The Big Think

October 4, 2015

Daily Cuteness

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 1:47 pm

15 photos that prove dogs can fall asleep anywhere.

May 29, 2015

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How.

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 2:55 pm

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How.: “With the paper out, it was time to make some noise. I called a friend of a friend who works in scientific PR. She walked me through some of the dirty tricks for grabbing headlines. It was eerie to hear the other side of something I experience every day.

The key is to exploit journalists’ incredible laziness. If you lay out the information just right, you can shape the story that emerges in the media almost like you were writing those stories yourself. In fact, that’s literally what you’re doing, since many reporters just copied and pasted our text.”

Something to keep in mind the next time the media reports a “new study”.

April 30, 2015

The fastest possible mile

Filed under: Hobbies,Humor and Fun — jasony @ 6:10 am

The fastest possible mile | Gravity and Levity: “”

January 10, 2015

Winter in England

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 8:34 pm

While looking at the weather map just now I noticed something rather strange.

On the left is a screenshot of the rain to the east of Houston
On the right is the map of England.

Each photo is scaled pretty close to correct in relation to each other (maybe off by 10%)

That’s weird.

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December 11, 2014

Time Trap

Filed under: Humor and Fun,Movies — jasony @ 2:12 pm

Hilarious and really well done.

July 11, 2014

Lego Nation

Filed under: Games,Humor and Fun — jasony @ 7:51 am

This Is What All 50 States Look Like When Perfectly Captured In Lego: “Jeff Friesen puts us all to shame with his fantastic Lego dioramas. Hailing from Nova Scotia, this creative started building Lego representations of U.S. states in 2013, using nothing but the Lego in his daughter’s collection. Hard work and a very clever imagination resulted in an incredible project that contains all 50 states, each capturing a very defining aspect of the place’s history, geography or culture.”

My favorite is South Dakota

June 9, 2014

Turing, Complete

Filed under: Computing,Humor and Fun — jasony @ 2:41 pm

Eugene—the supercomputer, not 13-year-old—first to beat the Turing Test: “”

Pretty cool milestone, actually. I, for one, welcome our computer overlords.

May 31, 2014

What’s The Best Grocery Store Coffee?

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 11:06 am

Wherein pretentious baristas look down their noses at people who can’t afford a $6 cup of flavored water:

What’s The Best Grocery Store Coffee?:

“Aromas: Wet dog, burning
Flavors: Fish oil, despair
‘What death tastes like.'”

the staff remarked that the roastery smelled like a sewer lit on fire

You had me at “wet dog”.

(I will admit to actually liking an occasional $6 cup of flavored water, though)

May 23, 2014

Don’t Look Down

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 9:32 pm

Photos That Will Make Your Stomach Drop: “”

Hit Me

Filed under: Humor and Fun,Science — jasony @ 3:25 pm

The Science of Bruce Lee’s One-Inch Punch:

“By the time the one-inch punch has made contact with its target, Lee has combined the power of some of the biggest muscles in his body into a tiny area of force. But while the one-inch punch is built upon the explosive power of multiple muscles, Rose insists that Bruce Lee’s muscles are actually not the most important engine behind the blow.

‘Muscle fibers do not dictate coordination,’ Rose says, ‘and coordination and timing are essential factors behind movements like this one-inch punch.’

Because the punch happens over such a short amount of time, Lee has to synchronize each segment of the jab—his twisting hip, extending knees, and thrusting shoulder, elbow, and wrist—with incredible accuracy. Furthermore, each joint in Lee’s body has a single moment of peak acceleration, and to get maximum juice out of the move, Lee must layer his movements so that each period of peak acceleration follows the last one instantly.

So coordination is key. And that’s where the neuroscience comes in.”

A Trophy for Tee Ball

Filed under: Education,Humor and Fun — jasony @ 9:06 am

Congratulations, graduates: you’ve done exactly what you’re expected and legally required to do!:

“We raise our children amidst constant preening, fawning, coddling, pampering, and congratulating, and then scratch our heads and wonder why they eventually enter adulthood so entirely unprepared for the rigors and challenges of the real world.

‘What?! I showed up to my job on time for a whole year, completed the minimum amount of work required, and performed at an overall standard, to slightly substandard, level — yet nobody’s handing me a ribbon or giving a lengthy speech heralding my many achievement?! Unacceptable! I’ve been bullied! I quit!’

We get them hooked on recognition and flattery at the age of three, and by the time they’re 23 they’ve become full-blown addicts. They develop a dependency on attention and affirmation, and can’t handle living in a universe that doesn’t stop to give them a cookie every time they complete some minor, routine task. This attention-seeking, ‘hey, notice me!’ mentality can lead them down a dark path towards resentment, jealousy, depression, and Snapchat accounts.”

May 15, 2014

I Think Judicious Use of Both Is In Order

Filed under: Foodie,Humor and Fun — jasony @ 10:12 am

Your brain on BEER vs. COFFEE

May 14, 2014

First and Blah

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 3:03 pm

Hike: “How Football Sounds To People That Don’t Care.”

April 24, 2014

Your Daily Drool

Filed under: Foodie,Humor and Fun — jasony @ 12:07 pm

Bacon Pancakes. That is all:

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more great kitchen hacks here.

April 15, 2014

Happy Tax Day

Filed under: Humor and Fun,Music,Politics — jasony @ 10:31 am

March 18, 2014

77 Facts That Sound Like Huge Lies But Are Actually Completely True

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 10:44 pm

77 Facts That Sound Like Huge Lies But Are Actually Completely True: “30. Mammoths went extinct 1,000 years after the Egyptians finished building the Great Pyramid.”

Cool stuff there.

Gandalf is a Mac User

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 9:34 am

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March 16, 2014

What If?

Filed under: Humor and Fun,Space — jasony @ 10:21 am

Far-Traveling Objects: “In terms of human-made objects, has Voyager 1 travelled the farthest distance? It’s certainly the farthest from Earth we know about. But what about the edge of ultracentrifuges, or generator turbines that have been running for years, for example?

(Via .)

March 6, 2014

To Infinity and Beyond

Filed under: Humor and Fun,Space/Astronomy — jasony @ 12:29 am

If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel – A tediously accurate map of the solar system: “”

March 5, 2014

Uncanny Apartment

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 10:07 am

The Uncanny Valley, Interior-Design Edition – Megan Garber – The Atlantic: “You know Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset? Now there’s a 3-D version of Jerry’s apartment, created for the platform by the OR designer and Seinfeld fan Greg Miller. Which means, as On the Media put it: ‘Anyone with an OR headset can download his project and sit around pretending that they’re talking about nothing.’

It also means that there is now highly unscientific evidence that the uncanny valley hypothesis can be extended beyond its original meaning and applied to the aesthetics of physical spaces. Because ‘Jerry’s Place’—while it is impressively detailed (look at that photo!)—is also undeniably creepy. And also, arguably, a little bit sad. Either way, it hovers in that real-but-not-real space that is so perfectly captured by the term ‘virtual reality.’ “

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