Saturday, February 7, 2009

7 Websites You Should Go To For iPhone Apps Reviews

iPhone/iPod Touch users - how many times have you bought an app from the AppStore only to find out that it is useless, does not function exactly how you expected or you just have no use for it?

read more | digg story

A History of Ill-Advised Rock Reunions

Did you know that Blind Melon did a reunion tour? How about Queen w/out Freddy Mercury? This sort of thing really needs to be illegal.

read more | digg story

A Visit to The Pinball Hall of Fame (+TONS of PICS)

Joystiq took some time off during this year's CES to visit to the place, and we only left because they wouldn't let us stay overnight. The sheer amount of pinball games they have on display is staggering, including some extremely rare games like The Pinball Circus and Gottleib's two-player, head-to-head Challenger pinball machine.

read more | digg story

10 of the Smartest Big Brands in Social Media

Let's take a look at 10 companies that have done a phenomenal job of taking advantage of social media platforms.

read more | digg story

Toyota Sees First Annual Loss Since 1950

TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota sank into the red for the October-December quarter and acknowledged Friday it was heading for its first annual net loss since 1950 because of plunging global automobile sales and the strong yen.

read more | digg story

The 25 Hottest Products Of All Time

The 25 hottest products and fads of modern times - This gallery includes the likes of Pet Rock, Slinky, and some of your favorite things from a time passed. Wake up your mind and bring up some of your best memories!

read more | digg story

Cancer Rejection: Scientists Discover Crucial Molecule

Researchers at the Centenary Institute in Sydney have discovered a molecule on the surface of immune cells which plays a critical role in cancer rejection.

read more | digg story

Man Issued 50 Traffic Citations in One Day

Elvis has left the vehicle. A man was arrested on more than 50 traffic citations — all in one day. Police said Elvis Alonzo Barrett, 46, fled from police trying to stop him for a traffic violation Thursday morning. Police said he ran through red lights, crashed into another car and a fence. Police said they found crack cocaine and a crack pipe in h

read more | digg story

20 Ways To Increase The Life Of Your Laptop's Battery

Mobile computing has got better with lighter components, better chips and faster processors. But the Achilles heel of a laptop has remained its battery.

read more | digg story

Apple's Not So Quiet Rally And Why It Will Continue

Something bordering on miraculous has occurred since the day Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced he would be taking a 6-month medical leave of absence - a rally, and a big one.

read more | digg story

Amazing Bird Fishes Like A Human

This video has stunned scientists around the world as this bird thinks critically just like a human to catch fish.

read more | digg story

Breakfast Club Cast Now

The 1980s were filled with coming-of-age classics. John Hughes' .."The Breakfast Club," starred 1980s "brat pack" actors Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy. "The Breakfast Club" centered around five high school archetypes..Through their forced punishment, the group began to understand one another

read more | digg story

Friday, February 6, 2009

CORR truck completes double front flip, sticks the landing

VIDEO: CORR truck completes double front flip, sticks the landing - Autoblog: "In the video after the jump, a sports announcer describes this double front flip performed by Champion Off Road Racing driver Rick Huseman in his Fabtech Racing Toyota Tundra as '... one of the most spectacular things in all of motorsports.' That's quite a lofty description, but we think the video doesn't disappoint. Remember, Rhys Millen attempted to intentionally backflip a truck on New Year's Eve in Las Vegas. Huseman not only does what Millen failed to do, but he did it twice... and forwards... and stuck the landing. Follow the jump to see for yourself."

40,000 planets could be home to aliens

40,000 planets could be home to aliens - Telegraph: "Researchers have calculated that up to 37,964 worlds in our galaxy are hospitable enough to be home to creatures at least as intelligent as ourselves.

Astrophysicist Duncan Forgan created a computer programme that collated all the data on the 330 or so planets known to man and worked out what proportion would have conditions suitable for life.

The estimate, which took into account factors such as temperature and availability of water and minerals, was then extrapolated across the Milky Way."

It's Just Garbage

It's Just Garbage:

What corporations throw away provides Darren Atkinson with profit and happiness.

"Just garbage--but also a successful business. Atkinson has built an empire collecting high-tech junk out of corporate trash bins, repairing it and selling the second-hand goods to customers worldwide on sites like eBay (nasdaq: EBAY - news - people ) and Craigslist."

Dating Web Site Matches Mentally Ill Singles

Dating Web Site Matches Mentally Ill Singles: "Lynne had someone to spend Christmas and New Year's with this year. And that's unusual.

'It's been a long time since I've been with anybody for the holidays,' the 50-year-old Albuquerque native said recently. 'That was different.'

Many people find dating stressful. But, for Lynne, who was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and other mental disorders at 19, dating invariably ends in disaster.

But about a month ago, Lynne began seeing a 53-year-old man she met through a dating Web site designed specifically for people with mental illness.

The site — — was launched last year by an Albuquerque social worker to help people like Lynne find healthy relationships."

Why Carolina Owns College Hoops

Why Carolina Owns College Hoops - "There are 343 colleges playing Division I basketball. They're spread all over the map -- 24 in California, 13 in Louisiana, at least one in every state save Alaska. And yet, three of the very best hail from the same narrow strip of North Carolina tobacco country.

Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest, which are all currently ranked in the nation's top seven, are located in Durham, Chapel Hill and Winston-Salem, respectively. Their campuses are so close together that a determined person could visit them all in a single day -- by bicycle."

Waterproof Sand Could Green the Deserts

Waterproof Sand Could Green the Deserts: "By simply laying down a 10-centimetre blanket of DIME Hydrophobic Materials sand beneath typical desert topsoils, the new super sand stops water below the roots level of the plants and maintains a water table, giving greenery a constant water supply. 3000 tons/day is already being produced. 1 ton of silicate coated sand would probably be good for 10 square meters. 4 days of production to cover one square kilometer. More factories will be needed made to scale this up to address the water crisis in the Middle East, Africa, India and China."

Public Conned by Fake Parking Tickets

Public Conned by Fake Parking Tickets: "Criminally minded 'hackers' have managed to con residents of Grand Forks, North Dakota, into infecting their own computers with malware - using a fake parking ticket scam.

This attack is believed to be the first 'real world' scam successfully orchestrated by hackers, although experts predict that it is unlikely to be the last."

3G Tower In Your Home

3G Tower In Your Home: "AT&T recently announced their first iteration of a Femtocell. For those of you unfamiliar with this term, it is basically a cell tower in your living room. So if you are tired of standing in the corner of the bathroom to make a call, or have a sore arm from walking around like you have the Power of Greyskull in your hand, you might want to check this out. When I visited the site again for some additional information it was set to “Maintenance In Progress”. Hopefully this means they are getting ready to release some additional details and pricing information."

After lights, sirens on I-94, lots of questions

After lights, sirens on I-94, lots of questions: "A state trooper rammed a Hudson, Wis., man's van on New Year's Eve and arrested him for fleeing a traffic stop because he did not quickly pull over. The driver, who had his kids along, says he was looking for a safe place to stop."

True Crimes, False Confessions

True Crimes, False Confessions: Scientific American: "In 1989 a female jogger was beaten senseless, raped and left for dead in New York City's Central Park. Her skull had multiple fractures, her eye socket was crushed, and she lost three quarters of her blood. She survived, but she cannot remember anything about the incident. Within 48 hours of the attack, solely on the basis of confessions obtained by police, five African- and Hispanic-American boys, 14 to 16 years old, were arrested. The crime scene had shown a horrific act but carried no physical traces at all of the defendants. Yet it was easy to understand why detectives, under the glare of a national media spotlight, aggressively interrogated the teenagers, at least some of whom were 'wilding' in the park that night"

Thursday, February 5, 2009

George Carlin: The Long Goodbye

George Carlin: The Long Goodbye: "For all the encomiums that followed his passing last June, of a heart attack at age 71, what has been conveniently missed is the fact that, for the past few years of his life, the entertainment world didn't pay much attention to George Carlin. Unlike his great contemporary Richard Pryor — whose slow decline from multiple sclerosis prompted years of tributes and early eulogies, before his death in December 2005 — Carlin had the bad form to keep working to the very end, maintaining a nearly full schedule of concert appearances, drawing crowds of devoted (mostly baby-boomer) fans, continuing to come up with edgy, often reckless, occasionally brilliant material. Other stand-up stars, like Pryor or Jerry Seinfeld, didn't win their greatest acclaim until they graduated to movies or TV series; Carlin remained, resolutely, 'just' a stand-up comedian — one, moreover, whose long hair and hipster attitude came to seem increasingly dated. (Read TIME's 2004 '10 Questions For George Carlin'.)"

In games, brains work differently when playing vs. a human

In games, brains work differently when playing vs. a human - Ars Technica: "esearchers use functional MRI imaging to track brain activity as subjects play a simple game against a computer, and find that some areas of the brain become more active when told that their opponent is human, an effect that's more pronounced in males."

Air traffic tapes of Hudson plane crash released

Air traffic tapes of Hudson plane crash released: "Minutes after he reported hitting birds and losing power in both engines, the pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 calmly told an air traffic controller the plane would ditch into the Hudson River.

'We can't do it,' pilot Chesley B. 'Sully' Sullenberger said at 3:29 p.m. on January 15, in response to efforts to land the plane at New Jersey's Teterboro airport, according to a recording released Thursday by the Federal Aviation Administration.

'We're gonna be in the Hudson,' Sullenberger said, about three and a half minutes after the Airbus A320 took off from New York's LaGuardia Airport.

'I'm sorry, say again,' said the controller, from New York Tracon, a radar facility on Long Island that handles flights after they depart from LaGuardia or Teterboro airports.. Listen to pilot talk to controllers"

What is Grimace?

What is Grimace?: "The question is pretty short and to the point. What exactly is Grimace, the McDonald’s character? I mean Ronald McDonald is a clown, that’s pretty clear. And the majority of the remaining McDonald’s characters seem to have at least a passing resemblance or relation to McDonald’s food. The Hamburglar is a thief that steals hamburgers. Birdie is a giant bird. Not sure if she produces the eggs for Egg McMuffins or has some relation to Chicken McNuggets, but she’s pretty clearly a bird. Mayor McCheese has an enormous cheeseburger for a head. The Fry Guys look like a wad of French fries. Well, really they look like pom-pons, but at least the have some relationship to french fries, its in their name. Grimace? I guess he likes shakes. Or are they called partially gelatinated non-dairy gum-based beverages?

But what is he?"

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Brief History of Stop-Motion Animation

A Brief History of Stop-Motion Animation: "Neil Gaiman’s Coraline opens this weekend, and it’s directed by Henry Selick, one of the few modern masters of stop-motion animation. Although he was trained as a traditional animator, he really came to fame with stop-motion, having directed The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Monkeybone. In the day and age of everything being whipped up in CGI, it’s really a testament to see people work in a medium that requires hours of tedious work on films that can take an extremely long time to produce. Which is why the Sundance opening night film Mary & Max was such a treat."

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sausage Marketing

Sausage Marketing

9 Strange but True Medical Practices

9 Strange but True Medical Practices:
Some of these techniques are almost too bizarre to believe.

"Have you ever considered the fact that you were ill because there was too much blood in your body? How about curing yourself by drilling a hole in your skull to let evil spirits out? These questions may sound far-fetched to you, but there are those who believed--and, though far fewer--who still believe in these causes and treatments for certain health conditions.

Medicine has come a long way over the years, but some things have not changed. Here are nine strange but true medical practices that will leave you shocked, especially when you learn that many of them are still in use today."

Squirrel Rescue

Squirrel Rescue: "The most dangerous place in the world is between a mother and her child."

Students call space station with home-built radio

Students call space station with home-built radio: "Four Toronto college students have accomplished a technological feat that their teachers are calling a first.

The Humber College seniors made contact with the International Space Station Monday with a radio system they designed and built themselves.

School officials say that, to their knowledge, that's never been accomplished by students at the college level.

The project got off the ground about a year ago as the students looked for a way to apply knowledge gained from their radio communication courses."

10 things your great grandchildren won’t remember

10 things your great grandchildren won’t remember: "hings change, things come and go just when you’re getting used to them. People find better ways of doing things and other people screw things up royally and things that you learn to love soon just make you look old. So to make you feel old and to remind you of your mortality, we’ve put together a list of 10 things you may be familiar with now, but when your great grandchildren are growing up, they’ll be all like “lol what, people used to sit in front of computers when they worked?”"

Monday, February 2, 2009

Charts: Square Feet Per Person

Charts: 3 - Boing Boing

Sometimes 100 Cents Feels Like It's Worth More Than A Dollar

Sometimes 100 Cents Feels Like It's Worth More Than A Dollar: "We all know that $1 is equal to 100 cents. But a new study suggests that, in some situations, people may behave as if 100 cents actually has more value."

Portrait of An Aging Nation

Running on empty: the pros and cons of fasting

Running on empty: the pros and cons of fasting - Los Angeles Times: "Something about the way Americans eat isn't working -- and hasn't been for a long time.

The number of obese Americans is now greater than the number who are merely overweight, according to government figures released last month. It's as if once we taste food, we can't stop until we've gorged ourselves.

Taking that inclination into account, some people are adopting an unusual solution to overeating. Rather than battling temptation in grocery stores, restaurants and their own kitchens, they simply don't eat. At least not at certain times of the day or specific days of the week."

Mario is a Menace

The 15 Coolest Cases of Biomimicry

The 15 Coolest Cases of Biomimicry: "Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are laboring in vain. - Leonardo Da Vinci

Biomimicry - The practice of developing sustainable human technologies inspired by nature. Sometimes called Biomimetics or Bionics, it's basically biologically inspired engineering."

The suspect you'd least suspect

Distribution of Blood Types

Modern Human Variation: Distribution of Blood Types: "Blood provides an ideal opportunity for the study of human variation without cultural prejudice. It can be easily classified for many different genetically inherited blood typing systems. Also significant is the fact that we rarely take blood types into consideration in selecting mates. In addition, few people know their own type today and no one did a century ago. As a result, differences in blood type frequencies around the world are most likely due to other factors than social discrimination."

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Tricycle Jump

null - Watch more free videos

Baby Born In Bay Area With 12 Functioning Fingers, 12 Toes

Baby Born In Bay Area With 12 Functioning Fingers, 12 Toes : "A Daly City couple is beaming after becoming the proud parents of a healthy but incredibly rare baby boy this month.

Baby Kamani Hubbard has six-fully formed and functional fingers and toes on his hands and feet. It's called “polydactyly” -- extra digits -- not an uncommon genetic trait, but Bay Area doctors say they've never seen a case so remarkable.

Born at San Francisco's Saint Luke's Hospital three weeks ago, Hubbarb seemed so perfect at birth no one noticed."

Japanese Human Art

Japanese Human Art - Why Is My Girlfriend Mad?: "Ah, those creative Japanese people."

How money is counted in different countries

Flip cash video: "How money is counted in different countries."

Extinct ibex is resurrected by cloning

Extinct ibex is resurrected by cloning - Telegraph: "The Pyrenean ibex, a form of wild mountain goat, was officially declared extinct in 2000 when the last-known animal of its kind was found dead in northern Spain.

Shortly before its death, scientists preserved skin samples of the goat, a subspecies of the Spanish ibex that live in mountain ranges across the country, in liquid nitrogen.

Using DNA taken from these skin samples, the scientists were able to replace the genetic material in eggs from domestic goats, to clone a female Pyrenean ibex, or bucardo as they are known. It is the first time an extinct animal has been cloned."