More news on the first-ever DMCA threat for violating a copyright in a 3D object -- Ulrich Schwanitz has rescinded his complaint and will release his shape into the public domain today. Here's a summary for those of you who missed it: last week, Ulrich Schwanitz figured out how to print the "impossible" Penrose Triangle," a well-known [...]
Yesterday, Andrew Sullivan put up a post about an extremely brutal hate-crime attack on an openly gay man. The 2-minute news report he embeds is depressing, but there was something to laugh about at the end. The studio interviewed one of the attackers’ friends, who proudly displayed this tattoo. It’s a tattoo reading “ shall not lie [...]
This week on "Jeopardy!," various champions of the popular television game show face off against the new IBM computer, Watson, which was developed to compete in human brain games. It's not a supercomputer, per se--some TV show hosts and bloggers have misidentified it as such--but it is a very interesting application of AI. (more…)
A £6million London mansion belonging to Guy Ritchie has been taken over by squatters. The dozen or so invaders have moved into the Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels director’s Grade-I listed property. Last night they were calling for reinforcement via Twitter, as news of the occupation spread over the internet. The squatter gang [...]
Super Bowl XLV will be the 45th annual edition of the Super Bowl in American football, and the 41st annual championship game of the modern-era National Football League (NFL). The game, to be played on February 6, 2011, will pit the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers against the NFC champion Green Bay Packers to decide the NFL champion for the 2010 [...]
I was looking at my Amazon affiliate sales report just now, and I noticed that someone bought a product called "liquid ass" for $5.12. I wondered what it could be, so I clicked the link. Here's what I learned... This 30ml (1 fl oz) Liquid ASS spray bottle mists out silently, emitting a mega-powerful gawd-awful ASS smell that can last for [...]
Nerdy singer/songwriter Amy Lee Radigan has written a song about the plight of a lovelorn "nerdy girl." It's a delightful little air, and is accompanied by a sweet, fair-use-y video!
Brian Krebs reports on a new wrinkle in ATM skimmer design: if the ATM is in its own lobby, crooks can steal your card number and PIN without ever touching the ATM. Instead, they attach the skimmer to the door-lock (you know those doors that only open if you swipe your card?) and then use a hidden camera to record you keying in your PIN. [...]
Most useful spam sms of all time, amirite? A "Black Widow" suicide bomber planned a terrorist attack in central Moscow on New Year's Eve but was killed when an unexpected text message set off her bomb too early, according to Russian security sources. The unnamed woman, who is thought to be part of the same group that struck Moscow's Domodedovo [...]
When he explains how humans are so blind to everything in our world, it really makes you think.
This mask imbues the wearer with super-human abilities. The power to make everyone around you feel akward and uncomfortable being first among them. After wearing the mask for several days my identity was consumed and replaced. There is only the horse now. Best purchase I ever made. Horse Head Mask
Steelers beat Jets 24-19 for AFC title
American states are unable to execute their prisoners by lethal injection, thanks to an end to US production of sodium thiopental. Foreign health authorities prohibit selling sodium thiopental if it is to be used in lethal injections, and they will not buy drugs from pharma companies who sell sodium thiopental for that purpose. As a result, [...]
Roger Ebert hates 3D movies as much as I do. For me, 3D causes a headache, always means that part of the screen is blurred, makes movies too dark, and the magic of 3D quickly fades away as the brain becomes accustomed to it. Ebert received a letter from Oscar-winning editor/sound designer Walter Murch, who worked on Apocalypse Now and Captain [...]
Recently found these candid instructions for simulating a fake, meeting-escaping call in the docs for an unspecified Samsung phone.
I can't think of a better soundtrack for this video of a gentleman paddling his canoe through a flooded Brisbane McDonald's than "Fish Heads."
Just in time for a big Pittsburgh sports weekend… Pittsburgh's own Kellee Maize has just put out a new video for her song City of Champions. She brings an incredible energy to this city. Her video has some amazing Pittsburgh shots too... filmed all over town... this is a great salute to the city. You can download her most recent album, [...]
Nice story from This American Life... Girl: Dad, what’s Christmas? Dad: That’s when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Girl: Who’s that? The father was not particularly religious, so they went out and bought a children’s Bible and read stories about the early life of Jesus. The girl loved the stories. She was particularly [...]