I took The Freud Quiz: “13/20. You passed, but not by much.” Yet another trauma I’ll have to live with.
“Monster movies have extensively explored scaling relationships, albeit usually incorrectly; knowing the true relationships often puts the entire movie into a new light.” Here’s one for the peasants in the area: a scientific look at the biology of B-Movie monsters. (via)
Day of Misery
The formula for the day of misery reads 1/8W+(D-d) 3/8xTQ MxNA. Where W is weather, D is debt – minus the money (d) due on January’s pay day – and T is the time since Christmas. And when is this day of misery you ask? Guess.
Tastes Like Chicken
The field of culinary evolution faces one great dilemma: why do most cooked, exotic meats taste like cooked Gallus gallus, the domestic chicken?
I Am Learn
“I wrote a ridiculous Perl program to generate text. Thing is, it developed some bugs, and has managed to create phrases and combinations of words (which actually make sense) that I didn’t even program in. I hooked it up to the Blogger API, and now it updates its own weblog with no editing on my part (I just give it a bunch of topics to talk about). Check it out, I’ve called it ‘Learn’. It sounds like a typical teenage girl.” (via Kevin Francis)
A tiny robot that can walk on the surface of the water. Interesting. But, please, check Fig 5. What is this? Is this a censored picture of two water striders, caught in the act..? Notice the euphemism in the text “during rowing or to support the weight of a companion”…oh, yes…duh, rowing! What about the stripes covering the parts, and the shameful faces, it’s like they say “yes, we are very famous porn water striders stars, but we needed the money, and here we are, posing for this supposedly scientific site…”? Do they think we can’t notice? How many more censorship attacks from the government are we going to support? Aing?
Shiny Happy Brits
If you travel to the UK one of these days, don’t be surprized to see nothing but shiny happy people.
American researchers from the University of Pennsylvania recently spent some time researching why the French remain so much slimmer than Americans. After intensive study, they came to a remarkable conclusion. It was because the French ate less.
To all those that tell me I have terrible short-term memory (you know who you are): I finally have a plausible excuse.
“Normally, relationships progress by way of a reasonably paced flow of self-disclosure that is reciprocal in nature. A disclosure process that moves too quickly–and computer anonymity removes the stigma of getting sexually explicit–doesn’t just destroy courtship; it is a reliable sign of maladjustment. Shy people tend either to reveal information about themselves too quickly, or hold back and move too slowly.” — Group hug! (via cup of chicha)
The chances of finding a shark like Mango are about one in a million.