Tuesday, March 31, 2009

More interesting than "the sound of one hand clapping"

The sound of a jelly wobbling has been recorded for the first time ever in a soundproof chamber at UCL (University College London).

The recording is being turned into a soundtrack for an architectural jelly banquet to be hosted at UCL at 8pm on 4 July 2008
The soundtrack for the banquet is sampled from real jellies wobbled in one of UCL's anechoic chambers (acoustic rooms in which the walls are lined with sound-absorbent material) by sound artist Douglas Murphy. The jellies' oscillations are being measured with the aim of transforming these into soundwaves.
Douglas Murphy says: "It is refreshing to explore the sonority of a much neglected physical property: the wobble factor. Jelly entices us into a strange but compelling world of organic sounds. The sonic wobble is captured in two ways: by carefully recording the results of gentle coaxing and by expressing the wobble frequency as physically powerful base tones.".
The event, run by Bompas and Parr as part of the London Festival of Architecture, will see a troupe of dancers deliver a spoon-based performance to the soundtrack sampled from wobbling jellies and a delicious aroma of strawberries, and will feature jelly wrestling and other festive frolics.

full at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0807/08070201

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Monday, March 30, 2009

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How to find other albums on the internet outside?

 How to find other albums on the internet outside?

-> faça um pedido ao admin: mdz@live.com --> Make a request to admin: mdz@live.com

1- acesse o google 1 - access Google
2- digite o album desejado, ex.: ivete mtv ao vivo 2 - enter the album desired eg. Ivete mtv live
3- seguido do nome do album, digite: "site:blogspot.com", sem as aspas 3 - followed by the name of the album, type: "site: blogspot.com" without the quotes

ficará mais ou menos assim: " ivete mtv ao vivo site:blogspot.com " (clique para ver os resultados) Will be more or less like this: "ivete mtv live site: blogspot.com" (click to see the results)

agora encontre em outro blog o álbum desejado ;) Now find another blog on the album desired;)

Porque usar o 4shared? Why use 4shared?

- baixar as músicas separadas -- Download individual songs
- verificar a qualidade do arquivo, e ter informações adicionais -- Check the quality of the file, and have additional information
- sem tempos de espera longos (1 min máximo) -- Without waiting for long time (1 min maximum)

a única desvantagem, é que se você quizer baixar cd's completos, vai demorar um pouco a mais... The only disadvantage is that if you want lower cd's complete, it will take a little more ...

O que é o folder.jpg dentro de cada pasta no 4shared? What is folder.jpg within each folder in 4shared?

- Ele corresponde a imagem que aparecerá na pasta quando estiver exibindo no modo de "miniaturas". -- He is the image that will appear in the folder when displaying in the way of "thumbnails".

As músicas aqui baixadas são conferidas ? The songs downloaded are conferred here?

Sim. Yes Qualidade garantida! Quality guaranteed!


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Bluejacking and how to bluejack


Bluejacking and how to bluejack !!

Bluejacking is a harmless prank played on people who have switched Bluetooth on their phones. It was "invented" by someone nicknamed ajack, hence the name bluejack. Bluejacking is NOT the same as hacking, so wannabe hacker kids, DO NOT ask me how to blue snarf or read others' contact lists on their cell phones. If you want that kind of information, look elsewhere. For more on how to bluejack people, read below:
  • Add a new phone contact
  • In the Name field, enter the message you want to appear on the victim's phone, for example Your hair is messy!!. You can also enter values for other fields like 404 for Phone and http://www.anywhere.com for URL
  • Now, get out into the open and go to a crowded place. Most Americans don't have Bluetooth enabled cell phones, and you may find it hard to find one. The likely places are stations and malls.
  • Enter the Phonebook, select Manage contact and then select Send contact
  • Select the new contact you just created
  • Your phone does a scan around the area for other Bluetooth enabled devices. It shows all that are displayed. Usually, if you see names like T610 or T630 it means you have a victim!!
  • Select the victim and click on Send. If you get the message Contact sent it means you've just bluejacked somebody!!
  • You can also send pictures to your victim by adding them to your bluejack contact.
    The best thing about this is even if the victim rejects the contact that you sent him/her, the picture gets automatically saved in the victim's My Pictures section
    The disadvantage is that if you use pictures in the contact details, it may not automatically get saved in other phones like Nokia. But then you could always have a number of bj contacts ;)
Note: I lost interest in bluejacking after 2 or 3 successful tries. Its just a prank. Do NOT harass the victim or else you might find yourself in the dock. Be careful, especially in airports where the tolerance level is very low. Also don't send threatening messages. Technically you cannot be traced, but if the victim notices you behaving in a suspicious way with your mobile phone in your hand, you better run or wait to be flogged!!

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bucks County prankster summons 'Night of the Living Dead'

news item from The Morning Call

Bucks County prankster summons 'Night of the Living Dead'

Have no fear, zombies haven't invaded Bucks County. The rest of the country also appeared to be free of the walking dead at press time.

Some motorists on Route 212 in the Richlandtown area may have thought otherwise over the weekend when they came across a digital sign that read '' ZOMBIES AHEAD.''

The frightful alert, which replaced what was supposed to be a bridge construction warning, apparently was the work of pranksters.
Hey Kids!
You can do it, too!

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Warning: Absolutely dreadful pun ahead

news item from The Telegraph (UK):
  Man who had sex with bicycle sentenced
  Robert Stewart, who was caught half-naked in a compromising position with his bicycle, has been put on probation for three years.
  The 51-year-old was naked from the waist down and when the women opened the door he paused only to ask, "What is it, hen?", before continuing to "move his hips back and forth as if to simulate sex".
  The police were called and at a hearing last month Mr Stewart was placed on the sex offenders' register after admitting a sexual breach of the peace.

I suppose the man was charged with being a... (wait for it)...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Quote of the day


 Television is the first truly democratic culture—the first culture available to everyone and entirely governed by what the people want.  The most terrifying thing is what people do want."
  — Clive Barnes [ Theater and Dance Critic]


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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

but Plush Biology can be dangerous, too...










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Best sellers include: The Common Cold, The Flu, Sore Throat, Stomach Ache, Brain Cell, E. coli, Kissing Disease, Ulcer, Martian Life, Beer & Bread, Black Death, Ebola, Flesh Eating, Sleeping Sickness, Dust Mite, Bed Bug, Bookworm, and many more!
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Monday, March 23, 2009

The past tense of "Twitter" is...

 from TV Squad, March 19th


 If you missed it this morning, Stephen Colbert was on the Today show to talk about his role in the new animated movie Monsters vs. Aliens  and The Colbert Report  shows that he is going to be doing from The Persian Gulf.


As usual, he was his funny self, even saying he was irritated that the show wasn't doing "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" this year (he's hoping one day they really will lose him somewhere around the globe).

At the end of the interview, Vieira asked him if he knew what Twitter was and if he was on it. Colbert answered "yes, I have Twatted."


The crew got a nice chuckle out of it, but you can see from the video (after the jump) that when NBC posted in online, they took that section out! Really? Come on, it's not that bad.








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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Steven Colbert explains the Nervous System


"That's where the truth lies, right down here in the gut.  Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than you have in your head?  You can look it up.  I know some of you are going to say "I did look it up, and that's not true."  That's 'cause you looked it up in a book.  Next time, look it up in your gut.  I did.  My gut tells me that's how our nervous system works."

Friday, March 20, 2009

Mouse mouse

This computer mod is Sick
not "sick" as in "way cool."
sick as in "sick."


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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Quote of the Day

Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.
    - Marston Bates (American zoologist),  The Nature of Natural History (1950)


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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cue The Monolith. Cue "Thus Spake Zarathustra"

from BBC news website:

'Armed' chimps go wild for honey

Cameras have revealed how "armed" chimpanzees raid beehives to gorge on sweet honey.

Scientists in the Republic of Congo found that the wild primates crafted large clubs from branches to pound the nests until they broke open.

My friend Anthony read the story and commented:
"My God! It's full of Bees!"

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

If the 'Watchmen' was turned into a Cartoon Network kids show...

 Even funnier if you've read the book or seen the movie...

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Monday, March 09, 2009

Barack Obama is @#$% tired of this @#$%!

Hey Kids!
You can hear the President of the United States say:
"You ain't my bitch, nigga!  Buy your own damn fries!"
"This shit's getting way too complicated for me."
from The Boston Phoenix:
In his bestselling autobiography, Dreams From My Father, President Obama introduces us to his high school friend, "Ray," who, like him, is bi-racial. Who, also like him, is casting about to find his place in the world. But, who, unlike him, has a potty mouth that would make a sailor blush.

Best of all? When reading the audiobook version of his bio, Obama does impressions of Ray's manner of speech. 

Swear words and all. 
 It's fucking awesome.

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Two Meta-jokes


There are two horses in a bar.
One says to the other, "There are two dogs in a bar and one says to the other..."
The other horse says "That's ludicrous. Dogs can't talk."

A rabbi, priest and minister walk into a bar.
Bartender says, "What it this, some kinda joke?"


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Thursday, March 05, 2009

"Crowdsourcing" may not always be productive...

Follow the thread from this discussion board.
One person posted a picture, asking the board participants to use their Photoshop skills to clean up the picture he posted.
The respondents were not always helpful.

  (NSFW Warning: one image may not be suitable for the workplace)



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Monday, March 02, 2009

Triumph the insult comic dog visits a Star Wars movie opening

It's in 2 parts.
Watch both.

Now if I could only remember where I left it...

from a friend:

Nanotube Radio
K. Jensen, J. Weldon, H. Garcia, and A. Zettl
Department of Physics, University of California at Berkeley
Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems, University of California at Berkeley

  We have constructed a fully functional, fully integrated radio receiver, orders-of-magnitude smaller than any previous radio, from a single carbon nanotube.
The single nanotube serves, at once, as all major components of a radio: antenna, tuner, amplifier, and demodulator. Moreover, the antenna and tuner are implemented in a radically different manner than traditional radios, receiving signals via high frequency mechanical vibrations of the nanotube rather than through traditional electrical means.
We have already used the nanotube radio to receive and play music from FM radio transmissions such as Layla by Eric Clapton (Derek and the Dominos) and the Beach Boy's Good Vibrations.
The nanotube radio's extremely small size could enable radical new applications such as radio controlled devices small enough to exist in the human bloodstream, or simply smaller, cheaper, and more efficient wireless devices such as cellular phones.


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Sunday, March 01, 2009

March comes in like a lion...

A chestnut from Saturday Night Live

John Belushi:

Thank you Chevy. Well, another winter is almost over and March true to form has come in like a lion, and hopefully will go out like a lamb. At least that's how March works here in the United States.

But did you know that March behaves differently in other countries? In Norway, for example, March comes in like a polar bear and goes out like a walrus. Or, take the case of Honduras where March comes in like a lamb and goes out like a salt marsh harvest mouse.

Let's compare this to the Maldive Islands where March comes in like a wildebeest and goes out like an ant. A tiny, little ant about this big.

(holds thumb and index fingers a small distance apart)

Unlike the Malay Peninsula where March comes in like a worm-eating fernbird and goes out like a worm-eating fernbird. In fact, their whole year is like a worm-eating fernbird.

Or consider the Republic of South Africa where March comes in like a lion and goes out like a different lion. Like one has a mane, and one doesn't have a mane. Or in certain parts of South America where March swims in like a sea otter, and then it slithers out like a giant anaconda.

There you can buy land real cheap, you know. And there's a country where March hops in like a kangaroo, and stays a kangaroo for a while, and then it becomes a slightly smaller kangaroo. Then, then, then for a couple of days it's sort of a cross between a, a frilled lizard and a common house cat.

(Chevy Chase tries to interrupt him)

Wait wait wait wait. Then it changes back into a smaller kangaroo, and then it goes out like a, like a wild dingo. Now, now, and it's not Australia! Now, now, you'd think it would be Australia, but it's not!

(Chevy Chase tries to interrupt him)

Now look, pal! I know a country where March comes in like an emu and goes out like a tapir. And they don't even know what it means! All right? Now listen, there are nine different countries, where March comes in like a frog, and goes out like a golden retriever. But that- that's not the weird part! No, no, the weird part is, is the frog. The frog- The weird part is-

(has seizure and falls off chair)