The Olympic Diver’s View

Thomas Finchum, an American diver competing in the Olympics, talks about diving over this New York Times interactive panorama from the 10-meter platform in Beijing’s Water Cube (might take a bit to load, but worth it).

“It’s scary, but it’s also really fun. It’s one of those things – it’s like a roller coaster ride that you want to just keep doing after you’ve done it the first time. It’s kind of an experience that can’t be matched.”

Mathway Teaches You Math

Mathway is perhaps the most incredible free math resource I have seen on the web. It literally will solve any (well, no – I haven’t tested this) math problem that you give it – from basic math like long division or finding the perimeter of a polygon up through pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, precalculus and calculus.

You can use Mathway a couple of different ways – either by entering your problem free-form into the field it provides, or by utilizing three distinct navigation elements: category of math (ie: basic math or trigonometry), types of problems within that larger category, and example problems. After entering your equation, click the Answer button and Mathway solves it for you – not just solves it for you. Mathway shows you how the problem is solved – Mathway explains step-by-step in both numbers and helpful accompanying text how the problem is solved. That’s cool.

Solar Eclipse on Friday!

This Friday, August 1, 2008, the moon will pass directly between the sun and Earth causing a total solar eclipse for the first time in two years. Unfortunately, this event won’t be visible unless you happen to be reside in remote parts of the Northern Hemisphere.

Fortunately, the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco will be web-casting the event LIVE from China!

Visit www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/2008/ to learn more, and don’t forget to set your alarms because while the next solar eclipse takes place a year from now, the next total eclipse visible in the U.S. won’t occur until 2017!

bzzzpeak – Multicultural Onomatopoeia

You know how in the U.S. (or in Great Britain) a dog purportedly goes woof woof or bow wow, but in Hungary it might say meh meh? Or how in India the cow might say mmmmmm instead of moo, as American cows do? In different cultures, we personify the animals differently – wouldn’t it be cool to see how?

That’s what bzzzpeak does – and not just for animals either, but for trains and cars and other things too. bzzzpeak is an interactive project that encourages individuals from around the world to share how these things sound to them.

Very cool graphic interface with clickable sound files teach kids that there are other ways of hearing the world than their own.

TOTLOL: Video for Kids

Totlol is a community regulated video site that delivers kid friendly video for ages between six months and six years. Kids and parents can go there and begin watching video immediately, and if they wish, parents can join Totlol to become part of the moderation process.

Dooce.com: No-Holds-Barred Parenting Blog

Raw honesty and a no-holds-barred writing style uncommon to parenting blogs have made 32-year-old Heather Armstrong the nation’s top-ranked parenting blogger. Dooce.com (rhymes with moose), in which Armstrong blogs about everything “from potty-training to postpartum depression,” receives 4 million page views each month and stays well within the Technorati top 100 blogs. Armstrong has learned some hard lessons over the years about what to blog (her 4-year-old daughter Leta and her dog Chuck) and what not to (her parents’ religious views and her own sex life), but continues to keep her readers rapt and active, often receiving hundreds of comments on a single blog posting.
[ via The Wall Street Journal ]