Saturday, November 14, 2009

10 Geeky Laws...

10 Geeky Laws That Should Exist, But Don’t

10 geeky laws (axioms) that should exist, but don’t … at least, they didn’t until now:

xkcd © Randall Munroe

xkcd © Randall Munroe

1. Munroe’s Law: A person in a geeky argument who can quote xkcd to support his position automatically wins the argument. This law supersedes Godwin, so that even if the quote is about Hitler, the quoter still wins.

2. Lucas’s Law: There is no movie so beloved that a “special edition,” prequel or sequel cannot trample and forever stain its memory.

3. Tolkien and Rowling’s Law: No reasonably faithful movie adaptation of a book will ever be quite as good as the book it adapts. Thus great movie adaptations can only be made out of truly amazing books.

4. Somers and McCarthy’s Law: There is no dangerous unscientific theory so preposterous that no celebrity will espouse and advocate it.

5. Jobs’s Law: No matter how well last year’s cool tech gadget still works, it will seem utterly inadequate the moment the new version comes out.

6. Savage and Hyneman’s Law: Blowing stuff up is fun. Blowing stuff up in the name of science is AWESOME.

7. Starbucks’ and Peet’s Law: C8H10N4O2, better known as caffeine, is the most wonderful chemical compound known to humankind. If the field of chemistry had never identified or produced a single other useful compound, caffeine alone would be justification enough for its existence.

8. Wilbur’s Law: Bacon makes everything better.

9. Comic Book Guy’s Law: There is no detail of a movie too brief or inconsequential to become the subject of an hours-long diatribe.

10. The Unified Geek Theory: At present, the President of the United States, the wealthiest person in the United States, and the most trusted newscaster in the United States are all geeks. At the same time, movies based on comic book characters are routinely taking in hundreds of millions of dollars. The only reasonable conclusion is: We’ve won!

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RNC insurance plan covers abortion for their employees - Feministing - Sent using Google Toolbar

RNC insurance plan covers abortion for their employees - Feministing

RNC insurance plan covers abortion for their employees

For those of you who haven't already heard, let me repeat that: the Republican National Committee (RNC) has a health insurance plan for their employees that covers abortion. Now, this shouldn't even be surprising, despite my out-loud laugh half in amazement, half fury when I found out arriving home last night. Because as Amie and Cecile Richards say - of course their plan covers abortion! It's a standard health benefit plan any employer would want to offer their employees, yes?

But as Politico points out, for a committee whose platform that says abortion is "a fundamental assault on innocent human life," and its members just voted for the Stupak-Pitts Amendment attacking the very existence of abortion coverage in health insurance plans (along with enough anti-choice and cowardly Dems) in the recently House passed health care bill, this is pretty incredible to hear.

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Vegans are human too...

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40 Great Ads...

40 Great Ads

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Anna Nicole who?

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“The supreme accomplishment ...

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” - Arnold Toynbee

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Pepper Fly is in your soup!

Pepper Fly is in your soup!

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World's Cheapest Laptop

World's Cheapest Laptop

posted by David Adams on Fri 13th Nov 2009 18:16 UTC
IconTechvideoblog has a video review of the Menq Easypc E760, an $80 ARM-based laptop that runs Android. From the looks of it, I don't think this is a very good gadget, because it's slow (less powerful than an iPhone 3GS, but of course also a lot cheaper), but I agree with the Techvideo guy: the Easypc is important because it's the vanguard of a likely wave of cheap, ARM-based devices that will very soon have the necessary power for a pleasant and productive web browsing experience. Once that happens, a sizable portion of the current laptop and netbook userbase will move downmarket, and some of the constituents that the OLPC program was trying to serve (young students and the lower economic stratum) will have a network communication device available to them that's more accessible.

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China Hush

More at China Hush

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Do these glasses make my face look big?

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"The art of the people...

The Chinese Mirror

"The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds."
--Jawaharlal Nehru

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Bose-Einstein Condensation

Bose-Einstein Condensate

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Political Compass - Take the test

The Political Compass

Economic Left/Right: -6.00
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.03

Take your own PoliticalCompass test

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Sunday, November 08, 2009

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