March 29, 2013
Have you cycled the power?
This sounds sort of interesting - for an automated band-aid. I"d more interested in something that solved the problem rather than just treated the symptoms.
The Amazing Jellybean is a smart power switch that reboots your devices in the correct order to solve connection problems.
Did you know that nearly 80% of Internet connection problems can be FIXED by simply rebooting your devices properly?
80 percent! That's why the tech support guys at the ISPs tell you to start by unplugging your cable modem when your Internet goes down.
Nuts and bolts of chess
A nice hand-made set.
March 27, 2013
This is 1 of 9.
I wonder what they charge for window-shopping?
This won't end well...
Store Charges Customers $5 'Just Looking' Fee To Combat Showrooming
There's a store in Australia that really hates it when its customers walk around the store without buying anything.
Redditor BarrettFox posted a pic of a sign informing shoppers of a new fee at a specialty food store in Brisbane.
It's $5 for "just looking."
The fee exists to stop people from "showrooming" — which occurs when a customer looks at items in a physical store, then makes the purchase online.
The sign assures that you'll have the five dollars deducted from the final purchase price, so you'll get your money back if you buy something.
Brother can you spare a swipe?
March 26, 2013
Cookie, creme, slingshot
The Oreo-separating competition wouldn't be complete without hearing from the Slingshot Channel.
Scrapping the breathalyzers
This was first mentioned about 6 weeks ago.
Irish Town Legalizes Drinking and Driving
Law allows people to "to drive home from their nearest pub after having two or three drinks on little-used roads driving at very low speeds."
The Irish town of Kilgarvan passed a law this winter that allows members of its community to drink and drive.
Proposed by local pub owner and politician Danny Healy-Rae, the motion allows people who live in country areas to have a few beers before they drive home.
H.T. Jeff G
March 25, 2013
Get that tune out of your head - scientists find how to get rid of earworms
They are the songs you cannot get out of your head. Now scientists may have found a way to help anyone plagued by those annoying tunes that lodge themselves inside our heads and repeat on an endless loop.
Researchers claim the best way to stopping the phenomenon, sometimes known as earworms – where snippets of a catchy song inexplicably play like a broken record in your brain – is to solve some tricky anagrams.
Another funny parody
'We' refers to the Sydney Symphony. This is still playing at the Sydney Opera House, apparently.
In the tradition of Carlton's Big Beer Ad, we invited our Facebook fans to change the lyrics of the iconic opening chorus of Carmina Burana to whatever they liked, and we would get the fabulous Sydney Philharmonia Choirs to sing the winning entry. We received a huge number of entries about a range of topics. Matthew Hodge's entry, an Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents and was declared the winner!
March 23, 2013
Blowing away winter
While we wait for (what I hope will be) the last snowstorm of the season, here's a (somewhat cheesy) 'Russian' who wreaks havoc on snowmen.
March 22, 2013
Lego airplane factory
Via The Presurfer
It took 4 years?
There's got to be more to this story.
Taiwanese Woman Stifles Snicker, Divorces Man After Discovering Underwhelming Endowment
A Taiwanese couple, a 55-year old man and 52-year old woman, have divorced after four years living in separate apartments following the woman's wedding night discovery that her new husband's member appeared to have a severe case of dwarfism.
March 21, 2013
Snowy street art in Germany
Snow sculpture car gets parking ticket
Traffic wardens slipped up in Germany when they left a parking ticket - on a full-sized snow sculpture of a Volkswagen Beetle.
Pranksters had built the car overnight in a no-parking zone in Aachen, complete with outlines for its headlights, windscreens and even the distinctive VW badge on the bonnet.
"It was incredibly realistic looking. It looked like you could get into it and drive away once you'd swept the snow off," said one local.
Via The Presurfer
I wonder whether Voltaire really said, "To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered."
March 20, 2013
The straight dope
Happy Equinox (4)
...even tho' it's still as cold as a mother-in-law's heart here in the central U.S.
Wenn der Südwind weht is one of those German phrases that an Anglophone can read pretty easily without a translation.
A dog named Shadow
March 19, 2013
It's that time o' the year in this part o' the world.
Via The Presurfer
I tawt I taw a puddy tat
Image of this late feline at the site.
'Bad taste' cat-skin rug auction upsets animal advocates
The sale of a stuffed cat as a taxidermic skin rug has upset animal advocates who say the TradeMe auction is in bad taste and disturbing.
The ginger tabby is being sold online as a "great little gift for the man-cave". Bids close tonight at 8pm.
Tauranga taxidermist Andrew Lancaster found the cat on the Napier-Taupo highway last month.
"I thought 'that's a pretty nice looking cat', did a u-turn and picked it up." He thought the cat must have been "run straight over" as there was no broken skin, but bruising inside.
"There's been about 2500 views. I usually get 100 views a week on some of my other items," he said.
Mr Lancaster's typical stuffed possums usually sold for about $70. By last night, $251 had already been bid for the cat.
March 18, 2013
Wings over Rio
What's even crazier than taking a wingsuit down a mountainside? Taking one over a skyscraper in Rio de Janeiro. Wow...
Panda see, pando do
'Panda porn' gets a surprising number of Google hits (surprising to me, at least).
Panda porn pays off for conservationists
Conservationists are cock-a-hoop in China after a shy pair of pandas successfully mated after watched a 'wildlife porn' video.
Vets at the Panda Breeding and Research Base in Chengdu, Sichuan province, were worried when inexperienced five-year-old female Colin kept rejecting her mate,Yongyong.
So they played the played the pair a film of pandas doing what comes naturally to show them what they should be up to. [...]
"So we played them the film and she took great interest in it. After that there was no stopping her and they mated successfully."
Happy Birthday, Hugh
March 16, 2013
Some rare historic photos (10 total).
Johnny Cash performing for prisoners at Folsom Prison. January 13, 1968.
Now this is a drinking problem
The curious thing is that when I first read this article yesterday, the number of dead, floating pigs was "over 8,000." The count was updated about an hour before this post.
Number of pigs in and near Shanghai goes to 11,955
The number of dead pigs retrieved from waters in and near China's financial hub of Shanghai has reached nearly 12,000.
The upstream city of Jiaxing - where small hog farms are prevalent - reported Friday night that it had recovered 3,601 dead pigs from its streams, according to state media.
In Shanghai, authorities have retrieved 8,354 swollen and rotting carcasses from Huangpu river, which provides the metropolis with drinking water.
March 14, 2013
CNN host suggests link between asteroid, global warming
CNN anchor Deb Feyerick suggested Saturday afternoon that global warming may extend further than our globe. [...]
"We want to bring in our science guy, Bill Nye, and talk about something else that's falling from the sky, and that is an asteroid," the anchor said. "What's coming our way? Is this the effect of, perhaps, global warming? Or is this just some meteoric occasion?"
More fun with food
March 13, 2013
The best of local news captions
Here's one of The 38 Best Local News Captions Of All Time. There are many funny ones.
Tough times in Oklahoma
Levity may not be appropriate but this could be the basis of a really funny C&W song.
Woman Tries to Sell Kids on Facebook
Misty VanHorn, 22, of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, was arrested on Saturday for attempting to sell her 10-month-old daughter and 2-year-old son on Facebook, according to The Sequoyah County Times, which reported the news over the weekend. She is being held on $40,000 bail.
After posting a number of offers on Facbeook, VanHorn made contact over the network with a woman in nearby Fort Smith, Arkansas, to whom she offered to sell the 10-month-old for $1,000, or both children together for $4,000. She later spoke to the woman over the phone in an effort to seal the deal, telling her she needed the money to bail her boyfriend out of jail. [...]
Although you might think selling your children would be illegal in all 50 states, it's by no means clear that this is actually the case. In Mississippi, it was technically legal to sell your children until 2009, when the state legislature passed a law in response to a 2008 case.
Sound and water #2
It's been almost a year since the first one.
March 12, 2013
From the bottom up
A Billion Dollar Company With No Bosses? Yes, It Exists
Imagine being a part of a company with no bosses, upper-level management, or HR, where bonuses, hirings, and firings were all determined by peer consensus. Imagine a company like this going on to become one of the most successful in its space. This isn't a joke: It's the real story of video game developer and publisher, Valve.
In an interview late last month with the Library of Economics and Liberty, Valve's former economist-in-residence Yanis Varoufakis (that's right, a video game company with a staff economist) described the flat management model behind the Seattle-based, 400-employee company that could be worth up to $4 billion.
"The most astonishing aspect of life at Valve is that there are no bosses," said Varoufakis, an economist from the University of Athens with notable publications on the Euro Crisis. "It contains no explicit hierarchy. It's based on what several members of the company have described to me as the principles of anarcho-syndicalism. Effectively, free association of employees with one another."
WTF in KY
This looks like an odd sort of prank but it's reported that it really happened in June, 2012.
It reminded me of Monty Python's Lumberjack Song.
H.T. Paul B
March 11, 2013
Yeah, that'll work
...though probably not as well as an S&W M&P9.
Guerilla knitting in Leicester 'to reduce crime fear'
Hundreds of pom-poms and knitted items have been strung from trees and lampposts to help reduce the fear of crime in an area of Leicester.
Leicestershire Police hope the "guerilla knitting" or "yarn bombing" will encourage more people to use Bede Park and Great Central Way.
Some of the park's users told BBC Radio Leicester the items - including tree warmers - do not make them feel safer.
But criminologist Charlotte Bilby said they could have a positive effect.
Ms Bilby, a senior lecturer in criminology at Northumbria University, said: "I think that making an area look cosier certainly makes an area feel safer.
"If you see something that makes you smile, that makes you think that other people have enjoyed being in that space and have done something funny, something silly in that place, then that's going to change your perception about what it is to be in Bede Park."
Be vewy vewy quiet
March 10, 2013
View from the pinnacle
It's the view that's in this 360° 2.5 Gpixel panoramic image. You can see a far piece from 2,722 feet (830 m.); that's just 18 feet shy of half a mile.
March 08, 2013
Photograph by Yvon Maurice (Yvon from Ottawa on Flickr)
New meaning for the phrase 'Bite me!'
You Can Make Gummy Bear Versions of Yourself
Somewhere in between the honor of getting a bronze statue of yourself and the shame of re-creating your sexual organs in plastic is this awesome gummy bear yourself service. You can basically create a gummy replica of yourself to eat. It looks absolutely delicious.
FabCafe in Japan is offering the service for approximately $65 (6,000 Yen), which sounds like a complete steal to me. It's apparently a 2-part process that requires a 3D body scanner and a lot of gummy colors.
What incredible poise
At 8:46, this is a little long but it's worth the time. The end is very impressive.
A longer performance (12:41) can be seen here.
March 07, 2013
The $64 question
Made to promote a new movie called Dead Man Down.
The hot spots in Idaho
Walmart: The place to go for milk, toiletries ... a new girlfriend?
"You caught my eye in the bottled water aisle": The Craigslist section called "missed connections," where people write about fleeting glances, brief flirtations and love-at-first-sight magic, is the loneliest, most hopeful corner of the Internet.
Idaho's hot spot: Based on tallies, the local Walmart store is a popular place for Idahoans to pine for strangers. That's according to an analysis published in the February issue of Psychology Today.
This is one of many well done animated GIFs at Head Like an Orange.
Via The Presurfer
March 06, 2013
All dressed down and no place to go
Half-naked woman, 28, 'flees scene of DUI crash at her trailer park home in child's battery-operated toy truck'
An intoxicated woman tried to flee the scene of a car accident in a child's toy truck, authorities said on Tuesday.
Jamie Craft, 28, was reportedly drunk when she slammed her car into the side of a trailer home in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Craft, who was not wearing any pants, then tried to escape the scene by jumping in a child's battery-powered dumper truck which has a top speed of 5mph.
Creme or cookie?
Episode 2 in the search for an automatic Oreo separator.
I was amused to hear someone else use 'singlulate' as a verb. (I never hear it except at my job.)
March 05, 2013
A cop-trolling hamster
Where would be we be without those ubiquitous Russian dash cams?
Pure genius (2)
Brooklyn man fakes his own kidnapping to explain two-week absence to girlfriend
A Brooklyn man faked his own kidnapping because he was terrified of his lover's wrath.
Rahmell Pettway, 36, told cops he spent two weeks away from his Bedford-Stuyvesant home — and then staged the crime to explain his absence to his girlfriend.
But his poorly executed plan unraveled when the cops who found him hog-tied in the street noticed the roll of duct tape still dangling from his wrists.
He eventually came clean, and was arrested for filing a false report.
"He's a total moron," said one law-enforcement source. "It was a pathetic attempt to pull the wool [over] her eyes."
The Secret Door
A clever app using Google's StreetView. (There's a sound control in the upper right corner.)
The Secret Door is presented by Safestyle UK
Via The Presurfer
March 04, 2013
There's a real-life Calvin out there somewhere
No good deed goes unpunished?
Cypress HS student suspended for disarming gunman?
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A 16-year-old Cypress Lake High School student, who wrestled a loaded revolver away from a teen threatening to shoot, is being punished.
The student grappled the gun away from the 15-year-old suspect on the bus ride home Tuesday after witnesses say he aimed the weapon point blank at another student and threatened to shoot him.
The student, who Fox 4 has agreed not to identify and distort his voice because he fears for his safety, says there's "no doubt" he saved a life by disarming the gunman. And for that he was suspended for three days.
"I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there," the student said. "Not taking no pity." [...]
According to the referral, he was suspended for being part of an "incident" where a weapon was present and given an "emergency suspension."
This cat is good
An a capella cover of Stevie Wonder's I Wish by Yeo Inhyeok -- really impressive.
March 02, 2013
Magnetohydrodynamics in action
This extraordinary video looks back on the 3rd year of operation of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
This reminds me of Cat Stevens' Monad's Anthem on his album called Numbers
March 01, 2013
Another Great Wall
The Great Wall of Rubik's Cubes
One Great Wall isn't enough for China - but this latest creation won't do too well at keeping out advancing armies - because it is made from a staggering 85,794 Rubik's Cubes.
The giant mosaic, the biggest of its kind in the world, is 220ft long and 13ft tall and shows the skyline of Macau.
Each Rubik's Cube had to be solved by hand and placed onto panels before being assembled.
The amazing mosaic has been designed by Toronto-based Rubik's enthusiasts Cube Works Studio.
The red pellet or the blue?
Scientists link rats to real-world 'Matrix' via the Internet
There is officially a Wachowski Brothers-style "Matrix" for rodents.
Scientists in North Carolina and Brazil have connected the brains of two rats using "brain-to-brain interfaces" that can connect directly or via the Internet. These allow the rodents to share sensory information, collaborate on tasks to earn rewards, and fight back against the shadowy and cyber-apocalyptic forces that have enslaved them.
There's actually no evidence of the latter, but I'd still suggest researchers watch out for any rats that start displaying a propensity for martial arts.
A Romanian paint job
Not bad - but a little masking tape would have been a good idea.