Saturday, April 22, 2006

Colored Squares Illusion

The Squares marked A and B are the exact same color!



The proof is after the jump

via Mighty Illusions



Color Proof:



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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


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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.

We are supposd to believe that this girl is trying to reach a guy she met last night, and her friends -- fellow web cam gals -- are also after the same guy, lucky guy.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Your Brains


Hysterical song from Jonathan Coulton.


Your Brains
Download YourBrains.mp3

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.

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Uncle Sam

Too true:


 Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling

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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.

Argentina_1 Paleontologists reported yesterday that they had found the fossils of seven to nine individuals of a species they are naming Mapusaurus roseae.

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
NYT, April 18, 2006

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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!

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Benjamin Franklin's 13-point plan for virtuous living

When Benjamin Franklin was 20 years old, he wrote up a 13-point "plan" for how he would live his life:

1. Temperance: Eat not to dullness and drink not to elevation.

2. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.

3. Order: Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.

4. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.

5. Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e. Waste nothing.

6. Industry: Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.

7. Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

8. Justice: Wrong none, by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

9. Moderation: Avoid extremes. Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

10. Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.

11. Chastity: Rarely use venery but for health or offspring; Never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.

12. Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

13. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

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      

Flamebright via boingboing

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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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It sucks to be Frodo


A whole collection of parody promotional spots at the TBS site:

Lord of the Rings - Secret Lovers
Are Sam and Frodo a little more than friends?  Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Lord of the Rings - White Horse
When Gandalf rides the white horse, the bad guys of Middle Earth had better watch out!
Lord of the Rings - Frodo
It's not easy being a tiny man with hairy feet, especially when you have the One Ring.
Lord of the Rings - Gollum
Are you smelly, strange and without a friend to call your own?  This slimy fellow can relate.
Lord of the Rings - Hunks
Who would have guessed there'd be so many pretty boys in a land of elves and orcs?
Lord of the Rings - Wizard of Orc
Have any other geeks noticed the similarities between Oz and Middle Earth?  Our geeks have.

via kottke


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Friday, April 14, 2006

Our Way of Life


via Yahoo!

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