Saturday, March 28, 2009

Invisible Shrimp

Volunteers flock to space experiment

Volunteers flock to space experiment: "How about the following: locking yourself inside a small metal container for three months without any communication with the outside world, with electronic monitors attached to various parts of your body and with frozen baby food and cereal bars for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

To add to the fun you'll have five companions who will do everything possible to stop you trying to escape before the three months are up."

The Best of Hubble’s Shots

The Best of Hubble’s Shots: "The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space telescope that was carried into orbit by the Space Shuttle Discovery in April 1990. It is named after the American astronomer Edwin Hubble. Although not the first space telescope, the Hubble is one of the largest and most versatile, and is well-known as both a vital research tool and a public relations boon for astronomy. The HST is a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency, and is one of NASA’s Great Observatories, along with the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope."

The Dashuhua

Farmers from the town of Nuanquan, China put on an hour long performance called the Dashuhua. It involves breaking down pots and scrap iron by melting them in a furnace and throwing them at a wall...

Things You Never Knew had Names

Cakeround: Things You Never Knew had Names
1. AGLET - The plain or ornamental covering on the end of a shoelace.
2. ARMSAYE - The armhole in clothing.
3. CHANKING - Spat-out food, such as rinds or pits.
4. COLUMELLA NASI - The bottom part of the nose between the nostrils.
5. DRAGÉES - Small beadlike pieces of candy, usually silver-coloured, used for decorating cookies, cakes and sundaes.
6. FEAT - A dangling curl of hair.
7. FERRULE - The metal band on a pencil that holds the eraser in place.
8. HARP - The small metal hoop that supports a lampshade.
9. HEMIDEMISEMIQUAVER - A 64th note. (A 32nd is a demisemiquaver, and a 16th note is a semiquaver.)
10. JARNS,
13. and QUIMP - Various squiggles used to denote cussing in comic books.
14. KEEPER - The loop on a belt that keeps the end in place after it has passed through the buckle.
15. KICK or PUNT - The indentation at the bottom of some wine bottles. It gives added strength to the bottle but lessens its holding capacity.
16. LIRIPIPE - The long tail on a graduate's academic hood.
17. MINIMUS - The little finger or toe.
18. NEF - An ornamental stand in the shape of a ship.
19. OBDORMITION - The numbness caused by pressure on a nerve; when a limb is 'asleep'.
20. OCTOTHORPE - The symbol '#' on a telephone handset. Bell Labs' engineer Don Macpherson created the word in the 1960s by combining octo-, as in eight, with the name of one of his favourite athletes, 1912 Olympic decathlon champion Jim Thorpe.
21. OPHRYON - The space between the eyebrows on a line with the top of the eye sockets.
22. PEEN - The end of a hammer head opposite the striking face.
23. PHOSPHENES - The lights you see when you close your eyes hard. Technically the luminous impressions are due to the excitation of the retina caused by pressure on the eyeball.
24. PURLICUE - The space between the thumb and extended forefinger.
25. RASCETA - Creases on the inside of the wrist.
26. ROWEL - The revolving star on the back of a cowboy's spurs.
27. SADDLE - The rounded part on the top of a matchbook.
28. SCROOP - The rustle of silk.
29. SNORKEL BOX - A mailbox with a protruding receiver to allow people to deposit mail without leaving their cars.
30. SPRAINTS - Otter dung.
31. TANG - The projecting prong on a tool or instrument.
32. WAMBLE - Stomach rumbling.
33. ZARF - A holder for a handleless coffee cup.

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Artist cuts LPs like pies, makes edgy music

Artist cuts LPs like pies, makes edgy music: "I play records, Christian Marclay plays with records. They're not the same thing.

He cuts up LPs and glues together slices from different records. He'll mix rock and big band jazz together in alternating slices. The effect can be mesmerizing.

Marclay's interested in the sounds people don't want. Every crack in the record becomes part of the rhythm, the skips, groove roar, static, speeding up, slowing down, wow and flutter are all acceptable to Marclay. He uses his records' fragility, purposely messes with the grooves and puts adhesive tape on them. He brings the recorded music to life, making new, unheard music out of old recordings."

Absolutely Incredible Art made with Old Cassette Tapes

Absolutely Incredible Art made with Old Cassette Tapes: "I’ve got 2 large boxes completely full of old cassette tapes (remember those?) in my closet. There are probably over 400 tapes sitting there, degrading, losing their magnetic information, slowly dissolving into silence, or perhaps more correctly, white noise.

Will I ever listen to any of these again? Probably not. Heck, I don’t even own a tape player. Even if I did want to listen to any of them one day, I’m sure I’d be considerably dissapointed in the sound quality (if there was any music still on them at all), after having been spoiled with cd’s for so long."

Friday, March 27, 2009

True Love Waits

"What kind of yard never needs mowing?"

"What kind of yard never needs mowing?": "In 1965, the Houston Astrodome opened as a state-of -the-art temple of sport. The huge dome atop the facility was made of glass plating to let in natural light, but remained closed to protect fans and players against the Texas summer heat. However, a problem quickly became evident: The glass would beam sunlight directly into the corneas of fielders trying to track fly balls. Sunglasses provided little to no defense."

Facebook is Your Father's (and Mother's) Social Network

Facebook is Your Father's (and Mother's) Social Network: "Facebook (and other social networks) has been skewing older for a while, but the trend has been 'massive' in the past six months, according to In the past two months alone the number of new members over 35 has doubled. Marketers take note: the median age is now over 25, and the largest single group 35 to 44.

Women over 55 remain the fastest growing group, and growth among the teen and college-age set has been relatively paltry. In absolute numbers there are now even slightly more members between the ages of 45 and 65 than there are 13-to 17-year-olds."

Microsoft to attack Mac pricing in new series of TV ads

Microsoft to attack Mac pricing in new series of TV ads: "After running through a series of ad campaigns designed to make Windows look cool, then victimized, then simply inescapably ubiquitous, Microsoft is now hoping to attack Apple in new ads that portray Macs as unaffordable compared to generic PCs.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Microsoft hired Crispin Porter Bogusky, the ad agency behind the campaign pairing Bill Gates with Jerry Seinfeld, to recruit 'unwitting subjects by posing as a market research firm studying laptop purchasing decisions.'

Participants found on Craigslist were given between $700 to $2,000 to buy a computer fitting certain criteria, and were told they could keep the computer they selected."
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Lebron's Incredible Shot

Naked man shot by police; 2 troopers hurt

Naked man shot by police; 2 troopers hurt: "A 35-year-old Newport man faces felony assault was charged with felony assault this afternoon in the aftermath of a police shooting east of town that left him wounded and two state troopers injured.

Fabian Silvestre, of Bennett Court, was admitted to Christiana Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the right shoulder following the 2:45 a.m. altercation."

20 Movies That Destroy New York

20 Movies That Destroy New York - "Nicolas Cage's new movie Knowing is once again putting a fictional New York in the path of destruction. Check out our review here. Being one of the most iconic cities in the world means that Manhattan is ripe for filmmakers looking to make a visceral impact. After all, what could be more gasp-inducing than torching the Empire State Building? Or flooding Grand Central Station? Or stomping all over the Brooklyn Bridge? New York has always been a prime target for disaster, and even after real disasters have toppled some of its towers, filmmakers still can't stay away."

Tesla Model S Sedan Concept: First Official Pictures

Tesla Model S Sedan Concept: First Official Pictures

Thursday, March 26, 2009

What Can $150k Buy in Real Estate Around the World?

What Can $150k Buy in Real Estate Around the World?: "With the global credit crunch spiraling into an economic crisis, here’s what $150k can buy you right now around the world." Click for more

Letter shock for grieving parents

Letter shock for grieving parents: "THE parents of a girl who died suddenly two months ago have been sent a letter from her school demanding she improves her attendance.

Signed by the deputy headmaster, the letter threatened to ban Megan Gillan from the end of year prom.


Her parents Mark and Margaret said they were `floored' by the letter from Macclesfield High. Megan, 15, was found dead in her bedroom on January 19 at the family home at Flying Fields Drive, in the town. The letter - dated March 16 - said `students must have at least 92 per cent attendance and Megan's is currently 60.4pc'."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

56 Quick Health Secrets for Men

Dr. Oz Health Tips - Esquire: "If you had one of the world’s foremost medical experts cornered at a party, what would you ask him? Probably one of these questions."


for that untidy, unkempt, undone look that women love

The typical well-groomed segment of society has no idea how long it can take to achieve the perfect bed-head look. It’s not as easy as it looks...until now! One swipe of The Uncomb and you’re good to go. Each Uncomb is packed in a peggable, reusable plastic pouch for safekeeping."

Monday, March 23, 2009

David Letterman marries longtime girlfriend

David Letterman marries longtime girlfriend: "David Letterman said he and longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko had a bumpy trip to matrimony last week.

During a taping Monday of CBS' 'Late Show,' Letterman said he and Lasko married March 19 at the Teton County Courthouse in Choteau, Mont., but only after their truck got stuck on a muddy road.

Letterman and Lasko, whose son, Harry, was born in November 2003, didn't take an immediate honeymoon. The late-night host was back at work in New York on Monday to deliver the news — and a few jokes about the marriage.

'Regina and I began dating in February of 1986, and I said, `Well, things are going pretty good, let's just see what happens in about 10 years,'' Letterman, who turns 62 next month, said at the taping, according to a transcript."

50 Stunning Examples Of Architecture Photography

Architectural photography can be broadly considered to encompass views of the exteriors and interiors of domestic, commercial, religious, institutional, and engineering structures, as well as records of the evolution of towns and cities.

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What Your Favorite Movies Were Almost Called

What Your Favorite Movies Were Almost Called: "Naming a film is not a task taken lightly, especially when many millions of production dollars are involved. See what some of your favorite films were almost called, and ask yourself if you would’ve hired a babysitter and paid for popcorn had cooler heads not prevailed."

How to lose your job in 140 characters or less

How to lose your job in 140 characters or less : "Via the Thinkhammer blog and the I’m Not Really A Geek blog, this great little cautionary tale / wake-up call for people who don’t quite grasp that EVERYTHING they post on the internet is 100% public.

If you aren’t familiar with this story yet, let me set it up for you:"

Samsung's NC310 netbook with claimed 11-hour battery

Samsung's NC310 netbook with claimed 11-hour battery: "Oh look, a 'new' netbook. New on the outside anyway. Within, Samsung's NC310 offers the typical 1GB of memory, 10.1-inch LCD, 160GB disk, 5-hour battery, 802.11b/g WiFi, 1.3-megapixel camera, HSDPA data, and WiBRO (mobile WiMAX) too if you live in SoKo. A claimed 11-hour enhanced battery is certainly intriguing and perhaps Sammy's got a surprise or two in store with the unannounced processor, graphics, and price when the NC310 goes global 'pretty soon,' according to Akihabara News."

Laser Tag

Theodore Watson - Laser Tag: "During a cold week in February, armed with several high power lasers, two hardcore projectors and a camper van, the Graffiti Research Lab and I went about turning the back of a large office building in Rotterdam into a massive laser-tagable space. Writers from all over Europe came down to have a go at writing their tags 140 feet high. Kids, old people and random members of the public all enjoyed being able to write messages on a building which could be seen across the whole city."

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Women talk three times as much as men, says study

Women talk three times as much as men, says study | Mail Online: "It is something one half of the population has long suspected - and the other half always vocally denied. Women really do talk more than men.

In fact, women talk almost three times as much as men, with the average woman chalking up 20,000 words in a day - 13,000 more than the average man."

Tour of Chernobyl

Tour of Chernobyl