Saturday, November 8, 2008
Why do women always feel colder than men?: "Let the battle of the thermostat begin. Now that the evenings have grown dark and chilly, most people have switched on their central heating. But many are keeping the temperature low to save on fuel bills, which are expected to rise by 42 per cent this year. Home heating can spark fierce disagreement in couples. Some people sneakily crank up the thermostat when their partners aren't looking; others wear woolly hats and gloves indoors as an ostentatious protest at the temperature of the room.
Some people, it seems, feel the cold more than others. But why is this and is there anything we can do about it?"
Incredible Optical Illusions: "If you think you can always trust your eyes, think again! Our mind often plays tricks on us. Check this little collection of most popular optical illusions."
10 Computer Ads From The 80s: "10 old vintage ads that represented some of the famous computers in the 80s. I was around to see some of them but not all. Let us know what you think and which ads you remember. All images are linked directly to the source."
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thanks for looking! Paintings still available for purchase have the pricing information directly below the image. Most of the figurative work available will be on display in a gallery next month - I'll provide more information on that soon!
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Though maybe 'you could care less,' the scholars in question keep track of linguistic mangling and overused buzzwords in a database called the Oxford University Corpus. The voluminous record keeps track of books, magazines, broadcast, online media and other sources, watching for new overused, tiresome phrases and retiring those that fade from use (or misuse).
The great hierarchy of verbal fatigue includes:
1 - At the end of the day
2 - Fairly unique
3 - I personally
4 - At this moment in time
5 - With all due respect
6 - Absolutely
7 - It's a nightmare
8 - Shouldn't of
9 - 24/7
10 - It's not rocket science
Nike Hindsight: "The urban jungle isn’t exactly the safest place for bicyclists. You need the right tools to keep you one step ahead of irresponsible motorists. The Nike Hindsight gives you superhuman like powers with extended peripheral vision so all those sneaky cars, beware.
They work similar to bifocals except for your peripheral vision. By using fresnel lenses on both sides of the glasses, riders can detect motion in a field of view beyond the normal human limit of 180 degrees. If you want to get technical about it; high power, diverging fresnel zones aligned vertically distort into view an extra 25 percent on both sides. Vision is radically distorted in the periphery, but as the eye detects only motion in that area, little clarity is lost in the process."
El Paso's King of Aces - Curt Hocker: "The El Paso Golf Club is the home of the luckiest golfer maybe in the game's history. El Paso's Curt Hocker recorded 5 holes-in-one in one week!
Unbelievable? Even Hocker admits he'd never believe it.
'The first one was unreal. After that, I just keep saying 'You gotta be kidding me,' but the ball keeps winding up in the bottom of the cup,' a still in shock Hocker told me.
Hocker has 10 hole-in-ones in the past 17 months! Four of the five aces this past week came on Par 4 holes."
Honda's robo-legs are the walker of the future: "It gets harder to get around when you get old, which is why things like walkers and mart carts exist. But Honda wants to make getting around easier with some fancy new technology, which is why it's introduced some new robo-leg walkers.
While it looks kind of goofy (not to mention uncomfortable on the groin region), it should make people a lot more mobile than something like a walker. It basically assists with the normal walking process rather than just rolling you around or giving you something to lean on, and it's as 'easy to use as a bicycle.' We'll see about that, but it shouldn't be too long before we see the aisles of Wal-Mart full of people shuffling around on robo legs. The future!"
The moment surfer takes on 41-foot monster wave... and lives to tell the tale: "A daredevil surfer is pictured tackling a giant 41 foot wave in a bid to win himself a prestigious award.
Kerby Brown took on the monster during a session at a top secret reef, and nearly didn't live to tell the tale.
Moments after these pictures were taken, he suffered a devastating wipeout which nearly killed him."
Bullies Enjoy Being Mean: "According to a new study, bullies may actually enjoy harassing others.
Researchers from the University of Chicago scanned brains of aggressive youths and found that the area associated with pleasure was more active when youths watched a video of someone inflicting pain on another person."
Thursday, November 6, 2008
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Most of us are, by now, familiar with the maps the TV channels and web sites use to show the results of the presidential election:
The states are colored red or blue to indicate whether a majority of their voters voted for the Republican candidate, John McCain, or the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, respectively. Looking at this map it gives the impression that the Republicans won the election handily, since there is rather more red on the map than there is blue. In fact, however, the reverse is true – the Democrats won by a substantial margin. The explanation for this apparent paradox, as pointed out by many people, is that the map fails to take account of the population distribution. It fails to allow for the fact that the population of the red states is on average significantly lower than that of the blue ones. The blue may be small in area, but they represent a large number of voters, which is what matters in an election.
We can correct for this by making use of a cartogram, a map in which the sizes of states are rescaled according to their population. That is, states are drawn with size proportional not to their acreage but to the number of their inhabitants, states with more people appearing larger than states with fewer, regardless of their actual area on the ground. On such a map, for example, the state of Rhode Island, with its 1.1 million inhabitants, would appear about twice the size of Wyoming, which has half a million, even though Wyoming has 60 times the acreage of Rhode Island.
Here are the 2008 presidential election results on a population cartogram of this type...
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Beer That's Good for You: "Since headlines began trumpeting the antiaging effects of red wine a couple of years ago, the traditional toast to good health has become more meaningful. But students at Rice University, in Texas, think that beer drinkers shouldn't be left out. They're trying to engineer a yeast that produces the antiaging chemical found in red wine--resveratrol--and use it to brew 'BioBeer' with a health boost."
Wetas - The Giant Crickets: "Cook Strait Giant Wetas are a species of giant insects that grow to be 10cm long and around 27 grams heavy. Just so you can get an idea, these bugs are about the size of a city rat. They have been extinct on the mainland of New Zealand for more than a century, but the authorities are trying to reintroduce the species to the area, and the first 100 Wetas have been brought to Kraori Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellington, in 2007."
'Jurassic Park' Author, 'ER' Creator Michael Crichton Dead At 66 After Private Cancer Battle: "Author Michael Crichton, the creative force behind the 'Jurassic Park' series and the TV show 'ER', has died. He was 66.
Entertainment Tonight reported on the writer's death on its Web site, ETonline.com. Citing family sources, ET reports he was waging a private battle against cancer. A literary agent for Crichton confirmed the author has died in Los Angeles.
Crichton is best known for being the author of science-fiction novels such as 'Jurassic Park' and its sequel 'The Lost World,' which have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide."
Time wasters: 15 addictive, fun and frustrating Flash games: "Flash is one of the most common platform to create an internet game. These games can be really fun to do and are great to get some distraction from the regular things.
Here a small list with real time wasters: 15 addictive (but fun) Flash games."
15 Ways to Hack Your Brain For A Better Life: "If you’re looking to improve mental cognition, increase your memory, and enhance your alertness, here are 15 easy ways to give your brain a six-pack."
25 Things I Learned About Business from "South Park": "Over the last 12 years, the cartoon residents of South Park, Colo. have taught us about life, love, Canada, Saddam Hussein and yes ... business. Here are 25 things that 'South Park' has taught the world about making a buck."
Steve Finley On The Beach: "Baseball player Steve Finley and his wife, interior designer Amy Finley are looking for a big profit from their house in Del Mar, California. The Wall Street Journal's Private Properties column reports that the Finlays played a mere $1.54 million back in 1995. The 2.500 square-foot home is located on a small lot directly on the beach and has some very stunning views."
Mouse cloning expert Teruhiko Wakayama and colleagues at the Center for Developmental Biology, at Japan's RIKEN research institute in Yokohama, managed to clone the mice even though their cells had burst."
Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging
The Frustration-Free Package (on the left) is recyclable and comes without excess packaging materials such as hard plastic clamshell casings, plastic bindings, and wire ties. It's designed to be opened without the use of a box cutter or knife and will protect your product just as well as traditional packaging (on the right). Products with Frustration-Free Packaging can frequently be shipped in their own boxes, without an additional shipping box.The Frustration-Free Package (on the left) is recyclable and comes without excess packaging materials such as hard plastic clamshell casings, plastic bindings, and wire ties. It's designed to be opened without the use of a box cutter or knife and will protect your product just as well as traditional packaging (on the right). Products with Frustration-Free Packaging can frequently be shipped in their own boxes, without an additional shipping box.
Monday, November 3, 2008
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Danica McKellar - Esquire: "When you weren't looking, Winnie from The Wonder Years grew up, learned advanced calculus, wrote a book about math, and looks like this..."
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Easy Bloom turns you into an expert gardener: "Although many of us enjoy our plants, we aren’t always the best gardners. I have recently picked up gardening as a hobby, but this past summer I had to move midway through the summer. When that happened I had to move my potted plants as well. What I didn’t realize was that the area I moved to was far more shady and it ended up killing the flowers. Well with the gadget Easy Bloom, you would no longer have to guess as to whether or not your plant would survive a new environment. Just place the gadget in the spot and leave it for 24 hours. Afterwards it can tell you how the soil is, the lighting, temperature and humidity.
Then plug the flower into your USB port and it will then suggest which plants could survive the conditions. It can also help you with sick plants and let you know what could be done to revitalize the plant again. Which would make gardening much easier for even those that have the tendency to kill their plants. With this gadget, I fully expected it to be overpriced and far out of anyone’s price range. Well for once, that’s not true, you can pick it up for $60."