Monday, November 30, 2009

Tiger vs Swedish Wife - Sweden Wins



Here is the scoop from TMZ

We're told he said his wife had confronted him about reports that he was seeing another woman. The argument got heated and, according to our source, she scratched his face up. We're told it was then Woods beat a hasty retreat for his SUV -- but according to our source, Woods says his wife followed behind with a golf club. As Tiger drove away, she struck the vehicle several times with the club.
Street Fighter 4 Rendition of Tiger vs His Wife



 

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Rock Out with your Guitar Shirt


ThinkGeek has done it again with the coolest T-Shirt ever... the Electric Rock Guitar Playable T-Shirt .

THE VOLUME GOES TO 11!!!!
Major Chords + # Chords

Now you can purchase one of these fine Electronic Rock Guitar Shirts and get a little wearable ROCK magic for yourself. The Electronic Guitar Shirt is not a toy that plays pre-canned musical riffs, it is a real musical instrument that allows you to play your favorite songs and sound great doing it. All major chords are recorded from a real electric guitar, and the included magnetic pick allows you to strum just like you would a real guitar. The included mini amp clips to your belt and gets plenty loud with great sounding amplification circuitry. The tone knob on the amp lets you adjust the sound just like a real guitar.
 

Friday, November 27, 2009

Awesome Amazon.com Product Reviews...




So I came across this very interesting item from Smith and Wesson... I found it after randomly stumbling across this forum post from the democraticunderground.com. The item in question is a black 'tactical' ink pen, you know the type you would use to down an assailant when you don't have anything else handy.  Well I thought this was kind of funny since... you know... practically speaking... a standard ball point pen is probably just as effective (although not as cool).  Then I saw this random review off of amazon for the Cristal Stic Ballpoint Pen made by BIC.  Then I started reading the reviews.. and started laughing... the first one is kind of interesting, but the rest just get better and better.

Here are some excerpts:

By 
donniedarko "donnie" (Chattanooga, TN USA) - See all my reviews
Do you recall the old Bic commercials where they fire a Bic pen into a piece of wood and it still writes? Well I do, but I never really believed it. That is, until I had the necessary task of defending my life with the aid of a Bic pen. Coming home and alarming an intruder, I found myself locked in mortal combat with a very large man who was intent on killing me. My only weapon was the Bic Cristal ballpoint pen I routinely carry in the breast pocket of my starched white pinpoint oxford button down.

I was able to successfully insert my Bic Cristal ballpoint pen into the esophogial area of my attacker's throat and incapacitate him until the constables arrived to take him into custody. Paramedics removed the pen from his throat and returned it to me. Rather amazingly, I wiped the blood and a small amount of body tissue from the pen and used it to write my police statement.

Though not commonly considered a weapon of self defense, my Bic Cristal ballpoint pen proved to me the old adage that "the pen is mightier than the sword." (I must admit though, that I would have far preferred a sword had I the option to choose beforehand.) All in all, a five star rating for this dual-use pen.
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Ok so that review seems kind of bad ass... then it gets ridiculous/awesome

4.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Pen barrel is not full of champagne , December 14, 2007
By 
K. Laurie "Writer/Reader" (CA, United States) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   

I was so incredibly excited when I saw that Bic had created a Cristal Ballpoint Pen! Long have I lamented the fact that writing makes me terribly thirsty. I thought they had finally listened to my pleas and placed a quick sip of beverage within the barrel. And of Cristal Champagne! I never expected such extravagance! You can only imagine my disappointment when I learned that Cristal refers to the plastic barrel instead.

Still, the pen has never protested my use of it, and has not written any slanderous things about me like my last one. The only reason I am leaving a star off is for the Cristal misnomer.
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Then someone talks about their 'intergalactic journey with the BIC pen...


5.0 out of 5 stars Carried me across the universe and back, January 11, 2008
When I decided to run away from home and catch a ride on a falling star, I never knew how handy my BIC Pen would come in. I landed somewhere near the Puonfain Distric in the Saund Galaxy, and without the proper currency I had to get a job.

I filled out the application with my pen, worked for several months until I met a local delivery man. He gave me a ride on his star cruiser to another planet, which I happily explored.

I spent the next 5 years traveling across the universe, hitchhiking, bumming rides off Gorlocks and Pinds, and writing about my adventures with my handy BIC pen.

I also used my pen on occasion to defend myself against attackers, pry open circuit breakers and other obstacles, fix a few things, and amaze a Loiukian who had never seen a pen before.

Then, I fell in love. A kind Murgol with sandy blonde hair stole my heart, and I used my pen to write him a long love letter. He worked hard to save enough money for us to get married, and we both used the pen to write our nuptials and sign our names on the Gorgin Wedding Certificate.

After my 6 year journey, I am pleased to say I am back home on Earth with my Husband, and am expecting my first child. I've published my book, Memoirs of a Celestial BIC Pen, and it's a big seller.

Thanks to this pen, I was able to write my book, several job applications, a few minor notes, some misc. writings, and best of all, it never ran out of ink. Thanks BIC, and my Husband says, in his language, "Bo' Du "Hava Locing." (Goodbye, and thanks for all the fish)






Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Scorpion Kitteh!

World's Larget Gummy Bear


My friend Tim G. sent me this super awesome link to the world's largest gummy bear. You can even buy one for $29.99, its only 12000 calories! WATCH THE VIDEO they have linked there. =)

Zombie Outbreak Simulator



My friend Ian M. sent me this bit of awesome. Check it out here. It's basically a mashup of google maps and zombie AI entities spreading the zombie plague and eating normal people.

You can watch DC get wiped out in like 20 min by 1000's of zombies.

Skyy John interviews Danish Girls


Skyy John interviews Danish Girls

LOL I like how there is a 'buying age' but no drinking age for Denmark.

Best quote "We Hide things" HAHA

Monday, November 23, 2009

Charlie The Unicorn - Don't Talk to the Weasel Charlie!!!

Triple Panorama of Forest Park


Sub Zero Wins - Dog Poop Solution



Take your dog walking into the next millenium with Vapoo-freeze.  Basically take walking your dog + this Freezing Spray in a can. Now you can walk your dog, and not have to use those not so smell resistant bags to pick up dog poop. You can spray it like Sub Zero and freeze it.


After the pooh is frozen you can just scoop it up like a rock.  Sure this may incur an extra step and an extra cost... but I think any dog owner will agree that a solid frozen block >>> not frozen.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Apotheosis of George Washington or The Fresco of George Washington ascending to the rank of GOD

So today my coworker Tom mentioned that he read about something in Dan Brown's new novel, the Lost Symbol.  Apparently there is an interesting fresco in the eye of the Rotunda in the capitol building.
It is title the Apotheosis of Washington. Apotheosis according to the aoc.gov website is "The word "apotheosis" in the title means literally the raising of a person to the rank of a god, or the glorification of a person as an ideal"

After hearing this piece of awesome, I decided to investigate and found the following:
On the aoc(Architect of the Capitol).gov website, there is a page dedicated to the Apotheosis of Washington.   

Here are two of the images from the hyperlink above:


This image shoes various gods such as Neptune, Venus, and angels etc... 



Upon closer inspection you see George Washington sitting on a throne of sorts with a host of angels. Notice his totally sweet sword in his left hand.


Speaking of conspiracy theories... have you guys noticed that there is a giant Pentagram inscribed into the streets of our capitol.



Notice that the center of the pentagram is the National Geographic Society. They probably have the Stargate hidden under that building.


 

3D Fractal Geometry - The Beauty of the Mandelbulb


So I saw this link off of slashdot today about how they have finally found the solution to the 3d version of the Mandelbrot set.  Check out the pure beauty of the MandelBulb here.
If you don't know what a Fractal is check this out.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Benoit Mandelbrot (The guy who figured out the Mandelbrot Set) noticed that nature seemed to be lumpy and jaggy. This was different than the ideas put forth by Plato ( who thought that nature was composed of pure shapes such as the solid triangles, circles, and squares) . Mandelbrot later wrote a book called the Fractal Geometry of Nature.  He is also known for figuring out how to price Cotton Futures using his concept of fractal distributions.

Anyhow if you like super awesome pictures... you should totally check this out.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Gervais Principle II - POWER TALK vs POSTURETALK vs GAMETALK




Venkat over at ribbonfarm.com has done it once again. This time focusing on the different types of language dynamics between Losers, Clueless, and Sociopaths.

I highly recommend the reading of this article, and if you have not read the First Installment of the Gervais principle (The office according to the office) you should read it first.  It's a little long but its also long on awesomeness.

Here is an excerpt from the new article:
Among our three groups — sociopaths, clueless and losers (I have to figure out a capitalization convention), we have four unique languages. Powertalk is the in-group language of the sociopaths, and that’s what we’ll talk about in this post. Posturetalk is the language spoken by the clueless to everybody (they don’t have an in-group language since they don’t realize they constitute a group). Sociopaths and losers talk back to the clueless in a language called Babytalk that seems like Posturetalk to the clueless.  I’ll cover Posturetalk and Babytalk in the next installment (if there is one).  Among themselves, losers speak a language called Gametalk. This is the only language that has been properly studied and documented.
The first is that you have to decide what tactics to use and when, based on a real sense of the relative power and alignment of interests with the other party, which the losers and clueless typically lack. This real-world information is what makes for tactical surprise. Otherwise your application of even the most subtle textbook tactics can be predicted and easily countered by any sociopath who has also read the same book. Null information advantage.
The second reason is that tactics make sense only in the context of an entire narrative (including mutual assessments of personality, strengths, weaknesses and history) of a given interpersonal relationship. The clueless have no sense of narrative rationality, and the losers are too trapped in their own stories to play to other scripts. Both the clueless and losers are too self-absorbed to put in much work developing accurate and usable mental models of others. The result is one-size-fits-all-situations tactical choices which are easily anticipated and deflected.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Google search fill in the blank - what people are searching for

Ok go to google, type in "why wont" it will fill in the blank with pure ridiculousness..... thanks to failblog.org for this hilarity.....

So I decided to test out a few of my own searches and found the following.... the first one is the search from failblog.... the rest are mine... I particularly like the "ninja can't catch you if you just surfed a robo dracula from the moon"


Interview with the Cookie Monster - the cookie monster has Game



For some reason, when I watch this.... I can't stop laughing... the best part is where the cookie monster says to the interview "You are a natural, go om nom nom nom...... LOL" The cookie monster has game.


OK SO HERE IS SOMETHING HILARIOUS... LISTEN TO THIS VIDEO WITHOUT WATCHING THE VIDEO... trust me... its hilarious.....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It Came From SPAAAACE... A Building block of life recreated with UV light

So I saw this article on slashdot.org discussing how scientists have been able to convert material found on asteroids into a component that is fundamental to our RNA.  Check the article out here.
Basically the scientists theorized that it would be possible that a lot of the material for life could have come from outer space (from dying stars perhaps, who knows) and that if the material could make its way here, exposure to Ultraviolet Radiation could cause it to morph into a more organic form. They successfully did this in a lab.

Excerpts from the article:



Origin & Evolution of Life
Posted:   11/08/09

Summary: NASA scientists have reproduced uracil, a key component of the hereditary material, RNA. The uracil was created by exposing an ice sample containing the molecule pyrimidine to ultraviolet radiation under space-like conditions. The research may help astrobiologists understand how molecules for the origin of life were first made.

NASA scientists studying the origin of life have reproduced uracil, a key component of our hereditary material, in the laboratory. They discovered that an ice sample containing pyrimidine exposed to ultraviolet radiation under space-like conditions produces this essential ingredient of life.
Here is another article discussing the concept that there are a lot of molecules floating around in space all over the universe, and that some of the in particular could be important in life as we know it.

Excerpt from the article:

Pascale Ehrenfreund, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, investigates the night skies for signs of life. Rather than a SETI-like search for radio signals, however, the signs she looks for are chemical. There are 143 kinds of molecules in the interstellar medium, and some of them may be important for life’s origin –- not just in our own solar system but also for the entire universe.
In a paper soon to be published in the journal Astrobiology, Ehrenfreund and her colleagues suggest that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), organic molecules found throughout space, may have played a fundamental role in the origin of life.



 

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My Shutterfly Storefront

So I just set up a Shutterfly Storefront Gallery here.  From this link you can make purchases of prints of my HDR photos. The print sizes vary from 4x6, 8x10, 11x14, 16x20, 20x30, coffee mugs, magnets, mouse pads etc.... if you are interested in a canvas wrap we can work out something custom. This particular storefront won't let me sell canvas wrapped items directly.  I'll be adding the pictures I've taken recently one by one, I have to remaster them in high resolution to keep the quality right.  Thanks.

Thunder Cats Movie Trailer (Awesome Mashup)


Brad Pit = Lion-O
Vin Diesel = Panthro
Hugh Jackman = Tygra
Garfield = Snarf
LOL

A Coffee Mug for all Seasons

So my friend Audrey has a website called coolcoffeemugs.net. She basically finds cool and interesting coffee mugs and shares them with you.  My particular favorite is the Skull Shaped Coffee Mug.

If you are down with the dark elixer you should check this site out =p.

EPIC Panorama of STL


US DOLLAR CARRY TRADE - A term you may hear more about in the future

So I've seen a lot of talk on zerohedge.com about the US dollar carry trade, and then I found this nifty editorial article discussing some of the dynamics of the Carry Trade.  The article is long but it puts some of the techniques that are used in the market that most people are not even aware of. 
I give you the Yen Carry Trade as described by the article:

The Yen Carry Trade worked like this in rough terms. The large financial firms borrowed Japanese money at the near 0% rate, a lot of money, and managed a Yen currency risk. They could either borrow cash from Japanese banks or integrate short Yen positions into contracts with equivalent risk exposure. They had liberty to invest in whatever instrument they wished, but the favorite in the last two decades had been the USTreasury long bond. They earned 4% to 5% vig on the difference, but required a rising USDollar and falling Japanese Yen.
There is a sentiment that the US dollar is now the Carry Trade Currency of choice. Thus this concept may be more common to hear about in the future at the layman level if things get ridiculous.

Monday, November 9, 2009

New HDR Shots

silvertree_magic
stl_wide_zoom_bling
stl_wide_shot_angry
longstreetview_dark

A few of the new shots I took. As usual find them here on my flickr page.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

LEFT 4 DEAD 2!!!!!!!!

My Venn Diagram Illustrating the LCS framework



A Venn Diagram I made after being inspired by the Gervais Principle. I like to call the Gervais principle the LCS framework for short.

Why is S at the bottom you may ask? Well in the words of Blade (aka Wesley Snipes) "DONT ICE SKATE UPHILL".  S, they are like water, flowing and forming against the contours of reality =)

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Slates Satire of Barack Obama's Facebook feed


My friend Mitesh enlightened me to this piece of awesome (SATIRE)......
Notice Gates busting in like the fun police... and Arnold being awesome.....

Check the slate (SATIRE) article here.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

James Simons discussing Math For America





Jim Simon's also known as MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE HEDGE FUND GUY talks about an very interesting program that generates a new generation of math teachers.  (This is actually quite good so you should give it a listen)

Why High IQ doesn't mean 'Smart' in the greater context

So I found this fun article on slashdot.org and I thought I would share.

This article on the New Scientist puts the whole business of IQ and other types of IQ into a fun and light perspective while still being salient.

Check it out, this might be DUH for most of you, but it does offer an analytical perspective on why high IQ people can be really dumb sometimes.  This actually reinforces a lot of consumer behavior and cognitive concepts such as the dual cognitive path of the 'pattern matching peripheral path' and the 'central cognitive path'. 

The problem with IQ tests is that while they are effective at assessing our deliberative skills, which involve reason and the use of working memory, they are unable to assess our inclination to use them when the situation demands. This is a crucial distinction: as Daniel Kahneman at Princeton University puts it, intelligence is about brain power whereas rational thinking is about control. "Some people who are intellectually able do not bother to engage very much in analytical thinking and are inclined to rely on their intuitions," explains Evans. "Other people will check out their gut feeling and reason it through and make sure they have a justification for what they're doing." An IQ test cannot predict which of these paths someone will follow, hence the George W. Bush incongruity of people who are supposedly smart acting foolishly.

Interesting thought Atlas Half-Shrugging

So with the popularity of Atlas Shrugged I did some digging and plan on reading it... after I finish reading Robert Green and 50 Cent's The 50th Law, the RZA's Tao of Wu (Which was quite good I must say), and Tom Lutz's Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America .

In the mean time I found this interesting critique of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged on Forbes.com.  I particularly liked this one because it wasn't reactive and it seemed well thought out.  Basically the author states that Ayn Rand's particular thrust really put the concept of self interest and interest of others into a false dichotomy.  She invokes Adam Smith's two epic works.... The Wealth of Nations and Theory of Moral Sentiments and points out that Adam Smith was fully aware of the dynamic tension between self interest and our desire for the welfare of others.  I particularly like this view because I think the middle path in this case is the most realistic, neither extreme capitalist self interest nor extreme collectivism.  I think most people would agree that there is a gradient here, but in times where works on either side of the debate are popular.... people tend to want to lionize/demonize a view... and you can't do so if you say something is half good and half bad. That being said, I'll withhold my judgement until I get a chance to read the entire source text.  From what I've seen of John Galt's speech though, I do see a lot of lionizing and demonizing going on.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What life is like for hot girls from College Humor



The Indian dude is by far the most awesome.  "I can have this man killed"  LOL

My High Dynamic Range Flickr Gallery

 HDRthestreet
HDRguitar2_mod
ClaytonCorner1_mod
ClaytonStreet1
ClaytonCourthouse1_mod
zombieER
eatmorechickencrew
mainviewingroom1
stairway_desat
stairway_midsat
enterthedragonhandroom
stlouisartmuseum_twilightedition
boattripfromafar
rockswaterchateauandstuff
worldsfairbuildingclosewithfountain


I have created a Flikr photo set to hold all my HDR photos, Check them out here.  The photos linked above are some examples of what you can find in the gallery.  Click each photo to link you to a full sized version, you should click on the photo and hit the All Sizes icon in Flickr.