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New Image in the 2D Art Section

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

I have added this image to the 2D Art section.

Hogs Will Fly

Hogs Will Fly

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No models or motorcycles were killed or injured in the production of this image.

New Image in the 3D Section

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

I have added this image to the 3D art section. It’s from an old Christmas card I made.

gingerbread house

gingerbread house

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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.



UFO Strangeness

Monday, September 8th, 2008

This Larry King interview is just odd for so many reasons. This is video of a UFO interacting with a ballistic missile test. Be sure to read the text below the footage. If the footage was confiscated by the CIA, why are we watching it?

I was surprised by these photos of the most alien-looking place on earth because I hadn’t seen a lot of these plants before. Very cool pictures!

Speaking of striking places, check out the 10 most incredible oases in the world.

As long as we are looking at pictures, here are 35 examples of rain photography. Some are definitely better than others.

This is just strange. A kid has a rare medical condition that gives him super strength. When that baby throws a tantrum, you’d better get out of the way!

Here are top ten amazing science videos. I saw the Mythbusters episode the one clip is from and I thought the scene where they float things in a tank with sulfur hexafluoride was more interesting. My personal favorite was this one. I’m surprised I haven’t seen one of these in a bar or casino at some time.

Pretty sweet! Now you can build your own electric plane for $21,000.

And finally, check out this cute pair of animals

Cooking in Plastic

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

I was having lunch with my parents recently and the subject of using Saran wrap in the microwave came up. I thought you weren’t supposed to use Saran in the microwave. After looking around a bit I found this answer at their web site. It could be I was taken in by this rumor. I was curious about other plastic containers and also found this about Ziploc containers. I was also glad to hear they don’t use bisphenol A in their products.

A deeper mystery is whether you can boil Ziploc bags. There are a number of sites which have recipes that involve this. Perhaps the most common is making an omelet using the bags. I was unable to find the information listed on these sites at SC Johnson. Make up your own mind but check out this at, Breakfast Blogger, and Yahoo Answers.

On a totally different subject, I ran across this short documentary on lightning. It not only includes explanations of what we do and do not know about lightning, it has a pretty cool scene of a tree being blown to bits.

Lightning PhenomenaFunny video clips are a click away

This is one of the best images of the space shuttle I have seen.

I have seen some of these before but 24 peculiar creatures are worth checking out.

I’ve linked to some TED Talks before. This one has some heavy science concepts involved but it describes some pretty amazing technology.

Speaking of cool technology, researchers are using ultrasound to create the ability to feel virtual objects. Before I even got to the last paragraph I had the thought it might be dangerous. I’ll let you draw you own conclusion as to what this will mean to the adult video game market.

And finally, here is a cute story about a spider, a frog and a turtle.

Paint Ball Ink Jet Printer

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Years ago it occurred to me you could make an ink jet printer out of a paint ball gun. Sure, the pixels would be big but if you had a large enough canvas, say the side of a barn, it would work. Well it was just one of those ideas I never got around to pursuing because well, it’s not very practical. What would you do with it? Thank goodness the guys at Mythbusters don’t need a practical reason to do something. They built a printer that not only makes a picture using paint balls, but fires all the balls off at the same time. Check out the video. The really cool stuff starts about half way through.

Speaking of the impractical, even if I’d thought of this one, I never would suspect enough people would buy it to make a successful product. It’s an aquarium toilet. I think you might hesitate to flush if you saw this.

This is one of those things you read and just wonder about the government. They point out in the article, most beef in the U.S. is too young to test for Mad Cow disease but what is the harm in testing?

Refrigeration is a very old and not-too-efficient technology. This article is about a plastic that could cool things using an electric field. They mention computer electronics and refrigeration but can you imagine if you could make clothing or a tent out the stuff?

The sun has been acting kind of strange lately. Last month it was spotless. According to this article, it was the first time in either 50 or 100 years. When it has happened in the past, it was followed by a period of global cooling. I’ve mentioned before in this blog whether you believe in global warming or not, pumping large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere has all kinds of repercussions including acidifying the oceans. If we are about to enter a cold phase, maybe it will give us some time to get our act together. On the other hand, it really doesn’t look like we are cooling off. For the first time in human history it is now possible to sail all the way around the Arctic. Also look at this data for the temperature of the last decade.

Speaking of the sun, check out these pictures of a nice sun dog, and a break in the clouds.

And finally, I have a couple of funny animal pictures for you. I got a chuckle out of this one, but this one is even better.