Archive for September, 2006

How effective are beer cozies?

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Rice Krispie Cozy

The folks at myscienceproject.org tested everything from donuts and legos to the traditional foam cozy.

    “Conclusions: All of our food-based can cozies worked to some degree, but the Rice Krispies Treat cozy stole the show. We theorize that its superior insulating ability probably comes from the thickness of the material combined with the Styrofoam-like quality of the Rice Krispies Treats. And as gratifying as it would have been to see a successful synergy between beer and donuts, the bagels were slightly better insulators, perhaps because they are denser than the raised glazed pastries.”

link (via particlepeople.com)

Underestimating the power of Borat and MySpace

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

borat_poster.jpg

MySpace held a special screening of the new Ali G/Borat movie last night in various locations around the country. In order to get in, you needed to add two specially made profiles to your Friend’s List ‘Top 8’ and bring a copy of your profile as your ticket.

I arrived about 45 minutes before doors opened to find a fairly large line. After waiting an hour and a half, the line cut off 20 people in front of me. Even a guy behind me dressed in a yellow Ali G sweatsuit and all the accessories was denied!

Apparently the lines were even worse in other cities.

link (via MySpace)

Anchorman has Lizard Induced Freakout

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

lizard_freakout.jpg

Probably the funniest thing I’ve seen all week.
link (via youtube)

Bluegills fight terrorism

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Bluegills

Many big cities are now using bluegills(aka sunfish or bream) to detect toxins in the municipal water supply.

    “Bluegills — a hardy species about the size of a human hand — are considered more versatile. They are highly attuned to chemical disturbances in their environment, and when exposed to toxins, they experience the fish version of coughing, flexing their gills to expel unwanted particles.

    The computerized system in use in San Francisco and elsewhere is designed to detect even slight changes in the bluegills’ vital signs and send an e-mail alert when something is wrong.

    More than a dozen other cities have ordered the anti-terror apparatus, called the Intelligent Aquatic BioMonitoring System, which was originally developed for the Army and starts at around $45,000.”

link (via cnn)

Web 2.0 Directory

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

Web 2.0 Directory

A pretty Flash listing of many Web 2.0 companies. Click any logo to see a description of the company and follow a link to it. Searchable with a handy tag filter.

link (via Techcrunch)

This one isn’t attached to Ron Jeremy

Friday, September 8th, 2006

dune worm (photo not to scale)

    SPOKANE, Wash. – It’s 3 feet long, pinkish in color, smells like a lily and must be saved from extinction, conservationists said Thursday in asking the federal government to protect the Giant Palouse Earthworm under the Endangered Species Act.Long thought extinct, the worm was rediscovered in the past year to occupy tiny swatches of the heavily farmed Palouse region along the Washington-Idaho border.

    “What kid wouldn’t want to play with a 3 foot-long, lily smelling, soft pink worm that spits?”

link

Color scheming

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Daily Color Scheme

Designer or not, this (beta) site is(will be) a quality bookmark. Provides hex, rgb and hsb codes for each color.

link (via GuiM.fr)

Serious Sirius backorder

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Sirius s50 in dock

I tout Sirius as much as any subscriber, but they’ve been making that hard lately with an ongoing backorder on my s50 radio. It wasn’t being recognized by any usb computer connection, I called, and their tech support had me try to reinstall the firmware. That failed, which they claim only happens 1% of the time, and now I’m waiting for a replacement–for the past two months. I called today and was basically told to keep waiting. Meanwhile the value of my $250+ unit plummets as does my rating of the company. Good news though, the new ‘Stiletto’ should be out soon. Maybe they’ll just cough up one of those.