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  • The British Library provides Turning the Pages, free online digitized versions of some old books, including Leonardo's notebook, the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Golden Haggadah (from 14th-century Spain), and Sultan Baybars' Qur'an, among others. It may be slow to load, and the Shockwave interface is a little clunky, but it's still cool.
  • A simulation of a Mac SE running System 7.0 done entirely in Flash. A Wired article provides more info.
  • The thing I like best about the graphs of Bush's approval rating is that the icons they use to represent the different polls make it look like the graph has been sprinkled with pixie dust, or maybe like it's an eighth-grader's class project that she wanted to make prettier so she put sparkles all over it.
  • Cute piece about a couple of teenagers who decided in 1982 to film a shot-for-shot remake of their favourite movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Alex had a file containing the lyrics to an Arrogant Worms song called "Tokyo Love Song" that I found entertaining.
  • A large gallery of fan tattoos, featuring Star Wars, Transformer, and GI Joe tattoos, among others.
  • Cute story about using beet pulp for horse feed when there's a squirrel in the house.
  • Researchers suggest that the most effective use of caffeine is to take small regular doses throughout the day. Though apparently they were specifically studying the question of how best to stay alert when you need to be awake for longer than normal, so this approach may be more effective for doctors and emergency personnel than for most people under normal circumstances. Also, although this approach is billed as an alternative to having a lot of caffeine in the morning and then none later in the day, the study apparently didn't study that approach; it was a caffeine-vs-no-caffeine study. But still potentially interesting.
  • Pac Manhattan: live-action Pac-Man, on the streets of Manhattan!

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