Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Top Message We are Sending To Planet Gliese 581D



We are sending message into space......

Here is the TOP MESSAGE that we are sending from Earth to the far away planet Gliese 581D.

Hello Gliese 581d inhabitant. Can you help us humans travel through space and become smart like you. Please do not eat us we are a friendly race.Angus PigottCanberra, Australia

I found the link to this from a thread on AboveTopSecret

Build A Bear Incorporated rolls out Early Job Training


Build A Bear Workshop Incorporated has created a new Cost Savings Program aimed at reducing the Training Cost of employees.  I present.. the Wuggle Pets, the next Giant Leap for Child Labor (Early Job Training Program)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Rent is Too Damn... HeroDolls?... Jigga What??? LOL



So when I was checking out Jimmy McMillan's Merchandise Website (of the Rent is too damn High) , I clicked on this curious Hero Doll of him.... then I found something epic...


LOL...... get ready for it.....


Click here for HEROBUILDERS.com celebrity(infamy) dolls  example below:

Exhibit #1

Jimmy McMillan (The Rent is too damn High Black Hulk Hogan)

Exhibit#2
Russian Spy Girl - Anna Chapman


Exhibit #3

Sarah Palin (School Girl Edition?)


Exhibit #4
Christine O'Donnell (Witch Craft Edition)


For more Jimmy McMillan check this video out

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Joseph Schumpeter - Dynamic Disequilibrium


So what does a healthy economy look like?
According to Keynes it's in static equilibrium...... (nice steady growth stabilized with government intervention, with no pesky variance in economic output)
According to Schumpeter it's in dynamic disequilibrium.... (creatively destroying itself through innovation)
Check this sweet paper out about Schumpeter and the Dynamics of Capitalism

What is interesting is that... he's all about the power of the innovator.... and the idea that once capitalism has  made it's full run.... and a country is run by a few large corporations... that it would eventually turn in on itself and turn socialist by evolutionary design... an interesting thought given the times...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cold Steel Dude vs Water Buffalo




Lynn Thompson is the real deal.... I like how close that charging buffalo gets...

Google Shoot View

You can walk around and shoot stuff... cool but scary

http://creativity-online.com/work/pool-google-shoot-view/25546

I saw this linked off of AdAge.com

Monday, December 12, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Zombie Christmas




ok so watch that but before you watch it, imagine using it as a ZOMBIE movie trailer with the appropriate cuts... aka the little kids are flesh eating zombies

I've been seeing this ad repeatedly on Hulu and every time i see it... the more it looks like a zombie movie

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The 1982 Conan vs the 2011 Conan (Opening Sequences compared)

The 1982 Conan (Arnold, John Milius of Apocalypse Now, Oliver Stone, Basil Poledouris)

Conan the Barbarian (1982) Opening Sequence Part 1 (click me)

Conan the Barbarian (1982) Opening Sequence Part 2 (click me)

Conan the Barbarian (1982) Opening Sequence Part 3 (click me)


Part 4


Part 5 (this starts part 4 over you can stop watching once you see part 4 again)



The 2011 Conan Opening Sequence (Jason Momoa of Game of Thrones)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Kids Can't Read

So I came across this article from the American Spectator about the poor state of reading skills we have today.  The numbers were staggering...

The low levels of literacy also aren't confined to the Peach State: Twenty-six percent of America's eighth-graders and one in three fourth-graders are functionally illiterate. 


the part that caught my eye was this

This is a problem with nearly every race, age, and social class


then this particular statement


A four-decade war over whether reading instruction should emphasize phonics and spelling or Whole Language (a system by which students should learn the meaning behind sentences) has also fueled the literacy crisis. During the 1970s and 1980s, states embraced Whole Language and ignored phonics, forgetting that kids need to know how to also sound words. Only after states saw reading scores decline did they reverse course. Most reading experts argue that phonics and Whole Language are both needed in order to learn reading. But schools aren't doing a good job instructing in either area.


I was unfamiliar with the Whole Language approach, then after a little digging... apparently academics noticed that readers consumed entire words at a time, so they thought hey, we should teach kids to read whole words at a time (vs constructing them phonetically piece by piece)....   this link on halcyon.org has a colorful description.
(as a hyperbolic example, if you learn by whole language you basically have to rote memorize all the words in the english language.... if you come to a word you 'don't' already and you didn't learn how to get hooked on phonics... you are probably fucked... lol)   


then I came across this interesting article on the new american, about how the soviets originally tried the 'whole language method' back during the early years of Communism... then they ditched it in the 1930's because it sucked...... check that article out here.


excerpt
Oddly enough, the Russians used the whole-word method back in the early days of the communist regime, but replaced it with phonics in the 1930s when it became obvious that look-say didn’t produce the kind of high literacy the communist leaders wanted. The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (Vol. 4, p. 423) describes what happened in its article on Primers:


In the end our epic fail in reading may be caused by something totally different.... however... this is pretty interesting nonetheless

Oh Noes! Flynn Effect in reverse in some developed nations.

http://www.iapsych.com/iqmr/fe/LinkedDocuments/teasdale2008.pdf

Best Bar Ever - HR GIGER Alien Themed Bar


Check this out. Alien Themed Bar

Why "Super 8" is really just a kid friendly "The Thing"

Alien crash lands spaceship on earth - Check

Alien abducts people (infestation is like kidnapping right?) - Check


Alien nom noms on humans and animals - Check


Humans shoot at alien - Check


Alien is just trying to build a spaceship to go home - Check

Of course that goes for almost all aliens crash land trying to get home movies... but this one just jumped at me.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Epic College Major Statistics


So I found these epic College Education statistics on the National Center for Education Statistics....

Here is an except, the numbers are quite interesting (click the link above to see the other charts and the rest of the data)


Of the 1.6 million bachelor's degrees awarded in 2008–09, over 50 percent were concentrated in five fields: business (22 percent), social sciences and history (11 percent), health professions and related clinical sciences (8 percent), education (6 percent), and psychology (6 percent) (see table A-40-1). The fields of visual and performing arts (6 percent), engineering and engineering technologies (5 percent), communication and communications technologies (5 percent), and biological and biomedical sciences (5 percent) represented an additional 21 percent of all bachelor's degrees awarded in 2008–09.
Overall, there were 33 percent more bachelor's degrees awarded in 2008–09 than in 1998–99 (an increase of 401,100 bachelor's degrees awarded). Bachelor's degrees awarded in the field of parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies had the largest percent change of all fields (from 16,500 to 31,700 degrees, a 92 percent change). The next largest percent change was in the field of security and protective services (from 24,600 to 41,800 degrees, a 70 percent change). Education was the only field in which fewer bachelor's degrees were awarded in 2008–09 than in 1998–99 (a negative percent change of 5 percent).
About 57 percent of all bachelor's degrees conferred in 2008–09 were awarded to females, which was about the same as the percentage awarded to females in 1998–99. Looking at the five most prevalent bachelor's degree fields, females earned between 49 and 85 percent of the degrees awarded in those fields. In 2008–09, females earned the smallest percentages of bachelor's degrees relative to males in the fields of engineering and engineering technologies (16 percent of these degrees were awarded to females) and computer and information sciences and support services (18 percent female), both of which are considered STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. From 1998–99 to 2008–09, there were changes in the percentages of bachelor's degrees conferred to females in several fields of study. For example, of all the bachelor's degrees conferred in the field of security and protective services, the percentage that were conferred to females was 50 percent in 2008–09, compared with 43 percent in 1998–99. In contrast, of all the bachelor's degrees conferred in the field of computer and information sciences and support services, the percentage conferred to females was 18 percent in 2008–09, compared with 27 percent in 1998–99.





Then we have College Majors vs income here.


CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
19.5%
$25,000
$40,000
$61,000
168
MISCELLANEOUS FINE ARTS
16.2%
$26,000
$40,000
$49,000
164
UNITED STATES HISTORY
15.1%
$30,000
$50,000
$96,000
139
LIBRARY SCIENCE
15.0%
$23,000
$36,000
$49,000
159
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
10.9%
$28,000
$35,000
$51,000
156
MILITARY TECHNOLOGIES
10.9%
$81,000
$86,000
$126,000
173
ARCHITECTURE
10.6%
$37,000
$60,000
$85,000
33
INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
10.4%
$45,000
$62,000
$81,000
135
MISCELLANEOUS PSYCHOLOGY
10.3%
$30,000
$45,000
$71,000
120
LINGUISTICS AND COMPARATIVE LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
10.2%
$30,000
$44,000
$70,000
90
COMPUTER ADMINISTRATION MANAGEMENT AND SECURITY
9.5%
$39,000
$52,000
$75,000
114
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
9.2%
$20,000
$36,000
$52,000
103
ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT
9.2%
$50,000
$71,000
$98,000
127
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
8.8%
$32,000
$45,000
$60,000
155
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
8.5%
$38,000
$52,000
$87,000
72
HUMANITIES
8.4%
$30,000
$45,000
$62,000
118
ELECTRICAL AND MECHANIC REPAIRS AND TECHNOLOGIES
8.4%
$30,000
$44,000
$68,000
134
GENERAL SOCIAL SCIENCES
8.2%
$34,000
$50,000
$74,000
68