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Saturday, 03 July, 2010
Brilliant: A Sliding Alternative to CAPTCHA?
A slider that asks people to: "show us your human side; slide the cursor to the end of the line to create your account." Moving the slider to the right completely submits the form and triggers error validation just like a standard Submit button would.
Everyone's been linking to this TV commercial.
- There's no CGI: just a very elaborate set built on a lake in Vallermo, California.
- It's all one continuous shot, and required "36 or 37" takes.
- In the first scene, those are prosthetic legs.
- The circular saw is terrifyingly real.
- The waterfall was man-made, and Mustafa wears a harness and wire through the entire shot.
Fireworks From The Air
An Ask-J-Walk question from Curtis:
Does Bisbonian go flying in his little plane on July 4th to watch fireworks?
This year he probably won't. My understanding is that he was trying to get to Bisbee for the 4th, but it didn't pan out. His plane is in Bisbee, and he's in California.
Are fireworks better from above? I'm thinking they aren't, but I don't know.
I found a short video of fireworks from a commercial airliner: Fireworks from above.
It looks more like a war zone than a holiday celebration.
A site where people submit drawings of pigs playing a banjo: Dueling Banjo Pigs.
Here's one by Ellen Crenshaw, titled Banjo Pigs in a Blanket.
And here's a drawing of Uncle Dave Bacon, by Greg Volpert:
It's only July, but this site gets my nomination for Blog O' The Year.
How many new crimes are defined every year in the U.S.? According to this article:
Congress continues to create an average of over 56 new crimes each year, that is, one new crime a week, every week of the year, even when Members are not in session.
I have no way of verifying that, or course. But I did find this article about British laws: Labour is dreaming up 33 new crimes a month.
Labour has created 4,300 new crimes since taking power - including a ban on swimming in the wreck of the Titanic and on the sale of game birds shot on a Sunday.
It's a good thing I'm not a law breaker. It would be too time-consuming to keep up with current trends.
Advances In Battery Insertion
This might be the best thing Microsoft ever came up with (except for Excel): InstaLoad Battery Installation Technology.
Battery contacts designed based on InstaLoad technology enable users to insert batteries into a device in either + or - direction and the device simply works. Users do not have to search for a hard to read diagram to determine how to insert the batteries.
Have you ever seen a cat dressed in a suit dancing? If not, go here.
Best of all, you can control how he dances.
Sunday, 04 July, 2010
4th Of July Drunk Poll
In these United Snakes of America, we celebrate our country's birthday by grilling meat, igniting pretty explosives, and drinking.
Because not everyone is naive enough to believe in
him Him, God continues to taunt us with inexplicable genetic abnormalities: Egyptian farmer calls two-headed calf 'a miracle'
A farmer in northern Egypt says his cow has given birth to a two-headed calf that he calls a "divine miracle."
Sobhy el-Ganzoury said Saturday it took two hours and much pulling to deliver the rare calf. He said the difficult birth has weakened the calf's legs. El-Ganzoury said the veterinarian informed him that the calf, which was born this week, is now in stable condition and is expected to survive.
He said he intends to keep the animal as a reminder that "God is able to do anything." The calf still can't stand up because of its heavy heads and weak legs, and is being fed her mother's milk with a baby bottle.
A Charcoal Convert
I shouldn't be sharing private emails without permission, but this one is post-worthy. It's from wormpicker.
Our 20-year-old, $400 natural gas grill died beyond resuscitation, so [wife's name omitted for privacy considerations] picked up a $30 charcoal grill! Mmmmm, charcoal-grilled barbeque chicken for dinner tonight!
[wife's name omitted for privacy considerations] is a smart woman, and I applaud her purchase decision.
I've always been a fan of charcoal grilling. Unlike gas, it requires some advance planning, and (occasionally) some brain effort. I've learned that the speed at which the coals become ready depends heavily on the humidity of the area where the briquettes are stored. So I always plug a few variables into my mental spreadsheet to calculate the eating time. I'm almost always wrong, but that just makes it more fun.
Monday, 05 July, 2010
A fine piece of work: Concrete Chesterfield Sofa by Gray Concrete.
UK-based Gray Concrete created this concrete Chesterfield sofa for exhibiting at 100% Design London. The sofa is made by taking a mold from a real Chesterfield, which is then used to make a glass textile reinforced casting. The cushions are a part of the casting.
Before making the mold, the padding inside the cushions was replaced with a rigid foam which was modeled to make "bum prints." The molding techniques used by Gray Concrete pick up detail really well so the concrete sofa really looks leathery. There's even a concrete 50p piece stuck down behind one of the cushions to complete the realistic effect.
(via Oh Gizmo)
Prime Minister Not Religious
Ms Gillard, who replaced Kevin Rudd as leader of the country in a dramatic political coup last week, said she had been brought up in a Baptist family, but had "made decisions in my adult life about my own views".
"I'm not going to pretend a faith I don't feel," she said. Ms Gillard's views on religion are in stark contrast to those of Mr Rudd, who was a regular at Canberra church services, and those of her rival, Tony Abbott, who once trained as a priest and is known as a devout Catholic.
Meanwhile, Snopes clears up Joe Biden's rosary quote from 2005. What he actually said was:
"If I'm the nominee, Republicans will be sorry," he said. "The next Republican that tells me I'm not religious I'm going to shove my rosary beads down their throat."
Tuesday, 06 July, 2010
Cars For The Blind
Driving news: Group to show car that can be driven by the blind.
he National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle next year equipped with technology that helps a blind person drive a car independently.
The technology, called "nonvisual interfaces," uses sensors to let a blind driver maneuver a car based on information transmitted to him about his surroundings: whether another car or object is nearby, in front of him or in a neighboring lane.
Advocates for the blind consider it a "moon shot," a goal similar to President John F. Kennedy's pledge to land a man on the moon. For many blind people, driving a car long has been considered impossible. But researchers hope the project could revolutionize mobility and challenge long-held assumptions about limitations...
Advocates for the blind say it will take time before society accepts the potential of blind drivers and that the safety of the technology will need to be proven through years of testing. But more than anything, they say it's part of a broader mission to change the way people perceive the blind.
Dog On Wall
Found at Bits & Pieces:
It's a new breed of dog that's not required to obey the laws of gravity.
What could be worse than having to sit through an opera? Reading someone's tweets about an opera: How I Used Twitter to Live-Blog the Opera.
Here's how it started:
At the opera. I am so underdressed I probably don't even register: gadget t-shirt, jeans, Chrome sneakers 6:41 PM Jun 30th
There will be smoke! And strobe lights! And, I hear, flying Valkyries and real fire http://yfrog.com/032w5j 6:54 PM Jun 30th
Orchestra tuning up. Crowd is quieting down. The lights dim. Uh oh: no electronic devices allowed! 7:05 PM Jun 30th
Fire! In front of a woodsy shack. And lightning. Siegmund arrives. He's tired from running 7:10 PM Jun 30th
Sieglinde is coming out to help him. They don't know they are bro & sis yet. UH OH I THINK SHE LIKES HIM 7:14 PM Jun 30th
She gives the dude a drink and he's all, kthxbye 7:20 PM Jun 30th