Saturday, May 17, 2008
The Whitburn Project: One-Hit Wonders and Pop Longevity - Waxy.org:
"How has the record industry changed in the last 50 years? Using the Whitburn Project spreadsheet I talked about yesterday, I've been trying to dig into some of the underlying trends. Today, I'll be tackling the longevity and diversity of pop songs, and a look at which decades had one-hit wonders."
"A minister at a Dallas-area megachurch was charged with online solicitation of a minor after police said Friday he was caught in an Internet sex sting.
Undercover officers posing as a 13-year-old girl communicated with 52-year-old Joe Barron of Plano for about two weeks. The online conversations were sexual in nature, police said."
MIT solves gravity-defying bird beak mystery - MIT News Office: "As Charles Darwin showed nearly 150 years ago, bird beaks are exquisitely adapted to the birds' feeding strategy. A team of MIT mathematicians and engineers has now explained exactly how some shorebirds use their long, thin beaks to defy gravity and transport food into their mouths."
Friday, May 16, 2008
"These two are perfect for each other! Talk about 2 crackheads in a pod!"
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Review: Casio EX-F1 Is a Speed-Demon Snapper | Gadget Lab from Wired.com:
"If you happen to have the 6-megapixel Casio EX-F1 handy, we'd recommend switching to burst mode and wait for the ensuing mayhem. You'll have to forgive the obligatory Speed reference, but it's hard to resist given the F1 is flat out one of the fastest cameras we've ever tested — and ideal for capturing life’s unpredictable moments, like you know, bus explosions. Just like the auto-racing class it shares a name with, everything about the F1 screams speed, from its sleek elongated body to the 60 frames per second you'll be able to capture with its high-speed CMOS sensor and LSI processor. Hell, even the camera's flash will fire up to seven times a second for up to three seconds."
Home Court Advantage Continues to Dominate the NBA Playoffs:
"In the second round of this year's NBA playoffs home court advantage seems to be a huge asset, 19 of 20 games played in the second round the home team has come out on top which is leading the last three series (Spurs/Hornets, Jazz/Lakers, Cavs/Celtics) to possible game sevens. The only loss was by the Orlando Magic against the Detroit Pistons."
Gadget News � Bondesque: The Backpack Inflatable Pontoon Boat:
"Camping can be a real blast with some buddies and cold brews, but tugging along a boat with you can be a real bitch, especially if you don’t have a trailer hitch on your car. Thankfully, the 21st century has given way to the Backpack Inflatable Pontoon Boat. In under 15 minutes, you can assemble a full pontoon boat for you and your posse to ride downstream."
"In the real world, location can be everything. On the Internet, a website's virtual location, its URL, can be just as important.
Most URLs give you exactly what you think they will. Money.com takes you to CNN's Money page. If you're looking for a car, go to Cars.com. Movies.com gives you all the information that you would could want that has to do with Hollywood.
Then there are the ones that suck -- those complete wastes of excellent domain names that take you to a blank page (or even worse, a dreaded advertising page). Here are some URLs that SHOULD be something. They just aren't."
Dennis The Menace Needs No Slingshot: "The Ringshot is a play on traditional slingshots without the need to hold it in your hand. It is a metal piece that conforms between the index finger and thumb, with a rubber band attached at each end. It’s portable and much easier to conceal for those covert missions in which you really want to shoot chestnuts at your asshole neighbor."
Weird and Wacky Drinks:
"Some drinks just make sense. Take a Tom Collins: gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a drizzle of sugar syrup, and some carbonated water to taste. It’s light, refreshing, and perfect for a balmy spring afternoon (or a summer or fall afternoon—winter would be okay too).
But other drinks defy logic and good sense. Here are some of the weirdest drinks, ranging from stupid (Diet Water) to scandalous (beer for kids) to reportedly sensational (Pizza Beer)."
Guys do crazy stunts and backflips into their pants
Crazy Raspberry Ants Eat Electronics:
Windex kills ALL ants!"Computers, burglar alarm systems, gas and electricity meters, iPods, telephone exchanges – all are considered food by the flea-sized ants, for reasons that have left scientists baffled. [...]"
Verena von Pfetten: Why Women Gladly Date Ugly Men (And Probably Even Prefer Them)
"It's a pretty well known fact that most women - attractive women - will happily date ugly men. We see it on TV -- in shows like King of Queens, though I would probably argue that Kevin James is kind of a stud, and really, that's exactly the point I plan on making-- and we see it in our friends."
"A nine-year-old girl who went to hospital suffering from stomach pains was found to be carrying her embryonic twin, doctors in central Greece said Thursday.
Doctors at Larissa General Hospital examined the girl and surgically removed a growth they later discovered was an embryo about six centimeters (more than two inches) long.
'They could see on the right side that her belly was swollen, but they couldn't suspect that this tumor would hide an embryo,' hospital director Iakovos Brouskelis said.
The girl has made a full recovery, he said."
10 Items You Think Make You Cool, But Don’t:
"Being cool is normally subjective. But there are some things that unequivocally make you uncool. We’re not saying we’re cool, we’re just saying if you own any of these items, you’re not."
Dreams carry Natalie Du Toit to Beijing - Olympics News - Telegraph:
"She has made history by becoming the first amputee to qualify for the Olympic Games, an achievement that defies scientific logic. While lawyers still argue over whether her compatriot, Oscar Pistorius, gains an unfair advantage on the track over his able-bodied rivals through his prosthetic blades, Du Toit's incredible feat is to have finished fourth in a two-hour race in choppy water, and with swimmers bumping and boring into each other, with only half the leg-propulsion of her rivals."
ABC News: Machine Turns Urine Into Drinking Water: "Astronauts living on the International Space Station soon will take recycling to new extremes: They'll get some of their drinking water from the toilet.
NASA has spent decades perfecting a system to transform urine into water that can be used in space for drinking, food preparation and washing. Agency officials say the water from the system will be cleaner than U.S. tap water."
Museums: The Strange and Weird : ATypical Events: "Museums can be educational, informative, fascinating, and occasionally very weird. Below are some that range from completely bizarre to flat-out grotesque, so you might not want to read on if you are squeamish or sitting down for lunch."
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Design: Double-Lidded Jar Took Way Too Long To Exist: "Why do jars only have one lid? How many mothers have—upon discovering they were running low on peanut butter while readying her three kids from school—smashed the jar against the counter and filled their children's lunches with a deadly mixture of creamed legumes and shrapnel? It's a senseless loss of healthy youth esophagus, and an even more tragic loss of perfectly good eats. In the face of record global food crisis and acid reflux commercials, it looks like the double-lidded jar showed just in time. [Sherwood Forles via DVICE and Yanko]"
ROTTEN TOMATOES: Total Recall: 50 Most Memorable Movie Cars: "A couple of quick notes before we get started. For the most part, we're only picking one car per film. Also, a car has to show up in a movie to make it on the list, so KITT and the A-Team van don't make it. And the rankings refer to how memorable a car is, not how cool it is (that would be a much different list). Lastly, a special thanks to our friends at The Internet Movie Car Database for use of their screenshots and car data."
Skills for Men - Things Men Should Be Able to Do - Esquire: "A man can be expert in nothing, but he must be practiced in many things. Skills. You don't have to master them all at once. You simply have to collect and develop a certain number of skills as the years tick by. People count on you to come through. That's why you need these, to start."
100 Must-Read Books: The Essential Man’s Library | The Art of Manliness: "There are the books you read, and then there are the books that change your life. We can all look back on the books that have shaped our perspective on politics, religion, money, and love. Some will even become a source of inspiration for the rest of your life. From a seemingly infinite list of books of anecdotal or literal merit, we have narrowed down the top 100 books that have shaped the lives of individual men while also helping define broader cultural ideas of what it means to be a man."
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Top 10 Most Most Expensive Gadgets for Home: "Let’s have a look at top 10 of the most expensive home gadgets from the world of modern technologу."
The Top 10 wines Sold in a Grocery Store | MainStreet: "The Two Buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s isn’t the only wine worth buying when you head to the grocery store. Instead, there are more choices than ever when it comes to browsing Costco or Kroger (KR) shelves say experts like Tom Wark, the Executive Director"
Popular Mechanics: "One hundred years of technological progress can be erased in minutes by nature’s fury. Recent disasters have left not only destruction, but also heroism in their wake, and we can learn from the experiences of the survivors. The right tools, skills and mind-set—the survival worldview—will help you withstand the worst."
Lung cells exposed to cigarette smoke produce less of the protein, called FANCD2, the team at Oregon Health & Science University Cancer Institute reported.
Without FANCD2, damaged DNA can cause cells to proliferate out of control instead of destroying themselves as normal cells do."
‘People foods’ that can kill your pet - TODAY: Pets - TODAYshow.com:
"In 2007, the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center received more than 130,000 calls. Most cases of animal poisoning were caused by common human foods and household items.
Many foods we enjoy can be dangerous to animals. It's best to stick to pet food and a diet recommended by your vet. Here are a few of the most toxic foods that can harm your pet:"
Portion Size, Then and Now : DivineCaroline:
"Over the past few decades, portion sizes of everything from muffins to sandwiches have grown considerably. Unfortunately, America’s waistbands have reacted accordingly. In the 1970s, around 47 percent of Americans were overweight or obese; now 66 percent of us are. In addition, the number of just obese people has doubled, from 15 percent of our population to 30 percent."
"Despite the overwhelmingly popular A-A-B-A-B-C-B structure of modern popular songs, there are some well-known tunes that start off with the B section, or the chorus. Nothing like getting right to the most memorable section, right?"
Even His Friends Don't Realize He's a Hit - washingtonpost.com:
"William & Mary's Michael Sheridan hit .339 and .340 his first two seasons, then drastically retooled his batting stance in an attempt to to add power. He now leads Division I in hits, runs and RBI."
Bounty Fishing Blog � Hardcore Fisherman Takes Down Record-Breaking Massive Fish with Bow and Bare Hands: "On the 4th of May 2008, in the Mississippi river, master angler Darin Opel caught the largest carp in the history of the western hemisphere. The sucker was 92 lbs, shattering the former record of 35 lbs set two years ago. But it’s not only the what that’s cool; it’s the how. As if the catch wasn’t impressive enough, Opel actually shot the fish using a compound bow and arrow - nailed it right above the eye. Then, after fighting with it for 10 minutes, he jumped in the water and wrestled it to shore."
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I passed the 1000 posts mark today. That is an average of 12 stories a day since Feb 24th. Aren't you glad I didn't send all that crap in emails?!
Inca Skull Surgeons Were "Highly Skilled," Study Finds: "Inca surgeons in ancient Peru commonly and successfully removed small portions of patients' skulls to treat head injuries, according to a new study.
The surgical procedure—known as trepanation—was most often performed on adult men, likely to treat injuries suffered during combat, researchers say.
A similar procedure is performed today to relieve pressure caused by fluid buildup following severe head trauma."
Stonebrook Court, Estate of the Day - Luxist:
"Usually we find the European style grand homes on the East Coast but Stonebrook Court is located in Los Altos Hills, CA. The home was built in 1914 and restored by its owner during the last seven years. This mansion is approximately 30,000 square feet and is on 7.5 acres."
Chilli, the world’s largest bull | Oddity Central:
"Chilli is a black and white Fresian bull, weighing a whopping 1.25 tons and standing at 6 feet and 6 inches in height. Abandoned by its owner on the doorstep of the sanctuary he lives in today, when he was just 6 days old, back in 1999, Chilli grew up to become the biggest bovine in the world, according to Guinness Book of Records."
"Albert Einstein described belief in God as 'childish superstition' and said Jews were not the chosen people, in a letter to be sold in London this week, an auctioneer said Tuesday.
The father of relativity, whose previously known views on religion have been more ambivalent and fuelled much discussion, made the comments in response to a philosopher in 1954.
As a Jew himself, Einstein said he had a great affinity with Jewish people but said they 'have no different quality for me than all other people'.
'The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish."
"There could be alien life forms and believing they exist isn't contradictory to faith in God, the top astronomer at the Vatican said in an interview published Tuesday."
"What follows is a list compiled with the help of my New Yorker colleague Richard Brody. These hundred titles are meant to provide a broad sampling of jazz classics and wonders across the music’s century-long history. Early New Orleans jazz, swing, bebop, cool jazz, modal jazz, hard bop, free jazz, third stream, and fusion are all represented, though not equally. We have tried not to overdo it with expensive boxed sets and obscure imports; sometimes it couldn’t be helped. We have also tried to strike a balance between healthy samplings of the innovative giants (Armstrong, Ellington, Parker, Davis, Coltrane, etc.) and the greater range of talents and performances."
Star Wars Goes on Tour - Photo Essays - TIME:
"Photographer Cedric Delsaux brings a new take to the Star Wars legend. He shoots French landscapes, then adds the characters digitally to get the right height, light, and perspective. Here's the cast as you've never seen them before"
"Every once in a while, though, a film comes along that takes an assumption about how American movies are supposed to be made and changes it, sometimes resulting in something truly memorable."
Unusual German Street Performer : DivineCaroline: "Berlin street performer Johan Lorbeer has an unusual approach to street performance. Just by 'hanging out' on the side of a building, thousands of locals and tourists marvel as they walk by. He calls the performance 'Still Life.'"
Indians 2B Cabrera throws away ball from triple play - BostonHerald.com:
"'He came off the field and tossed the ball into the stands,' explained Indians first base coach Luis Rivera, serving as the 22-year-old Cabrera’s interpreter. 'Right as he did, he cried out, ’Oh, no!’'"
Monday, May 12, 2008
The Associated Press: Person close to talks: NBC installing Fallon on 'Late Night': "Jimmy Fallon will officially be given the keys to NBC's 'Late Night' franchise following Conan O'Brien's exit.
A person close to the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement hadn't been made confirmed the widely rumored change Sunday and said a news conference was planned for Monday."
Discovery News : Discovery Channel: "Since they first walked the planet, humans have either buried or burned their dead. Now a new option is generating interest -- dissolving bodies in lye and flushing the brownish, syrupy residue down the drain.
The process is called alkaline hydrolysis and was developed in this country 16 years ago to get rid of animal carcasses. It uses lye, 300-degree heat and 60 pounds of pressure per square inch to destroy bodies in big stainless-steel cylinders that are similar to pressure cookers."
Garcia: 'I want to thank Tiger for not being here.' - USATODAY.com:
"For all those questions his win in The Players Championship answered, two big ones remain.
No. 1: Where was THAT Sergio Garcia the last half-dozen years?
No. 2: How soon can we expect him to show up at a major?
Garcia hinted at the answer to the first question the moment after he wrapped his hands around the large crystal trophy.
'First of all,' Garcia said, 'I want to thank Tiger for not being here. That always makes things a little bit easier.'"
"Men are more likely than women to crave alcohol when they feel negative emotions
Women and men tend to have different types of stress-related psychological disorders. Women have greater rates of depression and some types of anxiety disorders than men, while men have greater rates of alcohol-use disorders than women. A new study of emotional and alcohol-craving responses to stress has found that when men become upset, they are more likely than women to want alcohol."
Alaskan Playground: "Some people build swimming pools in their back yards. But outdoor pools in Alaska just won't work. Since this particular family lives on the outskirts of Anchorage, they decided to build a sturdy, colorful playground for their 3 and 4 year old sons, with smooth-stone gravel all around it to avoid knee scrapes and other injuries.
They finished building it on Saturday evening, and the following morning, as mom was about to wake up the boys and have them go out to play in their new play center, this is what she saw from the upstairs window:"
Hill, 42, got into a crash after turning into the path of an oncoming car Tuesday evening, said Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer Monte Terry. Hill's wife heard the crash and ran outside, leaving the kitchen stove, where she had been cooking, unattended."
Internet Archive: September 11 Television Archive: "This collection contains television news programs recorded live from around September 11, 2001 by the non-profit Television Archive to help patrons research this important part of United States history. These materials were available on the televisionarchive.org site from October 11, 2001 through 2003.
Watch a video summary of the news coverage on September 11, 2001."