Month: January 2006

Writing Maltese on the Web


Here is a brief How-To for writing Maltese, the native language of Malta, on the Web. I had been searching for a synopsis of writing the Maltese language via a web page but in my search didn’t find what I was looking for, so I am sharing with you what I learned. This is intended for people who either don’t have access to a Maltese language keyboard or wish to encode the web pages with […]

The Maltese Alphabet


The Maltese Alphabet consists of 24 Consonants and 5 Vowels. The vowels are: a, e, i, o, u. The following is the alphabet: A, a is pronounced ah as in English far (il bogħod) or uh as in dust (trab); example: dar (house). B, b is pronounced beh as in English bed (sodda); example: bejt (roof). Ċ, ċ is pronounced chec as in English church (knisja); example: ċajt (jokes). D, d is pronounced deh as […]

Amadeus turns a ripe old 250 today


To celebrate the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the university’s classical station KSUI is playing Mozart all day. Lucky you, they stream over the internet. You’ll need Real Player to listen to the stream, which is here. Herr Mozart was born on 27 January 1756 in Salzburg. We recall that someone once said that Amadeus was overrated, and that Beethoven was far better. We wonder out loud if they still subscribe to this view, […]

Lucky Mile 77,777


Scott is a wild man. Not only does he speed when he’s driving, he’s busy taking pictures with his cameraphone while he’s doing it. Congrats on passing Lucky Mile 77,777. But dude, that’s dangerous!

The Feed Icon – A new visual standard


We agree with Rogers Cadenhead that it is time to break out the icons. The folks over at Mozilla produced an icon to go with RSS feeds in Firefox, the browser alternative. Designed by Stephen Horlander, the icon maintains the prior orange RSS standard but does away with funky acronyms like XML, instead going for a completely visual, logo-like appearance. The icon is definitely a new standard because Microsoft will also be using it in […]



He: In his Autumn before the Winter comes Man’s last mad surge of Youth. She: What on Earth are you talking about? Listen. You may have noticed a bit of downtime on Manufactured Environments as we switched back to our web host of favor, pair Networks. Things are all switched over now, and hopefully everybody is pointing to the same servers. We spent a couple of weeks over at DreamHost, and frankly, we weren’t that […]

Arts & Letters Daily


It’s been a long time since we’ve linked to Arts & Letters Daily, but thought it needed pointing out that if you’re looking for an edited selection of links to a whole bevy of articles, A&L Daily is the place to go. The links along with a one or two line synopsis are divided into three categories: Articles of Note, New Books, and Essays and Opinion. It’s now a “service” of the Chronicle of Higher […]

Happy New Year!


Howdy, folks. Thanks for a great 2005, and here’s looking forward to an even better 2006. Hope you had a good one, and many good wishes for the year to come. It’s certain to be a year of change and a year of moving forward. As I look back on 2005, I see many good things that happened in the online world. A lot of people I know started blogging this past year. It’s been […]

2005 Year-End Review


Another year has gone by, and it’s time to do the 2005 year-end review of statistics from Manufactured Environments. This is mostly like the reviews from 2004 and 2003. Top 10 Search Engine Searches for 2005 bats fotos Parvin Dhaliwal CCC Revolved electronica fotos de angeles Malta {098f2470-bae0-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb} Trip Shakespeare music mixes Top 5 Blog Entries (by traffic) for 2005 Celebrity Deathmatch: Windows XP vs SUSE Linux Corporate Communication at Six Apart OOOTTAFVGVAH Yankee Hotel […]