sites on the web and offers potential violations as the results. Then you can potentially contact the offenders and ask them to quit copying you. I heard about this on Paul Boag's Dot Net podcast.

Performance testing with YSlow (addon for Firefox)

The YSlow extension for Firefox is an addon that requires the popular Firebug Extension. If you don't use firebug and you do your own web development, you really owe it to yourself to check it out. It's the bomb. Anyway ... YSlow adds some features to Firebug that allow you to test the performance of your web pages. YSlow is brought to you by the Yahoo Developer Network. The addon includes great web documentation.

Those Funny Videos

There have been some funny videos getting a lot of attention in the Tech News lately. Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur talked about these on net@nite and Amber mentioned the Onion&#39's Internet Crash story on Command N.

State Tetris (statetris)

Someone on the EDGIS (GIS in Education) listserv posted about this cool Geography Tetris game. I used to love to play Tetris on the Nintendo game system. This is pretty cool. Check out Statetris. Its fun and you will find out how well you know your United States Geography.


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