Category Archives: Tools + Annotations

handy tools and resources collected elsewhere which i use from time to time – stashed here so i can find when needed

The Rasterbator

The Rasterbator

Wall art from any image – The Rasterbator enlarges images to multiple pages. Print and combine them into huge posters.

Word Frequency Counter

Word Frequency Counter

Our word frequency counter allows you to count the frequency usage of each word in your text. Paste or type in your text below, and click submit.

Color wheel | Color schemes (Adobe)

Color wheel | Color schemes – Adobe Kuler

stripcreator : make your own comic strips

stripcreator : make your own comic strips

Butterick’s Practical Typography

Butterick’s Practical Typography

why typography matters

Online Etymology Dictionary

Online Etymology Dictionary

This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they’re explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.

The dates beside a word indicate the earliest year for which there is a surviving written record of that word (in English, unless otherwise indicated). This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries.

WhatTheFont! « MyFonts

WhatTheFont! « MyFonts

Seen a font in use and want to know what it is? Submit an image to WhatTheFont to find the closest matches in our database. Or, let cloak-draped font enthusiasts lend a hand in the WhatTheFont Forum

Kurt Cobain, The Rolling Stone Interview: Success Doesn’t Suck

Kurt Cobain, The Rolling Stone Interview: Success Doesn’t Suck

The Oxford Comma, A Confounding Bit of Punctuation

The Oxford Comma, A Confounding Bit of Punctuation

You Have the Right to Stay Out of Jail

You Have the Right to Stay Out of Jail

Middle Class Relaxing With Marijuana – Science Daily article reports

Middle Class Relaxing With Marijuana

Adapted from materials provided by University of Alberta, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS. Reposted here for education use

ScienceDaily (May 15, 2008) — A variety of middle-class people are making a conscious but careful choice to use marijuana to enhance their leisure activities, a University of Alberta study shows.

A qualitative study of 41 Canadians surveyed in 2005-06 by U of A researchers showed that there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ marijuana user, but that people of all ages are selectively lighting up the drug as a
way to enhance activities ranging from watching television and playing sports to having sex, painting or writing.

“For some of the participants, marijuana enhanced their ability to relax by taking their minds off daily stresses and pressures. Others found it helpful in focusing on the activity at hand,” said Geraint Osborne, a professor of sociology at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus in Camrose, and one of the study’s authors.

The focus was on adult users who were employed, ranging in age from 21 to 61, including 25 men and 16 women from Alberta, Quebec, Ontario and Newfoundland whose use of the drug ranged from daily to once or twice a year. They were predominantly middle class and worked in the retail and service industries, in communications, as white-collar employees, or as health-care and social workers. As well, 68 per cent of the users held post-secondary degrees, while another 11 survey participants had earned their high school diplomas.

The study also found that the participants considered themselves responsible users of the drug, defined by moderate use in an appropriate social setting and not allowing it to cause harm to others.

The findings should open the way for further scientific exploration into widespread use of marijuana, and government policies should move towards decriminalization and eventual legalization of the drug, the study
recommends.

“The Canadian government has never provided a valid reason for the criminalization of marijuana,” said Osborne. “This study indicates that people who use marijuana are no more a criminal threat to society than are alcohol and cigarette users. Legalization and government regulation of the drug would free up resources that could be devoted to tackling other crime, and could undermine organized crime networks that depend on marijuana, while generating taxes to fund drug education programs, which are more effective in reducing substance abuse,” Osborne added.

The study was published recently in the journal Substance Use and Misuse.

University of Alberta. “Middle Class Relaxing With Marijuana.” ScienceDaily 15 May 2008. 18 September 2008 <http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2008/05/080514111721.htm>.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080514111721.htm

Automatic captions in YouTube | Official Google Blog

Automatic captions in YouTube | Official Google Blog