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Weather UndergroundEver wonder where the weatherman gets his information? “Yesterday’s low was xx degrees, two degrees below our record, set back in 1948, of xx+2 degrees.” I mean, you can’t just know this stuff, right?

Turns out, you can. Courtesy of Weather Underground, the free weather resource that predicts tomorrow’s climate, and records yesterday’s. After typing in your zip code — sorry, people of Mozambique and Madagascar; your weather isn’t good enough to track — scroll down to the History & Almanac heading, and read up on hour-by-hour weather, any day in history. Assuming, that is, that history started in 1931.

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Bed Bug Registry

Back in the early 80’s we had our first bedbug encounter, at a trashy little rathole in southern Taiwan. Head to toe. Those nasty critters left scars! We’d pay good money not to do that again! Fortunately, we don’t have to pay good money. The Bed Bug Registry is willing to warn us for free — well, so long as we stay in the US and Canada, or on a cruise ship. Next trip to Asia, we think we’ll take a good flashlight and a sturdy shoe.

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Slate Explainer

Slate Explainer

Elections, war, religion, bailouts, the Middle East…Whenever the news, it’s more interesting when I understand something more about the background. Slate Explainer goes in-depth to explain the story behind today’s headlines, with such fascinating articles as “Is a $1 Salary Paid in Installments?“, “How To Prosecute a Shoe-Thrower “, and “How exactly will Obama get all his stuff into the White House?

Readers can submit questions on other newsworthy topics…Just as you can submit comments on this blog entry by clicking the comments link below.

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Arts & Letters Daily

Arts & Letters Daily

Pseudo-intellectualism is way more fun than the real thing. When you’re a fraud, as I am, you can still gorge yourself on intellectual ding-dongs such as country music and Go Fug Yourself.

When my brain looks for healthy fare, it noshes at Arts & Letters Daily, a web portal that tracks interesting books, essays and articles that are all sort of au courant.

Then when I’ve had my fill of intellectual snobbery, I take a breather at The Smoking Gun, where I can be first on my block to find out which celebrity has been arrested today.

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Greenlance is on summer hiatus until 7 September 2008, when we’ll return with all new reviews and resources. Happy holidays!

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Google TrendsMuskrat. Capuchin. Goleta. All words I had to look up this past week, because Google Trends assured me they were suddenly popular as search terms.

Turns out muskrats were the proximate cause of some of the flooding in the Midwest. A zoo in Mississippi has a new baby monkey. And Goleta is a town near Santa Barbara battling a massive forest fire. See how smart I got, just wondering why lots of people were suddenly searching for odd words?

Have a favorite place for reading the news? I’m all ears.

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The SlotThis fellow Bill Walsh has been doing what I do, for nearly as long as I’ve been doing it. He wields a red marker. He uses it unmercifully. He’s my sorta people.

The Slot explains to the curious what a copy editor is. For a good time, I read Walsh’s Sharp Points columns and watch his blog about editing errors he finds in newspapers that ought to know better. Too often, I discover I’ve been making thoughtless editing mistakes of my own. It keeps me on my toes alert.

Are there online resources that help you stay up-to-date on your own career? Do tell!

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