The Word-Lovers’ Boot Camp

Erin McKean at the Word Lovers’ Boot Camp (a session at the GEL 2007 conference), led 60 people through the process of trying to create new words. She feeds them the raw materials for new words and helps them to invent their own.

The winner? Crappyjack : ‘any kind of empty, snacky junk food’, created by Karen Watts. The link below has the full list of words created and their definitions.


Word Geek

‘$100 Laptop’ To Cost $175

$100 laptop


The founder of the ambitious “$100 laptop” project, which plans to give inexpensive computers to schoolchildren in developing countries, revealed Thursday that the machine for now costs $175, and it will be able to run Windows in addition to its homegrown, open-source interface.

Even at US$175, it’s still a well needed bargain for developing nations. We also learn that the founder of the $100 laptop initiative has negotiated with Microsoft to ensure a version of Windows can run on the machine. It’ll likely be the Starter edition that was recently announced last week as the $3 Microsoft software package for governments that subsidize student computers.

Here’s the link to Physorg for the full story.


Now Hear This: Hearing Aids Going Wireless


Thanks to the rise of wireless technology, the Rodney Dangerfield of the gadget world is about to get a makeover. The humble hearing aid, long shunned by engineers as a technological dinosaur, is going stereo and getting linked to cell phones and MP3 players, moves that could turn this badge of old age into a gizmo with the cachet of a Bluetooth ear clip.

You would think that if you can solve some of the challenges of a hearing aid in such a tiny space and to make it unobtrusive and ‘invisible’ so as not to draw attention, then you’d be making serious inroads into other micro-miniature areas that could benefit. Perhaps in mini robotics.

Link to the rest of the story.

Gadgets / Devices

Star Wars vs. Star Trek

Again?  Heh…I find this review of points comparing these two refreshing and novel.

At the very least, a humorous read!

Stab here: 50 Reasons Why Star Wars Is Better Than Star Trek

May the Force boldly take you…..*grin*


Official Stargate Postal Stamps – Limited Edition

Creation Entertainment and MGM Studios have collaborated to bring the world postal stamps of my favorite sci-fi cast – Stargate.

Each sheet has 10 official US Postage stamps (41 cents) and the run will only be for 100 sheets so they’ll probably go quickly.

Below you can see one of the sheets with the cast for SG1, but they also have available the cast of Stargate Atlantis, Samantha Carter and Daniel Jackson. Each sheet costs US$12.95.

Link to the Stargate store.

Stargate Stamps

Just geeky