Friday, July 11, 2008
Radiohead: New Radiohead Video is Shot with Lasers, Not Cameras: "Radiohead, never ones to shy away from trying new things, has shot its new video for 'House of Cards' without using cameras at all. Whaa? Yes, they've used two fancy new technologies called Geometric Informatics and Velodyne Lidar. To shoot it using lasers and stuff. Let's break it down here."
A 20-year old college student from Cleveland State University just won the $50,000 grand prize in a national texting competition held in NYC this week.
The winning text that Nathan Schwartz sent was, 'Does everybody here know the alphabet? Let's text. Here it goes ... AbcDeFghiJKlmNoPQrStuvWXy & Z! Now I know my A-B-C's, next time won't you text with me?' Schwartz completed the text in 50 seconds with no mistake"
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The 10 Best Sporting Venues in the United States: "There has been a lot talk recently of the best sporting events of this past year. The 2008 Super Bowl? Wimbledon? There have been a lot of great competitions over the years, some taking place in the most historic and awe-inspiring venues ever."
Would You Like Your Heart Attack For Breakfast Or Lunch?: "Yep, that is exactly what it looks like. A bacon cheeseburger with a Krispy Kreme bun."
10 More Tips for Stunning Portrait Photography: "Yesterday I shared 10 Ways to take Stunning Portrait Photography. We covered everything from altering your perspective as a photographer, to experimenting with lighting, to shooting candidly."
Apple's App Store launches with more than 500 apps: "Apple said Thursday that more than 500 native applications are now available on the iPhone's App Store for use with the new iPhone 3G that goes on sale tomorrow.
Well, let’s not waste any more time and get started right away. Check out these applications, we are sure you are going to love each one of them"
The ancient scripts that predate - and might rewrite - the Bible
A fresh interpretation of a stone tablet dated to the decades before Jesus's birth could undermine some fundamentals of the Christian faith, experts claim.
The tablet, which is similar in style to the Dead Sea Scrolls, is said to predict that a messiah would rise from the dead within three days.
The partially-deciphered Ancient Hebrew text had seemed to contain a vision of the apocalypse as told by the Angel Gabriel.
13 Things You Didn’t Know About The Office: "Up your Office trivia knowledge by checking out 13 Things You Didn’t Know About The Office"
10 Richest People of All Time and How They Made Their Fortunes: "Who is the richest man of all time? Bill Gates? Warren Buffet? Not even close, though there's no denying they're very, very rich. The richest man of all time, when wealth is measured as a percentage of the national economy, was John D. Rockefeller, whose fortunes made Gates' and Buffet's look downright puny."
10 Ways to Take Stunning Portraits: "I want to look at some ways to break out of the mold and take striking portraits by breaking (or at least bending) the rules and adding a little randomness into your portrait photography."
Lock Cup: "A cup that is designed for people who share facilities at their work place, such as the kitchen. The cup has a hole which prevents most people from using it. Only the owner of the cup can use his shaped key to close the hole, pour the coffee and enjoy the drinking."
"Profound business implications can occur for brands that become the topic of discussion on certain influential Web sites. These sites can greatly sway the marketplace in favor or against the brand, heavily influencing customer sentiment and overall sales. The following 15 sites possess such power."
Happy Birthday, Big Mac! 4 Stories about America’s Best-Known Burger: "McDonald’s best-known burger turns 40 this year. And since professional ethics prevent us from revealing the ingredients of the Special Sauce, we’ll try to make up for that by sharing a few other “secrets” behind those two all-beef patties and their signature accoutrements."
How to Publish and Promote Your Own Book:
"Is there a book inside of you waiting to be born? In today’s digital age, it’s easier and more economical than ever for authors to get published, or to publish and promote their book on their own."
"Most of us, whether we admit it or not, are moral hypocrites. We judge others more severely than we judge ourselves.
Mounting evidence suggests moral decisions result from the jousting between our knee-jerk responses (think 'survival instinct') and our slower, but more collected evaluations. Which is more responsible for our self-leniency?"
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How to win Arguments - Dos, Don’ts and Sneaky Tactics: "There is not much point in having brilliant ideas if we cannot persuade people of their value. Persuasive debaters can win arguments using the force of their reason and by the skillful deployment of many handy techniques. Here are some general dos and don’ts to help you win arguments together with some sneaky tactics to be aware of."
On the menu at the G8
The conference organisers have proudly released the menu for a dinner banquet offering 19 different dishes which the delegates will attend after a busy day discussion the global food crisis.
25 Acts of Body Language to Avoid: "Most people are totally oblivious to their own body language, so the discipline of controlling these gestures can be quite challenging. Most of them are reflexive in nature, automatically matching up to what our minds are thinking at any given moment. Nevertheless, with the right information and a little practice, we can train ourselves to overcome most of our negative body language habits."
Remedy for Shyness Discovered:
"Finally, shyness can be treated. An international group of scientists has developed a remedy for shyness."
1. Anthropomancy - divination by the entrails of men.
2. Armomancy - divination by the shoulders of beasts.
3. Belomancy - divination by arrows.
4. Gastromancy - divination by stomach noises.
5. Gyromancy - divination by walking in a circle until the subject falls over from dizziness.
6. Myomancy - divination by movements of mice.
7. Omphalomancy - divination by knots on the umbilical cord.
8. Onychomancy - divination by fingernails.
9. Rhapsodomancy - divination by random selection of a line of poetry.
10. Tyromancy - divination by cheese.
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The World's Worst Eating Contests - Esquire:
"Food has become so abundant these days, the act of eating has been turned into a gluttonous sport. With the annual Nathan's hot dog eating contest this week, we present ten that aren't worth winning."
Coffee 'worsens poor fertility':
"Too much coffee can reduce the chances of a woman with fertility problems getting pregnant, a study suggests"
"Here’s what a number of successful bloggers with successful nonblogging careers say are the ways to think about getting into the business of blogging."
"A POSIONOUS rattlesnake hidden among leafy plants in the garden section of a Walmart store in Florida sprang out and bit a man who was shopping there.
The man was taken to hospital after the 30cm pygmy rattlesnake bit him in the right hand while he was looking at the plants at the store in Pembroke Pines, Florida, about 50km north of Miami."
Crazy Catfish Hunters Resurface in Okie Noodling II : "The occasionally fatal practice, documented in 2001's hoot-a-minute movie Okie Noodling, involves hopping into the muddy waters of a river or lake and probing the nooks and crannies along the shore for giant bottom feeders that can tip the scales at 60 pounds or more."
Transparent Canoe: "See the world below you with remarkable clarity in this two person transparent canoe."
"The term is named for former shortstop Mario Mendoza, who actually hit .198 in the 1979 season.
George Brett is believed to have coined the phrase when asked about his batting average. When shown his average in a newspaper, Brett was said to have made a remark along of the lines of, 'I knew I was off to a bad start when I saw my average listed below the Mendoza line.' However, Brett was only behind Mario Mendoza in batting average for one day in the 1979 season, and Bruce Bochy, Tom Paciorek and Robby Wyper have also been credited as creators of the expression."
Houston researchers: Baby's smile gives mom 'natural high': "Everyone knows nothing melts a mother's heart like a baby's smile.
But Houston researchers have found that it also activates a region of the brain known as the reward center, a middle area associated with feelings of euphoria. Previous research has shown the reward center also flips on when addicts take drugs."
The Science of Brain Freeze: "Have you ever experienced a freezing sensation after eating an ice cream cone? You’re with a group of friends eating the dessert, and suddenly you have a severe headache that lasts for a brief amount of time. You’re not alone because billions of individuals have endured this common reaction called sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. It’s also known as brain freeze or ice cream evoked headache. Why does even the simplest discomfort get a scientific name? But in all seriousness, what exactly happens to the body when one experiences a brain freeze?"
There’s something fishy about old swimmer: "How does a 41-year-old mother of a toddler return from a six-year retirement, recover from back and knee surgery and swim faster than she ever did as a teenager or twenty-something?"
6 Absurd Phobias (And The People Who Actually Have Them): "In a relatively safe world, the part of our brain that alerts us to danger just seems to get bored sometimes. Thus, phobias (from the Latin 'phobus' meaning 'Seriously, you're scared of that?') are born.
Psychology has compiled thousands of phobias, to the point that it seems somebody in the field has made a hobby of inventing them. But there are some truly ridiculous ones that actually do affect people, including some people you know. Such as ..."
"Sales of Apple's Macintosh computers have been growing much faster than PC sales overall, with many new Mac buyers switching from years of using Windows computers. For that reason, every month I get emails from readers asking about the differences in using the Windows and Macintosh operating systems."
It was the video game that inspired an entire industry and won a global following. Thirty years on, our correspondent recalls the birth of Space Invaders
Healthiest Juices: The 10 Healthiest Beverages: "One good rule of thumb is that fruit with a vivid color will be high in anti-oxidants. Be careful of over-consumption because many of the juices on the list contain a lot of natural sugar, so at some point you can mitigate a juice's health benefits if you drink excessive amounts. Experts recommend drinking 1 to 2 six-ounce glasses of juice a day in combination with whole fruits for optimal health benefits. The list, inside..."
Panasonic presents electric bike recharging its battery via the braking system: "Last week Panasonic presented [JP] a new electric bicycle to be released on the Japanese market on August 20. The so-called Vivi RX 10-S will cost $1,400. Panasonic hasn’t said yet whether they will bring the bicycle to overseas markets as well."
Solar panels to power accessories on next Toyota Prius: "The Nikkei business daily in Japan is reporting that the next generation Prius – due out next year as a 2010 model – will supposedly be fitted with solar panels to power a variety of electrical accessories, including the air conditioning."
Gmail’s Mysterious Grey Box: "There’s a small grey box rendered in an iFrame in the top left hand corner of Gmail, and TechCrunchIT is trying to figure out what it is. The icon is a ten by ten pixel graphic with a diagonal line across it, with one half in black and the other in gray. It isn’t an inline image, as you can not highlite it or select it in your browser, nor right-click on it. There is also no reference to the image within the style sheet for Gmail."
20 Weirdest and Ugliest-Looking Animals on Earth: "Neither graceful nor beautiful, these animals are nonetheless very unique and remarkable animals."
91-year-old woman rescued after 2 days stuck under car; she had been looking for her keys - News: "A 91-year-old woman who had crawled under her car to look for her keys ended up stuck beneath an axle for two days until her mail carrier noticed letters piling up, police said."
Sunday, July 6, 2008
If Few Things Went Invisible: "Funny Pictures showing what will happen if few things went invisible"
Nanotube Radio: "We have constructed a fully functional, fully integrated radio receiver, orders-of-magnitude smaller than any previous radio, from a single carbon nanotube. The single nanotube serves, at once, as all major components of a radio: antenna, tuner, amplifier, and demodulator."
Brain Games & Brain Training - Lumosity: "Brain games to improve memory and attention
Did you know that the human brain starts slowing down as early as age 30? The good news is that you can speed it up, and improve even your most basic cognitive abilities at any age. Keep your brain performing at its best with Lumosity, a brain training program consisting of engaging brain games and exercises developed by some of the leading neuroscientists in the country.
Lumosity users have experienced:
* Clearer and quicker thinking
* Improved memory for names, numbers, directions, etc.
* Increased alertness and awareness
* Elevated mood
* Better concentration at work or while driving"