We took a tour of the abandoned college campuses of Second LifeColleges were among those that bought the hype of the Linden Lab-developed virtual world. Many universities set up their own private islands to engage students; some even held classes within Second Life. Most of these virtual universities are gone –– it costs almost $300 per month to host your own island –– but it turns out a handful remain as ghost towns. I decided to travel through several of the campuses, to see what’s happening in Second Life college-world in 2015 First, I didn’t see a a single other user during my tour. They are all truly abandoned.
Why you should never ever eat a garden slug | TreeHuggerAccording to news reports, 19-year-old Sam Ballard caved into a dare to swallow a slug. Tragically for Ballard, the slug came with the roundworm parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis, AKA the punk-rock-sounding rat lungworm. While when mature these parasites take residence in rats, in their youth they sometimes call slugs and snails home, creating a potential menace for anyone consuming raw or undercooked creatures harboring the parasite. As Mindy Weisberger writes for LiveSceince , “In Ballard’s case, the parasite caused a serious brain infection. He fell into a coma for 420 days and was paralyzed from the neck down when he was released from the hospital three years later….” Ballard remains paralyzed and requires full-time care
Man who went viral for buying $540 of Girl Scout cookies arrested in DEA drug bust – CNN//the drug bust thing seems secondary to this line . . . . A picture of McGowan posing with the two girls was posted on Facebook by the girls’ cookie manager and shared thousands of times. The Hobbit Dear Iowa BIG Students: 2019 – ThinkThankThunkSo, I just need one thing from you. Don’t treat the faculty like we have a plan for you that involves some pre-determined spate of work. We don’t. Just tell me what you love, what makes you mad, and what you hope to change, and the work will follow. Turbulence – Futility Closet//I’m going with aeronef from now on. The roots of the word helicopter are not heli and copter but helico and pter, from the Greek “helix” (spiral) and “pteron” (wing). G.L.M. de Ponton’s 1861 British patent says, “The required ascensional motion is given to my aerostatical apparatus (which I intend denominating aeronef or helicoptere,) by means of two or more superposed horizontal helixes combined together.”