Monday, April 28, 2008

Food fight

from a friend of mine:

Often in exceedingly poor taste... and yet, I think you might just enjoy this:


So, what's so interesting about this food fight? It depicts armed conflict between nations, starting with WWII. THe nations are represented by food.

Notice that for the Israeli War for Independence, the British (Fish 'n' Chips) withdraw from the area before the outbreak of hostilities between the Bagels and the Shish-kebobs.
At the bottom of the webpage, there's a breakdown of the depicted battles, and there's also a link to a cheat sheet, if you need help identifiying the food that depicts a nation.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

: blowing your buffer

"Prediction of human errors by maladaptive changes in event-related brain networks"

Or, as MSNBC called them in their coverage of this study, "brain farts."

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Worst. Company Name. Ever.

And to go along with "Ass Effects", there's this company:

No tow truck for 250,000 miles.

Another use for Duct Tape:
Fix your fender... on the Moon.


There are lots of examples of the multitude of uses for Duct Tape.
The one thing it isn't good for?
Taping ducts.

"Over a three-month period in 1998, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) researchers tested duct tape and 31 other sealants under accelerated laboratory conditions that mimicked long-term use in the home. They heated air to nearly 170 degrees and chilled it to below 55 degrees before blasting it through ducts. They baked ductwork at temperatures up to 187 degrees to simulate the oven-like conditions of a closed attic under a hot summer sun.
Of all the things they tested, only duct tape failed - and they reported it failed reliably and often quite catastrophically.


As it's been said:

"Duct tape is like The Force –
it has a light side and a dark side, and it binds the Universe together"

Monday, April 21, 2008

Yes. In 1936.

The fastest growing language

"Nerdic" is fastest growing language.
Let's hear it guys... W00t !!!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Having a tough day at the office ?

The microscopy of vinyl records

The microscopy of vinyl records

  • Introduction.
  • Microscopy: The appearance of the grooves.
  • Contaminations causing noise; old forms of stylus.
  • Record wear and the elliptical stylus.
  • Stylus tracking and test records.

This article is addressed to the people who are still in love with their vinyl collections. Long may they find replacement styli and belts for their turntables, for amongst the neglected discs from the early days of stereo recording now turning up in charity shops and car-boot sales are what many discriminating listeners believe to be the finest examples of recorded sound in the entire history of the medium

Friday, April 18, 2008

Worst. Drug Name. Ever.

The winner of 'Worst. Drug Name. Ever.' goes to the heartburn medicine...

My wife was in the kitchen when a TV advertisement for this product aired.
She said, 'Did I just hear a drug called Ass Effects?
Didn't they have one English-speaking person in their focus group?'

Monday, April 14, 2008

How Real Men use Post-It notes

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

News Item written with British Wit

Star Wars comes to Holyhead as Darth Vader strikes back in Jedi's back garden
By Tom Chivers

A Star Wars fan got closer to his idols than he would perhaps have liked when he was attacked in his garden by Darth Vader.

Jedi Master Jonba Hehol - known to family and friends as Barney Jones, 36, of Holyhead - was giving a TV interview in his back garden for a documentary when a man, dressed in a black bin-bag and wearing Darth Vader's trademark shiny black helmet, leapt over his garden fence.

Wielding a metal crutch - his lightsaber presumably being in for repairs - the Sith Lord proceeded to lay about his opponent, whose Jedi powers proved inadequate for the task of defending himself.

After besting Master Hehol in single combat, Vader, who The Sun reports was under the influence of alcohol, went on to assault the camera crew and a hairdresser.

True to his word

Charlton Heston, Epic Film Star and Voice of N.R.A., Dies at 84

Charlton Heston, who appeared in some 100 films in his 60-year acting career but who is remembered chiefly for his monumental, jut-jawed portrayals of Moses, Ben-Hur and Michelangelo, died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 84
Fitting him into the coffin is proving troublesome, as the funeral director is finding it difficult to pry his gun out of his cold, dead hands.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Worst. Job title. Ever.

A friend of mine has a sister (Gina) who's made fitness videos that play around the world. She receives fanmail from people who have seen her videos.

My friend sent me a portion of an email she received from a guy in Argentina, who, after asking her some workout questions, he tells her about himself. Please note his stated profession.


Hola Gina

I´m Martin your fan of Argentina!
Your can tell me how I would have to make, to develop chest because I have a little :-(
What would I have to make?, With what? and How many times per day?.
Also how many abdominals you recommend me to make per day?

Here I send you my picture so that you know me, I´m Agent of Medical Propaganda, work for the laboratory GSK, I´m also a musician and I have a rock band!


Friday, April 04, 2008

Must-have neuro-fashion accessory

I can't imagine what shoes would match this bag.

Breakfast, anyone?

The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art

my wife discovered this one:

"The museum exhibits the world's largest collection of anatomically correct fabric brain art, inspired by research from neuroscience, dissection and neuroeconomics.

Our current exhibition features three quilts with functional images from PET and fMRI scanning, a knitted brain, and two fabric pieces interpreting single neuron recording."


Check out the second one (Karen Norberg #1).
The brain is bisected, allowing you a view of the fibrous structures inside.
Note that the corpus callosum is a zipper.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

A couple days late, but it's great.

The BBC website has an amazing story about Penguins.
If you liked "March of the Penguins", you'll love this short video, hosted by Terry Jones.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

: Secret 'dino bugs' revealed

BBC News item:

We are with Paul Tafforeau who is scrolling through images on his computer.

His pictures have been produced by a colossal X-ray machine that can illuminate the insides of small lumps of clouded amber (fossil tree resin).

As he plays with the settings, what starts out as grey nothingness suddenly becomes the unmistakable outline of a "wee beastie".

Who knows? This little creature could once have buzzed a dinosaur. It's certainly the right age.


Bugs in amber that might have buzzed a dinosaur?

Great News !
Now I can extract the Dino DNA and build a Theme Park !
I'm looking for investors...

Silent 3, President and CEO
Frankenstein Technologies, LTD

Training you to fight a robot war

Attention Video Game Players!
Your skills are needed by the US Armed Forces

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

the Latest Wii game

Leave it to the Japanese to take a statement like, "Let's not get into a pissing contest over this," and make it feasable.
... Poisson d'Avril !

April Fools Day

Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of all Time

Their #1 Hoax is the 1957 BBC broadcast informing England that the Swiss are harvesting a bumper crop of Spaghetti.

This was accompanied by video footage of peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees.