Friday, July 31, 2015

Too soon?

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker visits Pat’s and Geno’s amid protests, bad cheesesteak orders

 
 
Scott Walker cut in line at Geno's... and ordered a cheesesteak with American cheese and no onions.


 

ranking religions

 

I'm not surprised. 
Adobe knocks on my computer update door more often than Jehovah Witnesses.
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Sleep Working

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I had a strange dream last night. I was hired by a Deli, and my job was to taste test the Pastrami they made.

I do think that when you get a sudden food craving it's because it's been absent in your diet for a while. 

However, I was unaware that I was not eating enough Pastrami in my sleep.


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What Songs Look Like as 3-D Printed Sculptures

 

Lead by Allison Wood and Kei Gowda, Reify turns sound waves into 3-D printed sculptures that play the sound back with an augmented reality app. 

Music was a natural place to start. Wood began thinking about how she might translate music's ephemeral nature into something tangible and permanent. She came up with the totem, an object 3-D printed in plastic or plated in bronze as a visual, physical representation of a song.
The totems are in some ways a sophisticated music player. The app reads its form much like a stylus on a record or a laser on a CD and plays it through your phone. When the totem enters your phone's camera frame, it begins to animate on your screen, creating a customized augmented reality experience. "It's using your phone like a looking glass into the digital world," says Wood.

http://www.wired.com/2015/07/reify-3-d-printed-song-sculptures/


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Trump campaign poster?

 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Welsh assembly UFO question prompts dip into trilingualism with Klingon

 
  http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/10/star-trek-welsh-assembly-ufo-question-prompts-dip-into-trilingualism-with-klingon

I don't know which language is more unintelligible; Klingon or Welsh.


 

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Work / Life balance

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Visit Revolutionary War soldiers at the National Constitution Center July 2-4th


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mrs Peel, he's still needed.


Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies

 "Extraordinary crimes against the people, and the state, have to be avenged by agents extraordinary. Two such people are John Steed, top professional, and his partner Emma Peel, talented amateur. Otherwise known as The Avengers."


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Strawberry curry anyone?


Watson's AI-created recipe app goes live

An app which allows users to download recipes suggested by IBM's supercomputer Watson is going live for the public to test.

The Chef Watson app offers unique recipes by combining ingredients with data about the way humans perceive food.

The app is being launched with food magazine Bon Appetit.

The food served up by the cognitive computing platform has had mixed reviews.


http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33237527

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

‘Jaws is no horror movie – it’s actually a comedy’

 
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150615-jaws-is-actually-a-comedy

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"I've seen The Exorcist about a hundred and sixty-seven times... and it keeps getting funnier... EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT!"
 - Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice

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Monday, June 22, 2015

RIP Vincent Musetto

 

Vincent Musetto, a retired editor at The New York Post who wrote the most anatomically evocative headline in the history of American journalism — HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR — died on Tuesday in the Bronx. He was 74.


A former colleague, Myron Rushetzky, confirmed the death, of pancreatic cancer, at Calvary Hospital.


The writers of newspaper headlines generally toil in anonymity, and over time a few others have been posited as the creator of this one. But among the salty, ink-stained, intemperate cadre of New York journalists who wistfully recall the days when men wore hats and newspapers were made only of paper, Mr. Musetto was widely credited as the creator of this headline, spread across The Post's front page on April 15, 1983.


The crime behind the headline was lurid even by tabloid standards. On April 13, 1983, Charles Dingle, drinking in a tavern in the Jamaica section of Queens, argued with the owner, Herbert Cummings, and shot him to death. He then took several women hostage, raping one and forcing another, in an apparent bid to confound the police, to cut off Mr. Cummings's head.


Apprehended the next day, Mr. Dingle was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life. Denied parole several times, he died in the Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo in 2012.


But what endured in public memory far longer than the crime was the headline, with its verbless audacity, arresting parallel adjectives and forceful trochaic slams. (The corresponding headline in The New York Times that day proclaimed, genteelly, "Owner of a Bar Shot to Death; Suspect Is Held." Headlessness was not mentioned until the third paragraph; toplessness not at all.)


Mr. Musetto's headline, exquisitely emblematic of The Post under Rupert Murdoch, quickly insinuated itself into popular culture. It appeared on T-shirts; as the title of a 1995 movie starring Raymond J. Barry and loosely based on the crime; and as the name of a 2007 book, "Headless Body in Topless Bar: The Best Headlines From America's Favorite Newspaper."


continues:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/10/business/media/vincent-musetto-74-author-of-headless-headline-of-ageless-fame.html

Friday, June 19, 2015

If you haven't see this before...



THIS is truly funny, especially if you have kids...


Actual conversations with my 2 year old daughter, as re-enacted by me and another full-grown man - Episode 6


Thursday, June 11, 2015

When Christopher Lee Hunted Nazis

 

Beyond his acting prowess, it turns out Christopher Lee was a pretty amazing human, period. According to family lore , he was a descendent of Charlemagne on his father's side, and of the infamous Borgias on his mother's side. He sang on multiple heavy metal albums in his 80s and 90s. He served in the Special Operations Executive during World War II (also called Winston Churchill's "Secret Army").

Oh, and he also hunted Nazis.


Read more: 


Space Weird Thing

 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygrdAvmr-MA&feature=youtu.be

Published on May 26, 2015

This is a sweded parody of "Space Oddity," the David Bowie song (and music video). 

The lyrics contain only the thousand most common words in English. 

It's a loving tribute to David Bowie and it's inspired by Flight of the Conchords, Michel Gondry, and especially the Up-Goer Five diagram by Randall Munroe.


Sweded:

The summarized recreation of popular pop-culture films using limited budgets and a camcorder. The process is called sweding. Upon completion the film has been Sweded..

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Death drives a Minivan


Wednesday, June 03, 2015

: How WWII Made America Literate

 

excerpt


Long before Pearl Harbor, American military leaders understood that maintaining the morale of their civilian troops was not a luxury but an iron necessity, and that by far the easiest way of doing so was to ensure that they had plenty of books and magazines to read in their off hours. In the words of Bill Mauldin, whose wartime cartoons so memorably portrayed the everyday life of the American G.I., "Soldiers at the front read K-ration labels when the contents are listed on the package, just to be reading something."


Because the Army Library Service had fallen into what Manning calls "a state of neglect" between the wars, it launched a national drive called the Victory Book Campaign, which by mid-1942 had collected 10 million donated books. But many of these unwanted books were of no more interest to servicemen than to their original owners, and it was increasingly evident that getting books into the hands of overseas troops would very soon become far more important—as well as logistically challenging, given the size and weight of hardbacks.


The solution was to distribute paperbacks, which had been introduced to the United States by Pocket Books in 1939. At a time when most hardbacks cost two dollars or more—$33 in today's dollars—Pocket Books printed 38 million 25-cent paperbacks in 1943 alone. Its success persuaded other publishers that it would make commercial sense to work with the military on a program to print books for soldiers, the assumption being that to do so would create a new market for inexpensive paperback reprints after the war. Thinking along closely similar lines, Time, the New Yorker, and other magazines created miniaturized "pony editions" for servicemen.


: How WWII Made America Literate

 

excerpt


Long before Pearl Harbor, American military leaders understood that maintaining the morale of their civilian troops was not a luxury but an iron necessity, and that by far the easiest way of doing so was to ensure that they had plenty of books and magazines to read in their off hours. In the words of Bill Mauldin, whose wartime cartoons so memorably portrayed the everyday life of the American G.I., "Soldiers at the front read K-ration labels when the contents are listed on the package, just to be reading something."


Because the Army Library Service had fallen into what Manning calls "a state of neglect" between the wars, it launched a national drive called the Victory Book Campaign, which by mid-1942 had collected 10 million donated books. But many of these unwanted books were of no more interest to servicemen than to their original owners, and it was increasingly evident that getting books into the hands of overseas troops would very soon become far more important—as well as logistically challenging, given the size and weight of hardbacks.


The solution was to distribute paperbacks, which had been introduced to the United States by Pocket Books in 1939. At a time when most hardbacks cost two dollars or more—$33 in today's dollars—Pocket Books printed 38 million 25-cent paperbacks in 1943 alone. Its success persuaded other publishers that it would make commercial sense to work with the military on a program to print books for soldiers, the assumption being that to do so would create a new market for inexpensive paperback reprints after the war. Thinking along closely similar lines, Time, the New Yorker, and other magazines created miniaturized "pony editions" for servicemen.


Monday, June 01, 2015

"Riddle me this, Batman!"

 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sheldon has a point

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Simian Robot Climbs and Rolls to Prep for Challenge




http://news.discovery.com/tech/robotics/simian-robot-climbs-and-rolls-to-prep-for-challenge-150527.htm

 I love the line, "Discretion is advised for anyone with robot revolution paranoia issues."

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mmmmmmmm. Maggots.



from Nature.com


"Eat insects for fun, not to help the environment"

http://www.nature.com/news/eat-insects-for-fun-not-to-help-the-environment-1.17630

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You keep using the word "Fun."
I do not think it means what you think it means.

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LOL

 
 

Thought for Today... on Perfection


 
"More than 3 million parts, making up 700,000 components, were contained in a single Saturn V [rocket]."


So, if 99.99% of those parts worked perfectly ... there would still be 300 parts that could fail.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ride, Sally, Ride


McSweeney : Kafka’s Joke Book.



 
What's the difference between a lawyer and a catfish?

Nothing after Albert's inexplicable transformation. Every breath was agony.

more at
http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/kafkas-joke-book

Monday, May 18, 2015

: xkcd on the Placebo Effect



 
 

FW: Lab Safety

 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Work flow

 

Will Eisner’s art helped American troops survive


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Here's the story

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fifty-one year old man sneezes out childhood toy

 
 
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-surrey-32710540

Too bad it wasn't a train.
The headline could have read "Choo-Choo Achoo!"
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Thursday, May 07, 2015

I'm into Fitness



Biology FTW !

 
 

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

A quite compelling argument for the Oxford Comma


 

A fine Internet Rule


POE'S LAW: 
Without an obvious indication of sarcasm, an extremist and a parody extremist are indistinguishable.
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Physics essay - FTW

 

Obit for a Local Legend

 

F Ptak Science Books - photo archives as well

from my friend Mitch:





F Ptak Science Books

F Ptak Science Books began in 1983 and operated an open shop in 
Georgetown, Washington D.C. from 1985-2002. From 2003-2009 we 
operated a fine antique map and print store in the heart of the mountain 
city of Asheville, North Carolina; from 2009 to now all of our business has 
been conducted online. We specialize in unusual, rare and unique material 
in the sciences and the history of science, with strong concentrations in 
quantum theory, astrophysics, atomic physics, computer science and 
thermodynamics. 

Also of principle interest are the developing years of new 
fields of science and technology--the telephone to 1890, computer science 
to 1955, telegraphy to 1870, automobiles to 1900, powered heavier-than-air 
flight to 1920, space flight to 1962, and so on.

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Friday, May 01, 2015

: Messenger's Mercury trip ends with a bang, and silence

 

Nasa's Messenger mission to Mercury has reached its explosive conclusion, after 10 years in space and four in orbit.

Now fully out of fuel, the spacecraft smashed into a region near Mercury's north pole, out of sight from Earth, at about 20:00 GMT on Thursday.

Mission scientists confirmed the impact minutes later, when the craft's next possible communication pass was silent.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32542646


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And what's this thing coming toward me very fast? So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like 'Ow', 'Ownge', 'Round', 'Ground'! That's it! Ground! Ha! 
... I wonder if it'll be friends with me? 

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Spring Sniffles

 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Physics essay - FTW

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Listen to Wikipedia Being Edited - CityLab

 

Trying to buckle down and work? Noise-cancelling headphones aren't the only mellow way to drown out your co-workers' incessant chattering or the whirring of a coffee machine at your local café. Try listening to the dulcet tones of Wikipedia being edited in real time.


Listen to Wikipedia is a site and app that that draws from Wikipedia's recent changes feed to translate the sum of the tweaks into a chilled-out symphony.


Bells denote additions to a page, and plucked strings represent deletions. Synthesized strings swell and fall in the background as new users join Wikipedia. Larger revisions yield more resonant notes. It uses a pentatonic scale to avoid screeching dissonance. (Think: tones produced by xylophones and lutes.)


As much as the site is about a zen-inducing auditory experience, it's also an aural celebration of collaboration and freedom of speech. It serves as a sensory reminder that people are sharing and responding to ideas all the time, at a mind-boggling pace.