Lazyweb request: A Shortcode For Every Widget (WordPress 2.7 plugin)

Des­ig­nate your own short­code for any wid­get and then use the short­code to insert the wid­get into the body of any page or post!

Oh, how I dream. I dream of click­ing over to Appear­ance -> Wid­gets, and then, on my “ran­dom posts” wid­get set­tings, I can just type inser­tran­dom­posts in the “short­code” field. And then I go to edit my “List Some Ran­dom Posts” page, and in the body of the page I include [inser­tran­dom­posts], and lo, List Some Ran­dom Posts now lists some ran­dom posts.

science

…the best-kept secret of hybrid-elec­tric vehi­cles is that this tech­nol­ogy can have per­for­mance advan­tages in addi­tion to bet­ter mileage.

The rea­son you never hear about hybrids win­ning For­mula 1 races is because the inter­na­tional sanc­tion­ing body banned the tech­nol­ogy. Hybrid cars would have had an unfair advan­tage on the track because the elec­tric motors would have given them bursts of extra power. Too quick for For­mula 1? A hybrid? At recent motor shows, Honda and Ford rolled out vari­a­tions on the hybrid theme that empha­size per­for­mance and power — not fuel effi­ciency. Both con­cepts bor­row tricks refined in hybrids like the Insight to boost their engines, mak­ing them per­form bet­ter. (Oh, and they pol­lute less and get bet­ter mileage, too.)”

The Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor explains why hybrids are here to stay.