Saturday, September 20, 2008

Technical Difficulties Shut Down The Large Hadron Collider

Technical Difficulties Shut Down The Large Hadron Collider: "Remember that Large Hadron Collider, which was supposed to figure out all the unsolved mysteries of existence or something? Less than two days after it was started up last week, the $10 billion atom smasher was damaged when a faulty electrical connection cause a mechanical failure. Oops.

Repairs will take a few months because scientists have to carefully warm the damaged area past the particle collider’s normal operating temperature of absolute zero. The hadron collider is located in a 17-mile long tunnel under the border between France and Switzerland.

This delay must be disappointing to researchers who hoped to use the collider to replicate the big bang and analyze antimatter in order to learn about the “hidden dimensions of space and time.” If they want to figure out the secrets of the universe they really need to start with learning proper wiring techniques."

Budweiser's New American Ale

Budweiser's New American Ale | Serious Eats: "Megabrewer Budweiser is muscling in on the microbrew market. Or, maybe we should use the term 'craft brew,' since nothing Budweiser does could be considered 'micro.' Budweiser American Ale is the King of Beer's attempt at making an amber-colored ale with a richer, sweeter, more citrusy flavor than that of the familiar light-golden barely flavored Budweiser we've all come to know and (sometimes) love. It's available now only on draught at various watering holes nationwide (find one near you here) but will be out in bottles on September 29"

Man Successfully Used a $200 bill

Man Successfully Used a $200 bill - NC Wanted: "North Carolina cops are searching for a guy who successfully passed a $200 bill bearing George W. Bush's portrait and a drawing of the White House complete with lawn signs reading 'We like ice cream' and 'USA deserves a tax cut.' The phony Bush bill was presented to a cashier at a Food Lion in Roanoke Rapids on September 6 by an unidentified male who was seeking to pay for $150 in groceries. Remarkably, the cashier accepted the counterfeit note and gave the man $50 change. In a separate incident involving a different perp, Roanoke Rapids cops Tuesday arrested Michael Harris, 24, for attempting last month to pass an identical $200 Bush bill at a convenience store."

Trilobite beetle of Laos

Trilobite beetle of Laos


Friday, September 19, 2008

Lone House survives Hurricane Ike in Gilchrist Texas

Lone House survives Hurricane Ike in Gilchrist Texas Dvorak Uncensored: "Warren and Pam Adams lost a house to Hurricane Rita in 2005, so it seems they’d be relieved to learn their new home withstood Hurricane Ike. But not when their house is the only one still standing in their section of Gilchrist, Texas"

50 Incredible Hollywod Film Posters ... From Poland

My jaw nearly hit the floor when a coworker introduced me to the wonderful world of Polish film posters a couple of years ago. These conceptual masterpieces put the original American posters to shame every time; they are truly beautiful works of art. Trimming this list down to a mere 50 posters that I absolutely love was surprisingly difficult.

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Batman Boat: Navy "Batman Boat" Has Drug Runners Thinking They're Being Chased By UFOs

Batman Boat: Navy "Batman Boat" Has Drug Runners Thinking They're Being Chased By UFOs: "The Navy's 80-foot $6 million 'Stiletto' with its Batman-esque twin m-shaped hull has been floating around as a prototype project for several years now, but it has suffered from budget cuts in the Defense Department. However, it appears that the Stiletto is starting to see some action in the war against drugs. Recently a group of drug runners in Florida tried to elude one by sailing near reefs and sandbars at 42 knots and skimming over water less than 5 feet deep. But the Stiletto kept on coming. After a two-hour chase, the drug boat finally ran out of gas and the passengers were apprehended. They told authorities that it was like being chased by a UFO."

50 Incredible Hollywod Film Posters ... From Poland

My jaw nearly hit the floor when a coworker introduced me to the wonderful world of Polish film posters a couple of years ago. These conceptual masterpieces put the original American posters to shame every time; they are truly beautiful works of art. Trimming this list down to a mere 50 posters that I absolutely love was surprisingly difficult.

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Electronic Texas Hold’em Poker Table

Electronic Texas Hold’em Poker Table | Random Good Stuff: "The arcade-style game automatically shuffles and deals cards, displays each player’s percentage chance of winning when all-in, and awards pots. Authentic casino sounds include card shuffling, chip stacking, countdown timers, and winner announcements. Players can begin with up t o 30,000 chips, blinds increase automatically every seventh hand, and the game provides audible prompts to call, raise, or fold."

Thursday, September 18, 2008

iPhone: The Affair

Mad Men set to make Emmy history

Mad Men set to make Emmy history: "The AMC network's critically acclaimed period piece, set in the social cross-currents of New York's Madison Avenue in the early 1960s, is the overwhelming favorite to win this year's Emmy prize as best drama series."

In Name of Fashion, Embracing a Trend -

In Name of Fashion, Embracing a Trend -

Many N.F.L. and college football players — and children who imitate them — wear wristbands above their elbows.

"Some football players, like Jets defensive end David Bowens, pull fat 2-inch wristbands up into the crook of the elbows. Some, like Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson, use scissors to cut a skinny edge from the elastic band for a thin strand. Some even use sliced old socks, swatches of stretchy material or athletic tape to create the wrap-around look.

Some wear the bands at the elbow. Some wear them across the middle of the biceps. Some, like Jets cornerback Dwight Lowery, wear them over the top of a long-sleeved shirt.

A few wear a band only on one arm, a look popular in the N.B.A. Fewer wear two on each arm.

Most do not wear the bands to practice, signaling the vanity of their use. All admit that they wear the bands only because they think it looks good, which would be the only plausible reason.

“There is absolutely no benefit from a performance standpoint or a medical standpoint,” said Ralph Reiff, a certified athletic trainer and director of St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis. He has seen the upper-arm bands become popular on football players from the N.F.L. down to middle school. “It’s purely a fashion statement.”"

Actor Ryan O'Neal arrested with son for drug possession

Actor Ryan O'Neal arrested with son for drug possession: "Actor Ryan O'Neal, 67, and 23-year-old Redmond - his son with actress Farrah Fawcett - were busted Wednesday on felony drug charges."

Deputies found what is believed to be methamphetamine on them during a probation sweep of their Malibu home. Father and son were later released on $10,000 bail each.

"Authorities found Redmond in possession of narcotics and later discovered the father, Ryan O'Neal, was also in possession of narcotics," spokesman Steve Whitmore told the Daily News.

Anti-Theft Lunch Bag

skforlee - anti-theft lunch bag: "Stealing your co-worker's lunch is a downright contemptible act, that is, if it's perpetrated by someone other than you. But, if you've ever had your lunch stolen, you know the the frustration and anger it causes. You know the revenge and ill-will it inspires. And you know that no matter how well you try to hide your lunch bag at the back of the refrigerator, something's gonna be missing when you open it. Well, lament no more. The Anti-Theft Lunch Bag to the rescue . . .

Anti-Theft Lunch Bags are regular sandwich bags that have green splotches printed on both sides. After your sandwich is placed inside, no one will want to touch it."

Time Of My Life

Time of my Life is a Daily Photo Aging Project by Dan Hanna. From June 1, 1991, when he was 31 years old, to September 17, 2007, when he was 48 years old, he took a photo of himself every day.

SGN Launches Wii-like iGolf For iPhone.

SGN Launches Wii-like iGolf For iPhone.: "The application uses the iPhone’s accelerometer to detect a golf-swing like motion with the phone. Choose a club and swing the iPhone just like a golf club. Save your high scores and challenge your friends to beat your distance. Our best score with the driver so far is 406 yards."

New Microsoft ads directly target Apple

New Microsoft ads directly target Apple: "After two weeks of running a series of ads with Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates that left many people scratching their heads, Microsoft's latest spots take direct aim at the Apple ads that have turned Windows into a punch line.

'I'm a PC and I've been made into a stereotype,' says Microsoft employee Sean Siller, who looks a whole lot like John Hodgman, the actor who plays the PC in Apple's ads.

The spot then goes on to have other people say that, they too are PCs, including an Obama blogger, a McCain broadcaster, actress Eva Longoria, a school teacher, and a fish salesman, among others. (My favorite is a guy standing near cows saying 'I turn No. 2 into energy.')

Bill Gates does make a cameo, saying 'I'm a PC and I wear glasses.' The ads will debut later Thursday on NBC's 'The Office.'"

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Stunning Pre and Post Storm Photo Comparisons of Ike's Wrath

These images show a stretch of Bolivar Peninsula on Sept. 9, before Ike, and on Sept. 15, two days after landfall. The damage is just incredible.

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The 10 Worst SNL Hosts

Michael Phelps is just the most recent tip of a very un-funny iceberg worth of bad SNL hosts. Some of them are just plain unfunny and some of them were hosts at bad times. Some were both! Did you know Steve Forbes hosted SNL the same day Rage Against the Machine was the musical guest?

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30 Brilliant Vector Logo Designs

30 Brilliant Vector Logo Designs, Deconstructed "Often seen as the first impression of a company, its logo must be tailored to communicate specific values and ideals in an instant.

However, logos not only have the look good, they should also be thoughtfully designed and capable of taking on a variety of uses. This could include being scaled to a range of sizes, being reproduced in flat color and being printable on paper stock. In this post we look at 30 contemporary examples of great vector logo design and find out what makes them work."

The Stealth Switch - Tap It With Your Foot To Hide Your Games or MySpace Windows At Work

What fun would work be without a little procrastination? This foot pedal attaches to your Windows machine and sits on the floor while you play your games or browse around, carefully avoiding your work. If the boss walks into the room, simply stomp the pedal and it will hide your troublesome open windows! You can snag one now for $39.95.

Bright Blind

Bright Blind By Mongoose: "Made of electroluminescent (EL) sheets, Makoto Hirahara's Bright Blind simulates a window where none exists."

It's Never Too Early To Feed Your Baby Cola

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Higher! Higher!

MacBook - thin enough

Apple iPhone: Now available in cupcake form

DVICE: Apple iPhone: Now available in cupcake form: "Baked for Cupcake Decorating Championship at Ignite NYC, the iPhone cupcakes deservedly took first prize last night. As cool as they are, they go down a little slow, so we hope the big win encourages creators Danielle and Nick Bilton (seen in the gallery below) to come out with a 3G version."

Newly-discovered bizarre ant

Newly-discovered bizarre ant - Boing Boing: "Scientists have dubbed this newly-discovered ant Martialis heureka, implying that it's so weird it could have come from Mars. Found in the Brazliian rainforest, it has no eyes, and its 'mouth' is like a pair of long forceps. According to University of Texas at Austin evolutionary biologist Christian Rabeling, Martialis heureka is from the oldest ant lineage still living."

8 Classic Movies That Got Away With Gaping Plot Holes

If a movie is awesome enough, people will overlook even the most retarded gaps in reason and logic. At least, until some asshole on the Internet makes a big list of them. Enjoy!

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Logitech Pure-Fi iPod/iPhone speaker docks unveiled

Logitech Pure-Fi iPod/iPhone speaker docks unveiled - "Logitech announced two new iPod/iPhone speaker docks today called the Logitech Pure-Fi Express Plus and the Logitech Pure-Fi Anytime premium alarm clock for iPod and iPhone. The Pure-Fi Express has omnidirectional speakers and can charge your iPod or iPhone as it plays music from the device. The dock features a wireless remote with a 30-foot range and can be powered by AC power or batteries."

HP shows off new all-in-one TouchSmart IQ800 PCs

HP shows off new all-in-one TouchSmart IQ800 PCs - "HP announced a new line of touch screen PCs called the TouchSmart IQ800 series today. The system uses an all-in-one design with a 25.5-inch screen that allows users to control the system with a finger. The line of computers offers features like integrated Blu-ray players, color changing lighting that shines on the keyboard, and a HP MediaBay for extra storage."

The Differences Between Star Wars and Harry Potter

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Dog : Silly Humans, You Can't Contain Me

Apple's iPhone 2.1: The Bug-Fix You've Been Waiting For

Apple rolled out version 2.1 of its iPhone software on Friday, and widespread reports suggest that it successfully fixes numerous problems, including 3G data reception. Here's a rundown of iPhone 2.1's enhancements. Fewer dropped calls. In a survey conducted by, 40 percent of readers report that they're getting fewer dropped calls than

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Scores of Russians Attempt Giant Smile at Satellite (PICS)

The production of Google Earth “artifacts” seems to be a popular task nowadays in Russia. This time a whole crowd of people has been aware of the exact timetable of the “QuickBird” satellite passing over the Chelyabinsk city and planned to make a big yellow smiley face of their bodies for Google Earth.

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98,930 Affected In Forever 21 Data Breach

Forever21 announced Friday that the Secret Service told it criminals had jacked 98,930 credit and debit card numbers from its computers. Based on their forensic analysis, your digits could be in the hands of unsavory individuals if you shopped there on...

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Girl Freaks at Insistence That Rush’s 2112 Will Change Her

Trisha Comstock, a high school Senior from Two Rivers, Wisconsin reportedly told her best friend “Sawyer” - named after Rush’s famous song “Tom Sawyer” - that she’s “totally freaking” about Sawyer’s Dad’s insistence that she sit through all twenty minutes and thirty-three seconds of Rush’s 2112 because it will change her life forever…

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Discovered: The Glowing-Red Fish

Michiels discovered the glowing-red fish by chance during dives in Mangrove Bay in the Red Sea (the salt water inset between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula), where he was investigating how deep red light penetrates into the water

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AMAZING ART: Mona Lisa on a dirty car windshield

This image featuring Leonardo's "Mona Lisa" with Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" is shown at its peak. These images drawn in the dust are obviously quite impermanent. One of the cool things about them is how they change over time. More dust accumulates as the car is driven down the road.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Aged Tires: A Driving Hazard?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Researchers Develop Nano-Sized Cargo Ships to Destroy Tumors

Scientists have developed nanometer-sized ‘cargo ships’ that can sail throughout the body via the bloodstream without immediate detection from the body’s immune radar system and ferry their cargo of anti-cancer drugs and markers into tumors that might otherwise go untreated or undetected.

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Honey Badger-The Most Fearless Animal on Earth