Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

One Month Gone: World Starts to End

It has been over a month since my last post. Apparently I will not be able to keep this up, unless I want the world to end in 2012.
Without my posts the world is going crazy. It will end within a year! The signs are obvious!

Half of Australia is drowning. Instead of dying of thirst, as they should.
Birds are falling from the sky. Instead of wrecking havoc on cornfields, as they should.
Dead fish are rotting on the shores. instead of... what should those even do? I suspect mass suicide. If I were a fish without a purpose, it would be mad not to consider it.

I see you, smart reader of this blog, object: "I'm sure there is a rational explaintion for all of these. One which has nothing to do with you pausing your blog. Just like the mass suicide of fish you proposed!"

First of all, I wouldn't be so sure about the fish. Today's fish are more connected than you might suspect!
Still, if you insist, I turn to the less rational things, just to satisfy you, imaginary reader of this blog:

In the US they are shooting democrats! Shooting the sane politicians in the country with the biggest atomic arsenal in the world seems like a guaranteed way for ending the world.
While it may not be rational, I have to admit crazy gunmen killing politicians is some kind of a tradition in the US. Such shootings have not heralded the apocalypse before. And even if the gunmen themselves heralded it very loudly, those were all wrong.
Or were they?
I leave that to the reader as an exercise.

Still, there's a whole revolution going on in Tunisia! That might be ending the world, might it not? Caution, burning man behind that link. No, not the festival. An actual burning man.
Still, nobody pulls off burning themselves alive quite like Buddhists. This brings me to an unfortunate conclusion. If Buddhists igniting themselves politically about 50 years ago brought the world only a mere 50 years closer to its ending, other people won't fare much better.
How can you dissapoint me so, Tunisia?

What remains? There are suicide bombings!
But that was an everyday thing, even while I was still blogging. Additionally we have already established Buddhists as "World Champions of Killing Themselves Impressively", so if that didn't end the world...
Suicide bombers, even you forsake me now?

But it seems that I might just find something in the US after all: The Pentagon is declaring another war.
The War on Rust.
I see it clearly: The rust eating self-replicating nanobot, which misinterprets its simple order.
Not: "Eat rust!", but "Eat dust!"
And soon there will be a swarm of nanobots, big enough to devour whole deserts! And a good part of my room, now that I think about it.
If that isn't the apocalypse, then what is it?
(Left as another exercise to the reader)

So what I have to do is clear. I leave you with this message:
Legalize Rust!
To save the world!

Spread the word!

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Look at that Chick!

If you didn't think that chickens were strange before, now you should.
This behavior comes from the fact that birds, just like us, can fix an object with their eyes. You can look at something and move your body without losing track of the object you are looking at. The chicken is doing just that.
But in contrast to us mammals, that bird doesn't have those nifty movable eyeballs. In order to keep its gaze fixed even though its body moves, the bird has to compensate with neck movement alone. This creates the unsettling impression of an unnaturally still head.
You can also observe similar effects with mammals, if you care to take a closer look.

You will first notice the still head of the cheetah when it is closing in at about 40 seconds into the video. But it's in the timelapse hunting scene that follows when it becomes apparent that, even at cheetah speeds, the neck muscles manage to hold the head upright, steady, and fixed on the prey at all times.

A cheetah can hold his own against this chicken any day.
But you probably suspected that.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Why You Should be Reading Cosmopolitan

Because your breasts called.

And because they have a whole lot of advice on this:

"We rounded up a bunch of super-sexy tricks just for [your breasts]. If these don't skyrocket your pleasure (and have him drowning in drool), we don't know what will."

Seriously: Who would not want to make their lover drown in drool?

Look, Terrorists!

They are putting a shroud over the sun with an airplane!


Slightly Strange Photography

Just to prove that the internet is a strange place.
In case you haven't noticed already.

I began to suspect that something was wrong when I stumbled upon the photography of Asger Carlsen.

Something just feels a little off about those.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Who Would Want a Car...

... in a world where you can buy something like this?

That's right, for only $55 000 you can now own a street legal Tron: Legacy light cycle.
The era of the automobile is officially over.

via Wired

Friday, November 26, 2010

Paper Art

Paper cutouts? My first thought was: "This is frilly. This is kitschy. This is boring."

Then I saw this and decided that at least Hunter Stabler's paper cutouts are awesome.

via beautiful decay

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Universe in Flash

There you go: Does what the title says. Shows you the universe in flash. Have fun. Be awed.

via BoingBoing

Christmas Rocks

Slayer Christmas lights. There's nothing more to be said.

via BoingBoing