Saturday, December 3, 2011

Adults are just obsolete children...

Two tracks from Winter Garden, the new album from Bernocchi, Budd, and Guthrie, are available for your listening pleasure.

As documented here previously, I love it when there's a juxtaposition, an intersection, a crossover, a synergy of two or more things that I like. First I find a new CFD-related blog about plasma simulation, Particle in Cell. But with just a little digging around on that site, I find that its author also writes a Slovak Cooking site. Jackpot! My advice is to rush immediately to the recipe for stuffed cabbage. The only question is whether it will be as good as my grandmother's.

Aviation pr0n of the week: a video of the first F-35C launch using the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) as opposed to the old hydraulic catapults.

Waterfox is the 64-bit version of Firefox.

Beer pr0n of the week: Wine Enthusiast named their Top 25 Beers of 2011 with Canada's Unibroue Don de Dieu triple wheat ale leading the way. One new brew that's certain to make next year's list is the recently announced MMMhop IPA from boy-band sensation Hanson. I shit you not.

Give us more B-17s. Damn right. source
Of all of Murphy's Laws, the one that rules them all is "Murphy was an optimist." The computer-related laws of are special importance to me but one not included on their list is "Of quick and dirty, dirty is remembered long after quick is forgotten."

Impress your friends or imagine you're a Hollywood actor playing the role of computer hacker with Hacker Typer. (Just start typing.)

Git yer patriotism on with this Armed Forces Salute from the West Virginia University marching band.

Psychologists have proven what has been known for a while - the fact that form is liberating. From TV sitcoms to pop songs to poetry, the constraints of form actually promote the creative process. "The larger lesson is that the brain is a neural tangle of near-infinite possibility, which means that it spends a lot of time and energy choosing what not to notice."

Speaking of mentally navigating those near-infinite possibilities, a doctoral student at Indiana University hypothesizes that humor is the brain's reward for identifying faulty assumptions and choices in that tangle of possibilities - a reward that keeps the brain thinking along the practical path. A conclusion is that a sense of humor makes you a better thinker.

Here's an idea for your next trade show giveaway or party gift: private label condoms.

Music pr0n of the week. Tristan Shone performs as the solo act Author & Punisher. He's a mechanical engineer by day who makes his own musical instruments and performs "industrial drone and doom metal."

Find out what the 1st edition covers of classic novels looked like.
James Joyce didn't just write novels. He got a number sequence named after him, based on a passage in Ulysses. The Joyce sequence represents the number of digits in solutions to n raised to the n raised to the n for n=1,2,3...

A video compilation of famous improvisation in movies. "Take the cannolis." I feel obliged to advise NSFW due to language.

Art.sy is like Pandora for artwork by suggesting similar or related works based on your preferences.

Downfall pr0n of the week: Hitler finds out about the final U.T. vs. Texas A&M game.

I feel validated now that the Modern Art Notes blog has named the catalogs for de Kooning's and Dieberkorn's exhibitions as some of the best art books of 2011. (Check out my posts tagged "art.")

Exactly how hot was it in Texas this summer? The daily temperature average from June through August was 86.7 degrees, the highest such average recorded for any state.

Do you give a shit that I think Gary Oldman is a great actor? Probably not. But he is starring in the film adaptation of John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

...so the hell with them. ~Dr. Seuss

2 comments:

Francis Shivone said...

Loved the improvisation clips,of course, cannolis will always be my favorite.

John said...

Godfather I and II are two of my favorite movies. (I kinda get lost by the plot of III.) Michael is such a tragic character and Pacino is fantastic. I've always considered these films to be a parable of American fatherhood post WWII.

But what do I know? Another favorite film of my is Kung Pow.