Monday, October 31, 2005

What's Special About Your Favorite Number?

Lots of interesting mathematical facts about numbers.

I didn't bother reading them all but some were rather funny. If you find a gem, share it!

Mine is the largest number divisible by all numbers less than its square root.

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Brothers fined for keeping pet ghost

A village council in eastern India has fined two brothers for keeping a pet ghost.

An exorcist summoned by villagers claimed the brothers' pet ghost was "responsible for a recent outbreak of disease in the locality".

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I can only be thankful that this was not in my own town, thought it would not have surprised me.

And I pray that this is a hoax.
Happy Halloween everyone!

Friday, October 28, 2005

NASA: "Einstein Is a Space Alien!"

NASA has published an article disscusing the possibility of Einstein being a space alien.

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OK they actually say the opposite but an interesting read none the less.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The New Yorker reveals fake word in Dictionary

Even dictionaries employ DRM now. The New Yorker reveals the fake word placed in the New Oxford American Dictionary to monitor the illegal copying of their word base.

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Proof Kurt Cobain Was Murdered

A extremely comprehensive website by Tom Grant, the man who investigated the 'suicide' and interviewed Courtney Love and Cobain's friends and family. Seems like quite a bit of evidence supporting his murder to me.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Could science defeat hurricanes?

Several approaches to attacking hurricanes are discussed in this article.

The most promising being dumping Dyn-O-Gel (which absorbs 1500x its weight in water and dissolves in saltwater) on a section of the hurricane eye wall and knocking it down a full category level.

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term. The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.


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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

You Know You've Been to the Store Too Many Times When...

A funny thing for: October 18th, 2005

Technically this was from a week or so ago but it was funnier than anything that happened today so I'll bend the rules that don't exist.

I had a dream that I was watching TV and on it was some sort of sketch comedy show like Saturday Night Live. On the show they were doing a talk show starring Joan Rivers being played by Brittany Spears, but not very well. She wasn't doing an annoying voice or acting rude so I don't know how I knew she was playing her. The show's theme had something to do with confessions of celebrities and the guest changed a few times while the skit was going on. It started with Samuel L. Jackson, went through a few jobbers like Jimmy Fallon and wound up being Tommy Lee. There were some sexual questions or such but that's not important. I guess this was a trial run in dreamland since a little later in the night the show came back for more.

This time the guest was Jimmy Fallon but he was apparently supposed to be playing Justin Timberlake. The audience was very upset since they had been advertising that he was going to be there that night and most of them were fans that came hoping for a reunion. Jimmy's impersonation was about as good as Brittany's and interrupted with many giggles from him to a joke that only he could hear. The audience was very upset and refused to laugh at anything and began to start throwing things bringing the skit to an end.

* Please realize that I understand that I have not arrived at a funny part yet. Bear with me just a little longer. *

Later in the show they started the skit back up and the audience was quite vocal in their dissapproval until the guest was brought out and it actually was Justin Timberlake. I'm pretty sure the questions that were being asked were funny but I only remember one, the last one.

Brittany looked at the teleprompter and with a pained look on her face said, "What was Brittany's..." She looked to the side of the stage and a very mean looking producer gave her the slit throat and go on gestures. "favorite... sexual... position?"

Justin's quick response "Fetal."

The audience burst into laughter. Meanwhile Brittany was visibly embarrassed and even went so far as to do one of those Dave Letterman pulling on the tie gestures while saying "Yeah, I'm kind of thinking about taking that position right now."

I woke up at this point laughing since I had no idea where "Fetal" came from. I can only guess it was the result of the insane overexposure of magazine covers proclaiming how fat she was in her pregant state and of course the whole having a baby thing. I think there were some comments made about her being a sex fiend while pregnant as well so maybe I do know where it came from.

The thing is, none of these people even belong in my dreams, well most of these people and the other had no right being fully clothed. My apologies, to the father of her child, for not registering a mention in the dream or his name here. But really...

Monday, October 17, 2005

A Battle of Wits Over A Bottle of White-Out™

A Funny Thing for: October 17th, 2005

Today's funny thing for the day comes from my girlfriend.

A co-worker began to rifle through her desk in search of some White Out™ and she loudly proclaimed "No!"
Her co-worker was not dissuaded and proclaimed, "Yes!" and "It was my White Out™ before it was your White Out™!”
Not to be so easily deprived of her White Out™ my girlfriend replied, "I've had that White Out™ since I was a child! It's a family heirloom!"
Co-worker slowly backing away "Uh..."
Girlfriend "My ancestors had that whiteout with them when they came to America."
To which a sarcastic "I didn't realize they had White Out™ back then." was the only possible answer.
"Yes, they were persecuted as witches because they had White Out™!" then unfortunately she burst into a fit of laughter and while she was rolling on the floor the co-worker calmly reached into the desk, took her White Out™ and walked away.

Oh, and on a side note "White Out™!"

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Funny thing of October 16, 2005

Today we get to start a new thing. I'm going to end my day by sharing the funniest thing to happen that day. This doesn't mean that they will always be funny just the funniest thing of the day. Here's to not having boring days.

Today it was a simple coincidence. I was hanging out with some friends at Red Robin (nasty) and ran into someone I once worked with. No, that's not very funny is it? OK, how about the fact that the person I ran into was fired from that place? Add to that my having been fired from that place. Funny yet? Let's go one farther and add that the friend that I was hanging out with was hired as the replacement for the fired person I ran into and was also fired. Now it's getting funny, but there is a little more. The friend I was with's first day should have been two days after the person I was running into's last day but the temp agency failed to fire her twice and she wound up coming in for two more days. An awkward moment followed that last day along the lines of "Uh, anyone notice we have one more employee than places to sit? Duck. Duck. Goose!"

OK if I still haven't managed to make you at least smile here's the piece that makes it come full circle. When I mentioned that I was starting a new assignment on Monday it turned out that the person who I was running into's husband happened to be the hiring manager at the place. Lets hope it's a good omen rather than a bad one.

"Free" SkypeOut calls?

"These days, several people have asked me this. (Also noted here.) "Was SkypeOut hacked?" Actually, all is in perfect order and it's just an interesting way of different services working together."

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Japanese Prisoner had to win 1 million yen in Contests for Freedom

On an old Japanese TV show a Japanese comedian was captured and placed in an apartment without clothing, food, and little else and had to win about $10,000 worth in contests in order to be released... all as Japanese TV viewers watched without him knowing! If you didn't hear about this this article is a must read.

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Unexpected Downside of Wind Power

Next month, hundreds of blades will spin to a stop, in what appears to be a wind-energy first: Facing legal threats from environmentalists, the operators of the Altamont wind farm have agreed to shut down half of their windmills.

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Friday, October 14, 2005

Remains of Star Trek's 'Scotty' headed for space

Evidently "Star Trek" actor James "Scotty" Doohan took the catchphrase "beam me up" very seriously -- his cremated remains will be launched into space in accord with his last wishes.

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Beethoven script, missing for 115 years found in a library

An 80-page, handwritten working manuscript score of Beethoven's 'Grosse Fuge' that went missing 115 years ago has been found by a librarian near Philadelphia, The New York Times said on Thursday. "It was just sitting on that shelf. I was in a state of shock," Heather Carbo told the Daily.

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'New' giant ape spotted

An elusive giant ape has been spotted in remote forests in central Africa, sparking theories that it could be a new species of primate.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Hubble Finds Possible Oxygen Source On The Moon

Using Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys, preliminary assessments suggest a newly discovered abundance of titanium and iron oxides. They may be sources of oxygen and a potential resource for human exploration.

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Man spends $2500 on Serenity tickets just to give them away hoping for sequel

"He's a big fan of 'Firefly' and wants the (box office) numbers high enough that the studio will make more of the movies."

Wow, and Thanks!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

23 Ways to Speed Up Windows XP

23 different ways to speed up your Windows XP system (also works for older versions)

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Grow your own limbs healing hope

Future generations may be able to heal without scarring and grow their own replacement limbs

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"Serenity" knocks "Pride" off top of box office

LONDON (Reuters) - Sci-fi action adventure "Serenity" has knocked "Pride and Prejudice" from the top of the UK Box Office charts after three weeks at number one, Screen International said on Tuesday.

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Monday, October 10, 2005

Viagra helps out endangered species

It's not just for the elderly anymore.

Can you imagine the surprise of these poor animals?

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SMS Tea Kettle You Can Turn On With A Text Message!!

The SMS tea kettle lets you send it a text message to turn it on! Now you'll never have to leave the couch except to pour the tea!

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Google Co-Founder Resume from 1996

Take a look at Sergey Brin's resume from 1996, if you have a similar resume maybe you can be worth $11 billion in 9 years.

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Sunday, October 09, 2005

New Canon camera detects smiles

This is cool. The camera has an artificial intelligence system which waits for smiles and bright eyes to peak before snapping the picture.

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Track Tagged Sharks, Turtles, Seals And More Online

Nearly real-time satellite data from tagged sea animals. It shows where they are and their movements in the Pacific Ocean.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

How much would you lose if you bought stocks from spam?

Just how much can you lose? This guy kept track of every stock symbol mentioned in a spam e-mail and how much money he would've lost had he actually invested for a few months. Incredible!

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Blogger Uses Math To Solve Pronunciation Problem

When a dictionary won't do to prove the proper way to say something you can always resort to maths. A somewhat unusual method but effective none the less.

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The Serenity/Firefly Wikipedia!

With only *six* days and counting to the North American release of "Serenity", here's everything you ever wanted to know about the "Firefly" 'verse. It's a big damn web site, and it aims to misbehave! Don't go out in the black without it.

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Learn to Curse in Chinese from FIREFLY and SERENITY

Here's a list of Chinese slang and phrases from Firefly.
It's been around for a while but it's a great resource for new Firefly/Serenity fans.

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Box Office Forecast: Serenity is #1! is predicting that Serenity will be the #1 movie following this weekend. Having seen the movie for myself this afternoon, you'll want to check it out even if you've never seen the TV show, Firefly. Simply put, its a great movie, filled with funny and memorable moments.

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Firefly hits #2 on Amazon's DVD Best Seller list

After being in the top 20 for nearly 2 years, Firely: The Complete Series has moved up to the #2 slot with the release of Serenity.

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Site Redesign

Going slow as you can tell if you happen to look at the last post and it's one month ago date. This is a very different page than it was and will be. I'm still just messing around with it when I'm bored. I prefer this version so far. It looks like the colors might still need some work though.