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handy yahoo tip – unit conversion

January 21st, 2010 . by maria

I checking Leiham’s homework, and found this handy tip. You don’t need to search for a unit conversion on Yahoo. You type what you have and then “to” and then the type you want, and the first result will be the answer. For example, type “5,000 mg to kg” and click search, and you get “5000 Milligrams = 0.005 Kilograms”.

Pretty handy!

awesomely free summer reading

June 10th, 2008 . by maria

The following are all now sans-copyright, freely available, no DRM, etc. offered by Since they offer txt format, you can download it in a way that makes it readable on most platforms, and easy to transfer to another platform if you need to. Plus, the below were probably on some reading list you were supposed to read at some point anyway…besides being touchstones of our culture.

Common Sense by Thomas Paine

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang

classics and cookbooks

June 10th, 2008 . by maria

Gutenberg FREE BOOKS:

Coming Home by Edith Wharton

White Fang by Jack London

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Spirits in Bondage by C.S. Lewis

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

365 Luncheon Dishes by Anonymous

The Community Cook Book by Anonymous

free books

March 24th, 2008 . by maria

Egocentric Orbit by John Cory
The Capgras Shift by Sam Vaknin
The Aliens by [pseud.] Murray Leinster
Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay
The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca by Homer :

Space, Pirates, Jules Verne

September 25th, 2007 . by maria

Recent Gutenberg Free text releases

Masters of Space by Edward Everett Evans and E. E. Smith

The Pirate of Panama by William MacLeod Raine

The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

DIY, Sci-Fi, and Classics at Gutenberg free books

September 12th, 2007 . by maria

Things To Make by Archibald Williams

Camping For Boys by Henry William Gibson

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum

Warning from the Stars by Ron Cocking

The Burning Bridge by Poul William Anderson

The Impossibles by Gordon Randall Garrett and Laurence Mark Janifer

Space Prison by Tom Godwin

recent Gutenberg free books

September 4th, 2007 . by maria

The Aeneid of Virgil by Virgil
Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection by Alfred Russel Wallace

GUTENBERG free books – recent classics posted

August 25th, 2007 . by maria

A Legend of Old Persia and Other Poems by A. B. S. Tennyson
Oldtown Fireside Stories by Harriet Beecher Stowe

An Essay on Man – Alexander Pope

The Iliad of Homer (1873) by Homer

Homemade Ice Cream without the gadget

June 22nd, 2007 . by maria

I can’t belive I was almost suckered into buying that “Ice Cream Ball” from that catalog…

What You Need:

1 tablespoon Sugar
1/2 cup Milk or half & half
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
6 tablespoons Rock salt
1 pint-size Ziploc plastic bag
1 gallon-size Ziploc plastic bag
Ice cubes

How To Make It

Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
Place the small bag inside the large one and seal again carefully.
Shake until mixture is ice cream, about 5 minutes.
Wipe off top of small bag, then open carefully and enjoy!