For most of my life, I always left two spaces after a period. Now, when I update my old essays or curriculum materials, I have to go through each sentence and change that to one space (maybe the spaces on today’s word processing programs are larger, and this comes from learning how to type on an actual typewriter). Slate (via Paul) talks about this as well.
As many of you know, I'm purchasing a building that will make Biomes the largest private educational facility in the Northeast. It will bring my current facility from 1500 square feet to over 7,000 square feet. It's a huge move. I've put a deposit on the building, and the state has provided me with the loan. Now I just need the down payment.
To finance this down payment, I'm selling shares of Biomes the company. The shares are $1000 each (based on a cpa appraisal of the business) and I'm selling 80 of them. I have 16 sold so far, and I've got 40 days to pull this off. I've assigned friends and family a set number of shares they need to raise for me, and I'm assigning this blog some as well.
This isn't a donation, it's an investment, and long-time readers know I'm not blowing smoke. I've got the business plan and all the documents and contacts I can send you, and we can communicate via email or phone (or in person if you'd like). I'm assigning this blog five shares. Consider just one, or send a friend who might want to be part of a cool business my way. If nothing else, just take a look at my business plan. I have it in pdf that I can send you.
I know there are some readers who have some influence with the big liberal blogs. Use your clout. Spread the word. I'm all in. In the past four months I've cashed out everything I own to make this happen, and I need the Biomes Blog community to put in for 5 shares. Contact me if you want to step up.
Now, Tuesday Coonhound Blogging: She's saying "Please invest. Oh, god that doesn't exist, please invest".
The winning photo of last year’s Windland Smith Rice Awards, which honors the best photos in wildlife, is this osprey catching a fish. But the big hit was a Bronx Zoo gorilla making friends with a duckling. All of the photos are amazing.
Eleven things you didn’t know about pinball. Because it didn’t have a “flipper” until 1947, pinball was considered a game of chance and was banned from most major cities right up until the early ’70’s. In New York, confiscated machines were smashed by the mayor and dumped into the river. This explains why such a tame pastime became a pop culture symbol of rebellion.
As you know, I'm not much of a TV guy unless it's on Netflix. I don't like ads and I don't like waiting a week for the next episode. But nobody told me how good 30 Rock is.
Hump day musical interlude: The Grand Rapids LipDub is a music video created by 5,000 residents of Grand Rapids, MI, in response to Newsweek calling the the town a “dying city”. It was made in a single uninterrupted ten-minute shot, and Roger Ebert calls it the “greatest music video ever made”.
Albino Monday: Wisconsin Public Television has a nice page and video on a local white deer (thanks Katie).
The tornado in Massachusetts in early June left a scar that can be seen by a NASA satellite. It was one of 875 tornadoes that have hit the U.S. in 2011 so far (according to this story, although NOAA says there's been 1450).
“A growing body of social science research reveals that atheists, and non-religious people in general, are far from the unsavory beings many assume them to be. On issues such as governmental use of torture, the death penalty, punitive hitting of children, racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, environmental degradation or human rights — the irreligious tend to be more ethical than their religious peers, particularly compared with those who describe themselves as very religious.”