Thursday, May 24, 2012

US cyberwarfare activities

U.S. hacks Web sites of al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen

from Wall Street Journal

State Department cyber experts recently hacked into Web sites being used by al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen and substituted the group's anti-American rhetoric with information about civilians killed in terrorist strikes, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday.

"We need Special Operations Forces who are as comfortable drinking tea with tribal leaders as raiding a terrorist compound," she said.


... and living in their Mother's basement surrounded by computers.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

This cannot be unseen : The Internet's Mall

Nothing you need, but everything you WANT!

Glow-in-the-Dark Contact Lenses.  Sword-handle Umbrellas.
Two-person Underwear. Princess Leia Headphone Covers.

Radio-controlled Flying Superhero.  Bob Ross Finger Puppet
Anatomically Correct Heart Necklace. Chocolate Human Skulls.

Inflatable Walk-on-Water Balloon.  Titanic Ice Cube Mold.
Bowling Ball Billiards.  Walk-in Beer Cooler.  8-bit Tie.


Friday, May 18, 2012

Truth IS as strange as fiction


Zombie-ant' fungus is under attack, research reveals
A parasite that fights the zombie-ant fungus has yielded some of its secrets to an international research team led by Penn State's David Hughes. The research reveals, for the first time, how an entire ant colony is able to survive infestations by the zombie-ant fungus, which invades an ant's brain and causes it to march to its death at a mass grave near the ant colony, where the fungus spores erupt out of the ant's head. "In a case where biology is stranger than fiction, the parasite of the zombie-ant fungus is itself a fungus -- a hyperparasitic fungus that specializes in attacking the parasite that turns the ants into zombies," Hughes said.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Revolutionary War event taking place this weekend at Washington's Crossing.

On the weekend of May 18 – 20th, 2012, American and British forces will converge on Washington Crossing Historic Park, on the banks of the Delaware River, to offer a representational living history event with a focus on military life in the war torn colonies.

Guests may see displays of military maneuvers, skirmishing, sentry duties as well as summary courts martial and deserter scenarios. The public will also have the opportunity to visit sutlers and crafters.

This event is a representation of the activity prior to the Crossing. In 1776 there were constant skirmishes and foraging parties engaging along the Delaware River basin for three weeks. We hope to entertain and educate the general public and in so doing continue to honor our forefathers.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Colors have flavor?

What does Pink taste like?

Vanilla, apparently...


Friday, May 11, 2012

my kind of prankster

 The picture is animated. If it's not moving, you can't see the joke

If Mother's Day Cards Were Honest

Thursday, May 10, 2012

From World Wide Words: No room to swing a cat

 Questions and Answers: No room to swing a cat

Q From Mindy: I was discussing with my husband the other day the phrases no room to swing a cat and you can't swing a dead cat without ... He related the usual origin of the phrases as referring to a cat o' nine tails, but this sounds suspiciously like a folk etymology to me. Are the phrases really related, and do they refer to felines, whips, or some other cat-like object?

A The second of your phrases, which is variously completed, as "You can't swing a dead cat without toppling a corrupt politician" or "You can't swing a dead cat in the shipping industry without hitting somebody with phoney papers" or "you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a Starbucks", is a modern creation — I can't find an example of it before the late 1980s.

It's almost certainly derived from your other idiom, which is some centuries older. It is indeed frequently said to be from that awful naval punishment. Most reference books say something similar to this entry from the Penguin Dictionary of English Idioms of 2001: "The original phrase was probably 'not room to swing a cat-o'nine-tails', and dates from the time when sailors were flogged on board ship. The floggings took place on the deck because the cabins were too small to swing a cat in."

A nicely summarised explanation, it falls down on two counts.

Ship's cabins were for sleeping in and ship life took place elsewhere; nobody would have even considered a flogging in a cabin because the ship's company would have been mustered to witness punishment. The only place to do that would have been on deck. (The cat-o'nine-tails was also a prison punishment in some countries but similar comments apply; the person to be flogged was tied to a post in the prison yard for other prisoners to observe.)

Secondly, I can't find a case in the English literature databases that I've searched that mentions swinging cats in the context of flogging, or even ships. Your view that the story is a folk etymology is well-based.

The earliest example of the phrase is this:

Moreton is return'd to his old occupation, and Preaches in a little Conventicle you can hardly swing a Cat round in.
Letters from the Dead to the Living, by Thomas Brown, 1702.

Brown was a well-known author and his work was popular in its time, being reprinted on several occasions in the following decades. It may even have been the source, though I suspect not. It doesn't by itself refute the cat-o'nine-tails story, since the instrument was known by that name somewhat earlier (it appears in Congreve'sLove for Love of 1695 and in an English translation of Rabelais that's said to be of 1665, though I can't confirm the date).

Why anybody should want to swing a cat at all is unclear. If they did, then the idiom would have naturally followed. It's this puzzle that leads so many reputable works to suggest the punishment story. Could it have been from some child's cruel game? My guess is that it was just an ingeniously inventive way to say that an enclosed space was especially small.

Pass The Syrup: Dad's Insane Pancake Art For Children | Geekologie

You don't make pancakes for your kids that look like Mandelbrot Sets and Mythological Creatures ?

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Maurice Sendak on Terry Gross' Fresh Air

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Friday, May 04, 2012


Thursday, May 03, 2012

The difference between Scientists and Regular People

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

What's just about to happen here?

hint ... but I doubt you needed the hint...

Golf, a deadly sport

Gator bites golfer, reminds us golf is a dangerous and deadly sport

-Follow Jay Busbee on Twitter at @jaybusbee.-

What is it with golf and alligators? You never hear about a gator attacking, say, a basketball player, but it seems every spring we get a story or two about golfers and gators coming together, and not for a friendly round. Just weeks after we had the infamous battle of Caddie vs. Gator, won by the caddie, the gators very nearly had their revenge.
The scene: Florida (of course). Albert Miller, a 75-year-old golfer, was playing the Lake Ashton Golf & Country Club in Lake Wales. And, as golfers are wont to do, he put a shot into shallow water at the 15th hole. He ambled over to the pond, spotted his ball, reached in to grab it and suddenly HOLY CRAP THERE'S A GATOR LEAPING OUT OF THE WATER AND BITING ME! (Not a direct quote.)
The gator chomped down on Miller's left knee and tried to drag him into the water. Miller's playing partners held on to his arms, though apparently none pulled an Elin Woods and took a golf club to the gator's skull. Still, good news: "He let me go," Miller said. "I was three feet from my life. He had me submerged up to my belt buckle. That was my miracle of the month."
Think about that for a second. One moment, you're standing at the edge of an idyllic pond; the next, you're instants away from being gator food. Never know what the day's going to bring, do you?
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission captured the alligator, which was nine-feet long (!) and weighed an estimated 190 pounds. Miller required 40 stitches to close the cuts in his knee, and faces a long and painful rehabilitation. But at least he's around to schedule his next round.
So, yeah, next time somebody says golf's not a contact sport, invite them to play a few holes along a Florida waterway.

(Photo for illustration purposes only. That is presumably not the gator involved in this story. Presumably.)

The question on every golfer's mind is still unanswered:
Does being attacked by an alligator count as a Mulligan?