Thursday, October 23, 2014

You know you've worked in a lab too long when...

 
You know you've worked in a lab too long when... 

You can't watch CSI without cursing every scientific inaccuracy.

Liquid nitrogen is only half as dangerous as you thought.

You have to check the web to find out what the weather is outside.

You realize that almost anything can be classed as background reading.

Warning labels invoke curiosity rather than caution.

You decide on conference to attend by the quality of the food served.

You've used dry ice to cool beer.

You can no longer spell normal words, but have no trouble with spelling things like immunohistochemistry or deoxyribonucleic acid.

You have a callus on your thumb.

You can open the toothpaste with one hand.

You wash your hands before and after using the washroom.

When you hear Tween, you think of the surfactant, not the age group.

You can identify organs on road kill.

You've never worn a clean lab coat.

You don't fear rodents. Rodents fear you.

You flinch when you hear the word "significant."

When your bananas go bad and you get fruit flies, you can't help but check their eye color.

You own Invitrogen t-shirts, and actually wear them.

You refer to your children as the F1.

You've used Kimwipes as Kleenex.

You say "mills" and "migs".

You've played Battleship using pipet tip boxes.

The scent of latex reminds you of work, not play.

Your parents still have no idea what you do for a living.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

For all the Lab Rats out there...

 
 
 



rejection letter

 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A reading from the Book of Thermostats

 

Monday, October 20, 2014

#Gamergate Discovers Its Ideal Audience: A Completely Mindless Bot‏


The open secret about the fabled Turing test is that the standard of humanity gets lower all the time. Even as computers become more and more sophisticated about replicating human communications, humans are becoming less and less sophisticated communicators. 

Nowhere is this more true than in the realm of #Gamergate. The trolls and true believers are so eager for an audience—and so deeply uninterested in what anyone else has to say to them—that some ingenious soul has now tricked them into arguing their case with an Twitter bot that runs ELIZA, the antique and rudimentary chat program. And ELIZA seems to be winning.


http://themachines.gawker.com/gamergate-discovers-its-ideal-audience-a-completely-m-1646786502

Re: Comic Sans Typewriter Is Here to Ruin Typewriters for Everyone

Now we need a rainbow ribbon, so it changes colors every few characters.

On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 9:20 AM, Bob Bendesky <bob_bendesky@hotmail.com> wrote:
 
Typeface geeks, avert your eyes. Someone came up with the idea to ruin the old-school charms of a typewriter by adding cringeworthy Comic Sans. 

Designer Jesse England says he invented what he calls the Sincerity Machine after reading a typewritten document, and realizing there was nothing stopping him from giving the words a different look. In a demonstration video, he explains his philosophy behind trolling every design snob on Earth.

"While making it, I thought a lot about the Comic Sans typeface and how ridiculed it is. But it is also a mark of sincerity for those who do not have graphic design experience.  I'm not particularly enamored with this font, but I don't think it deserves the flak it gets." 

England used a laser engraving machine to etch Comic Sans letters and glued them onto the strikers of a 1970s Brother Charger 11 typewriter. He then cut vinyl to create new key covers so you know what you're getting yourself into when you type. 

article and video at:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Comic Sans Typewriter Is Here to Ruin Typewriters for Everyone

 
Typeface geeks, avert your eyes. Someone came up with the idea to ruin the old-school charms of a typewriter by adding cringeworthy Comic Sans. 

Designer Jesse England says he invented what he calls the Sincerity Machine after reading a typewritten document, and realizing there was nothing stopping him from giving the words a different look. In a demonstration video, he explains his philosophy behind trolling every design snob on Earth.

"While making it, I thought a lot about the Comic Sans typeface and how ridiculed it is. But it is also a mark of sincerity for those who do not have graphic design experience.  I'm not particularly enamored with this font, but I don't think it deserves the flak it gets." 

England used a laser engraving machine to etch Comic Sans letters and glued them onto the strikers of a 1970s Brother Charger 11 typewriter. He then cut vinyl to create new key covers so you know what you're getting yourself into when you type. 

article and video at:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

... and now you know



Monday, October 13, 2014

You Want This.


This German genius has created one of the most awesome inventions in recent memory, one that will bring incredible voice to humanity: A fully automated paper airplane machine gun

Yes, people: A machine gun that folds plain paper sheets into airplanes and then fire them across the sky.

He fully designed it and then 3D printed most of it, he says. I really hope that he starts some crowdfunding thing for mass manufacturing. Or at least share his plans on the internet.


And someone give this dude a Nobel already, please.


article and video at:




 

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Know when to hold them, know how to fold them

Tweet from TweetCaster


@EdwardTufte: Insane video quilt:


140 Futurama episodes at all once! 


Note videos abut, no frames. Watch full screen, mute sound.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75zGgdRmKOM
Shared via TweetCaster


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Mind Blown.
Shades of "Blip-Verts!"



Friday, October 03, 2014

xkcd: Grammar meets Science


 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The 6th Pennsylvania Regiment

http://www.6thpa.org/

The 6th Pennsylvania Regiment
a living history organization of the American Revolution

 

 

Monday, September 29, 2014

This new technology is Amazing!

 
 
 "Chelsea Clinton introduced her newborn daughter Charlotte to the world one day after giving birth via Twitter on Saturday.".



I Like Turtles!


A man was stopped at the U.S.-Canadian border with more than 50 turtles under his pants. 

True.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Your Friday funny

Thursday, September 25, 2014

from xkcd

 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Is that what we're calling it these days?

 

Excuse me.  I have to go to the loo and perform a task.



 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sergio Aragonés

 
My favorite MAD Magazine margin cartoon of his deals with the Star Wars cantina scene:


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FW: Fantastic Headline

 
 from my friend Sam

Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook

The internet correspondence of the world's elders has always been a wonderful thing, filled with email subject headings  like 'MESSAGE FROM YOUR DAD' and text messages kept to about 12 characters despite length limits no longer really being a thing.

It is grandparents' foray into Facebook that has been the most adorable however, with comments left in the wrong places, superfluous sign-offs and plenty of ALL CAPS.

The latest error arises from Facebook's auto-suggest tagging feature, which is causing anyone who starts writing 'grandma' to be presented with a link to pioneering hip hop DJ Grandmaster Flash.


Full article at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/weird-news/lists/grandmas-keep-accidentally-tagging-themselves-as-grandmaster-flash-on-facebook-9728582.html

Monday, September 15, 2014

FW: Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster - The Daily Beast

An independent Scotland would be a catastrophe as a country. But it would also be very entertaining for reporters like P.J. O'Rourke.

This coming Thursday the Scots will vote on whether to make Scotland an independent nation. And I hope they do because it will be a disaster.


I don't say this as a prejudiced Irishman. Even though the thistle-arse sheep-shagger Scots swiped Ulster and sent a herd of Presbyterian proddy dogs and porridge wogs to squat on our land and won the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 by using unfair—indeed, unheard of —- organization, discipline, and tactics on an Irish battlefield. We Micks only hold a grudge about such things for 300 years or so.


I, however, have a personal reason for wanting an independent Scotland. I'm an ex-foreign correspondent, vintage 1983-2003, who retired after the Iraq War, too old to be scared stiff and too stiff to sleep on the ground.


Yet once foreign correspondenting gets in your blood…


Ah, there's nothing like a primitive, quarrel-torn, disastrous Third World country. And Scotland has everything it needs to be what old-school foreign correspondents fondly call a "shit-hole."


full@

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/13/up-to-a-point-a-free-scotland-would-be-a-hilarious-disaster.html




A comment see on Twitter:

 

It's pretty rich for the US to be telling other countries not to leave the United Kingdom.


Julian Hattem @jmhattem



Thursday, September 11, 2014

John was right! Here's proof

 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

6th Pennsylvania Regiment Revolutionary War Reenactors

http://www.6thpa.org/calendar-of-events.html


The 6th Pennsylvania Regiment - presenting a 

living history of the American Revolutionary War

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Monday, September 08, 2014

Science Humor

 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Sometimes life can be a cosmic joke...

 

Subject: Sometimes life can be a cosmic joke...

 
 

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Great Kale Shortage - humor from The New Yorker

News Headline:  Kale's Popularity Leading to Worldwide Shortage.


THREE MONTHS IN (OCTOBER, 2014)
Ma and I put up what little kale we had—pickled it, put it in Mason jars, and stored it in a cool, dark place. Ma says now that there will be less we will appreciate it all the more. Ma can be sort of a downer.
Yesterday, at our local grocer's, Pa and I saw that there are not one but two competing companies trying to sell lowly cabbage as a "kale extender." Pa said, "The only thing I'd like to extend is my middle finger."
 
SIX MONTHS IN (JANUARY, 2015)
Last night, under the cover of darkness, Pa went out to buy some kale leaves from a darty-eyed man on a street corner. But, when Pa returned home, his high-priced purchase turned out to be a ziplock baggy full of chard.
Pa's only recourse is to enter the black market, where shifty young men sell K, a black powder made from pulverizing stockpiled kale chips. But no. No. I hope never to see my own father lower his face into a paper bag to huff K; it makes your lips look like you've been eating powdered-sugar doughnuts, but powdered-sugar doughnuts that have been set on fire.
 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today in History


Aug 27, 1928: The Kellogg-Briand Pact, outlawing war, was signed by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, British India, the Irish Free State, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.


... so how's that working out for ya?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tweet from the British Embassy:

 


This. Is. Brilliant.

 

Monday, August 18, 2014

A bad resume. Very, very bad.

 

Friday, August 15, 2014

"Save the Liver!"

 

Edible Anatomically Accurate Chocolate Human Skulls


Cannibalism never tasted so good. These anatomically accurate chocolate skulls are life-size because, well, they were cast from a mold taken from a genuine human skull.
Each edible skull is hand-made from fine Belgian chocolate and is available in 4 different flavors. 



Friday, August 08, 2014

Today I saw...

 

On my way into work, I spotted a Stupid Fire Hydrant.


Today in History:

 

Today in History:

Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

DISCUSS !

 
 
 This day in history Aug 6th.
Check out the year 1806.





Tuesday, August 05, 2014

FW: Social Media 101

 
Union Street Guest House in Hudson NY has policy of charging wedding or events $500 if any guest posts a negative review on Yelp.com.  Their policy gets coverage on-line:
http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2014/08/500-charge-for-negative-reviews-doled-out-by-new-york-hotel.html

The trolls descend on Yelp:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/union-street-guest-house-hudson






Monday, August 04, 2014

Dr Seuss Mashups


I figure you'll get a kick out of at least a few of these:
 http://www.dorkly.com/post/65872/the-best-dr-seuss-mashups-on-the-internet#!bs8eGT

His books were astounding.

The best you could get.

Inspiring doodlers.

Across the  whole 'net.

And for you dear reader.

We've set a fine table.

With Splendiferous mashups.

Of your favorite fables