Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Afghan warfare gets wired in quest to spare lives

 

A wired generation of U.S. soldiers is about to battle-test a high-tech weapon calculated to reduce civilian casualties in Afghanistan.

 

A key component is the "Dragon Egg," a softball-sized robotic camera that can be thrown over a hill or into a building without endangering troops. It rights itself like a Weeble Wobble toy and delivers a 360-degree view through its four tiny cameras. If any innocents are in the area, the soldier can mark the spot using his backpack computer to ward off an air strike.

 

"You don't have to enter a room. You don't have to worry about the first man in the room," said Sgt. Mike Fraser, who has been trained on the use of the cameras made by La Verne, Calif.-based Octatron Inc.


 
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http://www.physorg.com/news169903978.html


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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Clocking my 15 minutes of fame.

North Penn Reporter news item:

Members of the 6th Pa Regimen perform drills during a Revolutionary War Encampment at the Idenhofen Farm:


 
Hey, I made the papers!
(barely)
 
Check out the guy that's on the far right of the picture.
(click to enlarge)

 
 


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dead salmon in the news

news item:

 Dead Salmon Responds to Portraits of People
 
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2009/09/dead-salmon-responds-to-portra.html
 
  
"See, there's a big difference between mostly dead, and all dead."
      -- Miracle Max
 
 


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Monday, September 28, 2009

The URL says it all [nsfw]

 

 (and in case you're wondering, Leela's carpet matches the drapes)





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Friday, September 25, 2009

"The brown hand sanitizer is bad. Don't eat the brown hand sanitizer"

    News item:

"Alcohol hand gel meant to combat swine flu has been banned from a prison after inmates started eating it and became embroiled in a drunken brawl."
 


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Yearly Reminder

 
 
The New Year is 5770,
so remember not to write 5769 on your checks.


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Pot. Kettle. Black.

Michael Moore Can Thank Goldman Sachs for "Capitalism"

The opening and closing credits to Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore's latest film, reveal an ironic twist. It turns out the movie was funded by some of the very companies it bashes, Ira Stoll notes at the Future of Capitalism.
 
Paramount Vantage, which co-produced the movie, is owned by Viacom, "on whose board sit none other than Sumner Redstone and former Bear Stearns executive Ace Greenberg, who aren't exactly socialists," Stoll writes.
 
And New York magazine reminds us that Capitalism executive producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein had Goldman Sachs raise $1 billion for their company.
 
At one point in the film, Moore arrives outside Goldman Sachs headquarters in a armored money-transport truck and demands that the bank return their profits to Americans. But "If Mr. Moore appreciates any of the irony here," Stoll writes, "he sure doesn't share it with viewers."

http://slatest.slate.com/id/2229560/?wpisrc=newsletter
 
 
How Goldman Backed Moore's 'Capitalism' Movie
http://www.futureofcapitalism.com/2009/09/how-goldman-backed-moores-capitalism-movie

 


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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Movie poster mash-ups


 Movie poster mash-ups
 

see attached for an example


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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

THE TROOPS ARE RETURNING TO SKIPPACK, PA !

 
 Revolutionary War Camp & Living History
 
 Evansburg Road and Route 73, Skippack, PA 19474
 Indenhofen Farm, across from the Skippack post office
 
 
 Sept. 26th,  10 to 5pm
 Sept. 27th,  11 to 4pm 
 
 
Come see the Revolutionary War Troops and their camp.
 
Talk to the soldiers and their camp surgeon, see their equipment and learn about their duties.

Get a sense of the life of a soldier at the actual encampment here in Skippack back in the year of 1777.
 
Also come to see a Fife & Drum Corps, Toymaker, Open Hearth Cooking, Tinsmith, Basket Maker, Douser, Spinner, Tole Ware Painting, Butter  Churning, and much more.
 
Food and great fun for families.
All welcome. 
 
 
for further reading:

Skippack's role during the Revolutionary War:
http://www.skippack.org/revwar_skippack.htm
 
6th Penna Regiment:
http://www.6pahome.com/.
 




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Research finds that chatspeak has no impact on children's spelling ability.
 
 
 
 
 




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Friday, September 18, 2009

Liquid specs: self-refractive glasses

 
They consist of clear membranes filled with silicon oil, protected by plastic discs. The wearer can adjust the amount of oil in the lenses using a dial fitted to a syringe on the arms of the glasses.

Changing the amount of oil in the lenses changes their curvature, which alters their strength. When someone has adjusted the lenses to suit their vision, the lenses are sealed with a valve and the syringes removed, giving near-instant glasses with no need for an optometrist.

 http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/09/16/liquid.glasses.self.refraction/index.html 
 
=====
   
 If you fill them with Bud Light, does that give you "Beer Goggles?"

  


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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Experience History this Saturday

 
Living History Day
Saturday, Sept 19th
11 AM to 4 PM
 
East Goshen Township, Route 353 and East Boot Road
 
FREE !
 
Meet Revolutionary war re-enactors, watch a blacksmith demonstrate his trade, see wool spin into yarn.  Try your skills at quill pen writing, colonial dancing, candle making.
 
see attached file for more information.
 
 
 




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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New York Times Quotation of the Day

from my friend John Durkin:
 

> - QUOTATION OF THE DAY -

  "We have these jumbo, juicy paws the Chinese really love, so I don't think they are going to cut us off."
  - PAUL W. AHO, an economist and consultant, arguing that the quality of America's chicken feet -- a delicacy in China -- will serve as leverage in the nations' battle over tariffs.
  
> http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/16/business/global/16chickens.html?th&emc=th


   ================

 Reworked quote of the day:
 
. "We have these jumbo, juicy paws the Chinese really love, and I think they're going to cut them off."
                 -- America's chickens
 
 


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Sometimes, what happens on Twitter shouldn't stay on Twitter

 from my friend Brian:

 
Recently, a book titled *Twitter Wit* was compiled from some of the more entertaining 140-characters-or-fewer posts on the site.  Among the highlights in blurbs:
 
"The baggage carousel sounds a lot more fun than it really is."
 
"Why should I be the one to take the kids to see their psychologist? I don't even love them."
 
"Why aren't martini glasses shaped so they don't spill so easily on the bus?"


http://www.amazon.com/Twitter-Wit-Brilliance-Characters-Less/dp/0061897272

 


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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

FW: Security Alert: Websense Security Labs report - State of Internet Security, Q1-Q2 2009

 

Today, Websense released its biannual "State of the Internet" report, a deep dive into the most significant threats on the Internet during the first half of 2009.

Today, most threats to information security are leading to the Web -- either using the Internet as the attack vector, or simply the route through which stolen, confidential data is transmitted. Key findings from the Websense report include:

Websense Security Labs identified a 233 percent growth in the number of malicious sites in the last six months and a 671 percent growth over the last year.

  • In the first half of 2009, 77 percent of Web sites with malicious code were legitimate sites that have been compromised. This high percentage was maintained over the past six months in part due to widespread attacks including Gumblar, Beladen and Nine Ball which aimed at compromising trusted Web properties with massive injection campaigns.
  • Web 2.0 sites allowing user-generated content are a top target for cybercriminals and spammers. Websense Security Labs found that 95 percent of comments to blogs, chat rooms and message boards are spam or malicious.
  • The "Dirty" Web is getting dirtier: 69 percent of all Web pages with content classified as objectionable (e.g. Sex, Adult Content, Gambling, Drugs) also had at least one malicious link. This is becoming even more pervasive, as 78 percent of new Web pages discovered in the first half of 2009 with objectionable content had at least one malicious link.
  • Websense Security Labs found that 37 percent of malicious Web attacks included data-stealing code, demonstrating that attackers are after essential information and data.
  • The Web continues to be the most popular vector for data-stealing attacks. In the second half of 2008 the Websense Security Labs found that 57 percent of data-stealing attacks are conducted over the Web.
  • The convergence of blended Web and email threats continues to increase. Websense Security Labs reports that 85.6 percent of all unwanted emails in circulation during the first half of 2009 contained links to spam sites or malicious Web sites.
  • In June alone, the total number of emails detected as containing viruses increased 600 percent over the previous month.
You may find the full report and a video summary of the findings at: http://www.websense.com/threatreport


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Ancient technique for modern device

 
 
 
The link will take you to a site where you can download a PDF template
to craft an "origami-esque" paper stand for your iPhone or iTouch.
 


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Monday, September 14, 2009

FW: Inside of a Dog

  : NYTimes book review:


  Alexandra Horowitz's "Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know" attempts explores what science tells us about dogs.
 
 As a psychologist with a Ph.D. in cognitive science, as well as an ardent dogophile, Horowitz aims "to take an informed imaginative leap inside of a dog — to see what it is like to be a dog; what the world is like from a dog's point of view."
 
 
excerpt:
 
Humans are good at seeing things right in front of us, Horowitz explains, because our photoreceptors are centrally located in an area of the retina called the fovea. Dogs do not have foveae and so are not as good at seeing things right in front of them. Those breeds, like pugs, that have retinas more like ours and can see close up, tend to be lap dogs that focus on their owners' faces, making them seem "more companionable."
 
 In dogs with long noses, often bred for hunting or herding, however, the photo­receptors cluster along a horizontal band spanning the middle of the eye. This is called a visual streak, and those dogs that have it "have better panoramic, high-quality ­vision, and much more peripheral vision than humans."
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/books/review/Schine-t.html

=====
 
Of course this book's title, "Inside of a Dog" reminds me of the Groucho Marx quote:
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
 
 
  


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C'est WHAT ???

 
 If anybody knows what this means, please comment.

 


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Fungi. Is there nothing they can't do?

 

'Biotech violin' outdoes Stradivarius

September 14th, 2009
 

At the 27th "Osnabrücker Baumpflegetagen," one of Germany's most important annual conferences on all aspects of forest husbandry, Empa researcher Francis Schwarze's "biotech violin" dared to go head to head in a blind test against a stradivarius -- and won.

 

A brilliant outcome for the Empa violin, which is made of wood treated with fungus, against the instrument made by the great master himself in 1711.

 
full @ http://www.physorg.com/news172135859.html
 

 

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Friday, September 11, 2009

How to pick your favorite Indie band

 
 
Flow Chart of the Day: How to pick your new favorite indie band 
 
 

(note the one question never enters into the equation)
 
 
 


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FW: More Alan Turing News


  from my co-worker John Durkin
     RE: BBC article about British Prime Minister's posthumous apology to Alan Turing.
 
  

Subject: More Alan Turing News
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 10:13:16 -0400
 To: bob_bendesky@hotmail.com


I dunno, I read the apology and it could have been generated by a machine.

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8249792.stm

 

 

John T. Durkin, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Cephalon, Inc.
 

   



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Thursday, September 10, 2009

from http://thisisindexed.com/

 




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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Pop Culture Mashup News Headline

 
  Three -- count 'em, three! -- pop culture references in this headline.
 
 
 


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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Roadrunner the Coyote's after you

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Obama (not exactly)

 




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Friday, September 04, 2009

I can't believe you haven't seen this one

 


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Alan would be proud.

 
 


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Attention-getting title, eh?

 

The exploding head syndrome: polysomnographic recordings and therapeutic suggestions.

 

Department of Neurology, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.

 Sleep. 1991 Jun;14(3):263-6.
  


 
"People's heads explode every day.  Natural causes."
 (riffing on Repo Man)


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FW: The Empire Strikes the Princess Bride

 From my friend Michael.
   



 
When movie genres cross-pollinate:
 
"Hello.  My name is Inigo Skywalker.  You are my father.  Prepare to die."
 

 


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Communications during a vacation

 


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Wednesday, September 02, 2009


 



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Science !

 t-shirt from xkcd:

 
We finally figured out that you could separate fact from superstition by a completely radical method: observation.


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Yeah, I knew "Sally." All the guys knew "Sally."

 
 
 


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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Mad Scientist Magazine !

 
 




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quote of the day


  Why do writers write?  Because it isn't there.
          -
Thomas Berger.    American novelist. (born July 20, 1924) 
 
 


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