Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Nerdcore is a subgenre of hip hop music characterized by themes and subjects considered to be nerdy. In the past geeks and nerds were the exception to the rule, but today most people under 40 have at least one 'geeky' hobby or interest. Nerdcore rappers rhyme about anything, but there are some hot Nerdcore Favorites: video games, Star Wars, science, cult films, anime, comic books, computers and ofcourse the internet. Currently mostly popular in the USA, but it's more than ready to conquer Europe. Which will happen, starting in The Netherlands with the first Dutch Nerdcore Event, GLITCHED.
Monday, February 23, 2009
The sailing stones, also referred to as sliding rocks or moving rocks, are a geological phenomenon found in Racetrack Playa, Death Valley. The stones are assumed to slowly move across the surface of the playa, inferred from the long tracks behind them, without human or animal intervention. They have neither been seen nor filmed in motion and are not unique to The Racetrack. Similar rock travel patterns have been recorded in several other playas in the region but the number and length of travel grooves on The Racetrack are notable. Racetrack stones only move once every two or three years and most tracks last for just three or four years. Stones with rough bottoms leave straight striated tracks while those with smooth bottoms wander. Stones sometimes turn over, exposing another edge to the ground and leaving a different-sized track in the stone's wake. More @ wiki
Nederlanders krijgen brochure tegen evolutietheorie EMMEN - Nederlanders ontvangen eind februari een brochure in de bus waarin de evolutietheorie ter discussie wordt gesteld. Behoudende christelijke organisaties die ervan uitgaan dat God de wereld in zes dagen heeft geschapen, zijn voor de tekst verantwoordelijk.-artikel Nu.nl; 23 februari 2009:
Weblogs samen in actie tegen scheppingsfolder AMSTERDAM - Een groot aantal Nederlandse weblogs is maandag een protestactie begonnen tegen een huis-aan-huis bezorgde folder waarin behoudende christelijke organisaties zich verzetten tegen de evolutietheorie.Onder meer Geenstijl.nl, Sargasso.nl, Geencommentaar.nl, Retecool.com en Flabber.nl roepen mensen op om de folder terug te sturen naar initiatiefnemer Kees van Helden. Ze hebben daartoe de gezamenlijke website terugnaarjemaker.nl geopend.- artikel Er zijn zelfs stickers die ervoor moeten zorgen dat de folder niet in je bus terecht komt, als antwoord hierop hebben de christelijke organisaties een sticker gemaakt om het juist wel in de bus te krijgen: 'Ja schepping, nee evolutie'.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
wiki Mimosa pudica (Sensitive Plant) (pudica = shy), is a creeping annual or perennial herb often grown for its curiosity value: the compound leaves fold inward and droop when touched, re-opening within minutes.Wiki doesn't mention why the plant does this. But to me it seems like a good way to protect the leaves from small bugs. I wonder why more plants don't have this.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I really wonder if it was accidental or if Russia was testing if it could use a defunct satellite as a space weapon.
Space weapons are dangerous - but out-of-control, defunct satellites can do just as much damage, if not more.
So says a leading space scientist who has calculated that Tuesday's collision between an Iridium communications satellite and the defunct Soviet-era Cosmos 2251 spacecraft expended a great deal more destructive energy than China's infamous anti-satellite missile test did in January 2007. The detritus could potentially hit a number of Earth observation, communication, and scientific satellites. If that happened, the satellite it struck could itself break up, creating ever more space junk in a cascade effect.
Friday, February 13, 2009
wiki Chinlone is the traditional sport of Burma, it is a combination of sport and dance, a team sport with no opposing team. In essence chinlone is non-competitive, yet it is as demanding as the most competitive ball games. The focus is not on winning or losing, but how beautifully one plays the game. A team of six players pass the ball back and forth with their feet and knees as they walk around a circle. One player goes into the center to solo, creating a dance of various moves strung together. The soloist is supported by the other players who try to pass the ball back with one kick. When the ball drops to the ground it is dead, and the play starts again.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Five attempts to lay it were made over a nine year period—in 1857, two in 1858, 1865, and 1866—before lasting connections were finally achieved by the SS Great Eastern (see pic below) with the 1866 cable and the repaired 1865 cable. Additional cables were laid between Foilhommerum and Heart's Content in 1873, 1874, 1880 and 1894. By the end of the 19th century, British-, French-, German- and American-owned cables linked Europe and North America in a sophisticated web of telegraphic communications." ~wiki
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Troika was commissioned by Artwise Curators to create a signature piece for the entrance of the new British Airways luxury lounges in Heathrow Terminal 5. In response, we created 'Cloud', a five meter long digital sculpture whose surface is covered with 4638 flip-dots that can be individually addressed by a computer to animate the entire skin of the sculpture. Flip-dots were conventionally used in the 70s and 80s to create signs in train-stations and airports. By audibly flipping between black and silver, the flip-dots create mesmerizing waves as they chase across the surface of ‘Cloud’. Reflecting its surrounding colours, the mechanical mass is transformed into an organic form that appears to come alive, shimmering and flirting with the onlookers that pass by. More...I want one of those
"I will say this as clearly as I can, so you all can hear me," said Ban, his finger hovering inches away from the small red button on his podium. "Either attend the next Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, or prepare to suffer the consequences."
source: The Onion