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Javascript Chart Plotting

Proper charting on the internet has been missing for too long. Creating .PNG images for charts is far from ideal.
PlotKit - Javascript Chart Plotting

Recurring Science Misconceptions in K-6 Textbooks

This is a great site which debunks a lot of bad science in textbooks. Stuff like:
Wrong: Clouds remain aloft because water droplets are tiny
Correct: Clouds remain aloft because they are warm inside.

Wrong: The sky is blue because of complicated physics.
Correct: The sky is blue because air is blue.

Wrong: Sound travels better through solids and liquids.
Correct: No it doesn't.
The site isn't great looking and doesn't follow Nielsen's recommendations, but full of links and interesting information. Unlearn something today.

Never running out of disk space

For the first time, I feel like I'm never going to run out of disk space. I just received and installed a 400GB Western Digital SATA drive on my main machine (16MB cache!). My 120GB drive was almost full and I've been putting some stuff on my wife's computer. The prices for hard drives have gone down enough that I can easily see myself adding large hard drives whenever a machine starts getting full.
In other words, I feel like I'm never going to run out of disk space again. And I don't have to delete files that are taking up space. I can download files without regards to size. In fact the only thing I have to worry about is time. Copying gigs of data takes time, scanning and indexing takes time, searching and removing duplicates takes time, downloading take time. For downloading, I figure it would take more than year to fill up 400GB dowloading files 24/7.
My next step is to get Bacula up and running so I can use some of this extra space as backup.

Some useful French phrases

Some useful French phrases like:

"You've put on weight" - "Tu as grossi"

"Your children are very attractive. Are they adopted?" - "Vos enfants sont très beaux. Ils sont adoptes?"and many others ;-)