Archives for August 3, 2009

Stuff to read.

Do you know what a Peridot is? No? Click here. Barefootedness: I have a draft of a post on this, which is stuck but will soon be free. In the mean time, have a look at this. Wild slugs. Say no more. Excellent collection of the I35W bridge collapse (…from the recent anniversary … no,…

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When things fall over

Dave and I were sitting in the back yard of the cabin on Cape Cod, having a beer and watching something get cooked on the grill. Dave was an architectural engineer, and the cabin was in an interior location probably in Dennis or Harwich (can’t remember … I spent a lot of time in cabins…

It turns out that our president is totally African. How cool is that? No wonder he’s so much less stupid than the average American (as you know, Westerners tend to be dumbed down quite a bit by their stupid culture).

Remember the election, when Republican political leaders such as Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh (The heart and brains of the party) and Michele Bachmann (whom I shall not attempt to define) encouraged their followers to be violent? Well, it is happening again, only this time in relation to opposing health care reform. This sort of…

July in review

July was an average month for the blog, perhaps on the lower end of the range in numbers of posts, and at the higher end of the range in number of page views. So, I must have written fewer, but higher quality, posts. The month started out with SkepchickCon, which was an unmitigated success. I…

Robots that can run

First they make a robot that seems, though they deny this, like it will feed on humans. Then they make a robot that runs like a human. What will they think of next? And who are they, anyway?

Photo Synthesis is a rotating showcase of the best science photography on the web…. B.N. (Bobbie) Sullivan has a strong affinity for the sea and everything in it. She first learned to dive in 1970 and has since logged thousands of dives. A wish to document the marine life she encountered prompted her to learn…

Games developers are failing to reflect diversity, according to the first survey of game characters. Latinos are nearly invisible, and women and other groups are woefully underrepresented. Study leader Dmitri Williams, a social psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication looked at the top 150 games in a…

ATM Scammers Pwn Selves

A fake Automatic Teller Machine set up in a hotel lobby can collect PIN’s, account information, even credit card numbers. This is why you should be careful where you stick your card. In a moment of great irony, one such machine was set up in the hotel at a conference hosting 8,000 security professionals. They…