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Archives for July, 2007

A Parable

I’m just getting sick of the whole “atheism is a religion” crap that I seem to keep running into lately. Here’s a little story for your entertainment. Once upon a time there was a land called Cardia. In Cardia, everyone played cards. Some people played blackjack, some poker, others pitch, and so forth. While many…

Help: DV Camera Recommendations

And now for something completely different: There are a lot of intelligent folks out there in sci-blog gadget land, so please allow me to pick your brains for a moment. I am looking for some recommendations on a DV camera. I am looking for a fairly basic unit but not one that is totally stripped.…

Cryptography 101

This week’s NOVA Science NOW on PBS has an interesting piece on the Kryptos sculpture in front of CIA headquarters. The segment does a decent job of showing some of the basic techniques used such as substitution and transposition, in just a few minutes. I am not a cryptographer but it is an area I…

Boilermaker, One Week Later

Last Sunday was the 30th annual Boilermaker 15k road race in lovely Utica, NY. This is perhaps the biggest event in central NY during the summer. This year, the Boilermaker attracted over 12,000 entrants along with an elite field of national and international talent. In other words, it’s not your average Sunday morning 5k benefit…

Things You Learn Via a Radio Quiz

It’s amazing the things you can learn from a simple quiz on a morning radio show. But not the item that was intended, that is. A station that my wife listens to while getting ready for work often has one of those “Seventh caller who gets this question correct wins free tickets to the phone…

This spicy babe doesn’t need a thong to look good. The plant is colloquially known as Brazilian Jasmine and more formally as Mandevilla sanderi. Its original habitat was in the hills above Rio de Janeiro, but it no longer grows in a native state there. Here it struts its stuff to a bossa nova beat…

When one thinks of a house mouse, a meek cheese-nibbling furry little critter is most often visualized Don’t be fooled. These are nasty beasts. Just ask the chicks of the stormy petrel, Tristan albatross and Atlantic petrel.

Apple iPhone Guts

Curious about what’s inside an iPhone? Well, the good folks at Audio Design Line (via EE Times) have a teardown. Mind you, it’s not like the old days when you could just pop off the cover of your new electronic doohickey and look at the manufacturer’s part numbers on the chips. These are the days…

LetsNotWash.com

There is a darkly humorous thread at letsrun.com, a very popular site for runners, which may be of interest. The upshot is that a surprising number of people are saying that they do not wash their hands after using restrooms and arguing that they are better off because of it. I don’t think there is…

As a belated follow-on to my rant on ol’ Hissy Chrissy Hitchies’ contention that women aren’t funny, I offer this film clip via LiveScience: Humor and the Sexes. Be forewarned that you must suffer through a Yahoo ad in the beginning which pokes gentle fun at Incompetent Men and Their Tools, a subject that is…