Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My Desktop Background

The Carina Nebula is a large bright nebula that surrounds several open clusters of stars. Eta Carinae and HD 93129A, two of the most massive and luminous stars in our Milky Way galaxy, are among them. The nebula lies at an estimated distance between 6,500 and 10,000 light years from Earth. Full size (6000px × 2906px) A Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of NGC 3372. The image is 50 light-years wide and a composite of 48 frames. The false color image was created using the following formula: red for sulfur, green for hydrogen, and blue for oxygen emissions.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sacks Spiral (Prime Number Pattern)

Robert Sacks devised the Sacks spiral, a variant of the Ulam spiral, in 1994.

The Ulam spiral, or prime spiral (in other languages also called the Ulam cloth) is a simple method of graphing the prime numbers that reveals a pattern. It was discovered by the mathematician Stanisław Ulam in 1963, while doodling on scratch paper at a scientific meeting. Ulam, bored that day, wrote down a regular grid of numbers, starting with 1 at the center, and spiraling out:

Numbers from 1 to 50 placed in spiral order

Ice

I found some ice and made some pics:

Monday, December 29, 2008

10 Baffling Medical Conditions

This list includes such gems as music-induced seizures, cold allergy, foreign accent syndrome and persistent arousal syndrome.

De Ideale Oliebol

Terwijl ik op zoek was naar het geheim van het oliebollenbakken vond ik het volgende:
"Tijdens het bakken worden de koolzuurbellen in het deeg opgewarmd waardoor ze uitzetten. Het soortelijk gewicht van de oliebol daalt daardoor en de bol komt bovendrijven. De helft die boven de olie uitsteekt wordt minder verhit dan de onderkant. Onderin de bol zet de CO2 dus meer uit, waardoor het soortelijk gewicht daar lager is dan bovenin de bol. De bol heeft dan aan een klein zetje genoeg om om te kiepen. "
Het lijkt er op dat Annom en Kamielkaze het goed gezien hadden! De uitzending van de nationale wetenschapsquiz is trouwens 1 januari om 20:50 op Nederland 3.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

busy doing nothing

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Testing the Safety of Nuclear Casks

Nothing to worry about.

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Quest For Every Beard Type

This may have been posted before, but I couldn't find it. Reminds me of Annom's quartet of beards.
I’ve been growing a beard every winter for some years now, and every spring, I try to see how many facial hair variations as I can check off from the chart of facial hair types. Listed below are descriptions of the 35 facial hair types from the chart, including examples of the 24 25 variations that I’ve been able to attain so far.
More...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Jesus!

It's Christmas!

Dutch Commandos in Afghanistan (9:11 ZULU)

This is a documentary made by a Dutch film maker. I couldn't find a torrent nor more information about this documentary and it's maker. Nevertheless I found it quite impressive. It's divided in 6 parts and is in total about 55 minutes.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Banned iPhone Application: iBoobs

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

a Letter to God

Miniature or Real?


I recommend watching it in HD. More videos by this guy. Read the comments for the explanation.

Robot Fights

Monday, December 22, 2008

Real Life Photoshop

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Old Man And The Sea - by Alexander Petrov

'The Old Man and the Sea' for which Ernest Hemingway won the Nobel Prize written in Cuba in 1951 and published in 1952. It centres upon an aging Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Alexander Petrov - animation The film is made entirely in pastel oil paintings on glass, a technique mastered by only a handful of animators in the world. By using his fingertips instead of a paintbrush on different glass sheets positioned on multiple levels, each covered with slow-drying oil paints, he was able to add depth to his paintings. After photographing each frame painted on the glass sheets, which was four times larger than the usual A4-sized canvas, he had to slightly modify the painting for the next frame and so on. It took Aleksandr Petrov over two years, from March 1997 through April 1999, to paint each of the 29,000+ frames
note: I was unable to find a vid with subtitles. cybr edit: English Version

Friday, December 19, 2008

South Korean politicians use fire extinguishers against opposition

Brawling South Korean politicians tried to sledgehammer their way into a parliamentary meeting room barricaded by the ruling party as the National Assembly descended into chaos on Thursday over a free-trade agreement with the United States.

Google Earth Updates New York

Google has updated the 3D buildings in Google Earth for New York City! This is a HUGE update with at least hundreds (if not thousands) of new 3D buildings with photo textures applied. Basically, Google has completed nearly every building in Manhattan Island for Google Earth.
before
after

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Living Tetris (stop motion)

Don't know if you guys have seen this already...
Youtube suggested this video to be related. Allthough I find the similarities hard to find, it's worth whatching: "Tetris with girls in bikini"

Moon Panorama

Some info about the picture

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Nukes in Space - The Rainbow Bombs

Media: Documentary
Name: Nukes in Space - The Rainbow Bombs IMDb / review: IMDb Runtime: 53 min Torrent Buy it @ Amazon

Why bother: V2, cold war, space race, exploding rockets, nukes in space, van Allen belts, ICBM's and stuff like that. It's more about rockets than nukes so the title may be a bit misleading. Rating: 8/10 - Rocketry is cool.

Ritalin Kitteh

I can so totally identify myself with this :P :
funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

Kamerleden - opleiding en email adres

Ik heb een tijd geleden dit overzicht gemaakt van alle kamerleden; hun partij, opleiding en email adres. Alpha wint. Nu is het tijd om een keer te mailen :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

CBS - Bevolkingspiramide Nederland

Advertising Fail (or win?)

Top 10 National Geographic Photo Galleries 2008

Man and right whale size each other up
Glowing-hot carbon nanotubes form an expanding orange ball
More here...

De echte kloof

"Eerst wordt er aan de hand van even tastbare als onthutsende incidenten Armageddon afgekondigd, vervolgens klinken de tegenstemmen die aan de hand van statistieken en rapporten laten zien dat het welbeschouwd nogal meevalt – zeker als je naar de situatie in andere landen kijkt. Dat is de echte kloof, die door alle lagen van de maatschappij heenloopt: de kloof tussen zij die roepen dat ze geen leven meer hebben en zij die vinden dat er mee te leven valt." Bas Heijne betoogt in het NRC van afgelopen zaterdag dat er geen kloof is tussen 'de elite' en 'de gewone man' of tussen 'de politiek' en 'de burger', maar tussen degenen die zich vooral laten leiden door persoonlijke ervaring en emotie en degenen met een meer analytische levenshouding.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Iraqi Journalist Throws Shoes at Bush

Nationale Wetenschapsquiz 2008 (5/5)

Vraag 17: Je gooit een aantal keer met een munt, iemand anders gooit één keer meer. Hoe groot is de kans dat hij vaker kop gooit dan jij? A. Die kans is een half. B. Die kans is kleiner dan een half. C. Die kans is groter dan een half. Vraag 18: Welke sneeuw smelt het snelst? A. Schone sneeuw. B. Vuile sneeuw. C. Stuifsneeuw. Vraag 19: Je vult een smal bierflesje met zoveel water dat het ondersteboven in het water blijft drijven. Waarom zakt het flesje naar de bodem als je het een eind onder water duwt? A. Omdat er lucht uit het flesje ontsnapt. B. Omdat het glas wordt samengeperst. C. Omdat er meer water in de fles wordt geperst. Vraag 20: Er ligt een groot gewicht op een opgeblazen binnenband die in het water drijft. Wat gebeurt er als je datzelfde gewicht onder aan die binnenband hangt? A. De binnenband zakt dieper in het water. B. De binnenband blijft op hetzelfde niveau. C. De binnenband komt hoger in het water te liggen.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pro Inline Skaters Invade Waterpark During Off-Season

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Super Scary Ghost Video

Friday, December 12, 2008

Lego rubiks cube

it kinda looks like the set Pimp has. Just wondering why he hasn't marveled me with his own rubiks cube solver. Rubiks for the win

Is it a bird? A mouse pointer? No, it's a kite!

Moving pictures of the kite that pimp posted a while ago.

Ducks, chickens, mice and infinity

Thursday, December 11, 2008

3 Minutes of Pain for You

Some of those really hurt, but I bet that minion of him suffered much worse.

Inventor Gives SawStop the Ultimate Test

Nationale Wetenschapsquiz 2008 (4/5)

Vraag 13: Wat gebeurt er met de ontvangstkwaliteit van radiosignalen, als er niet een paar duizend, maar een paar miljoen mensen de radio aanhebben? A. Het signaal blijft even sterk. B. Het signaal wordt zwakker. C. Het signaal wordt sterker. Vraag 14: Wanneer is een ei het zwaarst? A. Als het ei net bevrucht is. B. Als het kuikentje in het ei volgroeid is. C. Beide eieren wegen evenveel. Vraag 15: Wat zie je het eerst als iemand vanachter je plotseling langszij, voorbij loopt? A. Vorm. B. Kleur. C. Beweging. Vraag 16: Je hand past precies om een ronde trapleuning, zodat duim en middelvinger elkaar kunnen raken. Wat gebeurt er als je een handschoen aantrekt en je hand om de leuning legt? A. Er ontstaat een gat tussen duim en middelvinger. B. Het past nog steeds precies. C. De duim en de middelvinger overlappen elkaar een beetje.

1984 Chevrolet Corvette Commercial

The good old times :)

Space Weapons :( Multiple Kill Vehicle - concept and hover test

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Nicely Timed Pictures

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Nationale Wetenschapsquiz 2008 (3/5)

Deadline voor onze foutloze inzending is 15 december, 12:00. Daarom alweer de volgende reeks... Vraag 9: Wat vergt gemiddeld de meeste inspanning? A. Autorijden. B. Rustig lopen. C. Strijken. Vraag 10: Wat gebeurt er uiteindelijk met 95 procent van de fotonen - lichtdeeltjes - die in het heelal rondzwerven? A. Ze verliezen hun lading. B. Ze hebben het eeuwige leven. C. Ze gaan op in andere deeltjes. Vraag 11: Hoe komt het dat de meeste elektronische weegschalen minder gewicht aangeven op een zachte ondergrond dan op een harde ondergrond? A. Vrijwel alle elektronische weegschalen hebben te lage pootjes. B. De indrukbaarheid van de weegsensor neemt af met de zachtheid van de ondergrond. C. De bodemplaat buigt op een zachte ondergrond minder door. Vraag 12: Wat is de maximale hoogte waarmee je met een stevig rietje een glas water in één keer kan leegzuigen? A. Ongeveer 3 meter. B. Ongeveer 7 meter. C. Ongeveer 10 meter.

Monday, December 08, 2008

The Top 10 Everything of 2008

Just like the title says....
some top 10's according to time magazine

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Best Throw-in Ever

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Treacher Collins Syndrome

Warning, very shocking and sad.
Treacher Collins Syndrome @ wiki. I wouldn't know if I'd want my daughter to live like this. Maybe they should have let her die at birth, I mean without medical assistance she couldn't even eat or breathe. Now she'll have to face her condition and many operations throughout her childhood.

Nationale Wetenschapsquiz 2008 (2/5)

Vraag 5: Een auto rijdt met een vaste stuuruitslag in een cirkel rond. Is er verschil in de grootte van de draaicirkel bij het vooruit rijden of het achteruit rijden? A. Nee, er is geen verschil. B. Ja, vooruit is de draaicirkel groter. C. Ja, vooruit is de draaicirkel kleiner. Vraag 6: Waardoor komen de oliebollen in een pan met kokende olie boven drijven? A. Door vochtverlies B. Door uitzetting van gas. C. Door convectie in de olie. Vraag 7: Je speelt een bekende melodie op een instrument en neemt dat op. Vervolgens knip je 1/25ste van de aanzet van de tonen weg. Iemand die de opname beluistert: A. herkent de toonhoogte van de klanken niet meer. B. herkent de melodie niet meer. C. herkent het instrument niet meer. Vraag 8: Boven de 15.000 Hertz kan je nauwelijks meer geluid horen. Wat hoor je als je tegelijkertijd twee tonen van respectievelijk 15.000 en 20.000 Hertz laat horen? A. Je hoort zacht geruis. B. Je hoort nagenoeg niets. C. Je hoort een duidelijke toon van 5000 Hertz.

Friday, December 05, 2008

The Gyro Monorail

The gyro monorail, gyroscopic monorail, gyro-stabilized monorail, or gyrocar all denote a single rail land vehicle, road or rail, which uses the gyroscopic action of a spinning wheel, which is forced to precess, to overcome the inherent inverted pendulum instability of balancing on top of a single rail. The principal advantage of the monorail cited by Schilovski is the suppression of the Hunting oscillation, which was a speed limitation encountered by conventional railways at the time. Also, significantly reduced radii of turn are possible compared with the 7km typical of modern high-speed trains, e.g. TGV. This is possible because the vehicle will bank automatically on bends, like an aircraft, so that no lateral centrifugal acceleration is experienced on board.
Very interesting wiki article. Too bad there never was anymore development on this. It seems very promising. Even though it looks unsafe, it's actually quite safe. If all power fails the gyros will still be spinning for a long time and the train can slowly slow down. One track also means much cheaper railway tracks.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

One of my best recent pictures

Fun game too! Guess what it is! =)

Nationale Wetenschapsquiz 2008 (1/5)

Vraag 1: Wat gebeurt er als je een fles champagne opent in het International Space Station? A. De champagne spuit eruit in duizenden mini-balletjes. B. De champagne komt langzaam als één vloeibare bal uit de fles. C. De champagne schuimt met grote bellen maar een flink deel blijft gewoon in de fles. Vraag 2: Als een Space Shuttle terugkeert naar de Aarde, gaat ze eerst in een lagere baan rond de aarde draaien. Wat gebeurt er daarbij met de voorwaartse snelheid? A. Die wordt groter. B. Die wordt kleiner. C. Die blijft hetzelfde. Vraag 3: Hoe ontwikkelt de vorm van onze planeet zich in de toekomst? A. De aarde wordt steeds ronder. B. De aarde wordt steeds ovaler. C. De vorm van de aarde verandert niet. Vraag 4: Waardoor zien mensen met een donkere huid er vaak minder oud uit dan mensen met een lichte huid? A. Door het grotere aantal vetkliertjes. B. Door de dikkere epidermis. C. Door de pigmentlaag.

Sexy Consumer Camera

Casio has launched the Exilim EX-FH20 high speed digital compact camera. Building on the interest in its EX-F1 model, the FH20 offers a burst rate of up to 40fps and movies at 1000fps. The camera is built around a 9.1MP, 1/2.3” CMOS sensor and 20x zoom lens (26-520mm equiv) Priced at £399, the EX-FH20 is considerably less expensive than the EX-F1. • 1280 x 720 (HD 30 fps) • 640 × 480 (STD, 30 fps) • 480 × 360 (HS, 30-210 fps) • 224 × 168 (HS, 420 fps) • 224 × 56 (HS, 1000 fps) More specs...
Current lowest price in the Netherlands € 399. Quite amazing for a camera with these specs that also doubles as an HD camcorder and is able to make super slow motion video, although in lower resolution.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Shadow Art

Dog Having a Blast in the Snow

Monday, December 01, 2008

Singing Highway

The Saddest Male Models In The World

click title for more sad male models brought to you by fashion designer Thom Browne.

Great Moments in Human Interaction

That's Not My Wife Baby Shower

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Britney's New Videoclip (edited)

This post is for Dekus. Brtiney has recently produced a new videoclip. The music sucks as usual, but there are some spicy scenes in the videoclip. Here is the normal version of the clip. Someone took the effort to edit the clip and only leave the nude scenes. Here ya go:
Here are the scenes in slowmotion if the other one is too short to come :)

Look Left, Then Right

Doctors can’t tell why Mandy Sellars' legs keep expanding

Another one for our bizarre medicine collection. Doctors can’t tell Mandy Sellars why her legs keep expanding – all they say is that her only option is a drastic amputation. She travelled to the US for a new TV show in search of an alternative...

It’s not easy being Mandy Sellars. She has hugely outsized legs that make having a normal life nearly impossible.

People stare whenever she leaves the house, she needs a special car to get around and can’t work full time.

What’s more, her condition is getting worse and doctors say she needs an amputation so severe she won’t be able to sit up.

Full Article...

Saturday, November 29, 2008

100% Efficient Solar Cells?

Columbus (OH) - Researchers at Ohio State University have accidentally discovered a new solar cell material capable of absorbing all of the sun's visible light energy. The material is comprised of a hybrid of plastics, molybdenum and titanium. The team discovered it not only fluoresces (as most solar cells do), but also phosphoresces. Electrons in a phosphorescent state remain at a place where they can be "siphoned off" as electricity over 7 million times longer than those generated in a fluorescent state. This combination of materials also utilizes the entire visible spectrum of light energy, translating into a theoretical potential of almost 100% efficiency. Commercial products are still years away, but this foundational work may well pave the way for a truly renewable form of clean, global energy. Full Article... I'm skeptic. I thought it was theoretically impossible to get 100% efficiency. There are always losses in conversion. If it's all accurate, this could be very big, if they can manufacture it for a reasonable price that is.

How Frozen Pizzas Are Made

I've always wanted to know how 50% of my diet was made.

Friday, November 28, 2008

My blood through a microscope

100x zoom: 400x zoom:

Parking Lot Timelapse

That's a big parking lot. You wonder why they don't make a parking tower, those last people have to walk quite far. Also fun to see how bad some people are at parking.

Cat plays the theremin

Remember Cybrs post about the theremin? Now here is a cat discovering the wonderfull world of weird shit:

Aircrash Investigation as inflight movie

I regularly made jokes about this, but they've actually done it: National Geographic Channels Aircrash Investigation as inflight movie:

Do You Know More About America Than the Average American?

First, a random sample of 2,508 American adults of all backgrounds was surveyed, allowing comparisons to be made between the college and non-college educated. They were asked 33 straightforward civics questions, many of which high school graduates and new citizens are expected to know. Respondents were also asked several questions concerning their participation in American civic life, their attitudes about perennial issues of American governance, and other behaviors that may or may not contribute to civic literacy. Finally, the results were run through multivariate regression analysis, allowing ISI to compare the civic impact of college with that of other societal factors.

Do Americans possess the knowledge necessary to participate wisely in the affairs of the nation? Read below to find out.

Seventy-one percent of Americans fail the test, with an overall average score of 49%.

Of the 2,508 People surveyed, 164 say they have held an elected government office at least once in their life. Their average score on the civic literacy test is 44%, compared to 49% for those who have not held an elected office.

Take the test here.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

High School Musical hype

Indeed it's a hype, I'm glad though I didn't notice it before. It shortens the time in pain...
Malcolm McDowell
more lol celebs!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Boy With Heart Outside Chest

A four-year-old Chinese boy born with a protruding heart has undergone five hours of surgery as doctors try to correct the defect. Zhang Weiyuan has Pentalogy of Cantrell, which means the heart does not have a sternum or muscles to protect it and is covered only by skin. It is so rare it occurs in around five in a million births. After the operation, octors at Shenjing Hospital at the Chinese Medical University said that Weiyuan would have to be in intensive care for three days before they could find out if the operation was a success. Full Article...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Gyroscopic chicken head

Personally i think chickens are rats with feathers

Big Bunny

Dekus posted about a big mofo bunny a while ago. Here's a video of one. Apparently the breed is a German Gray Giant, but I couldn't find much about it.

Pro-Active marketing:

fail owned pwned pictures

Monday, November 24, 2008

Your Brain on Google

Buried Glaciers Found on Mars

Mars has vast glaciers hidden under aprons of rocky debris near mid-latitude mountains, a new study confirms, pointing to a new and large potential reservoir of life-supporting water on the planet. These mounds of ice exist at much lower latitudes than any ice previously found on the red planet. "Altogether, these glaciers almost certainly represent the largest reservoir of water ice on Mars that's not in the polar caps," said John Holt of the University of Texas at Austin and the main author of the study. "Just one of the features we examined is three times larger than the city of Los Angeles and up to one-half-mile thick, and there are many more." Full Article...

Wiet bij Nova

Een fragment uit nova bestaande uit 2 delen:
- Een reportage over een cursus 'deskundigheidsbevordering coffeeshophouder' 
- Een discussie: Te gast zijn Ciska Joldersma, CDA-fractiewoordvoerder in de Tweede Kamer, zij wil een einde aan het gedoogbeleid en alle coffeeshops sluiten, en advocaat André Beckers, voormalig politieagent en nu adviseur van coffeeshops. Hij is voor legalisering van de achterdeur.
edit:
verder nog een artikel waarin kamerleden Boris van der Ham (d66) en Fred Teeven (VVD) reageren op een aantal stellingen over het gedoogbeleid.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Gyroscopic Pool Table for on a cruise ship

Cyberbeast his post did reminded me of a movie I saw some time ago. Even with the heaviest storm this gyroscopic pool table would work fine.

Cruise Ships vs Waves

Cruises don't have to be boring when you're in rough seas :) Watch this dining room turning into a disaster zone in 7 minutes. I recommend turning on some music as a sound track. It gets really freaky towards the end.
These are the kind of seas a cruise ship in that condition might be sailing through.
And this is what can happen to the pool in less rough seas.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Scientific vs Parnanormal Firewalking Theory

Waterschapsverkiezingen: We mogen weer!

Zoals jullie ongetwijfeld weten mogen we weer kiezen! Dit maal voor de waterschappen. Voor degene die niet precies weten wat het zijn, in het kort: Waterschappen houden zich bezig met water. drinkwater, afvalwater, rivierwater, slootwater, enz. Een hoogheemraadschap is hetzelfde als een waterschap, alleen heeft het een sjieke naam. Waarom stemmen? Een kort betoog waarom waterschappen van belang zijn. filmpje Wat kiezen we? Wij kiezen algemeen bestuursleden voor de verschillende waterschappen, en die algemeen bestuursleden kiezen uit hun midden weer een dagelijks bestuur. Maar let op! Wij kiezen niet àlle bestuursleden. Anderen worden benoemd vanuit bepaalde belangengroeperingen, met name boeren en ondernemers. In de praktijk betekent dat dus dat LTO en VNO-NCW bestuurders leveren. De verhouding tussen belangenvertegenwoordigers en direct verkozen leden verschilt nogal per waterschap. Deze wordt bepaald door de provincie(s) waar het waterschap deel van uit maakt. Hier een overzicht over de 'zetelroof' Meer vragen en antwoorden over de waterschappen en de verkiezingen zijn hier te vinden. Waaruit kan ik kiezen? Hier een overzicht over de deelnemende partijen. Nieuw is dat dit jaar landelijke partijen mee mogen doen. Niet alle partijen doen dit, zo zijn de SP, PVV, GroenLinks en D66 niet aanwezig. De laatste 2 partijen steunen overigens wel Water Natuurlijk. Omdat alle partijen voor veilige dijken en schoon drinkwater zijn is het moeilijk om op het eerste gezicht de verschillen te zien. Waarschijnlijk kun je de partijen het beste indelen naar hun aanhang: partijen die boerenbelangen, ondernemers of recreanten het belangrijkste vinden. Bedenk goed dat de eerste 2 groepen via de 'zetelroof' 1 op de 5 zetels al in handen hebben. Hier nog kieskompas, een stemwijzer voor de waterschapsverkiezingen. Hier 8 filmpjes van 1 minuut met de lijsttrekker aan het woord. Omdat ik verwacht dat niet iedereen dit alles zorgvuldig zal bestuderen hier een laatse argument om toch te gaan stemmen: Als jullie niet gaan stemmen wint het CDA. Ze hebben de meest trouwe aanhang en doen er alles aan om te winnen. Denk eraan, voor zondag 17:00 je stembiljet op de bus doen!

YouTube experimenting with HD.

YouTube has been testing HD on a couple of videos. It isn't readily accessible, but with a special addition to the link you can view some videos in 720p HD. Here is a Wired article about it. Here you can see "Where the Hell is Matt" dancing in YouTube HD, be sure to click full screen.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Hard Drive Heads

"The dimensions of the head are impressive. With a width of less than a hundred nanometers and a thickness of about ten, it flies above the platter at a speed of up to 15,000 RPM, at a height that’s the equivalent of 40 atoms. If you start multiplying these infinitesimally small numbers, you begin to get an idea of their significance. Consider this little comparison: if the read/write head were a Boeing 747, and the hard-disk platter were the surface of the Earth: The head would fly at Mach 800 At less than one centimeter from the ground And count every blade of grass Making fewer than 10 unrecoverable counting errors in an area equivalent to all of Ireland. "

Police dash cam of Meteor over Edmonton, Canada

Single-Celled Giant (3cm) Upends Early Evolution

"Slowly rolling across the ocean floor, a humble single-celled creature is poised to revolutionize our understanding of how complex life evolved on Earth. [...] The trouble is, single-celled critters aren't supposed to be able to leave trails. The oldest fossils of animal trails, called 'trace fossils', date to around 580 million years ago, and paleontologists always figured they must have been made by multicellular animals with complex, symmetrical bodies. [...] At up to three centimeters (1.2 inches) in diameter, they're also enormous compared to most of their microscopic cousins. "If these guys were alive 600 million years ago, and their traces got fossilized, a paleontologist who had never seen this thing would not have a shade of doubt attributing this kind of trace to the activity of a big, multicellular, bilaterally symmetrical animal," Matz said."~Discovery.com

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Wit and Wisdom of Cancer

What would cancer cells say if they progressed to humanity's advanced level of consciousness? A videoclip made by Nina Paley, a supporter of vhemt.org "The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (vhemt.org)is a movement advanced by people who care about life on planet Earth. They're not just a bunch of misanthropes and anti-social, Malthusian misfits, taking morbid delight whenever disaster strikes humans. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Voluntary human extinction is the humanitarian alternative to human disasters."

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Epic fail in space

It shouldn't be a surprise its that its a women. They always say that they are good in multi tasking, what about moving the grease of the bag and holding it.

Burgemeesters steunen gedoogbeleid

"Rotterdam, 19 nov. De meeste burgemeesters van gemeenten met coffeeshops hebben geen problemen met het huidige gedoogbeleid. Dat mag zelfs ruimer. Sluiting van meer coffeeshops vinden zij niet nodig. Dat blijkt uit een schriftelijke rondvraag die deze krant [NRC] naar alle 105 gemeenten met één of meer coffeeshops stuurde. 66 burgemeesters gaven antwoord. Ruim driekwart van hen wil dat het kabinet de bevoorrading van coffeeshops reguleert en de kweek van cannabis onder voorwaarden toestaat. Een kwart van hen vindt dat de maximale voorraad cannabis die coffeeshops in de zaak mogen hebben (500 gram) moet worden verhoogd. Van volledig vrijgeven van de markt zijn de burgemeesters geen voorstander. Tegen de wens van het kabinet in willen de burgemeesters van onder meer Groningen, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Amersfoort, Nijmegen, Enschede, Den Bosch en Maastricht experimenteren met regulering van de ‘achterdeur’ van coffeeshops, de toelevering. Dan moet er wel strengere controle komen. „Meer controle op de aanvoer van softdrugs heeft geen nut zonder regulering”, schrijft burgemeester Westmaas van Meppel."

Play Set Online

Set is a fun and challenging card game. In Set a set consists of three cards. On those cards, each of the four properties (number, colour, shape, fill) must be either all the same or all different. On this site you can take a time trial game where you play through one deck of Set. There is always a possible combination, though it can take some time to find it. Each day there's a new deck. More on the rules...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Real Life Furby Has Been Rediscovered

Anthropologists discover long-lost primate in Indonesia A team led by a Texas A&M University anthropologist has discovered a group of primates not seen alive in 85 years. The pygmy tarsiers, furry Furby/gremlin-looking creatures about the size of a small mouse and weighing less than 2 ounces, have not been observed since they were last collected for a museum in 1921. Several scientists believed they were extinct until two Indonesian scientists trapping rats in the highlands of Sulawesi accidentally trapped and killed a pygmy tarsier in 2000. Full Article...

Pilot conversations

For the record: fake bells are ringing, but I don't feel the urge to do the necessary detective work. Just enjoy! A Pan Am 727 flight, waiting for start clearance in Munich , overheard the following: Lufthansa (in German): "Ground, what is our start clearance time?" Ground (in English): "If you want an answer you must speak in English." Lufthansa (in English): "I am a German, flying a German airplane, in Germany . Why must I speak English?" Unknown voice from another plane (in a beautiful British accent): "Because you lost the bloody war!" Speedbird 206: " Frankfurt , Speedbird 206! Clear of active runway." Ground: "Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven." The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop. Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?" Speedbird 206: "Stand by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location now." Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?" Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark, -- And I didn't land." Some more

Monday, November 17, 2008

WikiMapia

Happy panda

engrish-funny-happy-panda
more the engrish! The solution is easy, we only have to make the panda happy

The Horror...

Albino Africans live in fear after witch-doctor butchery A series of horrific murders of albinos in Tanzania has shocked the nation. As children are hacked to death for their body parts, believed to bring good luck, the authorities are failing to stop a trade in organs that relies on superstition and greed

The Tanzanian MP recounts the appalling story in a tone of sadness and horror. A woman named Salma had been told by her family to dress her baby entirely in black and to lay the little girl in a hut, alone. 'The mother didn't understand, but she obeyed the elders,' said Al-Shaymaa Kwegyir.

'Some hours later, unknown men arrived and went straight to the hut. They used a machete to cut off the child's legs. Then they slit her throat and poured the blood into a pot and drank it.'

Full Article...

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Logo Rebranding 2008

Some are quite good, others quite horrible. More...

Friday, November 14, 2008

God's Inbox

Human Skateboard


A stop-motion video about a human skateboard.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Best love song ever!

And the most honest too! I love this guy! I wanna get the same tattoos!

Best DUI arrest ever...

Is Your Printer Spying on You?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Volume and language being spoken by people right next to you on the train

volume
more music charts what is wrong with this graph? the first person who gets it right gets something special.