Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Castrating a lamb with your teeth is a pretty simple procedure, really. Grey Ruegamer knows. "You grab the forelegs and pin them to the ground, and then you grab the back legs and throw them on their back," Ruegamer said. And when the, uh, target area is exposed, "away you go. It's the way the Basques do it." Link. You can read a bit more about the practice (if you're interested in that kind of thing) here.
"As vulnerable as naked mole rats seem, researchers now find the hairless, bucktoothed rodents are invulnerable to the pain of acid and the sting of chili peppers." Link.
Monday, January 28, 2008
"Not everyone needs to take maternity leave but with heartbreak, everyone needs time off, just like when you get sick," says CEO Miki Hiradate, of Tokyo-based Hime & Company. The company gives "older" staff (over 29) more time off, under the theory that break-ups are more serious when you're older.
You can read the rest of the article here. Via Tokyomango
Sunday, January 27, 2008
BP and EA have partnered to create SimCity Societies, the city-building game that deals with the causes and consequences of global warming. The game presents options for city power generation through various high- or low-carbon means, making available solar power, wind power, hydrogen power, natural gas and biofuels — the same alternative, cleaner forms of energy BP is working with leading researchers, scientists and engineers to provide.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Star Tours Calendar Back Page by *Thumper-001 on deviantART
Emperor Mickey by *Thumper-001 on deviantART
Darth Valice in Wonderland by *Thumper-001 on deviantART
Snow White n 7 Stormtroopers by *Thumper-001 on deviantART
Goof Maul by *Thumper-001 on deviantART
Boba Ducks Trophy by *Thumper-001 on deviantART
See the rest in the series in this gallery.
*Buy toys from Disneyland at eBay.
Gisele Bundchen as Wendy Darling, Mikhail Baryshnikov as Peter Pan, Tina Fey as Tinker Bell.
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony as Princess Jasmine and Aladdin.
Whoopi Goldberg as the Genie from Aladdin.
Jessica Biel as Pocahontas.
I've posted the previous photos in the series here.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Hippie tech: It's a miracle plant that's been banned due to pressure from America's powerful tobacco lobby.
Reality check: The European Union and China subsidize hemp growers. Canada, the UK and Germany, which had banned hemp production, have allowed its commercial growth and sale since the 1990s. The result? Dude, check the people's encyclopedia: "British production is mostly used as bedding for horses; other uses are under development. The largest outlet for German fibre is composite automotive panels." And that's the propaganda in Wikipedia. Sorry, Sparkle Bunny, hemp just ain't the new soybean.
Read the rest.
Tap neighbor on left shoulder. When he turns to look, club his wife and drag her to your cave.
Kill mammoth. Crawl into mammoth carcass. When saber-toothed tiger comes to feast, explode from mammoth with spear.
Read the whole list by Neil Reynolds for McSweeney's.
but are unfairly limited in democracies. Anyone actually believe "Star architects Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando and Jean Nouvel" have "the ability to work without restraints on their plans for a cultural center in Abu Dhabi." Link.
On at least two occasions this week, Hamas staged scenes of darkness as part of its campaign to end the political and economic sanctions against the Gaza Strip, Palestinian journalists said Wednesday.
In the first case, journalists who were invited to cover the Hamas government meeting were surprised to see Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and his ministers sitting around a table with burning candles.
But some of the journalists noticed that there was actually no need for the candles because both meetings were being held in daylight.
He said that when he saw that the curtains had been closed to prevent the light from entering, he realized that Hamas was trying to manipulate the media for political gain.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Specifically, Silicon Valley's military ties. Lots of interesting factoids. For example, in WW2, 3/4 of aluminum foil "disappeared." The populace didn't know that the US had figured out how to use aluminum to foil German radar.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
From the earliest contact between North American Indians and white European settlers, the Europeans held the upper hand. Almost unremittingly, the Europeans imposed their idea of private ownership of land on the Native Americans, obtaining it from them by purchase, stealth and war. Virtually every Indian tribe in North America found its contacts with white settlers painful, if not fatal, and few Indians trusted or respected, much less loved, the white men and women they knew.
One exception to this generalization was Solomon Bibo, a white trader who won the trust and affection of the Acoma Pueblo Indians of New Mexico. In 1888, "Don Solomono," as he was known to the Acomas, became governor of the Acoma Pueblo, the equivalent of chief of the tribe. Remarkably, the Acomas asked the United States to recognize Bibo as their leader. Even more remarkable is that Bibo was a Jew.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
"Original Cthulhu sculpture, sculpted and painted completely by hand by contemporary uk artist Biscuitboy. The piece is sculpted in fired earthenware clay, the base sculpted out of thermalite, both are finished in artist’s acrylics. It comes signed at the bottom, atop it’s own removable base." Buy. And here's "BiscuitBoy's" DeviantArt Gallery.
Friday, January 18, 2008
It's in the lower left of this high-res image of the Mars Explorer Spirit.
Creepy-looking rock, right? Although, I've never seen a rock on Earth with an arm... Via.
-NASA sent a spider into space...and lost it.
-If Steamboat Willie was impregnated by a Facehugger, their child would look like this.