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Saturday, July 30, 2011

3 Quick Infographs

Handy place settings layout:
(via GraphJam)


Men vs. Women: Colors


Belief in Evolution vs. National Wealth
This makes me sad...
(Calamities of Nature via ChartPorn)

Have a good weekend!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Things

It's almost the weekend!
Hopefully this will tide you over.


I want this baby.

(via 9gag)


Casey Anthony Mask sells for $1,000,000
Do not want this mask.

"A big spender on eBay shelled out almost $1 million to get inside Casey Anthony's head.

A Los Angeles eBay user called "prophunter" wound up with six rubber renderings of Anthony's face that had been used in a parody video and put one of them up for auction on eBay. That first mask garnered a winning bid of $999,900 Wednesday. It beat out 104 other bids that started at $25 on Monday.

In the description field for the item, the seller billed it as "possibly the most frightening mask on the planet."
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(CNN)

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Motorcycle Non-Skills

In my practicing to ride like this, I hope I don't end up like this:

(via Barstool)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Motorcycle Skills

I'm planning on riding a bit this weekend.
The goal is to get this good before then:


Just need to remember to look and lean.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kerbal Space Program

If you're bored or just have some free time, I recommend giving this "game" a try.


It's a really more of a simulator than a game at this point, thus the quotations, but there are planned expansions and objectives for future releases.

Right now, the only things you can really do are: build a spaceship, launch it, fly it around the planet or into orbit, or watch it crash and burn.
It has a real-world physics-simulator, so you can't just build anything and expect it to fly.
But building the ship is definitely the best part; launching and flying the thing stable is fun, but not so much when it spirals out of control and plummets to the ground (don't forget to add a parachute!).


Anyway, if you're remotely interested in spaceships, space, physics or engineering, definitely give it a try.
(Kerbal Space Program thanks to Victor)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

CNBC Titans: Quincy Jones

I've been watching this awesome series on CNBC called "Titans".
Each episode gives the history and background story of someone that has changed their respective industry and the world.

The latest episode was on Quincy Jones.
I knew he was an awesome producer that's worked with some of the greatest entertainers of all time, but I was still surprised by the range of projects he's been involved in.

Here are a few of my favorites and some of the surprising projects he's been a part of:



5. He produced 'The Color Purple'
Movie producer!
He saw Oprah on local tv and picked her out for the role.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

In the News: July 20, 2011

It's been a while since the last update... Sorry folks.

To get back into the swing of things, here's an ItN update:


Google Is Destroying Our Memories, Scientists Find
Well, that explains the disappearance of my short-term memory...


"The Internet, Google in particular, has made our memories fuzzy, a research report in Science Magazine says (via CNN).

Thanks to the powerful search engine, information is at our fingertips. We no longer need to rack our brains or ask friends for help recalling whatever it is we're after.

Four studies suggest when people are asked difficult questions, they automatically think about computers.

Also, when they expect to have information readily available, their ability to retain and recall information is lower. Instead of reciting the information itself, people recall where the information can be found.

“We are becoming symbiotic with our computer tools, growing into interconnected systems that remember less by knowing information than by knowing where information can be found,” the studies' authors write.

Betsy Sparrow, a psychology professor at Columbia University and lead author of one of the memory studies, says this phenomenon isn't so bad. "It's allowing us to have access to much more external memory; our network of people is just vastly expanded," she says.
"
(Business Insider)


BBC picked up on the story too:
Internet's memory effects quantified in computer study

"Computers and the internet are changing the nature of our memory, research in the journal Science suggests.

Psychology experiments showed that people presented with difficult questions began to think of computers.

When participants knew that facts would be available on a computer later, they had poor recall of answers but enhanced recall of where they were stored.

The researchers say the internet acts as a "transactive memory" that we depend upon to remember for us.

Lead author Betsy Sparrow of Columbia University said that transactive memory "is an idea that there are external memory sources - really storage places that exist in other people".

"There are people who are experts in certain things and we allow them to be, [to] make them responsible for certain kinds of information," she explained to BBC News.

Co-author of the paper Daniel Wegner, now at Harvard University, first proposed the transactive memory concept in a book chapter titled Cognitive Interdependence in Close Relationships, finding that long-term couples relied on each other to act as one another's memory banks.
"
(BBC)



Police: Florida teen killed parents with hammer, hosted house party
Definitely planned the party, parents said 'no', he got angry and killed them. Case closed. Call me Columbo.



"A Florida teen bludgeoned his parents to death with a hammer, stashed their bodies in a bedroom, then hosted dozens of people for a house party, police said Monday.

Tyler Hadley, 17, is in police custody, booked just before 5 p.m. Monday on two counts of second-degree murder with a weapon, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's website. Port St. Lucie Police spokesman Tom Nichols told reporters earlier that the teenage boy, who will be tried as an adult, was denied bond.

Around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Port St. Lucie Police Capt. Don Kryak said Hadley posted an invitation on Facebook, inviting friends to a party at his house.

Sometime after that, police said he used a 22-ounce framing hammer to fatally beat his parents -- Blake and Mary-Jo Hadley -- in the head and torso outside their master bedroom door of their Port St. Lucie home. He then dragged them inside the room and used "books, files, towels, anything that he could find inside the home to cover the bodies," Nichols said.

Then the teenager proceeded to party.

"Between 40 and 60 people turned up sometime after 9 p.m., according to police. Nichols said that "during the party and after the party, there was a rumor that perhaps Tyler had killed his parents." But, while saying police wanted to talk to more partygoers, he did not indicate if anyone else saw the dead couple's bodies locked in the master bedroom.

Police became involved after getting an anonymous tip, which led them to conduct a welfare check at the house around 4:20 a.m. Sunday.

Kryak said Tyler Hadley appeared "nervous" when law enforcement officers arrived, telling them his parents were out of town. They eventually found the alleged murder weapon lying between his parents' bodies.
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(CNN)

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Friday, July 15, 2011

HP 7: 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 just opened tonight.

If you're not caught up on all the books, here are some cats to explain:

*Warning: Spoilers!*

(via Neatorama)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

In the News: July 13, 2011

9 things you shouldn't say to your child


There are explanations for each in the full article, but here is the list:

  1. 'Leave me alone!'
  2. 'You're so...'
  3. 'Don't cry'
  4. 'Why can't you be more like your sister?'
  5. 'You know better than that!'
  6. 'Stop or I'll give you something to cry about!'
  7. 'Wait till daddy gets home!'
  8. 'Hurry up!'
  9. 'Great job!" or "Good girl!'

I don't know about the rest of you, but "Stop or I'll give you something to cry about" might be the phrase I'm most looking forward to using
(CNN)


Owl leaves imprint on Kendal woman's window
There was a pigeon print like this at my old job. I wanted to take a picture, but cameras aren't allowed at defense contract companies for some reason. "National security" or some silly thing like that.


"A woman returned to her Cumbrian home to find a near perfect imprint of an owl on her window.

The bird had apparently crashed into the window of Sally Arnold's Kendal home, leaving the bizarre image - complete with eyes, beak and feathers.

Experts said the silhouette was left by the bird's "powder down" - a substance protecting growing feathers.

Mrs Arnold said she could find no sign of the owl, so assumed it had flown off without serious injury.

She said: "Our first concern was for the welfare of what we suspected was an owl and we opened up the window to check if it was still around.

"Fortunately, there was no sign of the bird and we can only assume that it had flown away probably suffering from a headache."
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(BBC)

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Quick Comic Update

Just a few:

(Bizarro)


(C&H)

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A post! A post!

Bear falls asleep with fish in his paws:


"Photographer and 2011 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest hopeful Rick Sheremeta sets up the scene for his entry, “Quick Cat Nap”:

On a recent photo trip to Alaska’s McNeil River, I spent four days observing and photographing Brown Bears. The bears routine became pretty obvious – they’d fish for a while until their bellies were full, then they’d wander off into the grass for a little nap. This ole gal never quite got that far – after snaring this salmon, she wandered into a shallow pool at the side of the river, cradled the fish under her arm, and promptly nodded off. It was really comical to see her just sitting there sound asleep."
(via TDW)


Referee appears out of nowhere:
Well, I can't figure it out...



"This is from the 2009 Western Conference finals, and we have no idea why it just showed up on YouTube yesterday. But watch at the 0:07 mark, when linesman Brad Lazarowich enters the picture, seemingly out of nowhere. We've watched this about a billion times, and we think we've figured it out: it's magic."
(via deadspin)

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I want to see this movie: Winnie the Pooh

What do you do when you're opening up the same weekend as Harry Potter 7, which has the potential to have one of the largest openings ever?

Embrace it.

The Final Battle:


How do you spell adventure?


Probably not on par with The Muppets, but this is gonna be sweet.

Barstool Videos

Apparently I had enough saved up to make a whole post dedicated to them.


Greatest Frisbee Scene in a Movie

In case you were wanted to watch the whole movie (who wouldn't?): "Hard Ticket to Hawaii"
(via Barstool)


Bill Pullman's Independence Day Speech
Greatest movie speech of all time?
Some guy acknowledged it's greatness and recited it all over NYC on the 4th. Genius.

(via Barstool)

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Song of the Moment: Fritz and the Tantrums - MoneyGrabber

Heard this on the radio last week and I had a hard time trying to classify this song.
There's definitely a heavy '70s soul feel to it (hints of Motown? *edit* Heard more of their songs, definitely more of a Chicago sound *end edit*), but it also has strong indie influence (a la Belle and Sebastian).
Of course, Wikipedia already had it perfectly: "soul indie pop"



*edit* I knew the intro reminded me of another song.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Motorcycle!

I will soon be the proud owner of my first motorcycle.

Here's to hoping this never happens to me:

(thanks to Adam)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Interesting Infographics

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The Connected States of America



"A joint project by MIT’s SENSEable City Lab and the AT&T Research Lab visualizes social interaction between emerging communities based on anonymized mobile phone data.
Investigating the interaction network of people reveals interesting facets on how people utilize space. Cities attract their citizens from all walks of life, from nearby and from distant areas across the country. This constant flux of people commuting, migrating, and travelling across the country establishes connections which are dominated by large cities. The social connections woven across the United States can be used to define communities, where the glue that holds a community together is a stronger relationship with other members of the same community compared to members of other communities. Naturally, one can ask whether the communities defined purely by social interactions coincide with the administrative boundaries, for example state boundaries? Remarkably, this is not always the case!"
(via THD)


Car Color Preferences
(And accompanying interesting Road & Track article).

Red is actually less popular than I thought.
(via WSJ)

 Further break down:

(all via ChartPorn)

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Business Insider stuff

A bunch of posts from one of my favorite blogs.


CHART OF THE DAY: Android Is Blowing Everyone Away
"Android's share of the smartphone market is still blowing away all competitors in the U.S. according to new data from comScore. The only company that's hanging on is Apple, which saw its share of the market tick up ever so slightly."



VERY ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: This T-Shirt Uses Ambient Sound To Charge Your Phone
"Yep, you read that correctly. A t-shirt equipped with everything needed to charge your electronics using nothing but noise.

Sound activates piezoelectric material in the shirt that charges a battery, the battery charges your device. For more detail, check out the video below:
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Back To It

Lebron Dunking on a Camper:
We expect nothing less.

"Just Bron Bron being Bron Bron. Sure he disappeared in the NBA Finals, but he was all man in this game of knockout vs. 8 year olds. Because unlike vs. the Mavs this time when the chips were done he just drove to ball to the hoop and dunked all over this zit faced teenager. Kid had no answer for him. Couldn’t stop him when it mattered most. Just got posterized to all fuck. See this is why I’m talking about! Get him the ball Dwayne and get out of the way! Yup it appears the demise of Lebron James has been greatly overexagerrated. The King is alive and well and still proving he is the best closer alive. Get up kid! Your mom signed the permission slip!"
(via Barstool)


Best. Tuter. Ever.
(failblog)

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Miscellany

Kid's Birthday Invitation:
My next party will have these.
(via 9gag)


Trailer Mashup: 'Friends With Benefits' & 'No Strings Attached'
Never since 'The Illusionist' and 'The Prestige' has one Hollywood studio tried to gank another's script.

So... Black Swan or White Swan?
(via THD)

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