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February 29, 2008

Antikythera unravelled

Here's an article in the UK's Guardian about the Antikythera device.

A 2,000-year-old mechanical computer salvaged from a Roman shipwreck has astounded scientists who have finally unravelled the secrets of how the sophisticated device works.
A reconstruction of the Antikythera mechanism.
Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty

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Lose the cat

The header at garfield minus garfield reads...

Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolor disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against lonliness and methamphetamine addiction in a quiet American suburb.

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Windows music

This clip is composed of sounds edited from Windows XP and 98 system sound files. It's pretty clever, I think.

And this one is by Jim Owen, a pianist and composer who works for Microsoft. He writes at his site, "Using the default start-up, shut-down and various other sounds from Microsoft Windows XP, I put together this piano piece."

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A little sole

A man takes his shoes to the shoe repair shop and tells the cobbler, "I'd like to have these soled."

The cobbler looks at the man and asks, "What does this look like - a second-hand store? Sell them yourself!"

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February 28, 2008

Bassett Beatbox

Check out this Flash clip.


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How the fight started

I rear-ended a car this morning. So there we were alongside the road and slowly the other driver got out of his car.

You know how sometimes you just get sooo stressed and like stuff seems to get funny? Yeah, well, I could not believe it when he got out. He was a dwarf!

He stormed over to my car, looked up at me and said, "I am not happy!"

So I looked down at him and I asked, "Well, which one are you then?"

And that's how the fight started.

H.T. Bill

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¿Puedes leer ésto?

A funny sign in Buenos Aires, posted at TripTouch by Dan Harris.


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He should have baked a cake

Or maybe he did and this report doesn't mention it.

Mental Facility Employee Charged With Bringing Saw To Work

POSTED: 8:29 am EST February 28, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A former employee at a Panhandle mental hospital has been charged with attempting to sneak a hacksaw blade into the facility.

Donald Ray Moore was was charged with introducing contraband into a secured facility and booked Wednesday at Gadsden County Jail. He was later released on $5,000 bond.

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February 27, 2008

OCD strikes again

Microwave madness at PassiveAggressiveNotes.com.


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Bad assumption

This one is alleged to come from Oz.

Charlie walks into his bedroom with a sheep under his arm and says, "Darling, this is the pig I have sex with when you have a headache."

His wife is lying in bed and replies, "I think you'll find that's a sheep, you idiot."

"And I think you'll find that I wasn't talking to you."

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When can we get the silver jumpsuits?

Here's an interesting retro-future clip that reminds me of The Jetsons. It's...

An excerpt from the 1958 "Disneyland" TV Show episode entitled "Magic Highway USA". In this last part of the show, an exploration into possible future Transportation technologies is made.

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Funny analogies

Here's a collection of the 25 Funniest Analogies (Collected by High School English Teachers). It was one of those circulating e-mails that Judy Rose posted on her blog.

Here's my pick:

It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.

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February 26, 2008

McClane for President

Yippie-ki-yay, America.



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I want to file all day

Monster.com's first television commercial (1999).

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Amazing Ascii Art

If you remember the days of bulletin board systems, you may like this animated page. Who needs Flash or animated GIFs?


But the most surprising thing to me is how it's built: check out the source too.

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He's so cheap

You can recognize him in any restaurant.

He's always sitting with his back to the check.

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February 25, 2008

Science Fair projects

A collection of 41 funny science fair projects.


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Set a cam to catch a cam

UCF Officials Hoping Surveillance Video Will Help Catch Videotaping Voyeur

POSTED: 7:52 am EST February 25, 2008

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- UCF officials are using surveillance video to try and catch a voyeur who is videotaping women on campus. The problem first surfaced when the suspect started posting the videos on-line.

UCF students were outraged that unsuspecting women are being targeted.

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ZENN car

Here's a clip from a Candian news show about a Canadian-made electric vehicle called the ZENN.

"You go shopping, you go drop the kids off at school, you go buy some beer." Sounds like a plan.

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In fond memory

When Sam died, his will provided $30,000 for an elaborate funeral. And his wife followed his wishes.

As the last guests departed the affair, his wife Sarah turned to her oldest and dearest friend. "Well, I'm sure Sam would be pleased," she said.

"I'm sure you're right," replied Jody, who lowered her voice and leaned in close. "How much did this really cost?"

"All of it," said Sarah. "The whole thirty thousand."

"No!" Jody exclaimed. "I mean, it was very nice... but $30,000?"

"The funeral was $6,500," Sarah answered. "I donated $500 to the synagogue. The whiskey, wine and snacks were another $500. The rest went for the memorial stone."

Jody did some quick figuring. "$22,500 for a memorial stone? My God, how big is it?"

"Two and a half carats."

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February 22, 2008

Not the owl and the pussycat

Carol sends a shot of clear quill, 200 proof cute: seven images of a kitten and a parakeet.








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CodeWritinFool sends a link to this puzzle and says, "No cheating!"

This one will keep you occupied for a spell.

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Puppy v Robot

Do you have puppies in your house?

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Two old guys, one 70 and the other 77, met at their usual park bench one morning. The 77-year-old had just finished his morning jog and wasn't even short of breath.

The 70-year-old was amazed at his friend's stamina and asked him what he did to have so much energy. The 77-year-old said "Well, I eat rye bread every day. It keeps your energy level high and you have great stamina with the ladies."

So on the way home, the 70- year-old stops at the bakery. As he was looking around, the lady asked if he needed any help. So he asked her, "Do you have any rye bread?"

"Yes, there"s a whole shelf of it. Would you like some?"

"I want 5 loaves, please."

"My goodness! 5 loaves? By the time you get to the 5th loaf, it'll be hard."

"I can"t believe this!" the man said. "Everybody in the world knows about this sh*t but me."

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February 21, 2008


This is a news clip about how they clean glasses in three hotels near Atlanta, Georgia.

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Green energy

I think I'll choose to believe this story too. It's too good not to be true.

Spending fever has reached all walks of South African life. Here's a fellow who lives in a squatter camp beyond Somerset West in Western Cape who now wants a television set – a new one, mind, not that second-hand thing in the pawn-shop window – so he buys one from the High Street furniture retailer.

But he's back next day, saying the things keeps switching off just at the crucial moment. The shop checks it out and can find nothing wrong, but soon enough he's back with the same complaint.

This time the shop sends out a technician to pop round to see what the problem is. When the technician gets there, he discovers our guy's shack draws its electricity from a nearby traffic light, and that the TV only works when the light is green.


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Here's a nice collection of monasteries around the world.


This one, in Tibet, reminds me of Clarke's The Nine Billion Names of God.

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The good and the bad

After the flood, Noah brought his ark to rest on Mount Ararat. The animals started debarking: two elephants walked off, then two lions, and then two camels. Next, four gnus came down the gangplank.

Noah's wife was watching and she asked him, "I thought you brought only two of each animal?"

"Well, you see," explained Noah, "first there's the good gnus and then there's the bad gnus."

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February 20, 2008

Weird Theme Parks

Eight weird theme parks around the world, like this one.

“Josef Stalin” and “amusement” aren’t two words you normally associate with each other; but amusing or not, Lithuania’s Grutas Park recreates life under the reign of the Man of Steel.

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Doughnut flasher

This reminded me of the joke about the most popular man at the nudist colony.

Flasher Terrorizing Lake Mary Dunkin Donuts Employees

POSTED: 5:01 pm EST February 19, 2008

LAKE MARY, Fla. -- A customer with a love for coffee is terrorizing a Lake Mary Dunkin Donuts. He's gone through the drive-thru on Lake Mary Boulevard four times and each time he flashed employees and then drove off.

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Musical crystal

This guy plays a set of partially-filled crystal goblets just like he knows what he's doing. Pretty impressive.

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A man walked into a bar...

A man walked into a bar and ordered, "A bourbon for me and a shot of vodka for my pal." When the drinks arrived, the man swallowed the bourbon and poured the vodka into his coat pocket.

After five rounds, the man became a little rambunctious and the bartender asked him to leave. Slurring his words, the man stood up and said, "I know when I'm not wanted. You can go to hell!"

A little mouse poked his head out of the man's pocket and added, "And that goes for your damned cat too!"

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February 19, 2008

The Jedi Ginsu knife

A very funny parody.

Jedi Ginsu Knife
Uploaded by buzzleclair-leblog

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I think he meant yes

Andrew Lang wrote to inquire of his friend Israel Zangwill whether he planned to attend a certain event.

The reply came back: "If you, Lang, will, I. Zangwill."

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More cool caves

You'll probably like this collection of cave pictures if you liked the National Geographic collection.



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What to do with a spare kidney

Florida Man Hopes To Donate 3rd Kidney
Police Officer Hopes To Help Man With Renal Kidney Failure

POSTED: 5:04 pm EST February 15, 2008

FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- A police officer in Florida hopes his rare medical condition will allow him to help a man facing a long wait for a new kidney, reported West Palm Beach, Fla., TV station WPBF.

Dean Ovshak, a Fort Pierce police officer, has three kidneys. That makes him and Ricky Williams, who suffers from renal kidney failure, potentially a perfect match.

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February 18, 2008

Cat humor

Click the image for a larger view.

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When it counts

A married Irishman went to confession and said to his priest, "I almost had an affair with another woman."

The priest asked, "What do you mean, 'almost'?"

The Irishman said, "Well, we ended up getting undressed and we were rubbing together, but then I stopped before it went any further."

The priest said, "'Rubbing together' is just the same as putting it in. You're not to see that woman again. For your penance, say ten Hail Mary's, ten Our Father's and put $50 in the poor box."

The Irishman left the confessional, said his prayers, and then walked over to the poor box. He paused for a moment and then started to leave. The priest, who was watching, quickly ran over to him saying, "I saw that. You didn't put any money into the poor box!"

The Irishman replied, "Yeah, but I rubbed the $50 on the box and, according to you, that's the same as putting it in!"

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A flying steamroller

This is pretty cool.

Here's an article about it.

It's 48 tons, it's bright yellow and it flies through the air in a circle with a man driving it with his arms crossed. What is it? Well, in fact it's a flying steamroller, now entertaining passers-by outside Chelsea College of Art next to Tate Britain in London.

The 48 ton avian steamroller was dreamed up as a piece of performance art by veteran American performance artist Chris Burden.

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A wager

Two mathematicians were having dinner in a restaurant, arguing about the average mathematical knowledge of the American public. One mathematician claimed that this average was woefully inadequate, the other maintained that it was surprisingly high.

"I'll tell you what," said the cynic, "ask that waitress a simple math question. If she gets it right, I'll pick up dinner. If not, you do." He then excused himself to visit the men's room and the other man called the waitress over.

"When my friend comes back," he told her, "I'm going to ask you a question and I want you to respond `one third x cubed.' There's twenty bucks in it for you." Naturally, she agreed.

The cynic returned from the bathroom and called the waitress over. "The food was wonderful, thank you," the mathematician started. "Incidentally, do you know what the integral of x squared is?"

The waitress looked pensive; almost pained. She looked around the room, at her feet, made mumbling noises and finally said, "Um, one third x cubed?"

So the cynic paid the check. The waitress walked a few paces away, looked back at the two men, and muttered under her breath, "...plus a constant."

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February 16, 2008

The Periodic Table of Rejected Elements

This is an amusing item from The Atlantic online.


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Farewell, Mr. President

The only website where you can post a video saying your personal goodbye to our commander-in-chief!


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February 15, 2008

Prepare to meet thy baker

I went to lunch with a friend today to a new chicken place. We asked how they prepared their chickens.

The answer was, "We just tell them they're going to die."

- Josh Cohen

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A blog for anything

Sure enough, there's a blog all about bad tattoos. (And let's avoid the snarky remarks about redundancy, shall we?)

This is one of the better ones, I thought.



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A sufficiently advanced technology

Carol sends this funny story.

An Amish boy and his father were in a mall for the first time. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver doors that could move apart and then slide back together again.

The boy asked, "What is this Father?" The father (never having seen an elevator) said, "Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don't know what it is."

While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, a fat, old lady in a wheel chair moved up to the moving doors and pressed a button. The doors opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The doors closed and the boy and his father watched the small circular numbers above the doors light up sequentially. They continued to watch until it reached the last number and then the numbers began to light in the reverse order. Finally the doors opened up again and a gorgeous, 24-year-old blonde stepped out.

The father said quietly to his son, "Go get your mother..."

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February 14, 2008

Be Mine

Via Althouse (who says she plans to vote for Obama in the Wisconsin primary), I came across a collection of political valentines. Most were so-so but this one tickled my fancy.


Now, if only one of those little hearts said "Yes We Can" :-,

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More about change

Climate change, that is. Here's some interesting news via Hit & Run about a site I think is long overdue.

Climate Debate Daily is intended to deepen our understanding of disputes over climate change and the human contribution to it. The site links to scientific articles, news stories, economic studies, polemics, historical articles, PR releases, editorials, feature commentaries, and blog entries. The main column on the left includes arguments and evidence generally in support of the IPCC position on the reality of signficant anthropogenic global warming. The right-hand column includes material skeptical of the IPCC position and the notion that anthropogenic global warming represents a genuine threat to humanity.

I noticed that the site has a link to Coyote's A Skeptical Layman's Guide to Anthropogenic Global Warming.

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Doing time with Hamlet

CodeWritinFool sent a link to this video of inmates at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center performing Hamlet. The prison is only 7 miles or so from my house and I drive past it several times a year. But I had no idea the inmates were doing Shakespeare and I'd never heard of the Prison Performing Arts organization.

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Happy Valentine's Day

I don't know what's with all the black humor on this Valentine's Day.

Station Gives Away Valentine's Divorce
'Maybe You Despise Your Spouse'

POSTED: 3:27 pm EST February 13, 2008

A Charleston radio station is observing Valentine's Day with a reminder that Cupid sometimes misses his mark.

WKLC-FM, better known as Rock 105, is giving away a free divorce.

Valentine's Day isn't all hearts and flowers, said WKLC Program Director Jay Nunley. There is a darker side, he said, "where maybe you despise your spouse and resent the entire day."

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February 13, 2008

Valentine's break-up

A little black humor for the day.


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A blonde was driving home from work one day and as she approached her subdivision she noticed smoke billowing above the houses in the direction of her home. When she arrived home she discovered that it was indeed her house that was on fire. She ran to the back and into the kitchen where she called 911 to report the fire. They transferred her to the fire department and when the fireman answered the phone she screamed hysterically that her house was on fire and for them to please come quick.

The fireman said, "Calm down, lady. How do we get to your house?"

She replied "Well, don't you guys still have that big red truck?"

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More cute animal action - VI

One of a large collection of animal pix at Dark Roasted Blend


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February 12, 2008

Maglev chair

A UK designer is about to take the wraps off a unique floating chair/recliner called The Lounger, inspired by the Landspeeder from Star Wars.

[...] the futuristic looking Lounger has taken 5 years to create and allows you to float above the base thanks to the use of repelling magnetic forces in the base and the lounger itself.

We are not talking a few centimetres off the base either but up to 14ins so that you get that whole ‘floating sensation’. That of course depends on how much you weigh. If you’re close to the 266lbs [19 stone] limit then maybe you should drop that to 4ins or less.


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Ancient Japanese proverb

Mary sends this amusing image.


If you can't read Japanese easily, tilt your head to the right.

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Look, Ma, no chute

Travis Pastrana, the motocross guy, skydives without a chute.

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Last of the steam-powered CPUs?

True story: I sold my mainframe on eBay
CIO gets $40,000 auction bid for IBM zSeries system that cost him $500,000 three years ago
By Patrick Thibodeau

January 30, 2008 (Computerworld) An IBM zSeries mainframe that Palm Beach Community College bought for about a half-million dollars in 2005 was sold this month on eBay for $40,000.

Mainframes and other IT systems "depreciate worse than cars," lamented Tony Parziale, CIO at the college in Florida. Parziale has moved some of the school's business applications from the zSeries machine to an Intel-based server that he said could deliver the same level of processing services at a much lower cost.

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February 11, 2008

Great prank

This is called the ultimate cube prank; it's certainly the best one I've seen.

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A pretty bad one

I heard this feghoot from Glenn last Saturday night.

Kermit the Frog goes to a bank and tells the receptionist he needs to talk to a loan officer. The receptionist offers him a chair and calls the loan department.

In a few minutes, a loan officer shows up and introduces herself as Patricia Black. "Pleased to meet you," says Kermit. "I'm Kermit Jagger."

"Jagger?" replied Ms. Black. "I thought you were always called just Kermit the Frog."

"I added the Jagger after Mick adopted me," said Kermit. "We both thought it was a nice touch... But I'm here to talk to you about borrowing $50,000. Do you think you can help me?"

"That depends on the circumstances," said Ms. Black. "You're very well-known, of course, but the bank will still require some type of collateral to secure the loan."

"I've got this," Kermit told her as he handed her a small crystal figurine of Miss Piggy.

"Hmm..." said Ms. Black dubiously. She thought a moment and then told him, "Let me see what the bank president has to say about this."

So she took the figurine with her to the president's office. Once inside, she told the president, "Kermit the Frog wants to borrow $50,000 and offered me this lame little figurine as collateral. Should I tell him to take a hike?"

"Figurine?!" exclaimed the president of the bank. "It's a knick-knack, Patty Black. Give the frog a loan! His old man's a Rolling Stone."

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Hollywood physics

Popular Science has an entertaining slideshow about "...cinema's most mind-boggling moments of scientific inaccuracy—plus a few rare films that manage to get things (mostly) right."



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Anything else you'd like?

Theft Charges Follow Wife's Insurance Claim
Man Accused Of Stealing Antique Slot Machine

POSTED: 2:42 pm EST February 7, 2008

SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- No, your insurance policy probably doesn't cover damage caused while committing a crime.

Police in Sutherlin, Ore., charged a 30-year-old man with stealing an antique slot machine from a home where his wife works as a housekeeper.

According to authorities, the suspect accidentally broke a window in his van while trying to load the stolen slot.

Investigators said the break in the case came when the suspect's wife filed an insurance claim for the broken window.

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February 09, 2008

Weekend Watching IV

Dale Amon writes at Samizdata:

One of our commentariat mentioned 'Bussard Fusion' several times and I did not at first pay much attention. I assumed it was yet another of the long line of ideas which might work out but probably will not. Still, with the name Bussard attached to it, I thought a quick look might be worthwhile.

It was. [...]

If you want to learn more, not only about the physics behind it, but also of yet another way in which the State screws up everything it touches, set aside the next hour and a half and listen to "Should Google Go Nuclear? Clean, cheap, nuclear power (no, really)" presented by Dr. Bussard himself.

For those who have not spent a lifetime watching the world of Physics, Dr. Bussard is one of the elders of the field. He is no outsider and no crank. He is one hell of a serious physics dude.

(A 'serious physics dude' he is indeed. Robert Bussard proposed the Bussard ramjet back in 1960. That idea subsequently appeared in many places, including Larry Niven's Known Space sci-fi tales and Carl Sagan's Cosmos. JdJ)

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Speaking of Known Space, check out this beautiful shot. (The small version below doesn't do it justice.)


As if emerging from a cocoon, space shuttle Atlantis races into the sky on mission STS-122 to the International Space Station. The launch is the third attempt for Atlantis since December 2007 to carry the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory to the International Space Station. During the 11-day mission, the crew's prime objective is to attach the laboratory to the Harmony module, adding to the station's size and capabilities.

Image Credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph, Tony Gray, Robert Murray

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February 08, 2008


National Geographic has a nice slideshow about cave exploration.


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Barstool economics

Bill sends an oldie that's worth a reprise. In his message, it was attributed to David Kamerschen, PhD, at the University of Georgia. When I checked to see if there was such a person, I found Mr. Kamerschen's page at the UGa site. It contained this amusing disclaimer at the top of the page:

Contrary to Internet folklore, Dr. Kamerschen is NOT the author of "Tax Cuts: A Simple Lesson in Economics." Additionally, he does NOT know who wrote it.
But it's a good tale even if it wasn't written by a PhD economist. And particularly timely, given the 'tax rebate' nonsense being debated in DC.

Suppose that every day ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay US federal taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So that's what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement. Until one day the owner threw them a curve. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80."

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes, so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers?

How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?' They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so...

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

"I only got $1 out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,"But he got $10!"

"Yeah, that"s right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It"s unfair that he got ten times more than I!"

"That"s true!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn"t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"

Then the nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn"t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn"t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

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In the "Why settle for less?" sense. From Perry de Havilland at Samizdata (where I lifted the image, too):

Although I am rarely in enthusiastic agreement with Ann Coulter, I agree with her basic premiss [sic] regarding John McCain. Better to have the statist poison introduced by the Hildebeeste or Obrama than a Republican, because if McCain gets into the White House, that is the end of the Republican Party as anyone in the Goldwater or Reagan tradition will abandon them, quite possibly forever. The Republicans will be dead and gawd knows it will be a well deserved death.

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This comes from somewhere in Mississippi, I gather. It appears to be a take-off on the bumper sticker with a similar legend, though this was the first time I'd seen it.


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This collection of 13 time-lapse videos is interesting. The image below comes from one about a balloon race in Reno.


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February 07, 2008

Logo evolution

The Evolution of Tech Companies’ Logos

You’ve seen these tech logos everywhere, but have you ever wondered how they came to be? Did you know that Apple’s original logo was Isaac Newton under an apple tree? Or that Nokia’s original logo was a fish?



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Bird man

This clip is about a guy in Finland who has a winged suit and jet-powered boots. Really.


No guts, no glory. Eh?

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Scott sends a link to a

Translation From PR-Speak to English of Selected Portions of Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang’s Company-Wide Memo Regarding the Microsoft Takeover Bid

along with this comment: "Way too funny. Also very sad."

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Pickle Sickles

Meet Pickle Sickle Bob, mascot for pickle juice frozen treats. Assuming, of course, that you regard frozen pickle juice as a treat...


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Everyone has her own priorities

Deputy: Driver Straps In Beer, Not Toddler
Woman Faces DUI, Other Charges

POSTED: 11:16 am EST February 5, 2008

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A St. Augustine woman pulled over when a deputy saw her run a red light had a case of beer belted in her front seat, but a young child unrestrained in the back, according to the arrest report.

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February 06, 2008


This one is absolutely priceless. It comes from a post about funky messages at Worse Than Failure.


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Headline of the week

Police: Crack Found in Man's Buttocks
Last Edited: Friday, 01 Feb 2008, 8:59 PM EST

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Police searching a downtown home found a man hiding 15 plastic bags of crack cocaine in his buttocks.

Pierre Lynch, 20, of Washington, D.C., was searched after he went to a home on Charles Street Thursday night.

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Mac pron

This is a pretty cute clip - and SFW too.


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All your mail are belong to us

From the NYT's Opinionator page.

Should the F.B.I. Be Free to Read Your Email?

By Chris Suellentrop
Tags: Crime, Technology

A Los Angeles Times editorial condemns an effort by the Justice Department “to convince a panel of federal judges that the F.B.I. should be free to read your email without obtaining a warrant.” The editorial explains:

It’s not all your e-mail — only messages left on a Web-based system such as Hotmail or on your Internet service provider’s computers. A 1986 law forbids the interception and disclosure of e-mail and other online transmissions without a warrant. But there is an exception. If the messages are more than 180 days old, they can be obtained merely with a subpoena or a court order, which investigators can obtain more easily than a warrant.

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February 05, 2008

All-wheel drive, four-wheel steering

At last, someone found a good use for Chrysler K-cars. This is from the Red Green Show, the same guy who did the power window hack.

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Men's friends

Carol sends this funny description of the difference between a woman's friends and a man's friends.

Friendship between Women

A woman didn't come home one night. The next morning she told her husband that she had slept over at a friend's house. The man called his wife's 10 best friends. None of them knew anything about it.

Friendship between Men

A man didn't come home one night. The next morning he told his wife that he had slept over at a friend's house. The woman called her husband's 10 best friends. Eight of them confirmed that he had slept over; the other two told her he was still there.

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Ice sculpture

Some really impressive ice and snow sculptures.


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Blind Acupuncturist Takes 2nd Stab At License
First Application Rejected Last Year Over Blindness

POSTED: 1:15 pm EST February 1, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas -- A blind student of acupuncture is making a second request for a license to practice in Texas.

That's after Juliana Cumbo's first application was rejected last year because of her blindness.

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February 04, 2008

Rail gun

From Popular Mechanics.

Demonstrating the power of an extreme machine that PM got an exclusive first look at last year, engineers fired a seven-pound slug from an electromagnetic railgun at a record power level of 10 megajoules (check out video below). That kind of muzzle energy should be enough to pulverize land and sea targets at long ranges.

10 MJ is 2.78 kiloWatt hours; that's the energy the typical US household uses in 2 ¼ hours, on average.

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Mastering pizza

What did the Yogi say when he walked into the pizza parlor?

"Make me one with everything."

When the Yogi got the pizza, he gave the proprietor a $20 bill. The proprietor pocketed the bill.

The Yogi asked, "Don't I get change?"

"Change must come from within," said the proprietor.


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Steam powered motorcycle

In 1884, Arizona engineer Lucius Day Copeland combined a highwheeled bicycle driven by levers, with a small steam engine, with the result being a steam powered motorcycle.

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Flying those friendly skies

Probe launched after air stewardess performs topless mid-air striptease for the captain
Last updated at 16:45pm on 1st February 2008

An investigation has been launched after a video of a topless French air stewardess performing a sexy striptease for the captain while the plane was flying was leaked on to the internet.

Despite the plane being in the air - and with several hundred passengers presumably blissfully unaware of what is going on - the sexy cabin attendant removes her bra and lets the captain and co-pilot get hands on.

Given the source, I'm not sure how much credence to give this story. Here's the (NSFW) video mentioned in the article. (And if you google for 'French stewardess', you'll find it's not the only video of the type with the Sun's logo on it.)

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A talented squirrel

Carol sent this funny ad for Carlsberg.

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February 01, 2008

Logic test

Here's an interesting test of your formal logic skills.


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Car choreography

There have been more than a few ads with choreographed cars but this old ad for Isuzu's Gemini has every trick I've seen in an ad and a few more besides. I have to wonder how many cars they went through by the time they'd finished this one.


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What are the odds?

I hope this guy stopped to buy a lottery ticket on his way home.

Blind Golfer Scores Hole-In-One in Fla.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- A hole-in-one is rare on the golf course, but what are the odds of a blind golfer sinking one?

Leo Fiyalko couldn't see it, but his golf buddies did - a hole-in-one on the fifth hole at the Cove Cay Country Club.

Fiyalko is 92 and has macular degeneration. He's been golfing for 60 years, but his 110-yard shot with a five iron on Jan. 10 was his first hole-in-one.

"I was just trying to put the ball on the green," Fiyalko said.

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The missing piece

Another magic trick from the quirkology site.

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Don't it make my brown eyes blue

How one ancestor helped turn our brown eyes blue

By Steve Connor, Science Editor
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Everyone with blue eyes alive today – from Angelina Jolie to Wayne Rooney – can trace their ancestry back to one person who probably lived about 10,000 years ago in the Black Sea region, a study has found.

Scientists studying the genetics of eye colour have discovered that more than 99.5 per cent of blue-eyed people who volunteered to have their DNA analysed have the same tiny mutation in the gene that determines the colour of the iris.

Naturally, I can't resist linking to this.

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