Sunday, December 20, 2009
Ebay is a great place to find all sorts of odd and wonderful things, and is a perfect place to get that present for the person who has everything. Some guy is a selling a label-less N64 game cartridge. The game already has a bid of $86 dollars and has over 50 bids. I would love to win it just to see what it is. Here would be the best possibilities of what it could be.
1) Golden Eye
2) The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
3) Super Smash Brothers
4) Perfect Dark
The worst possibilities:
1) Superman 64
2) Pokemon Snap
3) Blues Brothers 2000
3) any games based on a Disney animated movies.
4) Cruis'n USA
5) its just a blank cartridge with no game on it at all.
I really hope the buyer will share what the game ended up being.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
We all know that processed food is not good for you by any means and it would be naive to assume that meat from a can contains any part of the animal you would typically want, but here is an article with 6 processed foods that may make you think twice before chowing down on some convenient noms.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The future, a place of unlimited possibilities. Typically in film and television the future is portrayed as one of either two things, a technological behemoth, or an apocalyptic wasteland, there really is nothing else, but what's to say that there was a third alternative? The environmental alternative?
What if in the future, mankind manages to use the sophisticated technology of the future to manipulate the elements. No more fossil fuels, no more crude technology that damages the environment, but rather a society that lives in harmony with nature.
This society's energy will draw from many areas. Abundant wind turbines on the coasts and in the valleys of the world, countless solar panels in the deserts and other hotspots, ensuring energy to those in that area. None of this is new, but in this future it will be far more plentiful than it is now. But perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this future, is where do people live?
In this future, in order to save the trees of the environment, we no longer build our homes out of wood. Then what do we live in? It all starts with lightning.
In this future lightning will be harvested. There will be farmers whose sole job will be to harvest lightning from thunder storms, capture it into big power rods and course it through generators to manipulate it however is seen fit. Needless to say, lightning farming is a dangerous profession.
The harvested lightning will then be coursed through pools of water, dug in the ground. The electric currents will be so great that it will cause the water to take a solid shape, hence houses. The water will be laced with a non-toxic chemical cocktail made in the future that will allow it to maintain this solid shape without dripping and absorb any of the electric currents that could reach the humans inside.
People will live in these water cocoons. The water will be a pure, renewable way to live. New water will be coursed through continuously, and the polluted water in which they had been living in will be drained and repurified for future use. Of course, if our structures are made of water, what do we do for electricity?
In this future, everything is battery-powered. Solar batteries with tiny solar panels will be all the rage. Rechargeable batteries that will never run out. And forget about television sets, in the future everything will be hologram based. No need to plug a set into the wall, simply let the solar-powered hologram machine a float in mid-air and watch your favorite programming.
This is a future unlike any other, one that will be peaceful, full of passion and love. Whether or not a place like this will ever exist, I don't know, but one can dream.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Every now and then you run into someone with an exceptionally different diet from yourself. I always have apprehension when I know I will be accommodating say a vegan. Mainly I worry they will have miserable time staying at my house and have a difficult time enjoy the same local cuisine I enjoy. I have however failed to meet someone who eats exclusively raw food. I first heard of the raw food diet around two years ago on WebMD. I find the concept terribly interesting and potentially beneficial. However, I find it completely impossible. I love cooked food and I like cooking food. Sucks for me right? I will not be receiving the health benefits from raw food, or are there more benefits to cooked food? Did cooking give humans an evolutionary edge over our fellow primate brethren? That is exactly the question posed by Dr. Richard Wrangham during an interview on NPR's Science Friday. During the interview, the Primatologist, discusses primates general preference to cooked food, the ability to extract more protein form cooked food, and our ability to digest it better. In the end this may have given our species the right ingredients to evolve into what we are to day. The interview in no way discourages the raw food diet, but does mention that it may not be for everybody. You can listen to the interview here, or catch the highlights at thesaladgirl.com.
Monday, September 28, 2009
I am not one to criticize when it comes to keeping food well past the expiration date. In fact, I probably have some left overs from at least two or three months ago, just waiting to be stirred and release their putrid smell. While I have kept things for a long time, nothing compares to what a group of Archeologist found in an Ireland bog. Archeologist, John Fitzharris and Martin Lane, were pleasantly surprised to find a barrel of butter over 3,000 years old. Now that is one for the record books. You can read the ful article at dicoveryon.info. I wander if you can still spread it on a roll?
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Yeah, so, I use facebook to keep tabs with production people that I come in contact with on different jobs. Not really fan of keep up with people from high school, but I gotta say it's great for job stuff. Especially when your job requires lots of communication skills and people finding.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Last week we posted a link to Josh Langley's photography site for its web design and photos, and this week we will provide you with another fantastic link to another fantastically designed website that also comes from a photographer. Kimiko Yoshida has a beautiful site, that provides the feeling of being in a Parisian art gallery. Her self portraits are gorgeous and bizarre. Check out her site here.
So you may have heard there was a car named after him. Maybe you know about him because you paid attention in science class. No matter how you heard about the man, Nicola Tesla is one of the most important names in modern technology. This man helped introduce practically everything, Tesla would have been a jolting 153 today. Let us all wish him an electrifying good time. Learn more about one of the greatest men in technology here. you can also learn more from the video you see below.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I worry that an Apache attack helicopter is going to sweep out from behind a bank of trees, red and blue lights will start flashing and then it lands right in front of me on the interstate.
And then it hit me. What a great psychological “no speeding” campaign this is. You can’t refute the fact, Apache helicopters or not, in your head you know there’s some orbiting police plane sitting somewhere up in the sky behind a cloud so you can’t see it, and he’s got your number and is radioing some police squad car down on the ground to move in and intercept your ass. It scares the bah-jesus out of me.
Apparently it scares a lot of other Virginia drivers too because not once did I see someone go over 80 miles and hour and I hardly saw people go over 75 miles an hour. Being a driver from Birmingham, you put your life on the line everyday because if you don’t go at least a bare minimum of 75 on the interstates around here you’re going to get run the fuck over. It’s Nascar country.
So I wonder, could the “Speed Limit Enforced by Aircraft” signs work here in Alabama? Probably not. I think part of what makes those signs so scary up in Virginia is the fact that you have the CIA based over in Langley. Who knows what the hell really goes on over there with Big Brother and all; but, maybe it will scare some folk into staying within the speed limit even though I seriously doubt it. Last time I looked the literacy rates were higher in Virginia than Alabama. Go figure.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
The future of our world is always unclear, especially in terms of how technologically advanced we will be. According to Back to the Future II, we should have self drying clothes, flying cars, and watching everything in 3D (well maybe we are part of the way there). Anyways, filmmakers have been known to have very rich thoughts on what our future world looks like in terms of technology, aesthetics, and culture. Generally, in the future we all wear slick one piece jump suites as seen in the new Mac ads (to which Jerry Seinfeld has a good reason for this fashion choice in this video around the 1 minute mark), and all of our cars take on the look of that space ship from Flight of the Navigator. One of the things I have noticed in film is that in these advanced societies, everything is shiny and void of fingerprints, corruption, or dust. Why is that? Apple has been known for their more futuristic design and glossy screens that look like they could fit in a world of flying cars, but all the ones I see are simply filthy. Are people just cleaner in the future? No, we just wised up, and here are the two reason why the future is going to be shinier based on technologies that exist now.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
You would probably be a liar if you said you have never really thought about the apocalypse in any sort of capacity: whether it be the apocalypse of the religious variety, zombie attack, alien enslavement, or nuclear winter; you know that some book, film, or video game put your mind to work imagining how you would react and continue to survive. I for one have had my zombie escape plan and alien uprising rebel battalion in place for years. I just wish there was somebody around who could organize, talk about, and critique our perceptions of impending doom. Lucky for me there is such person willing to spend hours of deep thought and mediation analyzing history and the human psyche to help us better understand what the hell is going on in the world of the post-world. Enter Mark Hutson: my friend, film companion, and Apocalypse obsessed blogger. His new blog ,The Apocalypse Blog, will be the place to discuss our misconceptions, delusions, ideas, and expectations of a potential end of human civilization as we know it. Please subscribe and enjoy what this blog has to offer.
Friday, June 19, 2009
So I got a haircut yesterday. I went through a delusional period thinking that it would be cool to grow my hair long, but it dawned on me that I live in Alabama and it a million degrees right now (an obvious exaggeration). So, on a whim, I got my haircut. Typically I like my hair immediately, but when I get home I have regrets. It always seems puffy and unflattering at home. Generally it takes about a two months for me to really start liking my hair and then I need another cut, thus the cycle starts over. It is a bitch. Anyways, here are some haircut links.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Birthdays are lame. At least they have been since I stopped having cartoon themed parties where people brought me gifts in shiny wrapping paper and I got to beat the daylights out of a polychromatic paper donkey filled with candy. Oh yes, those were the days. However, I would like to point out some exceptionally awesome birthdays you may want to celebrate on this day, June 5th.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
So apparently the same country where pornography is illegal, has also had a sex theme park in the works. Love Land was due to open in Chongqing, China in October of 2009, but the entire project has been recently demolished . This would not be the first park of its kind however. There is already a Love Land on Jeju Island in South Korea. The park Features 140 artistic sculptures of men and women in various sexual positions, as well as sex education films and hands on exhibits (not so sure about this). Their website describes it as, "A place where the imagination can run wild." All in all, the park is viewed as fun and humorous, and it is in no way as smutty as it probably sounds. The island was once a popular honeymoon destination in an age of arranged marriages, so the island has always been a place of sexual education. The park was created by graduates of Hongik University in Seoul. So if you find yourself in South Korea and are the type of person who hates lines and doesn't like kids at theme parks, then this may be the place for you.
Friday, May 22, 2009
The rest of the world may find it hard to believe, but Alabamians have been prohibited, buy law, from serving and selling beer with a higher alcohol content above 6%. Also, beer cannot be served in anything larger than a pint, ruling out delicious beers that are served in 22 oz bottles and larger. This may not sound like the worse thing in the world, but if you actually enjoy gourmet beer then you may find yourself in what some would describe as "beer drinkers hell." Beer Advocate is a website dedicated to gourmet beer and features a top 100 list of the world's best beers according to it's reader. On this list, only a handful (less than 5) can be served in Alabama. With the state of gourmet beer in peril, an amazing group of organized individuals got organized and decided to do something about this crisis.
Friday, May 1, 2009
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Thursday, April 9, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I have been watching Lost since the 4th episode of Season 1. I am one of those guys who re-watches every episode numerous time in-search for any little clue that may lead to the ultimate theory explaining everything from the smoke monster to the statue. I have several theories concerning Lost, but I decided to post some of my favorite theories form my favorite Lost blog, Dark UFO. So please enjoy, and hopefully these will lead you to new ideas and conclusions about the show.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I just finished reading Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku. Kaku, who is a theoretical physicist, writes with an exceptionally clear and straightforward style that makes even the most daunting concepts in physics graspable by the layman. I, having no background in physics and being rubbish at mathematics, was able to comprehend most every topic covered. Granted some theories are just beyond most laymen's reach, that is no reason to be scared away from Physics of the Impossible. Kaku's book primarily focuses on technologies that, to us, are nothing more than science fiction; he explains each technology using current studies in physics and places them in three categories: Class I Impossibilities (within our reach in the next century) , Class II Impossibilities (within our reach in the next several centuries), and Class III Impossibilities (either these being impossible or the entire book on physics would have to be rewritten to make these a possibility). Interestingly enough, everything from invisibility cloaks, starship exploration, and robots are within our reach based on the current laws of the universe. With such rich science fiction fodder, you would except Kaku to at least mention some of the most beloved science fiction stories, and he does. In fact, Star Trek may as well be one of his primary resources. The beging of every section starts with some example of how we have seen these technologies used in film, comics, literature, and television. Aside from excellent geek references, he also includes brief history lessons and biographies of some of the most well known men and women in physics. For instance, I never knew Stephen Hawking was such a ladies man or that Apple may have gotten their famous logo as an homage to Alan Turing. Physics of the Impossible is addictive, entertaining, thought provoking, and scratches that itchy part of the brain that ponders the nature of the universe.
Also, in my last post I mentioned that that was a robotic dinosaur, but it is obviously someone in a costume. Some of the facial expressions maybe robotic, but it is still cool.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
"On a chilly, fall night in November 1966, two young couples drove into the TNT area north of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, when they realized they were not alone."
This is on a plaque in Point Pleasant West Virginia, at the Mothman Statue. According to local legend, a mysterious creature appeared in Point Pleasant and Charleston was seen several time between 1966 and 1967. The creature was described as being between 6 and 7 feet, with an enormous wing span, and glowing red eyes. The movie the Mothman Prophecies starring Richard Gere is roughly based on the Mothman legend. Fox Mulder refers to the Mothman as well in an episode of the X-Files. While no explanation has been agreed upon, many have made attempts to explain the Mothman. Aside from the supernatural explanation, some have gone as far to say the Mothman is an unidentified bird. Regardless, this is a nice juicy bit of local folklore. Every year the residents of Pleasant point celebrate The Mothman Festival, which takes place the third weekend of September. For a complete history, including all the documented sightings, go here.
Friday, February 27, 2009
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Monday, January 26, 2009
I just arrived at The Denver International Airport en route to Tokyo. This will definitely be the most difficult journey since I must endure an exceptionally long lay over. It is currently 9 degrees here. The airport is not conveniently located near downtown, so I am kicking it in the airport, reading good books and surfing the the web via the free wifi. I was lucky enough to get away from the chain fast food restaurants and enjoy a fantastic veggie burger from the Boulder Beer Tap House. Their Mojo IPA is most excellent. After this I have a 13 hour ride to Tokyo and then the real fun begins.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
My apartment complex is no stranger to wildlife. In fact, when you walk out side it is not odd to see at least five squirrels, numerous birds of varying species (I once saw a Great Blue Herring), a couple of pets, and possibly chipmunk. I swear that it sometimes feels like you are in a Disney musical and all the little guys are going to start singing you off to work. I am not much for animals, but these little guys don't bother me. Seriously, why should you be afraid of a squirrel? Well, folks in Durham, England had better watch out. It seems that some nurses have reported that they were attacked by the rodents. Now the staff are taking precautionary measures that include traveling in pairs and wielding umbrellas. The cause behind the aggression is unknown, but does not appear to rabies related. One nurse wrote that this was a moderate problem on a a scale from insignificant to catastrophic on her accident report, which would probably vary from person to person ( I myself would lean closer to the catastrophic). I must say that I will carry on with greater caution anytime I leave my apartment.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
In the U.K. people seem to admit to extraordinary claims and taboo things publicly more than most Americans. Maybe Americans feel a need to keep secrets, but Brits are fairly open about their dirty little secrets. For instance, a girl called into a radio show and told the DJ that she had eaten human meat her father had fed to her. Of course she was eating it unknowingly, since her father had apparently kidnapped young African girls and fed them to his family back home. Sounds like a really disturbing film or an episode of Always Sunny in Philadelphia. You can listen to the story here. While that is shocking, so is the fact that a mother of two has flat out told the Daily Mail that she feels absolutely no love towards her oldest daughter. I find it odd that she went as far as going public to the press, but even more odd that she felt compelled to announce it period. While in shows like Arrested Development it is funny when Lucile shows no love to Gob, but this is real life. Therapy will be expensive in this family.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I found this on Digg. It is pretty dark, but slightly amusing. It reminds me of A David Sedaris story where he talks about a book that he bought that would show what you would look like in different death instances. In the words of Louie the Lightning Bug, you got to play it safe around electricity.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Here is an interesting article about João Magueijo, a Cambridge University physicist, theory on Varying Speed of Light (VSL). More or less, his theory states that Light moved faster in the early ages of our Universe. Like most radical physic theories, this could dethrone Einstein and bring radical change to Cosmology, bringing a unfied theory of physics. Here is the article.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I work at a library and see thousands of books on a daily basis. Personally I am a lover of good literature, and while taste is an issue of sole opinion, I think that I like books of a decent intellectual caliber. Now, I have been told my entire life, through the advice of my parents and other sources of morality, that you cannot judge a book by its cover. While this definitely holds up as an excellent metaphorical reminder for giving every person you meet a fair shake, I am pretty sure that you can actually judge literal books by their covers and determine whether or not your are diving head first into some popcorn drivel. These warning signs should save you from such a mistake.
1)To begin, if the authors name is larger than the title of the book, then you can assume that you dealing with a definite popcorn piece. More than likely it will fall under such a genre as Mystery, Romance, or inspirational. Most of the time they are most readily available in paperback.
2) If it happens that the book is in hard back, then you can except a full sized portrait of the author on the back of the book. You should be extra concerned if the author's name is embossed as well.
3) If you see a series of the authors work and all their title are similar, as in the share the same word in the title, then definitely be wary going into this.
4) Also, blurbs are a good way to know if the content of the book you are about to read is worth the time. Generally, if the best a critic or fellow writer can do is describe the book in a series of adjectives like sexy, passionate, and raw then you may want to try something different. an honest blurb can tell you a lot about the content of a books. For instance, one of my favorite blurbs comes from David Sedaris's Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. The blurb said, "If wit were measured in people, then David Sedaris would be Chine. His Talent is that huge." Now that is a blurb by a critic who was really blown away ( I mainly added this because I really like that blurb).
5) As a final precaution, and that is all this is, know that being on the New York Time's Best Seller List is not a a guarantee that the book is any good. Now several best sellers have been, but don't be fooled by this accomplishment waved so proudly above the title. This is like eating Mcdonald's, just because the sign says that over a billion have been sold. Is it good for you to eat at Mcdonald's? That is for you to decided, but the taste of the food is not determined by the amount of hamburgers sold. Books should be no different.
Now, this post is meant for humor's sake only and please don't feel insulted if you are a lover of any of these type of books :)
Friday, January 2, 2009
Do you need some trivial and fun thing in your life that will encompass way too much time and leave you hopelessly addicted? Then Geometry Wars is the game for you. My roommate downloaded it on his Xbox and now my life has new meaning. Essentially it is a series of arcade styled mini-games that favor Galaga with a touch of Tron. The gameplay is exceptionally easy and hopelessly addicting. You can watch the beautiful colors exploded all aver the screen while simultaneously watching the hours slip away.
Here is a brief history of the game taken from wikipedia:
Geometry Wars is a minigame created by Bizarre Creations as part of Project Gotham Racing 2 for the Xbox, accessible through the in-game garage. An updated version of the game, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, is available for download on the Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Arcade. It can also be played in demo form in Project Gotham Racing 3. It previously held the record for most-downloaded Xbox Live Arcade game. A new version, Geometry Wars: Evolved, has been produced for mobile phones and a version has also been released for Windows Vista, as well as a reduced-price Windows XP release on the Steam content delivery network. Another version named Geometry Wars: Waves is available to play in Project Gotham Racing 4. Geometry Wars: Galaxies was released for the Nintendo DS and Wii in November 2007. A sequel, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 was released to Xbox Live Arcade on July 30, 2008.
Check out the official website.
I was recently at my parents house and noticed an old tattered book on the kitchen counter that my father picked up at a yard sale. He mentioned that it was one of his favorite books, based on the gross inaccuracies in it. The Male Motor by M. Sayle Taylor SC.D, Ph.D was first published in November of 1927. The primary concern of the book are the issues middle aged men face in regards to their prostate. Taylor fears that everyman is at risk of losing his sex energy in old age from being oversexed. I highly recommend that you read this on your own, but here is one of my favorite parts of the book in the chapter on masturbation.
“There are comparatively few men, whose memory serves them correctly, who can look back on a boyhood absolutely devoid of any phase of this practice. And in many cases the habit was begun long before the age of puberty had been reached. Usually, when begun in early boyhood, it is a social rather than a solitary game. Older boys, older or more precocious, ofttimes with nothing other than the exuberant spirit of play in their minds, initiate the boys into a gang or neighborhood clique, using exposure and some sort of competitive “game” as part of the initiation.
Fortunately most boys go through this stage just as they do the stage of petty-thievery, when cookies, pies, and jams are swiped- without becoming an addict. But when the habit carries over or is begun after the age of puberty has been reached, it then takes on a grim aspect. The sex anatomy, just budding into adult form, is taxed far beyond its capacity. When the practice is carried on over a period of years excessively (beyond natures recuperative ability), the harmful effect becomes so self-evident that is does not take the eye of a physician to discover what is wrong. The victim becomes sallow and anemic. The face loses its expressiveness, the eye becomes shifty, and the whole body takes on a languid air. Cowardliness, listlessness, slovenliness, and absent-mindedness are some of the characteristics of the victim of excessive self pollution.”
As I understand it, this book is kind of hard to find and is something of a collectors item. Here is a link(sadly Amazon is out) if you are interested in buying this incredible book. They only have one copy though. It is perfect rainy day quick read that makes for interesting dinner conversation.