Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Linkee-poo, but what can a poor boy do except to sing for a rock 'n roll band

Today was just insane (over the already insane which has become the new "normal). On the "How Fazzled Is Steve" index today, I turned in a test completely missing that there were an additional 10 true and false questions on the back page. Prof kindly let me finish the test once I realize my mistake. Mother of God, I missed a whole page of a test. WTF? Note to self, do a personal catch up post.

The Golden Ratio Typography Calculator (for websites) tool. You know, in case you need those things. (Grokked from Daniel J Hogan)

"Art is not born in a vacuum, but it's not born inside a tornado full of shirking trolls, either." An excellent Oatmeal on being creative and being on the internet. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"Pictured above is a twenty-faced die dating from somewhere between 304 and 30 B.C., a timespan also known as Egypt's Ptolemaic Period." I guess it made it's saving throw versus obscurity. Although it looks more like a die from Call of Cthulhu. "Oh, I'm sorry, you rolled an Elder Sign. Your character goes stark raving mad." (Grokked from Tor.com)

The next fossil fuel, frozen methane hydrate. Methane is only 20x more potent a greenhouse gas than CO2. And there's a lot of it at the bottom of the ocean. Just like the coal, it was laid down when the Earth was very much warmer than it is now (and lead to the cooling of the atmosphere). What could possibly go wrong? (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"The device in question doesn’t actually look much at all like a MacBook Air or an iPad. It looks like a broken chair." Best Dell ad evar! It is to laugh. (Pointed to by Dan)

Isolating organs to bath them in chemo therapy drugs. Now that's an interesting approach. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Doctors use an fMRI to "communicate" with a patient in a vegetative state. This could be very interesting, but I see a lot of problems with this. Not to mention how hideously expensive fMRI is. Not everybody's vegetative state is the same (there was a comment about how this might have saved Terri Shiavo, that person obviously never saw the autopsy report, this would have actually shown how severely damaged her brain had become). Also, fMRI hasn't been fully demonstrated to accurately show actual brain activity (google "dead fish fmri" if you want an example). So definitely should be followed up, but if it pans out, very cool. (Pointed to by John)

A wife runs over her husband, blaming him for President Obama's re-election. I'd say this was someone looking for an excuse, but seeing some of the other whackaloon reactions, maybe not. (Pointed to by John)

TPM posts their list of the six most bizarre freakout over Obama's re-election. I'm going to make pop-corn to read these from now on. Seriously, Papa John's? You're solution to "having to pay more for employee healthcare" is to cut employee hours? I think you need to go back to economics class and relearn "cash flow", because I don't think you get it. Now, I know this isn't representative of all conservatives, but seriously folks, you're losing your shit in public. It makes you look like fools. Including learning the wrong lessons from the election. Like your candidate reprising his stance on "makers and takers" (although he didn't use those terms, he used that philosophy) that he had been forced to repudiate. Good thing to know it's a well worn crutch for him. I wonder if Romney will pay his top staff another bonus, like he did in August?

Earth to Ohio Sec. of State John Husted, stop being a tool. Seriously, just how many fucking times do you have to lose in a court of law over the same election before you finally wake up? 'Cause isn't this number 3 now?

Alligator Quotient: They're all around me now. Not only coming out of the woodwork, but through the concrete as well.

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