Combing the Net – 4/18/2011

Since When Did Bunnies Have Eggs? — How did the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection come to be represented by a fluffy bunny who gives out candy and brightly colored eggs?

The Usability of Passwords — This article shows how to make passwords that are safe from hackers, and explains why “This Is Fun” is 10 times more secure as a password than “J4fS!2”

Your Federal Tax Receipt — The fulfillment of an Obama campaign promise, here is a tool that will show you where your federal tax dollars were spent in the last year.

Classical Rhetoric 101: The Canon of Memory — Today’s addition to this series on the art of rhetoric looks at the importance of memory when crafting a great speech. Not only should one memorize one’s speech, but it must also be memorable to those who hear it. And one of the best tools in speech-writing or impromptu speech delivery is a mental record of quotes, facts, and anecdotes that can be used as rhetorical fodder by the master orator. If you haven’t been following along with this series, I highly recommend you start at the beginning!

A Holy Week Timeline — A tool for keeping track of who did what and when during the week leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

This collaboration between Yo-Yo Ma and a young street dancer named Lil Buck is amazing! You might want to skip the first 30 seconds or so of the video. The music is “The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saëns.

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