“Smarter Every Day” is a YouTube channel for practical experiments. In one, a guy changed a bicycle’s handlebars so that steering left made it go right and vice versa. It took him eight months to learn how to ride again. Switching the handlebar directions on a child’s bicycle took the child only two weeks to readjust. Go to YouTube.com and search on “smarter every day.”
ApartmentList.com/survey is a color-coded map showing renters’ apartment satisfaction across the U.S. Click on a category and the map changes. Arkansas, for example, gets an A plus for quality of the schools, but an “F” for access to recreational facilities. (We have serious doubts about all such rating surveys, by the way.)
AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org has a ton of information about online courses at accredited universities, including graduate schools. It tells you the cost of tuition and the prospects of getting a job in a given field. It also lists the salaries for a host of jobs and has info about vocational training. Who knew a dental hygienist makes around $71,000 on average? (And they’re worth every cent.)
– BrickStreetView.com makes Google Street Views look like everything was made from Lego blocks. Type in any street address and you can see it in Lego bricks. Most of the places look alike and it’s really hard to make out what you’re looking at — but it was amusing. — Inear.se/urbanjungle Einar Oberg, the same Swedish programmer who created BrickStreetView, adds jungle growth to street views in San Francisco, New York and Stockholm. (You know: “It’s a jungle out there.” Well he decided to take it literally.)
“List of Free Science Books” from physicsdatabase.com. This site has hundreds of free books in chemistry, physics, astronomy, math, physiology, etc., all online. Click on a title and the online version pops right up. We’re intrigued by “The Wonder Book of Knowledge.” The table of contents lists topics like “Why do we Smile when we are pleased?” “How did the Dollar Sign originate?” “Why do some of us have freckles?”
NutritionFacts.org has the best videos we’ve ever seen on health topics, including heart disease and cancer. Today we learned that while pesticides are found almost universally in the blood of people eating conventional foods from grocery stores, it’s not clear whether this causes health problems. Surveys are difficult, because there are so many variables. Fruit flies are easier to study, for example, but not surprisingly, insects eating insecticides fare poorly. We also learned the most effective way to remove surface pesticides from fruit and veggies: put a little salt in the water when you wash them.
How-Old.net is a Microsoft site for guessing your age. It’s quite the rage. We just saw a post of the Mona Lisa which the site pegged as a woman of 23. Joy was fit to be tied when she uploaded a photo of herself and it said she was 87! (She’s one of those sensitive types.) The next time she took a new photo on the spot, and it guessed her age as 32. It got Barack Obama’s age exactly right.
MyTime.com lets you schedule an appointment online. It’s somewhat limited because it’s so new. We saw mostly haircuts, nails and yoga appointments. But it’s better than Yelp in one sense. Yelp, the popular business listing website, lets you send a message to a business, but there’s no appointment scheduling. MyTime also includes prices.