“Why the U.S. STEM Initiative Shouldn’t Ignore Computer Science,” is a fascinating “infographic,” (a pictorial presentation of statistics) from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. We’ve shortened the long web address to just tinyurl.com/USlag. The chart shows that 150,000 new computing jobs will need to be filled every year for the next ten years. In five years, there will be three times as many computer science jobs as applicants, yet nine out of ten elementary and high schools offer no programming classes. Ironically, computer science is one of the top five highest paid college degrees. See the books below.
TheDoghouseDiaries.com is an odd one. Click “Archives” and “October 18″ to get “What Each Country Leads the World In,” a humorous look at leading exports and culture. Canada leads the world in “maple syrup and asteroid impacts.” For Russia, it’s “raspberries and nuclear warheads.”
MuseumOfQuackery.com has some strange things, like the “Revigator,” sold in the 1920s and 30s, to bring radioactive drinking water to every home and the “Radithor” elixir, which promised to contain radium and cure everything. (One man drank a couple hundred bottles, until his jaw dropped off.)
PaleoFuture.com has funny predictions from yesteryear. In the 1980s, they predicted that by now, prescriptions would be dispensed from vending machines and diagnostic computers would replace doctors during exams. The site also lets you listen to street sounds from the 1920s and learn which websites in the year 2000 were expected to be the biggest in 2010. (AOL and “Quixtar” were in the top five.)
Refrl.org (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) has an interesting graph on Middle Eastern relationships between nine countries as well as the Hamas organization. Example: Click on a dot to connecting Russia to Hamas and get a pop-up explaining Russia’s support of what the U.S. calls a terrorist organization. The chart is hard to find on the site but comes right up if you Google “Middle East Relationships”
DancersAmongUs.com/photos has photos of dancers striking poses and doing things in odd settings. Some float horizontally above the street. A painter executes a ballet move on a fire escape. A waitress serves dinner on one toe, the other leg balancing impossibly high above her.
FunnyOrDie.com has fifteen hilarious videos of animals who don’t quite have a handle on their situation. These are like Funniest Home Videos, with animals playing the starring role. Search on “Animals Who Don’t Know What Happened” or click here.
“Curiyo,” from Curiyo.com, is an add-on for Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer that lets you click on a word on a web page and get a pop-up with explanations, videos or articles. Say you don’t know the word “graphene.” Click on it and you’ll get a choice of a Wikipedia article, a YouTube video, an image, or a news article. When you’re done, click the “x” to close the pop-up. You don’t leave the web page