Doesn't that make you proud to be human!
For a while I thought the best reason for having children was to have a reliable table tennis partner for 10 or so years. I'm now leaning towards the best reason being the things you can get away with telling them:
From Heading East:Lies I've told my 3 year old recently:
Tiny bears live in drain pipes
Sadness can be eaten
Your shadow knows your secrets
There are 71 flavours of snow but only 63 flavours of water.
I stumbled across these rocks the other day. They are 'apparently' moving across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley on their own! I know, I know, rocks can't do that but they are moving nonetheless. They look they are all meeting up in a little rock rendezvous!
The playa turns to mud at certain times and the rocks could potentially move across the mud with some wind assistance quite readily. This is the favoured theory by geologists. Still to me that seems like some serious wind power to move rocks, some of which are estimated to be several hundred pounds each. I like the idea that they're having a little rock meet up better.
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OK, so my physics knowledge is pretty bad. I'm waiting for Nick to tell me this is rubbish.
I understand that there is such a phenomenon known as interference, when two EMF or sonic frequencies intersect......Depending of phase of signal you get either destructive (reduction) or constructive (increase) interference....I believe this kind of situation creates a "standing wave" effect.
O.K., so, with three, or more, cellphone antennae aimed precisely at the kernels the transmission signals from the sound input to the cellphones all hit the kernels at the same time with the same signal phase, thus it would seem that an additive effect (constructive) interference of the transmitted beams concentrate in just one tiny area...an intense standing wave of microwave energy results,.and pop goes the corn!.....one cellphone won't do it....gotta have concentration and standing wave....
Fact / Fiction?
Italic text taken from: World News
yup... fake according to the Telegraph
In Texas they do quite a few crazy things. This one is a new one to me; Snake Sacking. A two man team has to get 10 rattlesnakes into a sack in the quickest time! Yes, this is clearly quite nuts. The current record of 2 seconds per snake is held by Texas snake man Jackie Biddy. He's a bit loopy.
SleeveFace has turned into a bit of phenomenon which I'm pleased about as it's run by some friends of mine in Cardiff. They recently put together this great little film explaining the rules and process.
Keep it up guys...
Improv Everywhere are great. They've been doing crazy little things in the States for sometime now. You probably heard about the Best Buy controversy or the No Pants Subway Ride they do each year. This is a new scheme where everyone just freezes. They just do this for fun. Inspiring.
By the way they now have a Ning, so if you want to get involved you can join in.
Ben was diagnosed with cancer in his eyes when he was two, so sadly they were removed to save his life. He's technically blind but he has developed the ability to see, using echo location! Ben uses sounds to tell him where things are. This is how bats see. There are a few people that have managed to do this but only a handful, Ben is pretty unique.
I read on his website that he has two new tumors near his brain. This makes me so sad that someone so exceptional is going through this again.
This video was just part one. The other parts are on Youtube, if you want more.
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Those Cookies are at it again! This Swedish company have made some naughty cutters. Great present for that stuffy Aunt.
The translation is pretty special too:
We honor out gingerbread pigs and goats, but now they are finally here, the gingerbread cutters that make the Christmas tree rise and the candles glow.
I'm doing some work with dub at the moment and during a meeting the other day the subject of Steven Seagal came up (obviously). Tom (from Dub) then asked if any of us had read about the mystical dog Incident on his Wikipedia page. Unsurprisingly everyone said no and so we clicked some buttons and found us some fun.
Mystical Dog Incident:
While being interviewed by PETA, Seagal was asked to provide an example of a special interaction with an animal. To lend context and meaning to his animal rights work, Seagal offered the story about a dog which approached him during his early aikido years in Japan. Seagal described feeling as if he had known this white dog forever. After keeping the dog for a few days, the dog (by barking) warned Seagal that his dojo was on fire. Seagal quickly summoned help to put out the fire. He never saw the dog again.
I think everyone loves Stephen Seagal, he's so wonderful. He's into solar power, animal rights and Native American rights. He's even done some humanitarian work in the Ukraine. I really don't know how he finds the time.
If all that is too much to take in, just check out some of his tunes.
It's pretty interesting the people we choose to love, even in an ironic way, how easily these figures can fall out of favour, how we love that they take themselves so seriously. It is curious.