Faced with an uncertain economy, a local man searches for buried treasure today at Bartlet Mall.
Archives for March 2008
Welcome, Gillian. I look forward to reading your wares.
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While playing the online game Scramble, which is a derivative of the classic game Boggle, I came across the word eobiont as something I missed.
I’m guessing other people missed the word too.
Looking it up at yourdictionary.com, I discovered that it is a noun, pronounced (??? b??änt?), and is defined as a hypothetical precursor of living organisms in the chemical evolution preceding the occurrence of life.
Sure, that describes it. Huh?
Freefactfinder.com goes a step further, providing two examples:
- an artificially created creature
- a Frankenstein’s monster
That makes more sense. Or does it? If man builds an artificial lifeform in the form of a robot that has the ability to reason (or some other quality that makes it quote-unquote alive), would such a golem be an eobiont?
According to the above dictionary link, the word was coined by British physicist J. D. Bernal (1901-71). Born in Ireland, Wikipedia says the paternal Sephardic Jew and Lenin Peace Prize recipient invented X-ray crystallography.
Earlier this month, a birthday party held at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Natick was the setting of a fistfight between two mothers when their sons argued over who can play a video game, reported The MetroWest Daily News.
But that fight only involved two women.
Switch to Somerville, when about 200 people broke into a fight with bats and knives during an Easter Sunday party at the Good Time Emporium. I love this part of the Somerville News article:
In the midst of the brawl, Regina Hunter, 17, of Randolph, allegedly threatened another female with a knife and fought violently with police trying to detain her. She was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, possession of a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct. Police allegedly found a six-inch black pocket knife on Hunter.
When will Newburyport share in the fun?
Scratch that. Maybe it shouldn’t.
The USPS recently issued a press release that stamps are on the increase in May.
Remember those “forever” stamps adorned with Liberty Bells that were released when the current stamp price was set last May? Remember that the “forever” stamps can be used forever, regardless of price increases, but will increase in purchase cost with each new price increase?
Therefore, I suggest purchasing more of those stamps today, to lock in at the 41-cent price before it becomes 42 cents.
A judge at the Newburyport High School science fair on February 28, I spent some time with students Bria Boschetto and Sadie Cathcart who led me through their hypothesis and experiments in an exhibit called, “The Cosmetics of Water.”
Bria and Sadie compared the chlorine and pH levels of tap water, Brita-filtered tap water, refrigerator-filtered tap water, and bottled water, and asked which water was cleaner and cost effective.
The bottled water was most expensive, regardless of brand. And the chlorine and pH levels in bottled water is not much different than tap water. The tap water was cleanest, but because piping systems are typically old, the result is dirtier water. But, a Brita filter, performing more efficient than a refrigerator filter, removed all the “dirt” while maintaining proper levels.
Thus, the students reasoned, a glass of Newburyport tap water, via a Brita filter, is the cleanest and cheapest.
I graded the girls an “A.”
In today’s Boston Globe, this story talks about 80 Boston restaurants which no longer offer bottled water to their patrons. Restaurant owners cite empty bottles produce waste, not to mention the costs in manufacturing, shipping, and purchasing the bottles in the first place.
At a Harvard Square restaurant, for instance, the menu includes a note that bottled water is “[n]ot sold here because plastic bottles are BAD BAD BAD for the environment and that water is really no better than tap water.”
Bria and Sadie were on to something, and I’d like to see them pitch their findings to the community at-large.