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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Baby Monkey, Baby Monkey

You may have seen the original, but now it's set to music!

The song has been stuck in my head all day...
(thanks a lot Adam...)

In the News: January 27, 2011

First ItN of the year, so clearly it's been a while.
Some of the stories might be a little old, but enjoy!

Year of the Rabbit: Deadly start for impulse pet buys

"Dead rabbits are showing up in Chinese mailboxes as pets ordered for the Year of the Rabbit aren’t surviving the shipping process, the Shanghai Daily reports.

The Year of the Rabbit commences on February 3 under the Chinese lunar calendar and bunnies are in demand to celebrate it. One online search showed more than 600 vendors selling rabbits at prices from 15 to 2,000 yuan ($2.25 to $300), Shanghai Daily reported.

But, the paper said, the rabbits can spend five days in shipment and many have suffocated or frozen to death in the small boxes in which they are sent.

You know, everyone's afraid of the strength of China's economy (I am included), but it's stories like these that make me second guess their assent to become the world's second superpower.
As dumb as the collective American public is sometimes, the Chinese collective reminds me a lot of Lennie, from 'Of Mice and Men'. Giant lumbering beast that just can't have nice things.

British Engineer Designs Own Heart Valve Implant, Saves Own Life
And this is why engineers are awesome.

"In 2000, Tal Golesworthy, a British engineer, was told that he suffers from Marfan syndrome, a disorder of the connective tissue that often causes rupturing of the aorta. The only solution then available was the pairing of a mechanical valve and a highly risky blood thinner. To an engineer like Golesworthy, that just wasn't good enough. So he constructed his own implant that does the job better than the existing solution--and became the first patient to try it.

The existing fix, called the Bentall surgery, requires a five-hour invasive slice-and-dice and a heart-lung bypass, after which the damaged part of the aorta is cut out and replaced with a graft and mechanical valve. But Golesworthy saw an opportunity instead of despair: Nobody had thought to use more modern technologies, namely combining MRI tests with computer-aided design tools and new rapid prototyping techniques. Golesworthy saw a chance to create an implant that would support itself and reduce the chance of blood clots, thus eliminating the need to take that dangerous blood thinner."

Senate approves Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, ensures a future for noise pollution
Hooray! More government intervention!

"If you've been lucky enough to occupy the driver's seat of a hybrid or electric vehicle you've surely enjoyed the bliss that comes from smoothly and silently pulling away from a stoplight. You've also, surely, run over at least a couple of pedestrians while doing it. (We hit at least eight of the poor souls during our latest Volt test drive.) Sadly, here comes John Kerry and the rest of the US Senate to ruin our Carmageddon-esque fun. The Senate has unanimously approved the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, which requires:
...minimum level of sound emitted from a motor vehicle that is necessary to provide blind and other pedestrians with the information needed to reasonably detect a nearby electric or hybrid vehicle operating at or below the cross-over speed
How much sound? Well, they haven't figured that out yet, nor have they figured out up to what speed it must be required, nor what sort of noise is required, but by golly there will be noise. Those answers will in theory be found through the course of a study that will take no more than 48 months to complete, leaving us wonder if current noisemaker options on the Volt, Leaf, and Prius will meet the need. Regardless, if you want a quiet car you'd better start your financing."


Random Musing: Shower Efficiency

Question: How many of you pee in the shower?
Follow up question: Why do you pee in the shower?

Most of you probably answered one of two ways for the first question: 1) I do!  2) Ewwww.
The answer to the latter is probably: to save time and/or water.

FYI, new lesson learned: Do NOT do a Google Image search for "peeing in the shower"
without 'SafeSearch' on. (Unless you're into that sort of thing...)

By now you must have realized this isn't really a post about shower efficiency, but who wants to label their post "Peeing in the Shower"?

Anyway, I was curious to see how much time/water/money you could save by peeing in the shower.

Of course, the plumbing and fixtures are different in each house, but I used the following for easier calculations:
- After a quick search I found that after 1992 all showerheads were required to have a flowrate of no more than 2.2gpm
- The majority of toilets are now 1.6gal/flush models
- First number I found for water costs was $1.50/1000gal. That's $0.0015/gal, but let's double it to account for sewage costs ($0.003).
- Urination times can vary from 5-10 seconds to over a minute. I used 30 seconds as an average.
- Everyone values their free time differently. I used $100/hr. A nice round number, and roughly the average wage for a contract worker.

So... with a little use of the mathematics:

Toilet Cost:
Water- This is a constant 1.6 gallons. In terms of monetary costs: $0.0048
Time/money- The difference here is the fact that you have to unclothe yourself. Women probably take a little longer, but men like not wearing pants more and probably take longer to zip themselves up. Let's assume an average of 15 seconds to pull down/up your pants. 15s at a rate of $100/hr results in a total cost of: $0.42
Total Toilet Cost: $0.4248

Shower Cost::
Since you don't need to worry about getting undressed, the only thing we have to measure is time water is flowing while you pee in the shower.
Again, using an average pee-time of 30 seconds results in 1.1 gallons or water flowing down the drain while you pee. At $0.003, that's $0.0033.
Total Shower Cost: $0.0033.

Clearly, peeing in the shower is more cost effective.

However, if you don't value your time at all, the numbers get closer: $0.0048 vs $0.0033.
On top of that, if you're a long pee-er, you might want to reconsider.
Solve for 'x':
$0.0048 = (x minutes)*(2.2 gal/min)*(0.003 $/gal)
x = 0.727 min = 43.6 seconds.

So if you're planning on peeing for longer than 44 seconds and don't value your personal time, you should ignore this whole thing and just use the toilet.

And two quick polls:
Do you pee in the shower?


What do you think about peeing in the shower?
It saves time and money!
Great post! Now tell me how much money I save by pooping!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Recently checking out some movie trailers and thought I'd share a few.

Originally saw them on Apple Trailers site but they don't let you embed video, so the YouTube knockoffs might be a little grainy. Definitely check out the Apple versions though, better quality and the trailers are longer/better.

Ip Man 2

"Hong Kong under British rule is a world of corruption, and when a Western-style boxer named TaylorTwister Milos comes to town to entertain the British upper-class, and insults both Chinese martial arts and the native citizens in a horrifically violent way, Ip must step up and fight for the honor of both his kung fu and the Chinese people."
Beating up oppressive Westerners, what could be better?!
And it has Sammo Hung!
(Apple Trailers thanks to thanks Ala)

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost!



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Guy takes shake weight to the gym

I was dubious on the entertainment value of this video, but the guy is just so goofy looking I had to watch.

Time well spent? You decide.
(via 9gag)

With a Little Help from My Friends

Someone built the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle van
Anyone else have this toy?

If only the door swung open when you lift the roof...
(link thanks to Nick)

Infographic on Infographics:
Just doing my part.
(thanks to Seth)

Contra IRL
(thanks to Adrian)

Smooth Criminal on dueling cellos:

(thanks to DiP)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Angry Birds IRL

It's both adorable and horrible at the same time...

On the one hand, they're playing with their child and everyone is having a good time.
On the other, they're chucking things at their child. (0:19 might be the best).
(via The Daily What)

Friday, January 21, 2011

New favorite meme: Tiger Mom

I'm sure you've all heard about Amy Chua's recent article in The Wall Street Journal promoting Chinese-style child rearing techniques.
(By the way, David Brooks' response: 'Amy Chua is a Wimp' is another good read)

Anyway, an awesome new meme has popped up, which I obviously had to post:

(via all over the internets)

Good times.

Good Stuff

Of course, you all know I only post good stuff...

Brett Favre: 'What Should I Do?'

(via Barstool)

We can only hope...


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

HumpDay Pics

If you really, really don't have anything to do at work today.

Michael Douglas: That guy
(via The Daily What)

Come on... it's a Nikon!
(thanks to Adam)



HumpDay Videos

Well, it's not HumpDay yet, but if you don't spoil it, you'll have plenty to watch tomorrow.
(Unless you really have nothing to do, in which case I would like to propose a job-swap).

Pixar Toy Story zoetrope:

(via The Daily What)

Old English couple fighting on the sidewalk
(NSFW- language, not kidding)

(via Barstool)


Monday, January 17, 2011

Child Beauty Pageants

Who invented the child beauty pageant?
They seriously creep me out....

Here's a clip from Toddlers and Tiaras:

That woman should not be allowed to have children.
Repeat: It ripped off her skin and she still makes her daughter wax her eyebrows.
(via The Daily What)

And to lighten the mood, here's a slow-mo version of a performance on The Talk:

(via The High Definite)


You know it's really wrong when the original is wayyyy creepier than the modified version.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thursday Comics

Almost Friday...


The Oatmeal: continuing to ask the tough questions everyone wants answered.

(The Oatmeal)


Random Musing: Tired Parents

Recently, a few people I know had babies and a trend among all of them was how tired they always were.
Both parents.

I bring this up because it got me wondering how this was evolutionarily possible.
Both caretakers are exhausted, sometimes close to the point of delusion, and somehow we managed to make it out of Africa without being eaten by lions.

Within a few hours, his body would be reduced to bones (before the hyenas got there, they eat bones) and little Joey would be on his own (considering he's a baby, he'd probably be a goner too... just being honest).

Obviously, after a little thought it was clear there were several reasons this happens:
1. Humans used to be more communal in our child rearing tactics. (Of course "used to" refers to how Western societies now raise their children. Many societies around the world continue to raise their children in a communal fashion). We still drop our babies off at daycare, but only after we're satisfied we put in enough time into their development. "Two years worth of raising a human being?? That's more than enough, they're someone else's problem during the day now!"
2. We have tamed nature and have virtually no predators to fear. No baby-stealing-dingoes around here at least.
3. Our means of living (now 'working' as opposed to hunting and farming) are less physically demanding. Desk jobs require almost no physical requirements at all! (And sometimes no cognitive requirements either...)

15 minutes of thought. Three reasons is good. There were no additional factors contributing to the complex evolution of child rearing tactics from our origins in Africa to 'modern' Western styles.
Think I'll publish a paper on this.
Title: "Fact: Lions would eat us if we didn't have KinderCare*"

*Note: I have no affiliation with KinderCare, it was just the first generic one that came to mind. You can send your kid to a Montessori school if you want.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snow in 49 of 50 States

There is now snow in 49 of 50 states.

What the hell Florida?? Even Hawaii played along.

And so ends my snow day... Back to work tomorrow.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Busy Week

Not sure how many updates I'll get in this week, so enjoy them while you can!

No joke.


If you're gonna go down, I guess this would be the way to do it:
(via The Daily What)

Way cool infographic showing the top movies of 2010 and their box office grossings per week:

(Larger version via Chart Porn)


Muppets with People Eyes

Why someone would want to do this is beyond me...

(Muppets with People Eyes)

Food for Thought

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday Update

A few.

Solar eclipse as seen from space:
(via APOD)

The publishers of Huckleberry Finn though censorship was a good idea.
Let's expand that idea!
(via The Daily What)


Best and Worst Identities of 2010

One of my favorite branding blogs, Brand New, goes through the best and worst rebrandings of the past year.

A few of The Worst:

MTV lops off the bottom and acknowledges they have nothing to do with music anymore:

Seattle's Best goes generic. Almost as bad as Tropicana's attempt two years ago.

Worst combination logo ever?

And the obvious winner:

And some of The Best:

Black Star:

Very clever 'CNN en Espanol' redesign:

 Hooray simplification! Reminds me of the Coke can refresh years ago.

And the winner:
Definitely better, but I'm still not sure what the little fuzzy blotch is for.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Two Sets of Images

1. Adrian Beltre head rub gifs:
The man does not like his head rubbed...
I really don't know what to make of it. He seems genuinely pissed at first, but almost laughs/smiles after.
Maybe it's just a reflex he can't control?
In any case, if you just can't get enough, follow the link for more.
Pace yourself, there are three pages full.

2. Women laughing and eating salad:
They sure love their salad...
They're only laughing on the outside because they're so sad and hungry on the inside.
Only a page full of these, but I can't imagine you'd want more...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Speaking of Videos

The Top 100 Most Viewed YouTube Videos:

Click for larger view.
OK, so I can accept all the Lady Gaga videos; I enjoyed 'Charlie Bit Me' and 'Charlie the Unicorn'; but seriously, who is letting all these kids on the internet?!
There are a ton of Justin Bieber videos up there.

Also, why is this 'pregnancy booster' video #26?? Over 100 million views...
(via Fast Co Design)