Saturday, July 7, 2012

Men who are unhappy...

I'm not certain exactly what the Hypnotoad is but he wants all the glory. says it will help me "channel surf the music web." But I just get overwhelmed by it and can't figure out exactly what it does or how to make it do it. But if I was a music blogger, perhaps...

I didn't think I could like Pink Floyd more. But now I do. source
Science hit a home run this week. No, not that Higgs Boson nonsense. Science proved that men prefer women with big boobs.

How well do you understand health care reform? Me, not too much. Only scored 60% on this ten question health reform quiz (including 2 don't knows).

The Russian military was never known for elegance and that's why this report about missile silos containing a sledge hammer in case the safes won't unlock is plausible. Of course, Russian sledge hammers probably don't cost $6,000 and come with 200 pages of documentation.

What's with all the Formula 1 stuff this week?
  1. Take a lap at the Monaco Grand Prix with Sebastian Vettel. My god, his reflexes are fast. I have a hard time controlling YouTube but the way he handles that car is amazing.
  2. To illustrate exactly how fast a Formula 1 car is driven, watch this video overlay showing GT cars and Formula 1 cars over the same section of track. Seems impossibly fast.
  3. Enjoy this animated evolution of the F1 Car.
Dubstep Dispute shows what happens when droids drop the bass.

Is it solid or liquid? Is it at rest or in motion? The sculptures of Eyal Gever.
Obligatory beer post, this time about a gold-laced brew from the Czech Republic.

Speaking of metals, enjoy this video of a drop of mercury being vibrated from 120 Hz to 10 Hz and marvel at how its shape changes with the frequency.

Four reasons why George Orwell wrote:
  1. Sheer egoism. "Writers share this characteristic with... the whole top crust of humanity."
  2. Aesthetic enthusiasm. "Desire to share an experience which one feels is valuable and ought not to be missed."
  3. Historical impulse. " find out true facts and store them up for the use of posterity."
  4. Political purpose. "Desire to push the world in a certain direction..."
Was anyone else aware that the original Asia lineup released a new CD, XXX, this week?

At first glance, Eaton's map-based online power outage tracker seems like a good idea. When you start using it you realize it's really clunky and virtually indecipherable.

This has been making the rounds but it's kinda nice and well made and worth reposting. Here's a video of a guy conversing with his 12-year-old self. What would I tell me at 12?
  1. Try to be likable, not liked.
  2. Don't drop the upper-level math course.
  3. Barb Armstrong will never date you so just give it up.
This list is over ten years old but worth revisiting - Terry Gilliam's all-time best animated films.

A sea squirt is a non-moving, invertebrate, filter-feeder that's apparently also delicious. Despite looking like a cross between a bloody nose and a geode.
Collaborative painting with a twist - The Paintshop is an online multi-user paint application that also includes a commerce component. Once someone signs a painting, it's theirs and goes into the gallery for sale, printing, and delivery. Edition of 1. Read more about it in this interview with creator Jonas Lund.

With the Olympics only a few weeks away every professor with at least one grad student is going to be publishing some sports-related science. In this particular case, it's how to deliver a wickedly curving corner kick in soccer (football for you people who don't have real football).

Where do people hang out on teh interwebs? YouTube has more unique visitors than Facebook. And look at tiny Pinterest.
The 'Busy' Trap is an interesting read from the NYT. I personally hate (not quite as much as ringtones) the "I'm so busy" statement simply because it's so vague and unquantified. The author opines "Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness." The implication is that most peoples' busyness is actually self-imposed. The author goes on to promote idleness - "The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done."

Forget the Kinect and check out the Leap. Three cubic feet of interaction with accuracy to 0.01 mm, knows all ten of your fingers and the pencil you're holding. The only problem I have with devices like this is the lack of haptic feedback. I have the same problem with the touch screens on the bridge of Star Trek's Enterprise.

Speaking of Star Trek geekery, the Galileo shuttlecraft from the original series sold at auction for $70,000.

I show you my Pikachu collection so you know I'm 4 r33lz when I say I'd totally drive the Pi-Car-Chu.
The last page of teh interwebs. Now go outside. men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact. ~Bertrand Russell

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