Friday, January 21, 2011

This Wondrous World Wide Web


I am discovering so many new and interesting things on the web. For instance:

Beetles are coloring your food.

Since Jan. 5, the FDA has required food manufactures to disclose whether red cochineal beetles are among their products' ingredients. These beetles are farmed, harvested, dried and crushed to produce a red dye called carmine that, until this year, had been disguised in the ingredient list as "artificial color," "color added" or the all-encompassing "natural and artificial coloring."

Carmine provides pink, red and purple coloring to foods such as ice cream, yogurt, candy, and fruit drinks (should you permit that last one to be categorized as a food). Because of lax labeling laws, the extent of carmine in foods and drinks is not known.

And . . .

You can listen to music
at, Sonny James Radio

Or you can pick and choose the
type of music you want to hear.

And . . .

You can take courses -- for free -- from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology!
More than 2,000 courses are offered and yes
there are courses in various types of writing.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. There is no registration or enrollment process because OCW is not a credit-bearing or degree-granting initiative.

And . . .

The Books from Russia website is the official English language resource on contemporary Russian literature and the Russian publishing industry. Its aim is to promote new Russian writing by providing the international publishing community with in-depth and up-to-date information about contemporary Russian books, their authors and publishers, and facilitating means of collaboration with Russian partners.

And . . .

Linguistics is the scientific study of language.

On Language
is a collection of On Language columns published in The New York Times. Ben Zimmer is the magazine's new columnist.

Popular Linguistics Magazine is a monthly online publication which aims to bring linguistics and language research to anyone who’s interested.

And . . .

Congressman John Lewis, reportedly, said --
"I happen to believe that health care is a right."


Another thing I recently discovered, although not from the web, but from a TV show:

In an episode of Star Trek The Next Generation, while describing the power consumption of the Enterprise, Commander Data said, "Yes Captain, we are currently generating 20.7 billion Gigawatts."

Good Grief! Evidently, running a starship takes a great deal of power.


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