Monday, October 30, 2006

Coke and Mentos Fountain at

Coke and Mentos Fountain at "Thanks to The Coca-Cola Company and Mentos for helping make this video possible. Be sure to visit to find out about our Poetry in Motion video challenge!"

The Secret Life Of Machines Home Page

The Secret Life Of Machines Home Page: "Just how does a video recorder work? And how about fax machines, cars, washing machines, electric light, telephones, vacuum cleaners, and refrigerators? You'll find the answers here. This site is designed as a companion to the TV series 'The Secret Life Of Machines' written by Tim Hunkin, and presented by Tim Hunkin and Rex Garrod."

Friday, October 27, 2006

Botnet Command and Control - Raw Executable Code

Botnet Command and Control - Raw Executable Code: "This shows one of the simplest spreading mechanisms bots use: raw executable code included in a simple field (in this case, the topic of a channel). Once connected, the victim's computer would then download this code and run it."

830! How a carpenter got the highest Scrabble score ever. - By Stefan Fatsis - Slate Magazine

830! How a carpenter got the highest Scrabble score ever. - By Stefan Fatsis - Slate Magazine: "On Oct. 12, in the basement of a Unitarian church on the town green in Lexington, Mass., a carpenter named Michael Cresta scored 830 points in a game of Scrabble. His opponent, Wayne Yorra, who works at a supermarket deli counter, totaled 490 points. The two men set three records for sanctioned Scrabble in North America: the most points in a game by one player (830), the most total points in a game (1,320), and the most points on a single turn (365, for Cresta's play of QUIXOTRY)."

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

'I didn't want to run companies' | Technology | Guardian Unlimited Technology

'I didn't want to run companies' | Technology | Guardian Unlimited Technology: "Apple's co-founder came to the company through a series of 'little accidents' and insists that he remains an engineer at heart

Interview by Bobbie Johnson
Thursday October 26, 2006
The Guardian

Technology Guardian: The heart of the new book is Apple and how you started the company.

Steve Wozniak: I think the early history - how the hell did you start this whole, basically, industry, this business, this company with absolutely nothing being so young. Just a bunch of ideas, where did the skills come from - how did it happen is just an amazing story."

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Northwestern Infolab - Projects - News At Seven

Northwestern Infolab - Projects - News At Seven: "News At Seven is a system that automatically generates a virtual news show. Totally autonomous, it collects, parses, edits and organizes news stories and then passes the formatted content to an artificial anchor for presentation. Using the resources present on the web, the system goes beyond the straight text of the news stories to also retrieve relevant images and blogs with commentary on the topics to be presented."

Monday, October 23, 2006

"It's for you"

"It's for you": "This cute Coke ad's been out for almost a month now, but since I still haven't gotten tired of it, I thought I'd share it with the folks out there who aren't blessed with the wonders of Chinese TV. Through the magic of YouTube, then, here is 'Ringtone':

This is another in a series of Coke ads starring Wilbur Pan (潘玮柏) and Angela Chang (张韶涵). Here's an earlier spot, which, much like the S.H.E. World of Warcraft ads (endings 1, 2, 3), features Coke-stealing hijinks in a virtual environment."

Sunday, October 22, 2006 :: View topic - Making Jian Bing -- YouTube videos :: View topic - Making Jian Bing -- YouTube videos: "Here's a couple of nice videos of two different styles of jian bing (a.k.a. 'dan bing') beign made by streetside vendors, posted by 'sunnata' on YouTube. The 'Northern Style' jian bing is very similar to those that I enjoyed near Tongji University in Shanghai recently.

The Day That Nothing Happened

The Day That Nothing Happened: "The Wal-Mart in the basement of my building sells live frogs in a big aquarium, for eating. I don't know what surprised me more when I moved here - the frogs, or the Wal-Mart. Our favorite intergalactic retailer doesn't mess around when it comes to creating 'capitalism with Chinese characteristics', as a group of Kentucky tourists hunting fruitlessly for American cheese in the dairy aisle found to their chagrin the other day. The company knows its market; in addition to the frogs there are live turtles (plastic bar code tags threaded through little holes in their shells), a special hot Peking duck stand, endless noodles and only a small selection of beer and spirits, though you are welcome to down a big shot of Chivas regal from the sampling booth as you shop. Chinese "

YouTube - Dan Bing - Southern Style

YouTube - Dan Bing - Southern Style: "Slightly different from its Northern cousin. This egg pancake (dan bing) was an important part of my diet while living in Shanghai. "

The Daily WTF - Table Scan Hell

The Daily WTF - Table Scan Hell:

"Re: Table Scan Hell
by nonDev



[Obvious joke about mysql not being a real database]
[Lame recommendation to try postgresql, oracle, sqlite, etc]

[obligatory varchar2 dig]

[varchar2 retort]
[general, unrelated stab at the uselessness of VB, in any situation, and how solves all my problems]

The Logic of Collective Action

The Logic of Collective Action: "Special Interests and Economic Policy
There are a lot of government policies, like airline bailouts, that from an economic perspective don't make any sense at all. Politicians have an incentive to keep the economy strong as incumbents are reelected at a much higher rate during booms than busts. So why do so many government policies make such little economic sense?

The best answer I've seen to this question comes from a book that is almost 40 years old. The Logic of Collective Action by Mancur Olson explains why some groups are able to have a larger influence on government policy than others. I'll give a brief outline of The Logic of Collective Action and show how we can use the results of the book to explain economic policy decisions."

Boost socket performance on Linux

Boost socket performance on Linux:
"Four ways to speed up your network applications.

The Sockets API lets you develop client and server applications that can communicate across a local network or across the world via the Internet. Like any API, you can use the Sockets API in ways that promote high performance -- or inhibit it. This article explores four ways to use the Sockets API to squeeze the greatest performance out your application and to tune the GNU/Linux® environment to achieve the best results."

Saturday, October 21, 2006

The truth about that one red paper clip

The truth about that one red paper clip: "Kyle traded his way up through a fish pen, a Coleman stove, a generator, a snowmobile, a van, one year's free rent in Phoenix, an afternoon with rock star Alice Cooper, and finally to the house, one year later.

That sounds impressive, but was it worth the time and trouble? The answer is yes, but not for the reasons we might think."

Friday, October 20, 2006

Take My Wallet, Please

Take My Wallet, Please: "What's a classic ploy?
A pickpocket squirts mustard on you unawares. He approaches you, points at the stain and starts to clean it. While he distracts you with one hand, he robs you with his free hand."

$.05 Toy Hovercraft / Helicopter

$.05 Toy Hovercraft / Helicopter: "This instructable will show you how to make a simple toy hovercraft for small children. It is suitable for daycare projects, science projects (aerodynamics and gyroscopes) as well as general fun. This is a project can be built by small children since it requires no cutting."

Fifteen Minute, Self-propelled hovercraft

Fifteen Minute, Self-propelled hovercraft: "This instructable coves how to build a hovercraft out of a foam tray, cardboard, and some other household items."

Thursday, October 19, 2006

fish oil

Clayton Cramer's BLOG: "We are suffering, he believes, from widespread diseases of deficiency. Just as vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy, deficiency in the essential fats the brain needs and the nutrients needed to metabolise those fats is causing of a host of mental problems from depression to aggression. Not all experts agree, but if he is right, the consequences are as serious as they could be. The pandemic of violence in western societies may be related to what we eat or fail to eat. Junk food may not only be making us sick, but mad and bad too."

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Corner on National Review Online

The Corner on National Review Online: "U.S. Math Scores [John Derbyshire]
Math-teaching anecdote from chez Derb. Nellie is doing factorization of quadratic forms—factorizing, for example, 2x^2+5x-3 into (2x-1)(x+3). She had done all the homework exercises, but had a test next day, so came up to my study to beg me to write out some more exercises she might try. "

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Information: "Gawker is an application for Mac OS X that creates time-lapse movies using a webcam. Images from your camera can be shared, allowing other users to record your image stream. Streams can also be combined to create a time-lapse movie with up to four locations side-by-side."

Hot Library Smut

Hot Library Smut: "Yesterday I came across a truly gorgeous book of photographs by Candida Höfer titled, Libraries, a title which pretty much says it all, because that is just exactly what it is, one rich, sumptuous, photo of a library interior after another. It’s like porn for book nerds. Seriously. They are gorgeous photos, nearly all without visitors and just begging to be entered. (ha. sorry.)

See below for 14 examples which I particularly liked, but keep in mind these 500px wide version can’t really compete with the big, glossy, real thing."

Forbidden Crypts Of Haunted Music!

Forbidden Crypts Of Haunted Music!: "Welcome to the Forbidden Crypts Of Haunted Music! I Am Making Each
Album Into A Listening Sound Page! I Hope You Enjoy Listening To Them As Much As I Did Recording Them! For Those Of You Who Think The Sound Files Have Too Many
Pops And Clicks, GOOD - That's The Way I Meant Them To Sound. Just Like You Are Listening To The Albums Yourself!"

Sunday, October 15, 2006

RAND | Monograph/Reports | A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates

RAND | Monograph/Reports | A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates: "Not long after research began at RAND in 1946, the need arose for random numbers that could be used to solve problems of various kinds of experimental probability procedures. These applications, called Monte Carlo methods, required a large supply of random digits and normal deviates of high quality, and the tables presented here were produced to meet those requirements.This book was a product of RAND's pioneering work in computing, as well a testament to the patience and persistence of researchers in the early days of RAND. The tables of random numbers in this book have become a standard reference in engineering and econometrics textbooks and have been widely used in gaming and simulations that employ Monte Carlo trials. Still the largest published source of random digits and normal deviates, the work is routinely used by statisticians, physicists, polltakers, market analysts, lottery administrators, and quality control engineers."

Friday, October 13, 2006

The Nietzsche Family Circus

The Nietzsche Family Circus: "The Nietzsche Family Circus pairs a randomized Family Circus cartoon with a randomized Friedrich Nietzsche quote. "

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Gnese - Comic Book DS

Gnese - Comic Book DS: "Comic Book DS is a program making it possible to read your Comic Books on your Nintendo DS."

vNES - Virtual Nintendo Entertainment System with 395 Games

Here, you can play NES Games in your browser, using Java Applet Technology. All you need is Java 1.5.0 or higher. If you need to upgrade, click here. Before you begin, please make sure you understand the controls. The controller at top will always remain there, for reference. We are not affiliated with Nintendo in any way. This is an emulator. It was built so we would have something to do.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Online Pirate Translator - Pirate Monkeyness

Online Pirate Translator - Pirate Monkeyness: "This here be an English t' Pirate translator. Jus' enter some English in the top, then skewer the 'Translate' button tah get the Pirate version. If ye're wantin' to know what's behind it, 'tis usin' some Javascript to hit a Perl script that does the translatin'. In other words, it's usin' some of that shiney, new AJAX stuff to get this done."

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Ig Nobel prizes hail 'digital rectal massage' - opinion - 06 October 2006 - New Scientist

Ig Nobel prizes hail 'digital rectal massage' - opinion - 06 October 2006 - New Scientist: "Runaway electrical impulses in the vagus nerve cause intractable hiccups, so Fesmire attempted to block them by stimulating the nerve. Gagging, tongue pulling, sinus massage and pressing the eyeball to stimulate the vagus all failed to stop the hiccups. Then he remembered reading about a case in which digital rectal massage – inserting a finger into a patient’s anus – had slowed a racing heartbeat, an effect similar to runaway hiccups."

The Best Time to Buy Everything (Deal of the Day: Personal Finance) |

The Best Time to Buy Everything (Deal of the Day: Personal Finance) | "We talked to the experts, and found the best time to buy everything from wine to wedding dresses."

Dead Bachelors in Remote China Still Find Wives - New York Times

Dead Bachelors in Remote China Still Find Wives - New York Times: "The rural folk custom, startling to Western sensibilities, is known as minghun, or afterlife marriage. Scholars who have studied it say it is rooted in the Chinese form of ancestor worship, which holds that people continue to exist after death and that the living are obligated to tend to their wants — or risk the consequences. Traditional Chinese beliefs also hold that an unmarried life is incomplete, which is why some parents worry that an unmarried dead son may be an unhappy one."

Friday, October 06, 2006


PODZINGER: "PODZINGER unleashes the content within audio and video.
To find the podcast you want, don't just search for it ... ZING IT!"