Monday, February 28, 2011

The Story of the Lonely Whale Will Break Your Heart

 "Once upon a time, there was a whale called June. Or maybe her name is Margaret. Or Kate. We don't really know. A few nitrogen-hearted scientists call her 52 Hertz just because she sings at a 51.75Hz frequency, but I will call her Alice.

Alice isn't like any other baleen whale. Unlike all whales, Alice doesn't have friends. She doesn't have a family. She doesn't belong to any tribe, pack or gang. She doesn't have a lover. She never had one.

In the immense solitude of the ocean, Alice is completely alone."
The only thing Alice does is sing.

Prehistoric Dog Lived, Died Among Humans

"Burial remains of a dog that lived over 7,000 years ago in Siberia suggest the male Husky-like animal probably lived and died similar to how humans did at that time and place, eating the same food, sustaining work injuries, and getting a human-like burial.

'Based on how northern indigenous people understand animals in historic times, I think the people burying this particular dog saw it as a thinking, social being, perhaps on par with humans in many ways,' said Robert Losey, lead author of a study about the dog burial, which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology."
via Discovery News /continue reading

Like a boss!


US Army to build a Cheetah robot that can run faster than humans... let's hope it doesn't get a taste for flesh

"A new robot that can outrun the fastest man on Earth and a Terminator-type android that will work alongside troops is being developed for the US Army.

The speedy robot – called, unsurprisingly, the Cheetah – is being developed by Boston Dynamics, which brought to the world the $18million BigDog robot used to help soldiers carry equipment over tough terrain.

But despite the multi-million dollar contracts awarded by the Department of Defense, army officials still don’t know exactly what the robots will be used for, according to the company’s boss."
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The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.


I don't hate Macs, but they do give me a syncing feeling

"They make you feel good, Apple products. The little touches: the rounded corners, the strokeable screens, the satisfying clunk as you fold the Macbook shut – it's serene. Untroubled. Like being on Valium.

Until, that is, you try to do something Apple doesn't want you to do. At which point you realise your shiny chum isn't on your side. It doesn't even understand sides. Only Apple: always Apple."
By Charlie Brooker | The Guardian /continue reading

Chinese Facebook for dog lovers

 "There are poodles, friséed and pigtailed, with bows in their hair; chihuahuas, bug-eyed and jacketed, with bells on their feet; and golden retrievers with dandyish red cravats around their necks.
But where many might see only strange obsession and sad, surrogate love, 34-year-old Tang Yang, founder of – a kind of Chinese Facebook for dog lovers – sees money."
via Telegraph /continue reading

Was Einstein Right After All?

"You've probably never heard of a galaxy known as NGC 6264, and you've surely never given it a whole lot of thought. But the distant star cluster has just provided astronomers with new insight into one of the most mysterious forces in the universe."
Dark Energy: Astronomers Inch Toward Solving Space Riddle - TIME /continue reading

Oscar Coronation for ‘The King’s Speech’

"LOS ANGELES — “The King’s Speech,” the period drama about King George VI of Britain and his vocal coach, won best picture and three other trophies at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday night."
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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Charlie Brooker vs. Colonel Gaddafi


Psychic Hotline


The Batmobile

Stuck In Customs HDR Photography


Business Man by Isaac Cordal

Welcome to the tiny, fragile world of miniature street art - just be careful where you tread.

The Colonel Gaddafi Award



Saturday, February 26, 2011

Today is the 17th anniversary of the death of US comic Bill Hicks.

"There’s a new party being born: The People Who Hate People Party. People who hate people, come together! “No!” We’re kind of having trouble getting off the boards, you know. Come to our meeting! “Are you gonna be there?” Yeah. “Then I ain’t fucking coming.” But you’re our strongest member! “Fuck you!” That’s what I’m talking about, you asshole! Fuck off! Damn, we almost had a meeting going. It’s so hard to get my people together."
Bill Hicks
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Open-Minded Man Grimly Realizes How Much Life He's Wasted Listening To Bullshit

 "CLEVELAND—During an unexpected moment of clarity Tuesday, open-minded man Blake Richman was suddenly struck by the grim realization that he's squandered a significant portion of his life listening to everyone's bullshit, the 38-year-old told reporters.

A visibly stunned and solemn Richman, who until this point regarded his willingness to hear out the opinions of others as a worthwhile quality, estimated that he's wasted nearly three and a half years of his existence being open to people's half-formed thoughts, asinine suggestions, and pointless, dumbfuck stories.

'Jesus Christ,' said Richman, taking in the overwhelming volume of useless crap he's actively listened to over the years. 'My whole life I've made a concerted effort to give people a fair shake and understand different points of view because I felt that everyone had something valuable to offer, but it turns out most of what they had to offer was complete bullshit.'"
via The Onion / continue reading

About 15,000 war vets, others rally in Croatian capital

ZAGREB, Croatia — Croatian police clashed with some of the 15,000 anti-government protesters who rallied in the capital Saturday, and state television reported that officers used tear gas to disperse the group. At least eight people were hospitalized.

Dozens of mostly young demonstrators charged at a police cordon preventing them from reaching a central square in Zagreb where the government headquarters is located, Croatian TV said.

The protesters threw stones and bricks at police, who responded with tear gas, the report said, adding that several people were injured and nearby windows were broken. Police set up metal fences to corral the crowd, the report added, describing the situation as "chaos."

Croatian police said later they detained 26 protesters and state TV said eight people were hospitalized with injuries.

The protests in Zagreb come just two days after several hundred protesters clashed with police at another anti-government rally. Many Croats blame the government for economic hardship and alleged corruption.

At another Zagreb square, thousands protested peacefully against the government and in support of a Croat war veteran awaiting extradition to Serbia in a Bosnian prison. They carried banners reading "Croat defenders are heroes" and "Stop the prosecution of Croat defenders."

The organizers, veterans' groups from Croatia's 1991-95 war, said hundreds of protesters were prevented by police from reaching the event, the Hina news agency reported.

About 1,000 people gathered at a similar protest in the eastern town of Osijek, demanding the government's ouster, Hina reported. The agency said that protest was organized through Facebook as was the rally in Zagreb on Thursday.
via CTV News


Yeah, Yeah, Everybody Loves Us

"Rex the Golden Retriever, Tabitha the Beagle, and Baby Gaga the Yorkshire Terrier at an announcement of the top 10 most popular breeds in the U.S. The Golden Retriever came in fifth, the Yorkie 3rd, and the Beagle fourth."

It's OK to touch ...

Photograph: Susan Swindells (work experience) for the guardian.
In an era of virtual reality, interactive Wiis and 3D TVs, it is difficult to imagine a more anachronistic attraction than a crowded dark room peopled with static wax models. But Madame Tussauds is more popular than ever.

Friday, February 25, 2011

When Men Take The Day Off


Redneck Humor

"You're an EXTREME Redneck when...

1. You let your 14-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner table in front of her kids.

2. The Blue Book value of your truck goes up and down depending on how much gas is in it.

3. You've been married three times and still have the same in-laws.

4. You think a woman who is out of your league bowls on a different night.

5. You wonder how service stations keep their rest-rooms so clean.

6. Someone in your family died right after saying 'Hey, guys, watch this'.

7. You think Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.

8. Your wife's hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.

9. Your junior prom offered day care.

10. You think the last words of the Star-Spangled Banner are 'Gentlemen, start your engines'.

11. You lit a match in the bathroom and your house exploded right off its wheels.

12. The Halloween pumpkin on your porch has more teeth than your spouse.

13. You have to go outside to get something from the fridge.

14. One of your kids was born on a pool table.

15. You need one more hole punched in your card to get a freebie at the House of Tattoos.

16. You can't get married to your sweetheart because there's a law against it.

17. You think loading the dishwasher means getting your wife drunk."


Northern lights in the UK

Over the last two decades photographer, Jim Henderson, 62, has witnessed 350 aurora displays in the UK. Jim has only had to travel a few miles from his cottage, 25 miles west of Aberdeen, to capture his images.

Breast Milk Ice Cream Debuts in London

"Ice cream made with breast milk has proved a big hit in a London restaurant, with the first batch sold out within days of going on sale, its makers said on Friday.

The ice cream, called Baby Gaga, is made with milk expressed by 15 women who replied to an advertisement posted on an online mothers' forum.

Each serving of Baby Gaga at the Icecreamists cafe in trendy Covent Garden costs £14 ($22.50)."
via Discovery News/continue reading

You Make the Perfect Pillow

cute baby animals - You Make the Perfect Pillow
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Cats Adore, Manipulate Women

 "The bond between cats and their owners turns out to be far more intense than imagined, especially for cat aficionado women and their affection reciprocating felines, suggests a new study.

Cats attach to humans, and particularly women, as social partners, and it's not just for the sake of obtaining food, according to the new research, which has been accepted for publication in the journal Behavioural Processes.

The study is the first to show in detail that the dynamics underlying cat-human relationships are nearly identical to human-only bonds, with cats sometimes even becoming a furry 'child' in nurturing homes."
via Discovery News/continue reading