Ameliorate

Word of the day  

avatar

Definition: n.(in Hindu mythology) the descent of a deity or released soul to earth in bodily form.
Synonyms: embodiment, incarnation
Etymology: Skr. avatara descent f. {aacute}va down tr- pass over (more...)

Quote of the day  

Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
by George Bernard Shaw

Birthday of the day  

John Bale

John Bale (21 November 1495 – November 1563) was an English churchman, historian and controversialist, and Bishop of Ossory. He wrote the oldest known historical verse drama in English (on the subject of King John), and developed and published a very extensive list of the works of British authors down to his own time, just as the monastic libraries were being dispersed.

Joke of the day  

Mr. Johnson was overweight, so his doctor put him on a diet. He said, 'I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for two weeks. The next time I see you, you should have lost at least five pounds.' When Mr. Johnson returned, he shocked the doctor by having dropped almost twenty pounds. 'Why, that's amazing!' the doctor told him. 'You did this just by following my instructions?' The slimmed down Mr. Johnson nodded. 'I'll tell you, though, I though I was going to drop dead that third day.' 'From hunger, you mean.' 'No', replied Mr. Johnson, 'from skipping.'

Thought of the day  

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.

Fact of the day  

164 BC – Judas Maccabeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.
 

Biography of the day  

Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl (born January 12, 1945) is a librarian, best-selling author, book reviewer and was, until August 2004, the Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book at Seattle Public Library. Her prolific reading and her knowledge of books and literature first made her locally famous in Seattle, Washington, where she regularly appears on public radio recommending books. Pearl achieved broader fame with Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason, (2003) her guide to good reading, and the sequel More Book Lust (summer 2005) with the same subtitle, which received much acclaim ('a sprightly follow-up'), and was chosen by the Today Show as one of their book-club selections. As of 2006, she is working on a book of recommendations for children and teens to be called Book Crush. Pearl's approach to enjoying reading is the Rule of 50 which states 'If you still don't like a book after slogging through the first 50 pages, set it aside. If you're more than 50 years old, subtract your age from 100 and only grant it that many pages.'

Article of the day  

Sega 32X

The Sega 32X is an add-on for the Sega Genesis video game console. It was designed to expand the power of the Genesis and serve as a transitional console into the 32-bit era until the release of the Sega Saturn. Unveiled at June 1994's Consumer Electronics Show, Sega presented the 32X as a low-cost option for playing 32-bit games. Developed in response to the Atari Jaguar and concerns that the Saturn would not be ready by the end of 1994, the product was originally conceived as an entirely new console, but was converted into an add-on to the existing Genesis and made more powerful. To meet the release date of November 1994, development of the new system and its games were rushed. Ultimately, the console failed to attract third-party video game developers and sufficient consumers due to the announcement of the Sega Saturn's simultaneous release in Japan. By the end of 1994, the 32X had sold 665,000 units; it was discontinued in 1996. Initial reception was positive, highlighting the low price and power expansion to the Genesis, but later reviews were mostly negative because of its shallow game library, poor market timing and the resulting market fragmentation for the Genesis.

Did you know

  • that Victor Pascall of Trinidad was considered the best left-arm spinner in West Indies cricket during his career?
  • that the mysterious rebel known as The Hidden claimed to be a secret prince given a divine revelation to save Spain in the Revolt of the Brotherhoods?
  • that after a plane crash killed the Governor of Oregon and the next two people in line for that office, the new governor's first act was to appoint Earl T. Newbry as Secretary of State?
  • that the alternative rock band Unified Theory is named after Albert Einstein's final hypothesis unified field theory?