Thursday, September 30, 2010

2010 Oregon Sand castle competition

The competition starts with the tide going out. The judging must be completed before the tide comes in and washes the work away. That gives everyone about 6 hours . Some pretty fancy work for a short time! 
There are ribbons and awards for the competition. But no money involved.
The competition is held at Cannon Beach, Oregon



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Strogulski Caricatures

German artist Patrick Strogulski

Alfred Hitchcock

Rowan Atkinson

Peter O'Toole

Trenton Tarantino

Brad Pitt

Morgan Freeman

Jean Reno

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ken Block Gymkhana Practice


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The Dim Sum Pop Guide for Dim Sum Virgins




We all know that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed in August 1945 after explosion of atomic bombs.
However, we know little about the progress made by the people of that land during the past 64 years.














Who the hell won the war?


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Your Life Explained by Scientific Graphs:




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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Apple, Microsoft, Dell, H.P. by the Numbers

$222.12 billion versus $219.18, or $2.94 billion — That was the gap separating Apple and Microsoft at the close of trading on May 26.

$49.53 billion — That’s the gap separating Apple and Microsoft during midday trading on Tuesday. Apple’s market capitalization has surged to $263.75 billion, while Microsoft sits at $214.14 billion. Apple’s run-up has come on the back of strong iPhone sales and rising interest in the iPad. Meanwhile, investors have been unmoved by strong sales of Windows 7, and continue to wonder if Microsoft has another trick up its sleeve.

$52.47 billion — That’s the gap between Apple’s value and that of Exxon Mobil, which has a market capitalization of $315.95 billion, making it the most valuable American company

1,033 — That’s the number of patents Apple has scored over the past eight years. A few Web sites out there spend their time going through Apple’s patents, trying to figure out what wonders the company will come up with next. The conventional wisdom paints Apple as a major innovator, but . . .

1,101 — That’s the number of patents Dell has over the same period. Dell often takes shots for having a thin research and development budget when compared with its major rivals, and is often bashed as being an assembler rather than an innovator. Still, it can claim more patents than Apple. And yet . . .

$24.74 billion — That’s Dell market capitalization on Tuesday. Dell’s share price has taken a drubbing in recent years, as the company continues to try and find some magic to staple onto the Direct Model.

8,046 — That’s Hewlett-Packard’s patent total over the past five years, which looks impressive, but it has been heading in a downward direction. In 2005, H.P. claimed 1,790 patent scalps, and 2,099 the next year. But its patent totals fell after that, during the heart of Mark V. Hurd’s tenure as chief executive, from March 2005 through August 2010. H.P. received 1,269 patents last year.

8,774 — That’s Microsoft’s patent total over the past five years, and it highlights its recent intellectual property offensive. In 2005, Microsoft received just 746 patents despite spending billions of dollars on research and development. The last two years, Microsoft received 2,026 and 2,901 patents.

0 — That’s the number of Cisco networking products H.P. currently has in the heart of its data centers.




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Squirrels a problem ? Think again

This is hilarious

Worried about squirrels getting into your bird feeder??

 What the heck is that line made of?

 All that work for bird food ?

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Keep Your Balls Clean

If you have dirty balls that need cleaning, check out this very important message from Axe.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Carnivorous Plants: Hungry & Gorgeous

via Dark Roasted Blend

Passive-Aggressive, Green and Very Hungry!

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For all you geeks out there – and, yes, we know who you are – it's commonly thought that the first depiction of a salad making a meal out of a man comes from Dr. Carl Liche, writing in 1881. J.W. Buel echoed the idea in his Land and Sea in 1887 (see below). Unluckily for Liche and Buel they've been since exposed as 'imaginative' instead of 'accurate.' ("The Day of the Triffids" by John Wyndham also deserves a mention). Hate to disappoint but true man-eating plants are a total myth:

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But that doesn't mean that the next time you sit down to feast on a supposedly defenseless potato there aren't other forms of plant life that are also having a tasty meal of, while not us humans, then most definitely other animals – and sometimes rather large animals. 

(images credit: Barry Rice2)

Venus Entrapment

The poster-plant for botanical carnivores has got to be the legendary Venus Flytrap. A resident of swamps and bogs, the flytrap has evolved a dramatic solution to its lack-of-nutrient diet: it catches flies – and pretty much anything big enough to get caught. What's amazing about this plant is its mechanism. Anything that happens to stumble between the two halves of its unique mechanism will find itself in caught in a quickly-snapping-shut botanical bear trap. What's even worse is that after being caught the Venus then fuses those leaves together, turning them into a kind of stomach to digest its prey. What's extra-fascinating is that the trap has two triggers, and that both of them have to be tripped for the leaves to snap shut, to avoid misfires.

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Alluring Perfume in a Deadly Pitcher

While the flytrap looks like something out of a monster movie it rarely grows to any really impressive size – unless you happen to be a housefly. But one carnivorous plant that really is impressive, and recently discovered, is what's called a passive hunter. Instead of using snapping traps its family instead has evolved fluid-filled pitfalls lined with very slippery sides, and baited with a very alluring perfume. 

(right: Sarracenia hybrid - images credit: Helene Schmitz, National Geographic)

Pitcher plants come in a wide variety of shapes, types, and sizes – including a special one native to the Philippines. Most pitchers feast on bugs and sometimes small lizards: pretty much whatever's unfortunate enough to get seduced by the plant's alluring smells and is small enough to fit down its leafy throat. While its mechanism is similar to its smaller kin, nepenthes attenboroughii (named after journalist and TV presenter David Attenborough), has traps that are large enough to catch not only bugs, lizards, and – what's more than a bit scary – rats (more info). 

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A Cobra Lily

"A pale green butterfly senses nectar and alights on a rare California pitcher plant. Also called a cobra lily for its bulbous head, forked tongue, and long tubular pitcher, it grows in mountainous parts of the West Coast and is an oddity among its kind. Although it traps prey in a manner similar to other pitcher plants, its leaves contain no digestive enzymes. Instead, it relies on symbiotic bacteria to turn captured insects into usable nutrients." (see the whole gallery).

(left: Cobra Lily; right: Nepenthes lowii - images credit: Helene Schmitz, National Geographic)

(image credit: Noah Elhardt)

Pretty, Pretty Sundew

Another device carnivorous plants use is to make its prey stick around long enough to be digested. The sundew, for instance, has leaves covered with dozens of tiny stalks, and each stalk is covered with very, very, very sticky stuff. When a bug happens to walk across these leaves it gets – you guessed it – very, very, very stuck. What's more, though, is that the plant then contracts, bringing more and more of those stalks into contact with its prey, completely trapping and then digesting it:

(images credit: Helene Schmitz, National Geographic)

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Here is a great video depicting the "War between Carnivorous Plants and Herbivorous insects" - YouTube link.

(image credit: Olga Sytina)

Enter the Kudzilla!

But then there's the other, the monster, the beast, the chlorophyll creature that could – if any plant could be – considered a bona fide killer. Innocently imported to the US in 1876 from its native Japan, it was sold as a botanical miracle: ink, paper, jelly, tea, you name it and you could make it from this wonderful plant. But what no one could expect that this so-called marvel would have darker roots.

(image credit: MissyPrince)

(image credit: Patrick Walker)

Kudzu is its name and right now it covers – in some cases quite literally – a huge part of the Southeastern United States. While bamboo is a racehorse at two foot a day, Kudzu is hardly a slacker at covering half that distance in the same amount of time. In the South there are homes, cars, houses and entire communities that have been hungrily, potentially, covered – and subsequently strangled – by this ferociously determined plant. 

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(image credit: Kyle Telechan)

Sure, kudzu may not be carnivorous, but it's green infestation, it's emerald conquest, it's verdant domination is definitely worth a mention – and maybe a serious shudder of fear. Or, as they sometime say in the South: "A cow won't eat kudzu, but kudzu will definitely eat a cow."

(image credit: Josh Sommers)

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