Saturday, April 22, 2006
Colored Squares Illusion
The Squares marked A and B are the exact same color!
The proof is after the jump
Friday, April 21, 2006
LIRR Commuter from Hell: Leave the Maserati, Take the 8:06
Okay, this doesn't really qualify as a true LIRR commuter from hell -- the driver of this car wasn't bothering anyone, so technically, they aren't a CFH.
But how often do you get to see this? A brand new Maserati Gran Sport GT Coupe in the station parking lot (thats the 6:06 in the background).
My LIRR station parking lot is typically filled with Bimmers, Range Rovers, Benzs, even an SL55. This Maserati was a first.
Welcome to Long Island
Thursday, April 20, 2006
The Greatest Viral Video Campaign Ever
This is one of the most interesitng -- an I'll bet, effective -- viral advertising campagins. It is #6 at Google Video.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Hysterical song from Jonathan Coulton.
Coulton writes: All songs are in mp3 format with no DRM, which means that you can play them wherever you want. They are also all Creative Commons (except the covers and the mashups), so you should pass them along to friends, burn them onto mix CDs and re-use them in whatever non-commercial endeavor you like. There are still plenty of freebies here, as indicated by the smiley faces, and of course the Thing a Week series is free if you subscribe to it as a podcast. But it is my goal to make a living by making music, so if you get free music and enjoy it, I would certainly appreciate a donation.
Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Bigger Than T Rex
That's right, even bigger than the giant T Rex:
From the NYT:
"A new dinosaur species, one of the largest known carnivorous dinosaurs, has emerged from the red sandstone of Patagonia, in Argentina, where reptilian giants seem to have thrived 100 million years ago.
An analysis of the bones showed that an adult exceeded 40 feet in length, which the discoverers said was slightly larger than specimens of both its close relative, Giganotosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus rex. Some scientists think that a Spinosaurus species from North Africa is the largest meat-eating dinosaur, but that is still debated.
The discovery was made in sediments of a 100-million-year-old water channel at a site 15 miles south of Plaza Huincul, Argentina. It was reported at a news conference in Plaza Huincul and described in the French journal Geodiversitas.
The skull is lighter than that of Giganotosaurus, but with the sharp, blade-shaped teeth that are the trademark of predatory dinosaurs. One of the most intriguing bones, the paleontologists said, was the longest known fibula, or shin bone, for any meat-eating dinosaur.
The fossils were excavated over five years, beginning in 1995, before scientists realized they were dealing with a new species of giant carnivores, members of the broader meat-eating carcharodontosaurids, Dr. Currie said.
"Preparation later revealed that skeletal parts represented more than a single individual," the two scientists wrote in the journal. They estimated that the dinosaurs ranged in size from slender juveniles 18 feet long to a robust adult of at least 40 feet long.
The scientists said Mapusaurus apparently lived at the same time and place as the largest known dinosaur, the 125-foot-long Argentinosaurus plant eater that Mapusaurus presumably hunted. The genus name Mapusaurus is derived from the word for earth among the Mapuches, the native people of western Patagonia.
The discovery, along with other recent ones in Canada, Mongolia and the United States, appeared to support an emerging interpretation of the hunting behavior of predatory dinosaurs. Instead of being solitary hunters, as once thought, they may have operated in groups.
A Meat Eater Bigger Than T. Rex Is Unearthed
JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
NYT, April 18, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
While my ukulele gently weeps.
While my ukulele gently weeps, by Jake Shimabukuro
Be sure to hang around for the solo
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Rock On Jake!
Benjamin Franklin's 13-point plan for virtuous living
He found that following the plan increased his happiness so much that he kept it up for the rest of his life . . . At age 84, Benjamin Franklin lived until he was 84; He died in Philadelphia on April 17, 1790
Sunday, April 16, 2006
It sucks to be Frodo
It appears that TBS has developed a sense of humor: Some of their adverts for the upcoming Lord of the Rings broadcast are "Brokeback Mountain" parodies, while others are simply amusing:
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A whole collection of parody promotional spots at the TBS site: