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Thursday, June 30, 2011

I just got Google+

Still figuring out how to use it...

(xkcd)

It seems very similar to Facebook, but the security settings are a lot easier to manage. (i.e. you can find time)

Once I get more than 4 friends, I'll update again on how it is.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wednesday Comics

Happy Humpday!

The only difference: I'd be done with school by now... I still have work tomorrow.
(Doghouse Diaries)


Speaking of school...

"At my OLD school, we used Microsoft Encarta 2005"
(xkcd)

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Aaron Lewis: Country Singer

I actually got to spend the evening listening to and organizing my music (might not sound like much, but with 17,000+ songs they need a little maintenance from time to time).

In addition to the songs on the previous post, I also heard this song by Aaron Lewis:


I had heard it on the radio before, but forgot to look it up by the time I got home.
Not the best song, but I thought it was interesting because I had heard his voice before.

A little Google and Wikipedia and I find out he's the lead singer of Staind!

Yup, that Staind.

On top of that, he's from Massachusetts!
Country boy from good ol' MA.
Good stuff.

New Country Music

Not really sure how I got subscribed, but I'm on a mailing list to preview and rate new country music singles.
Say what you will, but country music is good stuff!

Anyway, a few of the new songs I got to hear and enjoyed:

Blake Shelton - Honey Bee
My favorite of the bunch, so give it a listen!
Click for video, since he won't let me embed.


Rodney Atkins - Take a Back Road
Who doesn't like venting about traffic?



Phil Vassar - Let's Get Together
Just another catchy Phil Vassar song.



And probably the funniest:

Craig Campbell - Fish
At the very least listen until the chorus.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Science News

A few science-specific stories:


A Cymbal In Very Slow Motion
1,000 FPS.


(via Business Insider)


Japanese Robot Torso Hugs You Back
Only Japan...



"Japanese robotics engineers have a penchant for recreating human interactions with robots--whether that's talking to disembodied robot baby heads, carrying the elderly, or eliciting trust with glowing ears. But the Sense-Roid is on a different level--when you hug its mannequin-like shape, it hugs you back.

Created by a student at the aptly named University of Electro-Communications in Japan, the Sense-Roid is essentially a sewer's dress form--a mannequin torso, in other words--that wears a very particular jacket or vest. The user also wears a jacket, and when the two articles of clothing connect, they being to inflate with air and vibrate in ways meant to simulate a real hug.

In fact, the Sense-Roid mimics the pressure from the user's hug, so in a way, hugging it is like hugging yourself. It detects the precise nature of the hug with micro switch sensors, then reciprocates in real-time. There are no known plans to make the Sense-Roid any more than a prototype.
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(PopSci)

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In the News: June 27, 2011

California Approves Gay Marriage!
(See: Every news source)


Perhaps more surprisingly...
Conservative Changes Opinion on Gay Marriage!

Interesting article from David Frum, former special assistant to President George W. Bush:
I was wrong about same-sex marriage

"I was a strong opponent of same-sex marriage. Fourteen years ago, Andrew Sullivan and I forcefully debated the issue at length online (at a time when online debate was a brand new thing).

Yet I find myself strangely untroubled by New York state's vote to authorize same-sex marriage -- a vote that probably signals that most of "blue" states will follow within the next 10 years.

I don't think I'm alone in my reaction either. Most conservatives have reacted with calm -- if not outright approval -- to New York's dramatic decision.

Why?

The short answer is that the case against same-sex marriage has been tested against reality. The case has not passed its test.

Since 1997, same-sex marriage has evolved from talk to fact.
"

"If people like me had been right, we should have seen the American family become radically more unstable over the subsequent decade and a half.

Instead -- while American family stability has continued to deteriorate -- it has deteriorated much more slowly than it did in the 1970s and 1980s before same-sex marriage was ever seriously thought of.

By the numbers, in fact, the 2000s were the least bad decade for American family stability since the fabled 1950s. And when you take a closer look at the American family, the facts have become even tougher for the anti-gay marriage position.

Middle-class families have become somewhat more stable than they used to be. For example: College-educated women who got married in the 1990s were much less likely to get divorced than equally educated women who got married in the 1970s.
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"How would it even work that a 15-year-old girl in Van Nuys, California, becomes more likely to have a baby because two men in Des Moines, Iowa, can marry?

Maybe somebody can believe the connection, but I cannot.
"
(CNN)


Disgruntled Employee Replaces Boss's Big Presentation With Porn

Grreaaatt....

"Imagine you're the CEO and you're giving an important presentation to your board. The last thing you want is for your computer to lock up and project porn to the assembled board.

Yet that's what happened to the CEO of the Baltimore Substance Abuse System, the Baltimore Sun reports, because of a disgruntled worker who hacked into the company's system. The worker also distributed some of his boss's confidential emails.

The man was charged and indicted with numerous counts of computer hacking--as well he should be. This is much more serious than a prank.

As its name indicates, the Baltimore Substance Abuse System distributes funds to substance abuse programs that help thousands of people, so disrupting its operations is a pretty nasty thing to do. The CEO told the Baltimore Sun that fixing the consequences of the hack cost $80,000 in overhauling security and upgrading software and the like.
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Felonies aside, this is awesome.
(Business Insider)

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Goldstar: Thank God you're a man

I guess they're not too concerned about losing their female customers...

Gotta love the Israelis.


(thanks to Kuong)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

In the News: June 22, 2011

Lots to post. It's been a while....


I know this is old news, but in case you didn't see Anderson Cooper's report on Sarah Palin's version of history, here it is:
"Sarah Palin is standing by her statement about a key moment in American history. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports."

(CNN)


Lenin impersonator ill after arrest on Red Square
Not huge news, but I had no idea these people existed... Totally makes a trip to Russia more worth it.


"A famous Lenin impersonator who poses for photos with tourists on Moscow's Red Square has fallen ill after being arrested, Russian media report.

Sergei Solovyov, 53, was detained after complaints from vendors reportedly "aggrieved" by his appearance and foul language - a charge he denied.

When Mr Solovyov was taken before a judge, he fell ill with high blood pressure and was rushed to hospital.

A tsar impersonator working with him accused police of harassment.

Viktor Chepkasov, 55, told media he had been working alongside "Lenin" for years as his arch-enemy Nicholas II, Russia's last tsar.

The two men pose on Red Square, one of Moscow's top tourist destinations, which houses the mausoleum where the remains of the real Lenin are still preserved amid some controversy.
"
(BBC)


First-Ever Photos of Space Shuttle Docked At Space Station
Awesome.


"After a 5-month stay at the International Space Station, Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli snapped one-of-a-kind photos of the Space Shuttle docked at the ISS, on his way back to Earth in a Soyuz craft. This is the very first time photos have captured an American orbiter docked to the International Space Station.

The photo-op arose because, by sheer coincidence, the Soyuz capsule was scheduled to come home while Endeavor was docked. Two such ISS missions have never overlapped before, said a NASA spokesperson. Realizing the rare opportunity, the astronauts and space agencies arranged a photo shoot.
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(PopSci)

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Monday, June 20, 2011

The Muppets: trailer

I cannot tell you how excited I am for this movie...


The Jim-Henson-projects-related jokes are amazing!
(via /Film)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Much Delayed Update

As you can tell, I've been slacking on the updates, but I've still been saving things to share!

So here are some of them...


Chinese Heterosexual Wedding Interrupted
By groom's gay lover.
Hilarity ensues.

No idea if this is staged or not, but it's pretty entertaining either way.
(via Barstool)


Mobius Ship
Awesome sculpture and a pun!
(via Neatorama)


And another pun!
For Christ's Saké:
(via reddit)

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Happy Father's Day!

Almost missed it, but here's a quick video to celebrate dads.

The Best TV Dads Through the Decades:

(via Barstool)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Some Videos



Newly released first-person video of the Japanese tsunami:

(via THD)


You look like a little black boy!
"It's not like you're really black".

Meh. The acting was sub-par.
(via Barstool)

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Monday, June 13, 2011

So the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Championship...

In celebration, let's recap the Heat's season.

Beginning:


End:


And how much fun would it be to party with Dirk?


Song of the Moment: Plain White T's - Rythm of Love

Just a fun, catchy tune... and a bit surprising, since I can't stand their other hit "Hey There Delilah".

Anyway, enjoy:



Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday Stuff

So I went to see the X-Men movie tonight.

Gotta say, I wasn't that impressed with the casting or wardrobe this time...
Just kidding, it was awesome.
P.S. Most awkward looking Nightcrawler ever.
(via 9gag)


Hungover Rock Climber Shits His Pants
Exactly what it says.

(via deadspin)

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Bridesmaids

Nope, not the movie.

But here are a few stats on the cost of being one:
(Dedicated to my friend who just got engaged! Can't name names because it's still a secret).
Lots of ink has been spilled on the high cost of the average American wedding ($26,984, according to theKnot.com’s 2010 survey), but it’s not just the father of bride who is feeling the pinch. As weddings become more elaborate, weekend-long affairs, often taking place in getaway locales (24 percent of nuptials are “destination weddings” according to the Knot), bridesmaids are shouldering larger costs as well.
In the past, bridesmaids were just expected to buy a dress and help throw a shower. Now, as women marry later in life, they often choose wedding attendants from different stages in their life, such as a younger sister, the high school BFF, college roommate and their closest colleague. Chances are the wedding will not take place locally for all of them, so a flight or hotel stay may be required for some. It’s no surprise that travel expenses make up one of the biggest components in the bridesmaid budget.

Pre-wedding festivities can also take a big bite. As seen in the movie Bridesmaids, showers can spiral out of control if one maid with expensive tastes decides to make it a catered affair. Bachelorette parties can snowball from a simple girls’ night out to an indulgent spa weekend or a jaunt to Vegas. For some die-hard wedding fans, it’s all worth it, but for the more budget-minded maids in the wedding party, it can bring a lot of stress to what’s supposed to be a happy occasion.

Here’s a look at where the cost come from, according to WeddingChannel.com, and some tips on how both brides and their attendants can keep money agony from souring their relationship, and the wedding day.
(Mint)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Happy Friday!

Roll out and enjoy the weekend!

All aboard the Fat Train!



Little Boy Plays with Cicada... in his mouth
Not sure if this is better or worse than the little girl with the dead squirrel... Either way, what's wrong with these parents?

(via Barstool)


And is this for real???
This year's 'Susan Boyle' on Korea's Got Talent

Abandoned at an orphanage when he was 3. Fled after being beaten and lived on the streets since he was 5.
(via 9gag)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Awesome People Hanging Out Together

The site "Awesome People Hanging Out Together" has been talked about quite a bit lately, but if you haven't checked it out yet, you definitely should.

To entice you, a few favorites:

David Cross and Will Arnett:
England doesn't stand a chance.


Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney:
I assume before MJ bought The Beatles' catalog.


Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire:
Love Audrey Hepburn

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Comic Thursday

=(
(C&H)


I have repeatedly said: "I want a house so I can have tools".
(xkcd)

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Song of the Moment: Frank Sinatra - Summer Wind

I was walking around this morning and a warm breeze started blowing.
For some reason I found myself singing this song:


A Quick One

Bruins won last night!
Also noteworthy:
(via Barstool)


Awesome "Shampoo Prank"
Lather, rinse.... rinse...

(via TDW)

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dance Central 2!

Harmonx's 'Dance Central 2' was announced yesterday at E3!

It looks awesome:

(thanks to DiP)

Also, a partial tracklist was released:

Rihanna – "Rude Boy"
Nicki Minaj – "Massive Attack"
Montell Jordan – "This Is How We Do It"
La Roux – "Bulletproof"
Far East Movement – "Like a G6"
B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars – "Nothin' on You"
Bananarama – "Venus"
Usher – "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love"

Super psyched for Montell Jordan.

Monday, June 6, 2011

News Bits

We've Eaten All The Fish In The Sea

"The ocean seems infinitely huge, but we're emptying it.

That's the message of a 2003 study by Villy Christensen, Sylvie Guénette, and other researchers (via Paul Kedrosky).

The authors took a look at annual catches of popular North Atlantic fish over the past half-century, and estimated the change in fish populations over the last hundred years.

Below is the most frightening chart, which is based on the study (click for bigger).
"

This first chart is just scary:
Check out Business Insider for more charts!
(via BI)


13 injured when bounce houses go airborne in New York
My friend laughed when she heard about this... clearly she's a terrible person.



"A heavy gust of wind blew away inflatable bounce houses with children inside at a New York soccer event, leaving 13 people injured, authorities said late Saturday.

The Oceanside United Soccer Club in Long Island was hosting a tournament Saturday afternoon when three bounce houses started floating away, said Eric Evensen, a Nassau County police officer.

"As children were inside, a heavy gust of wind blew across the field, raising them off the ground and sending them airborne," he said. "Once they hit the ground, they began rolling and struck several people on the ground."
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(CNN thanks to Katie, who may or may not be said terrible person)

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Saturday Videos

I Wanna Be an Engineer
So this isn't very good (at all)... but considering the blog name and my profession, I felt like I had to post:

(via PDDNet)


William Tapley, Third Eagle of the Apocalypse, sees penises everywhere
Sometimes I just don't know...

(via Barstool)

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

In the News: June 3, 2011

Netflix CEO: ‘We’re Finally Beating BitTorrent’
Pretty funny that he acknowledges BT, and a little crazy that they're actually "beating" it.



"At the D9 Conference this morning, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings credited his company with helping to beat piracy — at least in the U.S. Now, he says, the challenge is to outcompete copyright infringement in places like Korea, where it runs rampant.

“One of the things that we’re most proud of is we’re now finally beating BitTorrent,” Hastings told AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher. Thanks to services like Netflix, Hastings said most Internet video is now paid for in the U.S. The hard part for content providers, he said, was coming up with a service good enough that people were willing to pay for, rather than just searching for free content on the Internet. Netflix has been able to provide that service by making its streaming videos available across a vast number of devices, and giving subscribers access to a wide range of library content for a relatively low price.

Netflix has also enabled content owners to make money on shows they previously weren’t monetizing. Hastings offered up Joss Whedon’s Firefly as one example of a series that had a rabid fan base that couldn’t find it under legal means prior to appearing on Netflix. At the same time, he quelled any rumors that the company could bring Firefly back from the dead.

“All of those actors are 10 years older and the sets are gone,” Hastings said about the show. But he added that before Netflix brought it online, Firefly wasn’t getting monetized and now Fox is getting paid for it.
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And just a little sad to hear another stake in the Firefly coffin. =(
(gigaom)


Bono Was Hitchhiking In Vancouver And Was Picked Up By An NHL Player
Random... I guess picking up a hitchhiking Bono is better than having Bob Dylan creeping around your house.

Would you pick up this guy?

"Edmonton Oilers center Gilbert Brule stopped this week to pick up a most unlikely hitchhiker — rock star Bono.

The U2 frontman and his assistant were walking in West Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday when they got caught in the rain. Fortunately for them, Brule and his girlfriend were driving by, taking their German shepherd to a park.

Bono hopped in for a ride. To thank them, he offered Brule and his girlfriend backstage passes for the U2 concert Wednesday night at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium. The couple sold their tickets to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals between Boston and Vancouver, took a flight back to Edmonton and went to the show with Brule's mom.
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(Business Insider)

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