Monday, August 30, 2010

11foot8 is a website dedicated to a bridge, whose underpass of that height decapitates trucks of greater than that height.
We westerners (presuming, of course, that only westerners are reading this) are the weirdest people in the world (sociologically, at least).
Quantum Physicists dream up smallest possible refrigerator (science mag)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"My assignment for the day was to photograph Jerry Stiller in front of The Costanza House in Astoria, Queens. The home was only used for exterior shots on the show "Seinfeld" which Stiller played the character Frank Costanza.
As we pulled up to the house he decided to ring the doorbell not knowing if anyone would answer.
The result surprised all."

Fire Tornado.
Pop-Tarts World (?)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Every single Dr. Who time-travel, visualized
Google testing voice calling on Gmail.

Full-body scanners deployed in street-roving vans (Forbes)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Web of stories

Monday, August 23, 2010

Broke Philly resorts to shaking down bloggers

Saturday, August 21, 2010

As far as band instruments go, the upright bass is very large.  The octobass (youtube) has it beat.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Jerzify Yourself.
There are about to be several million new guitarists.  All playing Squier strats.
Linguistics puzzles in multiple languages (via metafilter) from green to double-black diamond.
Even if you've never spoken or read the language, some of them can be derived logically, making for good puzzling.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The web is  not as dead as has been reported.
Jon Stewart on the Google/Verizon net neutrality hustle
His last sentence sums it up.

Michael Gagne's Sensology (youtube short)

Land, Speed, and  Bonneville, with a nice slideshow

Ray Kurzweil Does Not Understand the Brain
There he goes again, making up nonsense and making ridiculous claims that have no relationship to reality. Ray Kurzweil must be able to spin out a good line of bafflegab, because he seems to have the tech media convinced that he's a genius, when he's actually just another Deepak Chopra for the computer science cognoscenti.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

High in the Andes, Keeping and Incan Mystery Alive (NYTimes)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The U.S. is Bankrupt and We Don't Even Know (bloomberg)
To put 14 percent of gross domestic product in perspective, current federal revenue totals 14.9 percent of GDP. So the IMF is saying that closing the U.S. fiscal gap, from the revenue side, requires, roughly speaking, an immediate and permanent doubling of our personal-income, corporate and federal taxes as well as the payroll levy set down in the Federal Insurance Contribution Act.
Such a tax hike would leave the U.S. running a surplus equal to 5 percent of GDP this year, rather than a 9 percent deficit. So the IMF is really saying the U.S. needs to run a huge surplus now and for many years to come to pay for the spending that is scheduled. It’s also saying the longer the country waits to make tough fiscal adjustments, the more painful they will be.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sharpie Liquid Pencil?  This changes everything.
Google, with Verizon, appears to be breaking their golden rule.
They're effectively skirting Net Neutrality, and setting up a play for cable-like commercial tiered service.  This is a slippery slope. 

Monday, August 09, 2010

Getting In (and Out of) Line (nytimes)

Monday, August 02, 2010

Pencil-tip sculptures
Maybe no Big Bang (maybe not even a little bang).  Maybe no bang.