Smartphones receive holy blessing

January 25, 2010

Seen via Slashdot: blessed be the mobile users and those called the children of iPod.

Plow Monday is normally for blessing laborers and their tools; as the name suggests it is aimed at those who work the land. A church service in London, England Monday decided to go after a more modern audience: office workers and their modern communication gadgets. From the Times article: ‘The congregation at St Lawrence Jewry in the City of London raised their mobiles and iPods above their heads and Canon Parrott raised his voice to the heavens to address the Lord God of all Creation. "May our tongues be gentle, our e-mails be simple and our websites be accessible," he said.’"

A fascinating event in the future of religion..

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Polar Bears’ new Entrance Video

January 25, 2010
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Seen via Suzanne: this intro video for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks’s hockey team.

Alaska Nanooks 2010 Hockey Intro from Szymon Weglarski on Vimeo.

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Hair Ice

January 25, 2010
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Via Suzanne, this post on BoingBoing about hair ice.

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While the term frost is used frequently as part of such names, these ice formations are not a product of frost. Frost comes about by moisture from the air being deposited on surfaces. As such frost is quite amorphous and would never appear as fine needles like we see here. Hair Ice is ice that grows outward from the surface of the wood, as super-cooled water emerges from the wood, freezes and adds to the hairs from the base.

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Blippy tells the world what you buy

January 22, 2010
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On CNN, there’s an interview with the creator of a project called Blippy. The purpose of the project is to post credit card transactions onto a Twitter feed. You associate a card with your Blippy account, and then every transaction becomes public.

Some highlights:

CNN: Maybe we should just start with a question from one of our Twitter followers: What’s the point of Blippy?

Kaplan: Without getting too philosophical, I’ll just start at the beginning. The big answer is: We don’t know, which I think is funny but is also indicative of what we’re trying to do.


But I’m pretty far out there. People were saying well, "What if I bought a dildo or something and it showed up?" So I actually went to a store called "Does Your Mother Know." I said first of all, the store has to have a name like that so everybody knows what it is. So I found a store with a name like that in the Castro section of San Francisco.

So I went to that store and I bought a sexy gift for my wife, and of course it showed up on the site. And it was funny! I didn’t really care.

Fascinating volley in the exchange of what privacy means in the digital age..

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Hottest Heads of State

January 22, 2010

Thanks Mike for bringing this to my attention: Hottest Heads of State list. Top of the list?

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Yulia Tymoshenko Prime Minister of Ukraine

Obama is #15. Putin in a wifebeater is #24. There are 217 heads of state listed.

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Gun Nac, NES – 1991 (via maxcapacity)

January 22, 2010
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Seen via pixelstyle:

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Misa Digital Guitar makes your Rock Band Peripherals feel inadequate

January 22, 2010

Seen on LWN: a look at a Linux-based guitar.

OK, so not only am I suffering from a terrible case of gadget lust, but I find fascinating some of the comments like this one:

actually all it does is make it easier for talentless people to claim how good they are at playing guitar, when they aren’t playing at all. get a real guitar if you’re serious or go back to the guitar hero b/s.

I think it’s an interesting idea that because an instrument isn’t "real" guitar, then it doesn’t count. Clearly a game like Guitar Hero is different from a real guitar — the Rock Band instruments are all simplified versions of the real thing. But the idea that you don’t have any skill as a musician because your instrument is in a nontraditional form seems a little untenable..

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True Chip Awards Invite!

January 21, 2010
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Seen on True Chip Till Death: the True Chip Awards Invite. The video’s only a minute and it’s good for a laugh if you’re a nerd:

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Linguistic humor

January 21, 2010
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Seen on Language Log. There’s a movie called Exit Through the Gift Shop — about street art disasters, mostly not relevant to my interests. However, the tagline is:

In a world with no rules… one man… broke them all.

How awesome is that?

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Biologists are Crazy

January 18, 2010

Please be advised: there is a protein called sonic hedgehog. There is also a retinal protein known as Pikachurin, named after Pikachu.

The name of this "nimble" protein was inspired due to Pikachu’s "lightning-fast moves and shocking electric effects".

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