Moore’s Law, $10,000

1965 magazine edition a hot item, from The Herald-Sun Intel has offered $10,000 for a mint condition copy of Gordon Moore’s 1965 article in Electronics magazine, “Cramming More Components onto Integrated Circuits,” the article that proposed Moore’s Law. Librarians at both Carolina & Duke are quoted, & are handling this very intelligently. “It’s amazing how quickly this made the rounds. Everyone is in a twist over it,” said Linda Martinez,.. Read More

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Not Extinct

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Rediscovered in Arkansas, from NPR For those of you out there who aren’t birders, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker has been thought to be extinct for decades; the last confirmed sighting was in the 1940s. Until last year, apparently, when sightings were confirmed, and a fly-over of the Ivory-billed was caught on videotape, no less. Ornithologists have been sitting on this for over a year while they confirmed it, and.. Read More

Cravat = Croat

Preparatory to going to Croatia for the LIDA conference & vacation, I’m reading a book on the history of Croatia, titled, cleverly, Croatia: A History. A bit dry, but really quite fascinating. I learned that the word “cravat” comes from Croatian soldiers’ dress in the Thirty Years War. The OED says: cravat, n. 1. a. An article of dress worn round the neck, chiefly by men. It came into vogue.. Read More