Science giveth and science taketh away. Scientists determine that happy men are significantly less attractive to women. Damn, that explains why this class clown thing isn't working.
Damn infographics, I wish I knew how to quit you. More stuff than you ever wanted to know about apps in the iTunes store. (37% are free, $6.8 billion in revenue during 2010).
For some reason, I have an overwhelming compulsion to go see the rodeo tonight.
Type in some text and get an mp3 of speech back from vozMe.
|How viscous fingers enhance the mixing of fluids.|
If you don't know your Shakespeare, at least you can search your Shakespeare. For example, searching for "sex" in Julius Caesar results in Portia's line "Think you I am no stronger than my sex..."
What makes a team smarter (and better smelling)? More women. (I am certain my parenthetical comment - the other one, not this one - makes me some kind of chauvinist in someone's eyes.)
Are you one of those people who loses their phone often? (We now see one benefit to the old fashioned land line that's tethered to the wall with the thick curly pig-tail cord.) Just type in your phone number to ICan'tFindMyPhone.com and it'll start ringing. (Let's hope you don't have it on silent.)
|Use Qurify to make a QR Code (2D barcode). If any of you have one of those newfangled phones that reads these, let me know if this one works.|
Refreshing CEO honesty: I have no idea what I'm doing. "The most frustrating part is that it is difficult to get into a rhythm in your work when you have no real understanding of the next steps you need to take. There’s no opportunity for flow if both outcome and process are foreign experiences. There’s just a lot of poking around and mystery and inadvertent negligence."
A cosmological yin and yang - if there are black holes it makes sense that there are also white holes.
The electron is "surprisingly" round, so round that if an electron were the size of the solar system it would still be perfectly round to within the width of a hair. Why "surprisingly"? What shape where they expecting?
From the Truly Surprising Department, Dallas is the metro area at highest risk of a natural disaster according to this map from the NY Times. Lowest risk? Corvallis OR. Unfortunately, neither Dallas nor Fort Worth made this list of the most well-read cities in the U.S. (#1 was Cambridge MA.)
|Fluid dynamics pr0n of the week: photos of water droplets.|
Remains of War is a photoset of abandoned, derelict, and retired military equipment. Space Shuttle pr0n: high-res photo of Endeavour's wing and one of Endeavour being assembled. From the 1950s, here's the illustrated guide to nuclear weapons testing.
This link is only here because of one line: "One of the reasons we like to look at paintings is that reality is filtered through someone [else]'s brain." If you paint a still life of a bowl of fruit, we're both looking at a bowl of fruit. On the other hand, if you paint Stephen's Iron Crown it'll make me wonder what the hell you were thinking. The enjoyment of art changes from passive to active.
|Robert Motherwell, Stephen's Iron Crown, 1981|
You decide: art or not. (The artist is 7 years old.)
Momma told you not to play with your food. But she didn't say anything about playing with your art. This is like playing Jenga with the Mona Lisa.
Teh interwebs was made for stuff like this: the National Toothpick Holder Collector's Society.
Real men don't need the Willy Care Kit. Real men maintain their junk with baking soda and a rusty spoon.
I like Pink Floyd's The Wall as much as the next guy. I have most of their studio albums from the 1960s to when they stopped making them. While there are only so many compilations and live albums you can buy, the quality of a PF live recording seems to be dictated by the quality of that show's version of Shine on You Crazy Diamond. Now, back to the matter at hand. This critical analysis of The Wall might only appeal to uber fanboys. It's a little overblown - "the Wall has become synonymous with, if not the very definition of, the term "concept album." The definition of? Really? A little myopic don't you think? What about The Who's Quadrophenia (1973)? Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)? Pink Floyd's own Dark Side of the Moon (1973)? The Wall is also flawed in my opinion because it showcases Roger Waters running roughshod over the rest of the band, telling his personal story. Anyway, check it out and be your own judge.
If you're a fan of the video game Star Wars Tie Fighter, you can now play it in your browser. (If you use Chrome.) Despite not having played in years, I'm a fan of Super Mario World. Here's a video in which someone has added realistic sound effects.
|V4W.ENKO is algorithmically generated pictures and music. Watch the videos.|
Do all your learning online: The C Library Reference Guide, a white paper on portable GPU programming, and course notes on Algorithms in computer science.
Don't forget Stack Exchange if you're seeking expert advice. There are 51 different exchanges including Super User, Programmers, OnStartups, WordPress, Code Review, and Software QA and Testing. They're not all geekery either - Parenting, Board Games, Skeptics, etc.
Forget haiku. Fib combines poetry and mathematics by taking its syllable count from the Fibonacci sequence, 1/1/2/3/5/8. I'll give it a shot:
InObligatory bacon of the week: bacon scarves. Time waster of the week: Attractors lets you control the path of falling and bouncing balls. Animated geometry thingy of the week: double pendulum.
green leaves hide
ugly winter scars.
This is the essence of living.
...is only a boring something made of wood. ~Franz Kafka