Friday, July 29, 2011

ICANNetwork, and so Can You!

I've been wondering for a long time: Who's in charge of the internet? As a web designer, I'm familiar with the process for getting sites up on the web - but it always involves paying someone for a domain name. If I want to put up content at (new from ABC Innovations!), I have to buy it first. But what gives Network Solutions the right to sell me a domain? What if someone in Germany wanted it - what stops their companies from selling it to them? Is there a big international organization for the web? Who prevents me from getting a ".gov" address? Thus began my research.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Show Google Some Love

I couldn't resist. Polar bears? Space travel? Chocolate cake? Yes, yes, yes! When Google asked "What do you love?" at the bottom of their homepage today, I just had to check out their new little toy.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Please Sir, Can We Take Some More?

"The US currently runs an estimated $1.5 trillion (£932bn) annual budget deficit, and has already exceeded the national debt limit of $14.3tn." - BBC News, 7 July 2011

"Only 27 days are left to raise the debt limit and prevent the government from defaulting on its borrowings for the first time in U.S. history, an event that could devastate world markets." - Reuters, 7 July 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

My Pig Ate It

No, I'm not blaming a four-legged animal for lost homework; I'm blaming it for lost coins. If you've ever dropped half-dollars into a piggy bank, you may have ended up in this predicament. The slot on the top of the pig, through which one deposits coins, is plenty large, but the diameter of the hole in the bottom of the ceramic porker is much smaller. Drop large coins in, like half-dollars, and they'll go in fine...but they won't come out.

Benjamin Franklin half-dollars ($0.50)

I've spent hours reaching through the bottom of an overturned piggy bank, grabbing the large coin inside, and attempting to drop it directly through the slit from which it came. The process is frustrating and painstakingly slow. Having been asked to assist with the stuck coins predicament recently, however, I've coined a new solution.