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Friday, October 24th, 2008

I had seen some of these do-it-yourself Halloween projects individually but this site has a nice collection. I remember going to a party a few years back where a guy was wearing those spooky contact lenses. When we use to get a lot of kids, we would build spooky critters on our front porch but we learned quickly not to make them too spooky or the very young kids freaked out.

Just in time for Halloween, scientists create a glow-in-the-dark cat. Really, a real glow-in-the-dark cat.

I thought this collection of old Halloween photos was pretty interesting.

Someone ordered a cake with Olympic rings on it and this is what they got.

This escape video reminded me of my cat Maggie. She was unbelievably good at getting outside especially when we went on vacation.

This is an interesting tutorial on how to shoot infra-red pictures. It also has some nice examples of what you can get.

Here is another nice aurora picture.

I didn’t have kids myself but this rather humorous list of what can be learned from raising sons did remind me a little of my childhood. Sorry Mom and Dad!

In this science experiment, I’m not sure what the material in the tub is, but I was surprised how it worked out.

Could mosquitoes actually deliver vaccines instead of diseases?

This is a pretty funny video of a shopping cart calamity.

I’ve seen pictures of this cave in Mexico before. I can’t remember if I’ve already posted about it but if you haven’t seen it, you will be amazed.

And finally, someone is watching you.

Trick Or Treat

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

We used to have over 120 kids come to our door on Halloween. That was years ago. Now I think there are a lot less young kids in town and most of go to the new subdivision. I suppose it’s a lot safer to walk around there. I remember we used to cover a fair amount of ground in the town I grew up in, but we never treated Halloween like this. That’s a business plan!

I saw a picture of a large bottle of soda held up by a tiny piece of tape inspired by gecko feet lately but I didn’t bookmark it and couldn’t find it. People keep mentioning being able to play Spiderman with it but I can just imagine all the practical jokes it might be used for. Here are ten innovations inspired by nature including that one.

This is just funny. It’s so small I’m surprised anyone noticed.

I normally carry a lighter when I’m camping. After watching Bear Grylls use flint and steel on Man vs Wild though it looks remarkably effective. It’s difficult enough to get far enough into the wilderness in Indiana to not be within walking distance of a restaurant. I suppose if I was in a survival situation somewhere where I didn’t know a lot of the plants I would take this guys advice. Around here there are numerous edibles in the wild. There are few I would choose to eat though. Spring beauty and sumac lemonade are quite tasty, as are the morel mushrooms that grow around here.

I’ve heard golden orb weaver spiders are big but I didn’t realize they ate birds. Also speaking of spiders, I’m glad humans  don’t eat their mates.

One of these days carbon dioxide may be considered too valuable to throw away.

Strangely enough, if you use scotch tape in a vacuum it emits X-rays.

For some reason I don’t think this picture of a lion and a zebra is as ‘touching’ as it seems.

Don’t panic but in 1.1 million years we are all going to die, unless we move.

Check out the world’s most relaxing room.

And finally, what is cuter than zoo babies?

This Is Your Brain On The Internet

Friday, October 17th, 2008

A UCLA study has concluded searching the internet increases brain function. Don’t you feel smarter now?

HacknMod is a site devoted to building or altering your equipment. Who doesn’t want a giant pedal powered tank?

Speaking of mods here’s how to build a Wifi antenna using a vegetable strainer.

This article about the IRS using a hack-able computer system makes me feel oh-so-comfortable with the information they have.

Is it about zombies or not? A student was arrested on terrorism charges after his grandparents found a story he’d written. I have often thought Steven King would never make it though school these days.

Even so, police say the nature of the story makes it a felony. “Anytime you make any threat or possess matter involving a school or function it’s a felony in the state of Kentucky,” said Winchester Police detective Steven Caudill.

Give me a break! These people are afraid of zombies? Don’t expect any classic horror writers to come out of Kentucky in the future. Do you think the number of horror films involving proms will decrease after this? If they prosecute this kid for writing a zombie story, the terrorists have truly won.

The tune “Stayin Alive” has the ideal beat for giving CPR. Can you imagine waking up to someone pounding your chest while singing disco music? Great, now that song is stuck in my head.

Besides bringing you back to life, music has other amazing powers.

This site gives you the ability to generate you own soft drink can. Now I’m just not sure why I would want to. Actually, it is a pretty well designed site.

I’ve often thought some of the coolest things we will have in the future aren’t really predictable because they will be possible due to breakthroughs in material technology like this metal foam

Here’s a collection of award winning microscope photos.

Check out this nice collection of photos of frozen waterfalls.

Here is a site devoted to pictures of upside down dogs.

If that wasn’t silly enough for you, this lady has taught her cat to eat with a fork.

And finally, I really like this picture but frogs may not be cute enough for my ending picture so try this one.

Portal Through Time

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

I can’t say I put much stock in his portal to another time story but it makes a really good story. It’s complete with strange lights, weird noises, and ghost horses, not to mention the pebbles from the sky. I used to read stories like that all the time when I was a kid.

There have been a lot of magnetic motor designs and videos out there lately. Here is an open source one.

I was helping my folks set up their wireless network recently. I ran across this article on securing your network. A lot of people don’t bother but with all the things you can get thrown in jail or sued for, you really don’t want strangers on your network.

From my friend Matt, the Heart Attack Grill diet center. My arteries were hardening just from looking at that site. I got a laugh out of the line “The Government Requires Us To Inform You That Our “Nurses” Do Not Actually Have Any Accredited Medical Training”.

How to pay for the 700 billion dollar bailout? Invest 4.5 trillion in clean energy sources, become energy independent, and make 5.5 trillion on it!

Some of these are pretty funny. Here are the 25 weirdest newspaper headlines.

And we have the world’s weirdest wedding customs.

And finally there was a story in the news lately where someone had taught their dog to call 911 and saved them. Here’s a funny picture of a puppy giving CPR.

Extreme Off-Roading

Monday, September 29th, 2008

I’m determined to get a lot of painting done this week so my posts are going to be short.

My wife found these pictures and video of extreme off-roading. Be sure to check out the first person video which is here.

Matt sent me this link where you can sell your old electronics.

And finally I normally have a funny animal picture here but I got a laugh out of this redneck fire alarm.


Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

There is a video out there which teaches you something about perception. I had seen it on some site originally but it took some looking to find it. What I want you to do is watch the video and count the number of times the people in the white shirts pass the basketball. Here it is, it takes a while to load. When you are done watching it, leave the window open because you may want to see it again.

I’m going to get back to that in a minute. The video was also presented in a TED Talk by Michael Shermer publisher of Skeptic magazine. I think it was probably this talk but then got edited for copyright reasons. When I went looking for it and realized it wasn’t part of the talk I still thought the guy was interesting and entertaining.

Okay back to the first video. Did you see the guy in the gorilla suit?

If you liked the Virgin Mary muffin check out these images. I really liked the third one.

I’m no economist but the first thing I would do in a financial crisis is look to see how other countries handled a similar situation. Here’s how the Swedes handled it.

Esquire magazine recently had a cover created with E-paper. The stuff is remarkably tough.

Looking at the pictures of this snake, I was reminded there are real monsters out there.

And finally, it’s not very good at it but this cat tries to play the piano.


Friday, September 19th, 2008

Hello On-liners

I’m beginning the long overdue process of painting my living room. I watched Iron Man last night and I could sure use one of those exoskeletons. Grabbing a large speaker I hadn’t lifted in years, I wondered if I could still lift it. It was up high and once I started there was no going back. Luckily it didn’t flatten me. Why doesn’t someone invent wall paper that just peels off and has another layer underneath? So instead of painting you just peel off the dirty sheet to reveal a clean one. You could have fresh walls in minutes without having to move everything.

Our house is pretty small so having to do without our largest room even for a short time is pretty painful. I guess one thing I like is now I have the computer I use for blogging next to the one I use for rendering so it’s easier to post while I have the other one making pictures. Check out these computer generated pictures by 33 different artists.

I have a picture in the 2D art section where I created a 2D fractal and then reflected it on a 3D object.  I’ve thought about this issue before; how would you create a true 3D fractal?

I’ve linked to musical roads before. The idea is you put a pattern of grooves in the road so they play a tune as you drive over them. I’ve always thought the ones they have on the side of the road, which my wife calls slumber bumps, should say “Wake Up!”

These cloud pictures reminded me of one time when we had a bunch of Mammatus clouds. Some of the others are very cool and scary.

Here are some interesting and very innovative photographic techniques.

Speaking of clever pictures, here is one I like.

Oh my, scroll down to the section on reproduction. I sure wouldn’t want to be an Anglerfish.

With all the political news, I keep seeing a lot of studies on why people vote the way they do in the science sites. Do conservatives scare more easily than liberals?

I’ve written about Bisphenol A before. Here is how to avoid eating it.

And finally, check out this collection of tiny animals.

Politics vs Logic

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

I got up this morning and as usual, sat down with a cup of coffee to read the news on the internet. I don’t know why I start my day this way. The news is always bad and it often makes me angry. Once again the government is bailing out another private financial institution to the tune of 85 billion dollars. I’ve had a number of businesses and the government never helped me out. In fact, when I was doing well and trying to grow they just taxed the hell out of me. Then there was the political wrangling of the story by both parties. My degrees are in physics, chemistry, and computer science, all tied strongly to experimental verification and logic. I often ask myself why politics is so illogical. I mean, it seems social policies, tax laws, and so forth could be subjected to experimentation and people on both sides could surely see what works and what does not. We could examine policies in other countries and takes what works from them. That is absolutely never going to happen and I think I’m beginning to understand why.

This article by Psychologist Jonathan Haidt is titled “What Makes People Vote Republican?” but it could just as well be titled “What makes People vote Democratic?” I found it a pretty fascinating read and also an explanation for why politics is the way it is and why it will never change. Then I found this video he did at TED Talks. It does contain some adult language. It is insightful and at times very humorous. It also presents some ideas on how it might be possible for people to work together for the greater good.

Also if you wonder why there is so much misinformation and lying in the political process, it’s because it pays off. If you read quotes from this article on left leaning websites you would only find the stuff towards the bottom but if you read the article in full you see both sides will believe things even after they have been refuted. There is no hope for the “truth” therefore no possibility of logic.

If you read the article by Jonathan Haidt and or watched the video, you are on my team. You know, my side, my tribe. I don’t mean Democrat or Republican, I mean you are just like me, you get online. What ever you think of Senator McCain, you have to think it’s odd he doesn’t use the internet because you do, or you wouldn’t be reading this now. Now you might be young and just think it’s that age group but my parents are considerably older and they are avid users of the web, email, and using a printer to produce my Mom’s artwork. Their friends are too. I have to admit I was unsure what to expect when my nephew gave them an old computer. I guess I was expecting to have to do a lot of support but they learned very quickly and were quite capable of finding solutions on their own. I have to admit it was a bit of a shock the first time my mother used the word Jpeg in a sentence.

On the other hand, click this.

Don’t believe for a second I’m going to get people to come to my site based on the above intellectual observations.  Here are some really hot pictures of Jessica Alba.

And we have alien speech found in a NASA radio signal.

And yes, I do have an explanation. If you start frequency shifting audio you can make a lot of things sound like very different things.

If that wasn’t strange enough for you, check out the Mongolian Death Worm.

That’s it from me today. Here are your cute animal pictures.

Strange Behavior

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

I got up this morning and my wife said the internet was down. I joked the Large Hadron Collider may not have destroyed the world but it brought down the internet. It was out most of the day. I was experiencing internet withdrawal, but I do have some links for you.

By far the strangest thing I’ve read lately is this rather long article about there being a race of lizard aliens keeping slave children under the Denver International Airport. That’s just one of the theories. It seems a lot of the strange tales revolve around the art murals. I have googled them here for you if you like but most of the ones I clicked on were kind of small. Update; the original link seems to be down. Perhaps our alien lizard overlords did not want us to read it? I’ve tracked down what appears to be the same text cached version here.

I thought this piece on why Rambo-like people are the first to die in a disaster was kind of amusing. I have been in a few situations where someone was badly injured or in need of medical attention. I have found if you tell the people who are screaming or most panicked to go get help, it gives them something to do and it gets them out of the way so everyone else feels calmer and you can focus on first aid.

As long as we are on the subject of human behavior, if you want someone to fall in love with you take them on a rollercoaster.

Did you know South-East Asian giant honeybees shimmer to protect their hives from predators?

I found number seven in ten things you don’t know about the Earth the most interesting. The Earth has five moons but not really.

I still haven’t gotten a chance to read about these 10 incredible underground lakes and rivers but the pictures are stunning.

And finally since I couldn’t get on-line I got around to gathering up one of my own funny cat pictures. This is my Amy being silly.



From The Mail Bag

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Sometimes writing this blog is as easy as looking through my mail.

Dan writes:
Here is a funny site you may want to check out – if you get their sense of humor


I have heard of this guy because he got a book deal right away after starting his site.

Matt writes:

Interesting game.

Can you guess where my accent is from?

I don’t know why I expected to do better on this quiz than I did. It’s actually really hard. I guess one of the things I would have liked would have been to be able to hear the person speak after I knew the choices. I’m not sure it would have helped.

Also from Matt is this video prank. If you let it play to the end, you can create an email you can send to your friends where it uses their names instead.

Again from Matt is this link to a short film which won the 2008 Cannes short film competition. If you have any ad blocking software, you probably need to turn it off to see it. Of course, my readers wouldn’t have ad blocking software on when they visit my site anyway. They would be missing all the ads from the great companies who help support my website!


I always find it fascinating when someone can tell a story in a few minutes without a big budget.

My wife sent me this link. It’s a video of a guy who built a model of the Beijing Olympic venue out of playing cards. I used to build some card houses when I was a kid but this guy has taken it to a level I would have never thought possible.

Sometimes I bookmark links and then forget what they were because the name of the link makes no sense in my bookmarks. That was the case with this collection of pictures of ‘Divorce Cakes‘.

This is pretty cool. It’s a guitar that can manipulate its own strings to sustain a note or sound like different instruments.

I would guess this image of a butterfly’s tongue was shot with an electron microscope. It’s amazing how feathery things look at that level.

This list of 50 things we now know we didn’t know a year ago has some surprises. Why in the world would skin cancer be 20 percent more common on the left side of the body?

And finally, usually I post a link to a funny animal or cute cat picture here. I don’t know if this is funny but it’s one amazingly large rabbit.