Monday, May 31, 2010

Why Twilight is Popular

Today in WTF?!! Rachel Maddow: The more spills change- the more they stay the same!

Near-Earth Objects as Future Resources...

The comets and asteroids that are potentially the most hazardous because they can closely approach the Earth are also the objects that could be most easily exploited for their raw materials. It is not presently cost effective to mine these minerals and then bring them back to Earth. However, these raw materials could be used in developing the space structures and in generating the rocket fuel that will be required to explore and colonize our solar system in the twenty-first century. It has been estimated that the mineral wealth resident in the belt of asteroids between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter would be equivalent to about 100 billion dollars for every person on Earth today. Whereas asteroids are rich in the mineral raw materials required to build structures in space, the comets are rich resources for the water and carbon-based molecules necessary to sustain life. In addition, an abundant supply of cometary water ice could provide copious quantities of liquid hydrogen and oxygen, the two primary ingredients in rocket fuel. It seems likely that in the next century when we begin to colonize the inner solar system, the metals and minerals found on asteroids will provide the raw materials for space structures and comets will become the watering holes and gas stations for interplanetary spacecraft.
Reference: Lewis, John S. Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroid, Comets, and Planets. Addison-Wesley, 1996.


Friday, May 28, 2010

Did megafauna extinction cool the planet?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Drill baby drill...

As this tragically long photo essay shows. There is a cost to these risky ventures in offshore drilling, and they are not adequately paid by the companies doing the dirty work.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The sequel to Sherlock Holmes...?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Don’t drunk dial FreedomWorks

Don’t drunk dial FreedomWorks
An important PSA you need to watch from voice actor Lance “D.C. Douglas” Baxter (go to if you need context).

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Newly-discovered frog with funny long nose

Of course it's newly discovered, god didn't think to make it till he watched Jim Henson... And I thought Gonzo was a chicken?!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Fast food isn't good for you...

RAD OMEN - "Rad Anthem" from Nicholaus Goossen on Vimeo.

Well I can't deny that Religion has had a positive influence on architecture...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

It's just silly to think we're not Apes. Crafty self-centered apes...

Friday, May 14, 2010

One of my Heroes

Congress is a disfunctional mess

Congress is a disfunctional mess

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bag End, a LOTR dollhouse masterpiece.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Calvin And Hobbes Parallels Fight Club...?

I found these over at Popped Culture, these great links concerning Calvin and Hobbes.  One the similarities between Calvin and Hobbes and Fight Club, and the other this picture:
(Calvin on Riddlin )
Too funny...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Nature and math....

Nature by Numbers from Cristóbal Vila on Vimeo.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Conan's interview with Google...

Don't you judge my parenting habbits... Happy Mothers Day!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Michael Specter: The danger of science denial

Tetris fans are screwed...

Torus, by Ben Joffe

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Last years Oscar nominations for Best animated short film

Here are some of the 2009 Oscar nominations for Best animated short film: "Wallace And Gromit" "Logorama" "Granny O'Grim" "French Roast" And let's not forget "The Lady and the Reaper" (La Dama y la Muerte)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Brain shuts off in response to healer's prayer - life - 27 April 2010 - New Scientist

Wow, you don't say..!  Who could ever have guessed this?

Brain shuts off in response to healer's prayer - life - 27 April 2010 - New Scientist

Exclusive: Amazing photos of the Gulf Coast oil rig exploding, sinking

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A Microsoft Software Engineer Demos Photosynth. This is what the iPad wishes it could do...

Spring is Here, and this is one of my favorites...

A few things from the bike shop.


Dad takes a Glassblowing Paperweight Lesson in Balboa Park, San Diego

If Religions Were Real - "She Bears"

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mr Deity... the first episode

Star Wars Vs. Star Trek

On another line of reasoning could a Jedi lightsaber cut through Superman?

Yahoo Answers Best Answer:

Short answer: No.

A Jedi lightsaber is plasma contained in a magnetic field. Plasma is basically the form of matter which stars are made of. Pre-Crisis Superman has flown through the heart of a star without being harmed. Therefore, he is immune to plasma.

Post-Crisis Superman was not as invulnerable, e.g. a nuclear explosion would weaken him. Assuming a lightsaber contains power similar to a nuclear explosion, it could similarly disrupt his invulnerability during impact. See FORCE OF IMPACT below.

Superman receives his power from the radiation of our yellow sun, and is weakened when exposed to radiation from a red sun. It is possible that a sith lightsaber, being red, might have similar properties.

Even so, Superboy Prime was defeated after being plunged through Krypton's red sun - which weakened him, but did not destroy him. Therefore, a red lightsaber which hypothetically had the same properties as a red star should have a similar effect, i.e. it would injure him, but not "cut" him, much less cut through him.

If Superman were rendered vulnerable by a lightsaber, it would likely create a momentary weakness in that spot, allowing the physical impact to cause damage. However, lightsaber blades, being made of plasma, presumably have a very small mass. Therefore, the force of the impact would be negligible.

In short, hitting Superman with a red lightsaber is like hitting a normal human with a wet noodle.