Category: society

Jul 28 2009

Swedes miss Capri after GPS gaffe

Yes, they drove to Carpi. 400 miles away. To the north. Not an island. No blonde joke here. So now literacy is fundamental to even going where you’re going. This means that 14% of Americans are going to get lost a lot.

Apr 29 2009

Google’s tracking of search queries on flu in Mexico

Using Google search activity in Mexico to help track human swine flu levels.

Apr 23 2009

A cyber-attack on an American city

Just after midnight on Thursday, April 9, unidentified attackers climbed down four manholes serving the Northern California city of Morgan Hill and cut eight fiber cables in what appears to have been an organized attack on the electronic infrastructure of an American city. via Bruce Perens – A Cyber-Attack on an American City.

Apr 13 2009


Feb 08 2009

Is sunshine a miracle cure?

…children born to women in late summer or in early autumn are, on average, about 5mm taller, and have thicker bones, than those born in late winter and early spring. via The great health debate: is sunshine a miracle cure? | Science | The Observer.

Jan 20 2009

The inauguration from space

This half-meter resolution image of the United States Capitol, Washington D.C. was collected by the GeoEye-1 satellite on Jan. 20, 2009 to commemorate the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. The image, taken through high, wispy white clouds, shows the masses of people attending the Inaugural Celebration. via GeoEye › Gallery.

Jul 28 2008

Amazing Chinese performance artist

Yikes. This scares me.

Jun 27 2008

Dr James Hansen, 20 years later

As some of you know, I worked at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies back in the ’70s when I was a student at Columbia, and Jim Hansen was an staff planetary climatologist who would sometimes give talks to us at lunch breaks on, for example, atmospheric effects of Venusian vulcanism. Who knew he would …

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Jun 01 2008

Designer of Pringles container dies, buried in (gag) Pringles can…

OK. Just no.

May 28 2008

Death by wired bras

More health reasons why women should abandon brassieres and go topless.

May 23 2008

Ants swarm over Houston area, fouling electronics

Invasion of the transformer snatchers.  

May 19 2008

This explains everything

Next time you can’t understand what the hell tech support is trying to tell you, remember this.

Sep 10 2007

Unix beach babes

My kind of girl. Ping!

Aug 04 2007

How to survive in a sinking car

Another reason to wear that damn seat belt. Also, carry this on your keyring.

Jul 22 2007

Safest seats in a plane crash

Obviously, it’s all a plot to kill off the 1% in first class.

Jul 02 2007

Armada of 29,000 plastic yellow ducks

Beware the new Chinese navy.

Jun 04 2006

Why the DMCA is so bad

According to the IEEE, “Copyright is being turned from a limited-term incentive designed to encourage creative artists to a broadly scoped transfer of wealth from the public to the private realm. ” IEEE Spectrum- Death by DMCA