August 30, 2012
Funny ad for Carlton beer
Here's 1 of 30 Shocking and Unexpected Google Street View Photos.
H.T. Kevin H.
There's an app for that (6)
Ingestible sensor sends health data to your phone
An ingestible sensor, Proteus, is a brand-new device that can monitor a variety of health metrics from within the patient's body.
August 28, 2012
A clockwork fairy
Payback time (5)
Via The Daily What
Turn it down
SA couple face $4000 fine for loud sex
AN Adelaide couple face being fined $4000 for having sex a little too loudly.
The passionate approach to love by Jessica Angel and Colin MacKenzie has upset their neighbours.
Now they face a hefty fine for breaching the Environmental Protection Act of 1993, News Ltd reports.
Under South Australian law, noise is classified as a form of pollution and that includes vibration.
The couple from the Adelaide suburb of Black Forest are reportedly the first in South Australia to be charged with breaching those environmental laws.
Police patrols have visited the couple's unit 20 times since April, News Ltd said.
August 24, 2012
31 photos at The Big Picture.
Duet for Saw and Coyotes
Who hates passwords?
We should follow XKCD's suggestion.
Many Americans would rather scrub toilet than create new password
Are you tired of trying to remember all your online passwords?
You're not alone, according to a new survey, which found 38 percent of online Americans would rather clean a toilet or do other household chores than have to create another username and password.
Another 38 percent said they think it would be easier to solve world peace than try to remember all their passwords.
August 23, 2012
Speaking of theatrical proposals
Via Miss Cellania
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Pimp your ride (3)
Israeli biblical park outfits donkeys with wi-fi
HOSHAYA, Israel: It was nothing like this 3000 years ago.
An Israeli attraction meant to immerse tourists in an authentic, ancient biblical experience has outfitted its donkeys with wi-fi.
At the historical park of Kfar Kedem in northern Israel, visitors decked out in biblical robes and headdresses ride donkeys through the rolling hills of the Galilee, learning how people lived in Old Testament times.
American tourist Ella uses an iPad while riding a wi-fi-outfitted donkey lead by her brother Aaron, in Kfar Kedem, a biblical reenactment park in the village of Hoshaya in the Galilee, northern Israel.
Now they can also surf the web while touring the land of the Bible on one of the oldest forms of transportation. A device slung around the donkey's neck like a feedbag is actually a wi-fi hotspot.
August 22, 2012
John Newton Howitt
Art from the first half of the 20th century by John Howitt (much of it commercial).
At the speed of light
A little long bug worth watching until the end for the description of relativistic effects.
Morning sickness cure
Study: Oral Sex Cures Morning Sickness
ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSDC) – Pregnant women have used natural remedies such as a teaspoon of ginger or a mint to help battle morning sickness. But now, one medical professional believes you can add oral sex to that list.
According to Gordon Gallup, a psychologist at SUNY-Albany, the best way to cure morning sickness during pregnancy is sperm.
But not just any sperm, it should be the sperm of the person who got you pregnant. [...]
Gallup says the best cure for morning sickness is to ingest the father's semen so her body can build up a tolerance to what's already in her body.
H.T. Jeff G & Paul B
August 21, 2012
The ballerina stunt
Nice touch how they held the ladder so she could safely climb onto the semi.
Via The Daily What
A flight through the universe
From APOD. The dots are galaxies, not individual stars.
Mark you calendars
Mark Your Calendars: August 26 Is National Go Topless Day
I suspect National Go Topless Day on August 26 will be celebrated the usual way people celebrate things like National Go Topless Day, which is that the only people who will go topless will be those you would rather keep their shirts on. But if you live in Washington, DC., Seattle, Miami, Columbus, Asheville, Honolulu, Chicago, or other cities hosting an event, it's time to keep a bottle of bleach handy for your eyes because there's a National Go Topless Day rally coming to your city. (The official website helpfully shows you locations via a BoobMap with icons of boobies serving as pins. Seriously.)"
August 20, 2012
Every major's terrible
A musical version of this XKCD cartoon. (Could've used a good sound man, I think.)
A close call
Smile when you say nothing
Parkinson's man arrested at cycling 'for not smiling'
A PARKINSON'S sufferer who was arrested during the Olympic cycle races in Surrey has questioned why he was dragged to the ground for "not smiling".
Mark Worsfold, 54, was sat on a wall in Leatherhead as the riders approached at around 3pm on Saturday, July 28 - but officers decided his manner was a cause for concern, and he was hauled off to Reigate police station.
August 17, 2012
Same dog as in the last video.
Yeah, that's how that works
Burden of Goof
I sue! It's 'burden of goof' in city's most ludicrous, lawyerless cases
About a fifth of all cases clogging up the city's civil federal courthouses each year are filed by people with fools for clients — themselves.
"We have a lot of frivolous cases," veteran Judge Frederic Block said of self-filed lawsuits. "On the other hand, all the judges feel that you have to just grin and bear it . . . they do deserve their day in court." [...]
Some of those cases were downright weird.
There's the Brooklyn widow who believes she's been targeted by a demonic cult and has filed nearly 100 lawsuits over the years; the Queens man who says the government has been poisoning his food; and the Manhattan man who recently claimed to be author Herman Melville's nephew — and therefore entitled to all royalties from "Moby-Dick."
H.T. Jeff G.
August 16, 2012
They're NASA and they know it
Rolled him a phat one
Jamaican celebrating Usain Bolt's three gold medals.
Via Bits and Pieces
Biter bit (4)
Hungary Far-Right Leader Discovers Jewish Roots
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — As a rising star in Hungary's far-right Jobbik Party, Csanad Szegedi was notorious for his incendiary comments on Jews: He accused them of "buying up" the country, railed about the "Jewishness" of the political elite and claimed Jews were desecrating national symbols.
Then came a revelation that knocked him off his perch as ultra-nationalist standard-bearer: Szegedi himself is a Jew.
Following weeks of Internet rumors, Szegedi acknowledged in June that his grandparents on his mother's side were Jews — making him one too under Jewish law, even though he doesn't practice the faith. His grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor and his grandfather a veteran of forced labor camps.
Since then, the 30-year-old has become a pariah in Jobbik and his political career is on the brink of collapse. He declined to be interviewed for this story.
August 15, 2012
A nice piece of stop action video.
Facebook blues (2)
Via The Daily What
The CraigsList Experiment
I just hope Mr. Auld (the author) doesn't owe a mortgage for his degree.
Get A Job: The Craigslist Experiment
I am a 26-year-old with a Master's degree in English. I am currently looking for a full-time job, preferably in a major city, since that's where a vast multitude of jobs exist.
Unfortunately, so do an even vaster multitude of job-seekers. [...]
I had to find out more on where I stood in this uncertain job market. I thought that if I could figure at least a piece of that out, then maybe I could improve my job hunting techniques, and, maybe then — just maybe — an employer would actually call me back.
So I conducted an experiment: I invented a job and posted it to Craigslist. [...]
In the end, I produced this ad:Administrative Assistant needed for busy Midtown office. Hours are Monday through Friday, nine to five. Job duties include: filing, copying, answering phones, sending e-mails, greeting clients, scheduling appointments. Previous experience in an office setting preferred, but will train the right candidate. This is a full-time position with health benefits. Please e-mail résumé if interested. Compensation: $12-$13 per hour.
[...] A lot of résumés” is an egregious understatement.
I published the ad at exactly 2:41P.M. on Thursday. The first response came in at 2:45—just four minutes later. Ten minutes later, there were 10 responses. Twenty minutes later, there were 56. An hour later: 164. Six hours: 431.
At 2:41P.M. on Friday — exactly 24 hours after I posted the ad — there were 653 responses in my brand new inbox. Not wanting to face any more after that, I promptly removed the ad from Craigslist.
August 14, 2012
What a day for a daydream
More clever ideas
This is Part 2 - there's a Part 3 as well.
What a keepsake
It sounds worse than bronzed baby shoes.
Japanese company will 3D print your fetus for $1,275
New parents have a strong urge to collect everything they can from their child's early life — from photos and videos to hair and fingernails. Catering to this demand to immortalize infancy is a new product from Japanese firm Fasotec and Hiroo Ladies Clinic — a 3D printed model of your little bundle of joy in utero.
Called Tenshi no Katachi or "Shape of an Angel," the product is based on a digital model of the mother's torso built from CT or MRI scans, reports DigInfo TV.
Via Carpe Diem
August 10, 2012
Funniest lip synch I've seen
Via Bits and Pieces
This is pretty cool.
Why are Americans so…
A map of American state stereotypes, generated by Google autocomplete.
In the months before a US Presidential election, the quality of political discourse hits new lows. Blue State/Red State tropes dominate the news cycle as the media gins up outrage over perceived injustices in the culture wars. It's all about our differences. So I started wondering, how do Americans really think about "those people" in other states? What are the most common stereotypes? For each of the fifty states and DC, I asked Google: "Why is [State] so " and let it autocomplete. It seemed like an ideal question to get at popular assumptions, since "Why is [State] so X?" presupposes that X is true.
The map above displays the results - just hover over the states. Most of the terms are about what we'll call "culture," or about the weather. Politics and economics also figure prominently.
Via Coyote Blog
August 09, 2012
Science of music
Via The Daily What
Sign of confusion
Metaphor Is Not a Crime
An Occupy Easton protester faces an attempted bank robbery charge following an arrest at an organized event at a bank – during which the "Occupier" was holding a sign that reportedly read "You're being robbed."
According to The Express-Times, Dave Gorczynski allegedly held cardboard signs outside a Wells Fargo Branch that read, "You're being robbed," while the other said, "Give a man a gun, he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he can rob a country."
August 08, 2012
Stuntman's demo reel
Derek Barnes is looking for work.
Two perfect concentric circles at Neatorama.
These records don't seem to last very long
A new vertical skydiving world record was set when 138 skydivers falling at 220 mph joined hands to make a human snowflake formation in mid air.
Via The Daily What
They probably needed money for fuel
Thieves bulldoze cash machine from wall...then find getaway car won't start
Two hapless thieves were forced to flee empty handed after using a stolen digger to rip a cash machine from a bank only to find their getaway vehicle would not start.
The pair had loaded the ATM onto the back of a pick-up truck but had to leave their spoils after the engine would not start.
The men were last seen by witnesses running off into the night abandoning their truck and their loot.
The attempted burglary happened at 3.10am on Monday at the branch of Barclays Bank on Keymer Road in Hassocks, Sussex.
Homes in the area had to be evacuated during the night as the building was deemed unsafe.
August 07, 2012
V for Vermont
Cat's eye view
An old one but worth a look by the cat fanciers among you.
A safe bet
A game with a windfall for a knowing few
[...] the Selbees, who run a gambling company called GS Investment Strategies, know a secret about the Massachusetts State Lottery: For a few days about every three months, Cash WinFall may be the most reliably lucrative lottery game in the country. Because of a quirk in the rules, when the jackpot reaches roughly $2 million and no one wins, payoffs for smaller prizes swell dramatically, which statisticians say practically assures a profit to anyone who buys at least $100,000 worth of tickets.
During these brief periods - "rolldown weeks'' in gambling parlance - a tiny group of savvy bettors, among them highly trained computer scientists from MIT and Northeastern University, virtually take over the game. Just three groups, including the Selbees, claimed 1,105 of the 1,605 winning Cash WinFall tickets statewide after the rolldown week in May, according to lottery records. They also appear to have purchased about half the tickets, based on reports from the stores that the top gamblers frequent most.
"Cash WinFall isn't being played as a game of chance. Some smart people have figured out how to get rich while everyone else funds their winnings,'' said Mohan Srivastava, an MIT-educated statistician who gained fame in gambling circles when he found a flaw in a Canadian scratch ticket game that allowed him to pick the winners more than 90 percent of the time.
August 03, 2012
A funny stage act
A pretty awesome animated GIF:
It's a record (7)
Expand your vocabulary
15 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent
The Global Language Monitor estimates that there are currently 1,009,753 words in the English language. Despite this large lexicon, many nuances of human experience still leave us tongue-tied. And that's why sometimes it's necessary to turn to other languages to find le mot juste. Here are fifteen foreign words with no direct English equivalent.
1. Zhaghzhagh (Persian)
The chattering of teeth from the cold or from rage.
2. Yuputka (Ulwa)
A word made for walking in the woods at night, it's the phantom sensation of something crawling on your skin.
3. Slampadato (Italian)
Addicted to the UV glow of tanning salons? This word describes you."
H.T. Carol J
Update:Danilo writes, "Fantastic! I can add a portuguese word 'saudade'. It's like when you miss someone or something. You feel saudade.
Like the poet would say, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzxVBXCP1jg"
August 02, 2012
Slo-mo dragon action
Via Miss Cellania
The Milky Way in Monument Valley
This doesn't do it justice -- click the image to see the source.
It's not rocket science
Not counting the rockets in their pockets, that is.
Missile Defense Staff Warned to Stop Surfing Porn Sites
The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency warned its employees and contractors last week to stop using their government computers to surf the Internet for pornographic sites, according to the agency's executive director.
In a one-page memo, Executive Director John James Jr. wrote that in recent months government employees and contractors were detected "engaging in inappropriate use of the MDA network."
"Specifically, there have been instances of employees and contractors accessing websites, or transmitting messages, containing pornographic or sexually explicit images," James wrote in the July 27 memo obtained by Bloomberg News.
August 01, 2012
Hizzoner the Mayor of London
How Olympic divers look in action
Milk carton kid finds himself
Pa. man solves missing child case - his own
(CBS News) A year ago, a Philadelphia man clicked on a website for missing children, and found a picture of himself. That discovery sent Steve Carter on a search to unlock the secrets of his past.
Carter always knew he was adopted, but when got older, he started to wonder who his biological parents were. That curiosity and a simple web search took him on a journey that would change his life and even now, there are parts of his story that remain a mystery.
Really, the comforting side in most conspiracy theory arguments is the one claiming that anyone who's in power has any plan at all. - Randall Munroe at xkcd.