Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Should I Stay or should I Go?

I've noticed conflicting messages sent by two types of TV shows:
Local News, and Crime Shows.

When watching local news, you're given a frightening list of all the muggings, rapes and murders that have occurred in your home town. The message is, "It's not safe outside. Stay home."

However, on crime shows (like Law & Order), the detectives invariably ask the suspect, "Where were you on the night of the 15th?"
The suspect replies, "I was at home, watching TV.""
Did anyone see you? Can anyone verify your alibi?"
"No, I was alone."

So these are our options:
1) Go out on the town, be seen, and run the risk of being a crime victim.
2) Stay home, and run the risk of being a crime suspect.

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Cornstarch is People!

Fun with a dish of cornstarch and Faraday waves.
The last part is more than a little creepy...

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Park to be built on dump may be named after Sharon

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli government officials have proposed renaming a park to be built on the Jewish state's biggest garbage dump after the comatose former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Israeli newspapers reported Tuesday.


Isn't it ironic that Sharon's nickname was the Bulldozer? Something you'd expect to see working in a dump.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

There's always room...

How to Nail Jell-O to a Wall

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Useful (and cool) hyperlink trick

There's an editorial in the NY times which features a very interesting bit of hyperlinking:

At the bottom of the article [at] it states :

"To find reference information about the words used in this article, hold down the ALT key and click on any word, phrase or name. A new window will open with a dictionary definition or encyclopedia entry. "

Yes, ANY word. And the article text doesn't show the usual blue text or blue-underline of hyperlinking. Nor does the mouse cursor change to a pointing finger when hovering over any word in the article.

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

A Princeton Lab on ESP Plans to Close Its Doors

from the NY Times:

PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 6 ¬ó Over almost three decades, a small laboratory at Princeton University managed to embarrass university administrators, outrage Nobel laureates, entice the support of philanthropists and make headlines around the world with its efforts to prove that thoughts can alter the course of events.

But at the end of the month, the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory, or PEAR, will close, not because of controversy but because, its founder says, it is time.

The laboratory has conducted studies on extrasensory perception and telekinesis from its cramped quarters in the basement of the university’s engineering building since 1979. Its equipment is aging, its finances dwindling.

At the PEAR offices this week, the staff worked amid boxes, piles of paper and a roll of bubble wrap as big as an oil drum. The random-event machines are headed for storage.


Tell me they didn't see this one coming...

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Friday, February 09, 2007

: dead celebrity

from NY Times Obit:

"Anna Nicole Smith was born Vickie Lynn Hogan on Nov. 28, 1967, in Mexia, Tex."

Why did she change her last name?

Hogans were her claim to fame...

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

On conformity...


Simply LOOKING at a Punk Rocker can make you a noncomformist !,,2006227,00.html


Web 2.0 explained in video

from a friend:

This video is getting mention all over the place, so you've probably seen it already. It is an attempt to explain the Web 2.0 concept.
Since it is, itself, a user-contributed video to YouTube, it is probably a fine example of Web 2.0 anyway.

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Enough gift ideas for a lifetime


If they had the internet when I was a kid, this place would have gotten ALL my allowance money...

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

: Red Rose Tea commercial




From: "Ed Golick"
Subject: Red Rose Tea commercial
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2007 18:21:31 -0500

Hi! Here it is!

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Friday, February 02, 2007

live blogging

Local college radio station WXPN was featuring top artists of the year, and there were two people blogging about it as the music was broadcast.

When the station played Norah Jones, one blogger wrote:

"Mr. Shankar, may I have your daughter's hand in marriage? But, you can't play at the wedding, OK?"

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