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Archives for January, 2008

Finally, the much anticipated return of Friday Flower Porn! For you debauched botanical voyeurs, I have two offerings for you today: a purple posy and turgid Darwinian prose.

Air Guitar Hero Cranks It to 11

The 2008 Consumer Electronics Show wraps up today. As one might imagine, the show’s replete with the coolest and most dubious of technology for the “Entertain Me!” masses. This Air Guitar Hero offering from “Nitrous Roxide” is a fine example of the dubious. Here’s the explanation of the technology in a nutshell: Here’s another demonstration.…

If you’re like many regulars to ScienceBlogs you probably found the cool Purple Nurple optical illusion over at Omni Brain. I don’t really understand why a static object appears as though it’s pulsing, but I do enjoy the effect. Did you ever wonder how much an optical illusion can be distorted and still maintain the…

Quiz Ranks Candidates For You

Too lazy to follow the positions of the presidential candidates? Try this quiz. It presents 25 questions. You answer whether you oppose or support the item and whether its importance is minimal, important, or key. It will then rank the candidates according to how they line up with your answers, with large positive values being…

Forgive me. I’m going to channel Sally Field here by way of Shelob. I received an e-mail earlier this week notifying me that The Tolkienian War on Science (TWoS) placed second in the non-fiction category of the Middle-earth Fan Fiction Awards 2007 (MEFA). Here’s my bitchin’ plaque, courtesy of Rhapsody, a Tolkien aficionado who is…

Audio Design Line Top Ten

Audio Design Line has a handy new link for its top ten articles of 2007. Lots of good stuff here including the loudspeakers & cables series referrenced a couple months ago, class D amplifier design, and audio data compression (you know, that MP3 stuff and the like). Fun reading for a frigid Friday (or Thursday).