Stuff I Found

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Dinosaur Puppets

This was recently featured on YouTube:

It looks like these giant puppets were made for this show: Walking With Dinosaurs.

Those most be the most incredible puppets I have ever seen! That must be one heck of a show!

Gene explains why people are night owls

Gene is one heck of a guy, he explains everything!

One of the comments is:

i am a college student.
every day, i stay awake till 2 or 3 in the night. Sometimes it is so bad that even though i go to bed at 3, i stay awake till 5.

Oh yeah, that's really late! Whoop-de-doo!

Mouse brain on a computer

Animal rights activists are outraged and want rights for computers now so that innocent little mice don't get deleted.

Disney ride simulator

This simulation is addictive... it allows you to manage the operation of popular Disney rides. Woohoo! I want my own theme park.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

O'Reilly vs. Dawkins

Ah... come on O'Reilly! Why is the religious argument always about creation? Why don't religious people bring up morality when talking to an atheist? Atheists still believe in a difference between right and wrong, work from there. And O'Reilly almost slides into moral relativism there for a second... yikes!

Do I have to go interview Dawkins myself? Maybe I'll write him a letter... I wonder if he'd respond or if he's too busy being interviewed by people who are too easy to respond to.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

I found the disk!

It's probably fake, but still funny...

Better than an iPod

Created by Dilbert I guess... it's to die for.

What "2nd cousin twice removed" means...

It's still pretty confusing to me...

Predictions for the year 2000 from 1900

I want to communicate with the dead so I can correct some of these dummies... but others are... well... dead-on.

No Mosquitoes nor Flies. Insect screens will be unnecessary.

I wish!

Telephones Around the World. Wireless telephone and telegraph circuits will span the world. A husband in the middle of the Atlantic will be able to converse with his wife sitting in her boudoir in Chicago. We will be able to telephone to China quite as readily as we now talk from New York to Brooklyn.

Pretty much. (New York to Brooklyn?)

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Harry Potter theme park?

Since there's been no confirmation, this may be a bunch of rubbish, but who knows?

The shops in such an area would certainly have to be based on the magic shops of Diagon Ally, and they should be aligned diagonally... the brick door that magically opens will be hard to construct, but I have faith that engineers can do it. The roller coaster should be inside, and should consist of flying on a broom, first during a Quidditch match, then during an escape from a dragon, then during an escape from Malfoy. A small scale model of Hogwarts should also be built, complete with moving portraits. We should be able to see the dining hall with the changing ceiling, which is where we will eat lunch. The sorting hat can then sort us but secretly discriminate us based on race, otherwise fights might break out. Then we can be poisoned and pretend that we are going through the unforgivable Crucio curse (or whatever it was) and somebody with a razor can go around and give us all permanent lightning shaped scars on our foreheads. Oh boy, what fun this will be!

Pretty clouds

Here are some pretty awesome looking cloud pictures...

Pi and i

A dorky little comic...

Old children's show...

Oh boy, let's watch this old show...

Why did the chicken cross the road? Because he forgot his tape recorder.

The Cat Came Back

Remember this old thing? Haven't seen that in a long time...

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Physics joke...

That's funny.

Friday, April 13, 2007

World's biggest gun...

I think you might as well just use a bomb, eh? But at least that big gun looks cool...

Drawing an iPod in Paint...

That's some good drawing...

David Blaine terrorizes people... again...

David Blaine is annoying...

(Rated PG-13... or R... for language... tsk tsk tsk)

That Old Computer Movie...

Ah... remember this?

I need to get the DVD of this movie, I haven't seen it in a long time.

Big Illusion

It looks impossible... how the heck did they do that?

Thursday, April 12, 2007

In the old days...


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

"Ruben's Tube"

Isn't this awesome?!

Josh Bell plays at L'Enfant Plaza

In an interesting experiment, the violinist Josh Bell performed at Washington DC's metro station, L'Enfant Plaza (which happened to have pretty good accoustics). The experiment was mainly to see how many people would take notice... after all, this is quite a famous musician here!

The result? Not a whole lot of people seemed to care. Most people didn't give him a second glance and walked on by.

Is this surprising? Personally I think it's not. I also believe the article and the entire intent behind the experiment is snobby rubbish. The article seems to imply that most people are just too dumb to recognize genius... though I think the result of the experiment just proves that success is not defined by talent alone.

Joshua Bell is very successful... but it's obviously not because he can draw crowds just by playing his violin. He obviously can't. So why do people buy his albums and tickets to his concerts? Why is he so darn successful, while there are many other talented people out there who just don't make it?

The point is this: success is not purely a result of talent. I've talked to classical music lovers who agree with this, but only when applied to celebrities they don't like, such as Britney Spears, or perhaps even a rich popular film composer like John Williams or Danny Elfman. But a lot of people look at highly successful "classical" performers or composers and jump to the snobby conclusion that it is all a result of their superb genius. And if you're trying to sell tickets and albums and make money, you might as well.

The hundreds of people who just walked right past Josh Bell show two things. Firstly, that no matter how famous Josh Bell might be to classical music lovers, he's just not that famous in general. More famous than most of us, certainly, but not a movie star. Secondly, classical music just isn't that popular. Duh. Do you really need an experiment to prove that? Sure, it's still a big industry, and opera tickets are sold out frequently, but in the big scheme of things, most people just prefer a different sort of music. Either that, or classical music lovers are really the dumber ones.

Those behind the experiment knew very well that not many people would notice, didn't they?

Monday, April 09, 2007

Archiving 25,000 games...


Henry Lowood, curator for the history of science and technology collections at Stanford University libraries, is in charge of a major project involving the archiving of 25,000-plus video games. Hear how the project started and where it goes from here.

That's quite a lot of games...

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Superconducting Train

This is cool... I want a roller coaster version...

Friday, April 06, 2007


Yeah, that looks real...

Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Missile Game

Here's an addicting Flash game.

"Are humans hard-wired for faith?"

Dr. Andrew Newberg, neuroscientist and author of "Why We Believe What We Believe," wants to change all that. He's working on ways to track how the human brain processes religion and spirituality. It's all part of new field called neurotheology.

I suppose some atheists believe that if the brain were hard-wired to believe in God that that is somehow proof that God does not exist. However, of course a belief in God should be hard-wired into our brains, just like a sense of right and wrong. God would not be so stupid as to create creatures with immortal souls that could not believe in Him. "Oops! I forgot to give them the ability to have faith in Me! I guess none of them shall have salvation..." No, that would be dumb. Trying to use hard-wiredness as an atheistic proof doesn't work.

"Collins: Why this scientist believes in God"

But reason alone cannot prove the existence of God. Faith is reason plus revelation, and the revelation part requires one to think with the spirit as well as with the mind. You have to hear the music, not just read the notes on the page. Ultimately, a leap of faith is required.

For me, that leap came in my 27th year, after a search to learn more about God's character led me to the person of Jesus Christ. Here was a person with remarkably strong historical evidence of his life, who made astounding statements about loving your neighbor, and whose claims about being God's son seemed to demand a decision about whether he was deluded or the real thing. After resisting for nearly two years, I found it impossible to go on living in such a state of uncertainty, and I became a follower of Jesus.


Where Company Names Come From

Here's a little list containing the origins of famous company names...

Pepsi: named from the digestive enzyme pepsin.

Starbucks: named after Starbuck, a character in Herman Melville’s whaling novel, Moby-Dick.

Sprint: from its parent company, Southern Pacific Railroad INTernal Communications. At the time, pipelines and railroad tracks were the cheapest place to lay communications lines, as the right-of-way was already leased or owned.

"Study Shows Rich Reforestation after Fires"


Scientists looking at the aftermath of wildfires in the forests of southwestern Oregon and Northern California found that after five to ten years even the most severely burned areas had sprouted plentiful seedlings without any help from man.

"2nd Opinion"


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

EMI Music launches DRM-free downloads

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Student punished for his religious beliefs...

His religious beliefs involved dressing like a pirate.

Directions: Swim Across the Atlantic...

Ever wondered how to get from Chicago to London? According to Google Maps, it's simple... it only involves a 3,400 swim across the Atlantic Ocean.