Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Getting the perfect nap

Contains scientific studies on how to be an efficient naper and explains the benefits of how different length of naps will effect your body.

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Monday, December 26, 2005

Our pillows are dangerous for our health

So when was the last time you cleaned your pillows? How long have you been sleeping on oh-so-comfortable head rest? 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?!

A new study out of The University of Manchester explains that pillows are a hot bed of fungal spores Says their report:
Researchers at The University of Manchester funded by the Fungal Research Trust have discovered millions of fungal spores right under our noses - in our pillows.

Aspergillus fumigatus, the species most commonly found in the pillows, is most likely to cause disease; and the resulting condition Aspergillosis has become the leading infectious cause of death in leukaemia and bone marrow transplant patients. Fungi also exacerbate asthma in adults.

The researchers dissected both feather and synthetic samples and identified several thousand spores of fungus per gram of used pillow - more than a million spores per pillow."

I guess its time to make a trip to Target for some new pillows.

[Via ZDNet]

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Mass Dodo Grave Found

Scientists have discovered the "beautifully preserved" bones of about 20 dodos at a dig site in Mauritius.

Little is known about the dodo, a famous flightless bird thought to have become extinct in the 17th century.

No complete skeleton has ever been found in Mauritius, and the last full set of bones was destroyed in a fire at a museum in Oxford, England, in 1755."

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

My right, your left. My right...your right?

So it turns out people don't understand how mirrors work at all. Interesting read:

Dr Marco Bertamini, from the University’s School of Psychology, conducted a number of experiments by covering a mirror on a wall and inviting participants to walk along a line parallel to the mirror.

He asked them to guess the point at which they would be able to see their reflection. Results showed that people believe they can see themselves even before they are level with the near edge of the mirror.

Dr Bertamini said: “People tend not to understand that the location of the viewer matters in terms of what is visible in a mirror. A good example of this is what we call the Venus Effect, which relates to the many famous paintings of the goddess Venus, looking in a small mirror."

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Google Talk Soon To Work with AOL Instant Messenger

Straight from the press release.
Enabling Google Talk and AIM instant messaging users to communicate with each other, provided certain conditions are met"

This is great. Now I can still talk to my friends and not have to use AIM's crappy software.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Judge Upholds Constituion: Resists "Wool Over Eyes" Approach to Law

Intelligent design" cannot be mentioned in biology classes in a Pennsylvania public school district, a federal judge said Tuesday, ruling in one of the biggest courtroom clashes on evolution since the 1925 Scopes trial."

The brilliant Judge had this to say:
It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose behind the ID Policy."

Ha! Not pulling the wool over this guy's eyes. Who are ID proponents kidding? Unknown Intelligent Designer is a PC euphemism for "Judeo-Christian God"

[Via Dvorak Uncensored]

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Friday, December 16, 2005

Serenity out Tuesday

Hey everyone, just an FYI. Serenity, the amazing motion picture follow-up to the (lamented) Joss Whedon television series Firefly, is due out on DVD Tuesday.

The reason I am posting this reminder is that it may very well be the fasted from-theater-to-home transition in the history of popular culture. (Editor's note: that claim is completely unresearched). The movie came out in theater's on September 30th, and a mere 7 weeks later, the film is going to find its way onto my coveted wall of DVDs.

I can't say I'm completely surprised. The underground nature of the film and lack of promotion by Universal lead to less-than-stellar box office numbers. I also wouldn't be surprised if this was planned from the get-go.

John Dvorak, acclaimed technology journalist and loudmouth said this film would have been a perfect test of his Theater/DVD co-release theory. I tend to agree with him. If this DVD had been available at the theater on day one for $20-25, I would have bought it without even thinking. I wouldn't have had to. Owning this film is the proverbial no-brainer of which everyone speaks.

And I still would have gone back to see it a second time with my Dad a week later.

When will movie studios learn?

All I want for Christmas is a Huge Freakin' Lego Attack Cruiser

So this here is an 8-ft Lego Attack Cruiser that is approved for authenticity by none other than the big guy himself, George Lucas.

It is currently up for sale on EBay with a current bid over $30k. No joke. Thirty Thousand Dollars. All of the proceeds will benefit habitat for humanity in support of the Katrina relief effort. So good will come of its sale.

Says the brief write-up at EBay:

Give a gift of galactic proportions this holiday season to your favorite LEGO® Star Wars™ Fan! Own a one-of-a-kind 8-foot LEGO Rebel Attack Cruiser™ model designed by LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi exclusively for display at Star Wars Celebration III, San Diego Comic-Con, LEGOLAND® California and several other national LEGO events* to promote the final episode in the Star Wars saga.

Be sure to check out the auction for more pictures.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Porsche, Bird. Bird, Porsche. Now be friends.

Question: What was the last thing to go through this bird's mind when it hit the windshield of this Porsche that was going 250 km/h?

Answer: His butt.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Gamestop to Customers: Can I get you some anal lube in place of that X360 you ordered?

From digg:

Gamestop has taken pre-orders & deposit money from thousands of customers. Some of these pre-orders were made as early as last summer. They have ignored these obligations. Instead of routing inventory to the stores with pre-orders (all of them!) they have decided to sell their stock of 360 units online in expensive and overpriced bundles."

I was one of the lucky few who pre-ordered the day after XBox 360 MTV special. I sure hope this isn't true because I know some pretty pissed off people who will be even more pissed off. This sounds more like an EBGames tactic.

Wait, didn't Gamestop just buy EB.....

Looks like EB is eating Gamestop from the inside out.

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The Da Vinci Code Trailer

Columbia Pictures has brought online the first full-length trailer for The Da Vinci Code, from director Ron Howard and writer Akiva Goldsman, who last teamed-up on Oscar-winner A Beautiful Mind. You can watch the trailer at Apple in High Definition QuickTime and regular QuickTime formats.

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Halo 2D

And here the greatly awaited day, the release of Halo Zero in its final version!" The 2D adventure boasts a single player with multiple skill types, along with a strong multiplayer mode. Worth a shot from anyone who has a few minutes!"

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Alogrithms Dictionary Online

This is a dictionary of algorithms, algorithmic techniques, data structures, archetypical problems, and related definitions. Algorithms include common functions, such as Ackermann's function."

Finally, an excuse to not have to remember any of this :)
Just kidding of course, I live and breathe this stuff. Counting Sort owns.

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Death by Mountain Dew?

Choose a beverage from a list including mountain dew, bawls, starbucks, and red bull. Then type your weight. Then find out how much of that drink it will take to kill you.

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Monday, December 05, 2005

Amazing Hubble Photographs

Here is an excellent collection of photographs by the hubble telescope. It's hard to grasp how very insignificant we are in the full scope of the galaxy.

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Geeks Gone Wild: Wookieepedia

The Wookieepedia is a growing free online database of everything Star Wars that anyone can edit. An on-going project, the wiki currently has over 7000 articles ranging from cultural icons like Darth Vader, to obscure Expanded Universe knowledge. Read to learn and then contribute your knowledge.

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Paging Dr. McCoy. Are you ready for your close up?

Many of you know how I feel about X3: a sort of reserved anticipation.

I am of the opinion that Beast looks pretty awesome - somewhat of a throwback to the early 90s cartoon series, but unique in its own way. At least it doesn't look like the trash that is circulating Marvel comics currently.

And I can't tell you how much I like Kelsey Grammer in the part. I can't wait to see what he can pull off.

Check out the USA Today article below for some more pictures - including a shot of Angel spread eagle. No, not like that. You pervert.

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Google Calendar expected 12/6

And the hits just keep on coming.

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Sunday, December 04, 2005

History's Youngest Mother

In 1939, a man from a small village in the Andes mountains carried his five-year-old daughter Lina into a hospital in the town of Pisco, Peru. He indicated to the doctors there that the shamans in his village had been unable to cure the large tumor that was developing in her abdomen. Upon examination, the doctors learned that the swelling was not actually a tumor."

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Atari's Founder Slams Sony, Praises Nintendo

The 3D controller that Nintendo is onto is a very good idea. If you look at today’s [Sony] controller with triangles, Xs, squares and circles, it’s scary. It’s like a keyboard. People are interface phobic.”

Amen Mr. Bushnell, Amen.

Not to mention that they flooded the market with crappy games for the last 10 years, breeding an entire generation of "gamers" who can't find good gameplay with two hands and a flashlight.

Don't even get me started on the Playstaion controllers, at this point it is not even worth my time.

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Friday, December 02, 2005

PETA tells kids to hide their pets from Daddy.

PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (its hard to even write that without laughing) - has just discovered that fish can "feel pain," and have therefore knighted fishing fathers of America as their new bait. To combat this they have created a lovely comic book for children dipicting how their evil fathers will be soon coming after their "puppies" and "kitties" too. Quoth the article:

Imagine that a man dangles a piece of candy in front of you. ... As you grab the candy, a huge metal hook stabs through your hand and you’re ripped off the ground. You fight to get away, but it doesn’t do any good... That would be an awful trick to play on someone, wouldn’t it?”

If there is one organization on this planet that I hate more than PETA, I do not know of it. But, on the bright side, if you are ever hard up for some hipocrisy and lies (and church is closed), check out what they've got their hands in. It is rediculous.

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Can anyone explain to me the problem with a ".xxx" domain suffix? I really don't get what all the backlash is about. If this were instituted, there would be a virtual "Red Light District" online -- in one place and easily monitored. Protecting children from porn sites would be a trivial endeavour. That way little Johnny won't go to in search of help on the latest Nintendo title, only to find a lesbian spank inferno.

The absolute only problem I can see is that these people don't want to allow this because it would be -- in some holy mystical bass-ackwards sense -- sanctioning porn on the internet. As if acknowledging it and giving its own little home in which to play freely is giving an endorsement of sorts. Or perhaps they don't want to believe it exists. Who knows. It's like when Catholic Colleges don't provide condoms in the health center because 'sex doesn't happen on campus.' How institutions can be so naive I don't know.

I do know one thing. There is porn on the internet, and it isn't going away anytime soon. Way to go ICANN!

It is only Brazil and the US administration that remain opposed to the domain.

More likely is that the US government intervened but is desperate to avoid being seen to do so because of the ongoing Internet governance conflict, where the US government retains unilateral control of the Internet but claims never to use apply it."

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Gmail AntiVirus Is Here

One more reason to start using Gmail.

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RIAA Sues Woman Who Has No Computer For Sharing Music

This is getting a bit out of hand.

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A Serenity Sequel?

FilmForce has heard that, although it was very disappointed in the poor boxoffice showing for Serenity, Universal may not have retired Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his renegade crew just yet.

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