Friday, July 31, 2009

LOL UNINTENTIONAL LOLZ - SHAKE WEIGHT



No comment required.... LOL Thanks Vince G. for this find

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Random History

Interesting History Fact (can you really ever say anything is a fact?)

There was a Roman Emperor of African descent named Septimus Severus. He rose to power with the help of Marcus Aurelius and then later Commodus... (yeah the dudes from the Gladiator movie.. well sort of)... He then eventually achieved the highest rank in the Roman Empire... Emperor... through utilization of his Legions and military prowess.... This oddly reminds me of a Barack Obama scenario... sort of... a minority dude ascending to power in the strongest nation of its time... interesting...

Here is an image of Severus from wikipedia

The art of awesome

Here is a fantastic and fresh thought on how to be awesome.
Check it out here

From the blog post:

"A Ph.D. in a field like philosophy usually requires at least 5 years of study beyond the 4-year bachelor’s degree. Some students do it in less time, but many others require six, seven, or even eight years. Even after you get the degree, the training process continues with an average of six more years working as an Assistant Professor.

In other words, it’s a hard struggle for a long time. I had the chance to head out for Ph.D. kindergarten last year myself, but I decided it wasn’t the best decision for me.

Phil, on the other hand, is good at what he does and enjoys the academic environment much more than me. The problem is the 5-10 year stretch where no one pays attention to you and you spend weeks on end writing papers that one or two people will read.

“Why not find another way?” I asked. “If you write a great book about philosophy, for example, or publish a major article, no one will care which program you went to or how you performed during your oral exams.”

“That’s what everyone says,” Phil told me. “It’s as if the answer is, ‘Go be awesome’ – but that’s too vague.” "

Govt Discovers there are two sides to paper
























My friend Vince G. sent me this one, lol.... apparently as part of the quest for saving money the government has discovered that you can print on both sides of paper.

From the article

The Justice Department estimates it can save $573,000 through fiscal 2010 by setting up its printers and copiers to use both sides of the paper.

However... this 'both sides of paper business' does not extend to toilet paper! LOL

Music Mashup Magic


Rick Astley + Nirvana
this sounds pretty good


Lady Gaga vs Jack Johnson


Kelis Vs Franz Ferdinand

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Gen Y Career Allegory


Just something I hacked together just for fun, but like most funny things.. they are funny only because they are somewhat true. enjoy =)

The healing power of Blue M&M's and Gatorade














So my friend John C. sent me this article on how Blue M&M's and Gatorade are linked to curing spinal cord injuries... Feel the power...

From the article:

The same blue food dye found in M&Ms and Gatorade could be used to reduce damage caused by spine injuries, offering a better chance of recovery, according to new research. Rats injected with BBG not only regained their mobility but temporarily turned blue. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that when they injected the compound Brilliant Blue G (BBG) into rats suffering spinal cord injuries, the rodents were able to walk again, albeit with a limp.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New Tron Trailer mashed up with MJ's Beat It



I found this mashup on metafilter.com

Here you can find the Official Trailer

Either way this is bad ass.

Evolutionary Thoughts on Left Handedness

So I found this article on Gene Expression and found a thought provoking discussion on this subject of left handednes... Check it out here

From the article:


Somewhere along our evolutionary history ... we departed from chimps and other apes to develop a gene for right-handedness (he called it D, for dextral). This was allied to the development of language, which happened in only one half of the brain — the left hemisphere. McManus, who is right-handed but whose mother was left-handed, explains: “It would not have worked to put language in both hemispheres, because the corpus collosum (the bundle of nerve fibres connecting the two halves) is relatively slow and inefficient. The connections within each hemisphere are fast and reliable, which is essential for language.

“In CD brains, instead of having language in the left hemisphere only and non-language things in the right hemisphere, some of those faculties flip over to the other side,” McManus says. “You get things side by side that you wouldn’t find in a right-handed brain; they are built in a different way which I think makes them advantageous.

“Imagine, for example, having spatial faculties in the left hemisphere — this means that symbols and language are next to each other. This is particularly good for doing mathematics. Although we are not sure, the proportion of left-handed mathematicians could be as high as 20 per cent; there is certainly enough evidence to believe that left-handedness and mathematical talent may be linked.”

However, having too much crossover between brain hemispheres — caused by a CC inheritance — may lead to “higgledy-piggledy brains”, according to McManus. This genetic combination may lie at the heart of why autism, dyslexia and speech disorders such as stuttering are overrepresented in the left-handed population (the conditions are also much more common among boys).


what is super interesting is the disproportionate amount of (genius/mental disabilities) represented in left handers. Apparently many savants are left handed... according to this Wired article on 'The Key to Genius'

Magnetic Table Shaker Football Meets the Roomba


So basically if you remember the old school tabletop shaker football, then this will make sense to you... so what happens when you take roombas, a football, a big rink, and a bunch of beers..... you get Roomba Table Top Shaker Football.... LOL

Sunday, July 26, 2009

WineRack the new CamelBack




















So apparently not to be left behind by the famous camelback. tasty beverage delivery system. We have the WineRack... tasty beverage delivery system. Completely ridiculous I know...

CastleMagic



















So after my friend Matt G. found this crazy castle on the Hudson River. Apparently this dude Bannerman built this castle to act as a 'storehouse' for all his military artillery and goods that he bought after the civil war.

So anyhow after looking at this awesome specimen of decadence... I decided to see what the deal was with other castles.. so apparently for as little as 1M you can own your very own Midieval castle in France or elsewhere around the World.. granted it may fall apart on you, but at least you'll be protected against the Mongol Horde.

























But for the real Custom Castle Goodness... check out Castlemagic castle builders located in Idaho. They will totally build you a castle of various different designs.... you can even get a drawbridge! They charge anywhere from $250 to $500 per square foot... check it out...

Friday, July 24, 2009

OMG ITS A SHAR... WTF ITS A SURFING GATOR


I saw this on fark.com. Check it out here.
TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WECT) - Police are urging swimmers at Topsail Beach to use caution while they are in the ocean after an alligator was spotted Wednesday.

Beach visitors saw the alligator just after 4pm near Anderson Blvd. Police showed up to clear the water while officers and firefighters attempted to remove the alligator using ropes and netting.

Witnesses say the alligator was about four to five feet long. Similar reports of alligator sightings in the area have been circulating for a week from North Topsail to Surf City, and now Topsail Beach.

Chief Sam Gervase said emergency crews were unsuccessful at their attempts to remove the alligator, but will continue to patrol the area.

Google Android: All ur appliances are belong to us

So apparently according to Forbes.com, Google Android will be showing up in more than just laptops and cellphones... apparently they have Teamed up with San Francisco Startup 'Touch Revolution' to invade your every day life. =)

From the article:

The home control devices are designed to talk to major household systems, such as lights, locks, security and heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC). The media devices play a similar unifying role in the entertainment realm, allowing users to program their digital video recorders (DVRs), remotely control their stereo systems, and view TV listings directly on the gadget's screen.

Biden talks about important stuff like chicks.. in the Ukraine


Ok he may gaff alot, but its nice to see that he's still a 'guy'.
On this Fox news Slideshow I found Apparently Biden had this to say which I thought was pretty cool, in that he's still keeping it real LOL

At a recent press event, Vice President Joe Biden made a keen "observation." He said : "I cannot believe that a Frenchman visiting Kiev went back home and told his colleagues he discovered something and didn't say he discovered the most beautiful women in the world. That's my observation."

FOXNews.com took the time to bring you the hard evidence in an attempt to answer this critical question - are Ukrainian women the most beautiful in the world? Take a look and decide for yourself....

Let's begin with Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko, the beautiful star of "Quantum of Solace." The stunner grew up in a small town in the European country until she was discovered at the age of thirteen by a modeling scout. The rest is hottie history.

Barrel Monster creator sentenced to community service AND how a PIRATE (ARRGGG) became NC. States Student Body President



So I saw this on fark today. Apparently this NC State student made a Barrel Monster out of the Traffic Barrels on the street.. anyhow

"The creator of the "Barrel Monster" made of orange and white construction barrels was given 50 hours of community service for misdemeanor charges of larceny and damage to property."


Although sure it's property damage, I must give him a high five for creativity. Check out the story here

Btw this reminds me of the kid who ran for student body president at NC State on a PIRATE campaign (the ARGGGG) type and then subsequently actually won

Here is the FOX news story link to the ARGGG Pirate action

Avast, ye scalawags! North Carolina State University is now pirate territory!

By an overwhelming majority, the Raleigh school last week elected a candidate called "The Pirate Captain" student body president, giving the old sea dog 58 percent of the vote.

"We're quickly goin' to bae getting our plank started, get the simple things out of the way," The Pirate Captain (search), real name Whil (or maybe "Will") Piavis, a junior, told supporters after election results were unveiled Wednesday night.

The blond-maned Piavis, who constantly keeps up the "Aargh! Matey!" persona and wears a beard, eyepatch, white puffy shirt, boots, dangling sword and sometimes even a parrot, reassured fellow students he was serious.

"This simply bae a way to get people to pay attention and get involved," Piavis said, according to The Technician, the campus newspaper. "We're not a group that bae full of ourselves. We bae out here for the students."

More sober student-government types seemed appalled that a character straight from "SpongeBob SquarePants" had crashed their party.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Parliment Mortal Kombat - Street Fighter 2 move


Ryu goes in for a stomach throw!


Solid Right punch at 1:04 at the right side of the screen


Fight at 0:50

Good

Midieval Xbox Live Battle Recods


So according to this story by the BBC, The detailed service records of 250,000 medieval soldiers - including archers who served with Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt - have gone online. Check the story here.

The database of those who fought in the Hundred Years War reveals salaries, sickness records and who was knighted.

The full profiles of soldiers from 1369 to 1453 will allow researchers to piece together details of their lives.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Charles Darwin - The original Lie to Me guy


It was Charles Darwin's thought that facial expressions and emotions were universal. 200 years later he's pretty much right again. Check out his book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.

Motorcycle Riding Robot


All I have to say is cool... yet scary. Check out this Motor Cycle Riding Robot link that my friend Tim G sent me.

If you combine this with the Zombie Meat Eating robot HERE... you'd really have a scary scenario.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Crazy Video Monday




Thanks to my friend Kyle for sending me these two pieces of awesome.

Wolf/Dog Facial Expressions + Tail stuff
























So I stumbled upon this website located at Florida International University's Wolf Dog Behavior website.

This is pretty interesting in context with the previous post about facial micro expressions. For example the human emotion of contempt is literally a 'snarl'.
Funny... You almost wonder how well dogs are able to read our micro expressions and body language. They may literally be able to read it. It would make sense for how they seem to have empathy for their owners. Apparently at some level, alot of facial expressions are common across species... the funny one I think is Dolphins though... they are always smiling... however I think its because of the way their face is shaped. Perhaps that's why we like them so much?

Monday, July 20, 2009

LIE TO ME - The Real Dealio

So that show Lie to Me is pretty sweet. I read about the guy it is based on, Paul Ekman, in a few books and decided to investigate a little more. I found this training tool that tests your ability to recognize micro expressions. (These are involuntary expressions that last less than 1/15 of a second, as short as 1/25 of a second). Here is a WIRED article about the subject titled 'What a Half-Smile Really Means' Pretty cool stuff. Btw I totally scored a 100% when I took the test har har har. Pre-test (before training) was 93%. Feel the power! Wu-Tang! If you are at all interested in this stuff, you should check it out, although beware, once you are good at telling if people are lying, you can't turn it off.

Ekman said that in his tests of about 10,000 people, most correctly read emotional expressions only slightly more than half the time. People who take the CD-ROM test, he said, tend to score 50 to 60 percent. But after doing the training and practice they score 80 to 85 percent

Epic Pre-Test + 2nd Try













Totally Sweet Score 3rd Try



Here is a link to a FREE version of this sort of test, but this one is only composed of 10 faces. See how you do. The METT test is 28 of these faces (random every time across different gender/cultural faces) at what looks like a slightly faster face morph, although this is pretty close to the fastest speed on the METT test. After the METT training I ripped through these 10/10. Apparently not everyone will be good at this though, there is a limit to visual capture time for some people and some people have better natural instincts for processing this information at a subliminal level. It's fun though and you can learn a few things that may be useful.

Interesting Ancient Style of Muay Thai - Muay Thai Chaiya





This starts to get awesome around 2:45

I found this style of Muay Thai interesting because of the defensive technique. Blocking with the elbow tips... if' you've ever punched someones elbow or kicked an elbow you know what I mean. It's interesting that for this battlefield style is so different than Ring Muay Thai. Anyhow... up until now I'd never seen a practical 'Porcupine' style defense like that.

MORE BETTER EPIC SWEDING


Tron


Aliens (1/2)


Aliens (2/2)

Top Gun


Never Ending Story


Lord of the Rings

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Government Contract: Request for LOLZ

My friend kyle sent me this bit of comedy gold.... Apparently there is a solicitation from the government for a contractor that can provide LOLZ.. specifically check this excerpt out.

The Contractor shall conduct two, 3-hour, Humor in the Workplace programs that will discuss the power of humor in the workplace, the close relationship between humor and stress, and why humor is one of the most important ways that we communicate in business and office life. Participants shall experience demonstrations of cartoons being created on the spot. The contractor shall have the ability to create cartoons on the spot about BPD jobs. The presenter shall refrain from using any foul language during the presentation. This is a business environment and we need the presenter to address a business audience.

The actual link to the REAL government website fbo.gov can be found here.

And to follow that up.. here is a link my friend Darren found that shows that

Bureau of Public Debt has determined that it (Humor in the workplace - AKA LOLZ) no longer has a need for this requirement.

Friday, July 17, 2009

FLESH CONSUMING ZOMBIE MILITARY ROBOTS
























So what happens when you combine Terminators with Night of the Living Dead you ask????? You get this... from the world of that is kind of Bad Ass, check out the Zombie Robots here....

From the article:

A Maryland company under contract to the Pentagon is working on a steam-powered robot that would fuel itself by gobbling up whatever organic material it can find — grass, wood, old furniture, even dead bodies.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

SUPER EPIC = Bill Gates puts Feynman's Legendary Lectures online












Bill Gates does something totally awesome... he got the rights to some of Bill Richard Feynman's Legendary Physics lectures and put them online...

Big Ups to Bill Gates for that one... Feynman is totally my favorite physicist... if you want something that is pretty damn interesting and timelessly current... check out his book Surely You are Joking Mr. Feynman

BIG ASS SHARK ON BEACH















So I saw this on fark.com today and had to share it... after spending a few days in Kauai staring at the ocean all day... Makes you wonder what other big ass creatures could totally wash ashore =)

Here is the article about the basking shark

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

PET AIR....


So not quite the greatest movie ever... NEVER ENDING STO.... Actually no..... but PET AIR.... Yes I said PET AIR..... my friend Kyle sent this bit of comedy gold today...

NEW YORK – One trip for their Jack Russell terrier in a plane's cargo hold was enough to convince Alysa Binder and Dan Wiesel that owners needed a better option to get their pets from one city to another.

On Tuesday, the first flight for the husband-and-wife team's Pet Airways, the first-ever all-pet airline, took off from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y.

All commercial airlines allow a limited number of small pets to fly in the cabin. Others must travel as checked bags or in the cargo hold — a dark and sometimes dangerous place where temperatures can vary wildly.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

LOL... that's all I have to say


My friend Kyle sent this to me, I thought I would share.
Here is the original hyper link.
I would totally not be looking up. LOL

Here is another one I found that is super awesome LOL

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Fiction Meets Reality - The Real Harry POT-er
























LOL.... so I randomly found this bit of comedy gold.... Apparently one of the stars of Harry Potter may face 14 years in jail for running a Marijuana Farm

The 19-year-old actor will have to appear in court later this month for the charges stemming from an April arrest.

Waylett, who plays Potter bully Vincent Crabbe, was busted when cops pulled over his vehicle in London and allegedly found eight bags of marijuana. He was taken to a nearby police station before a team of officers raided his mother’s home in Camden, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Drunken Badger Badger Badger Badger

My friend Allan C. sent me today's hilarity tidbit. So apparently in Germany... they have a Drunken Badger holding up traffic...

BERLIN - A badger in Germany got so drunk on over-ripe cherries it staggered into the middle of a road and refused to budge, police said Wednesday.

A motorist called police near the central town of Goslar to report a dead badger on a road — only for officers to turn up and discover the animal alive and well, but drunk.

Police discovered the nocturnal beast had eaten cherries from a nearby tree which had turned to alcohol and given the badger diarrhea.


Poor Badger.... yet this brings up the old interwebs classic.....

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

How depressing is your source code?


Check this bit of comedy gold out I found it on metafilter.com.

I've written a little program to find out. It works by extracting the comments from the source code and feeding them into Synesketch, a textual emotion recognition and visualization engine. The program ignores documentation comments, because those are written for public consumption. I'm only interested in the comments used for private communication between team members.