Out of the Blue

Today is the last day of winter here in the Northern Hemisphere. True to that it is pretty mild out there, and while there's still a healthy coating of snow, this is melting off. We've still got some harsh weather in the future forecast though, so I guess the groundhog was wrong this year.

R.I.P.: John W. Backus, 82, Fortran Developer, Dies.

Springy Links! Thanks Ant.
Play: Dotville. Thanks Jay is Games.
Links: Life size whale. Thanks Enahs.
20 Oddest Jobs. Whiskey Ambassador sounds fun.
Stories: Village has bribery problem: there isn't any. Thanks Mike Martinez.
Man charged in arson of 6 million wine bottles.
Science: The Promise of Plasmonics. Thanks jonathan.
Faulty body clock may cause mania.
Mathematicians Team Up with Supercomputer to Crack 248-Dimensional Object. Thanks Jim.
Image: Coffin PC. Thanks Raluca.
Media: Halo 300 (Trailer 2). Thanks Ian.
The Super Stunt. Thanks Donovon.
Follow-up: Pee in an air sickness bag, get a flight voucher.