Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sadly, the mint doesn't let you do this anymore.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
But perhaps King's most enduring contribution was to the Mary Rose Trust, which asked him to replicate the bows recovered from Henry VIII's flagship, which sank off Portsmouth in 1545 and was raised in 1982. Few examples of longbows from that era – the last years before gunpowder weapons became dominant – were then known to exist. But among the many treasures raised with the Mary Rose were 139 complete, and 33 partial, longbows.And in true modern fashion he was born in Poland.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
As a related bonus here is a really cool looking trailer that pops open into a camper.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
I'm not sure how useful something like this would be if you were writing a story rather than studying one but the idea is certainly interesting.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I thought this section was particularly interesting:
When he asked Rudolf Hoess, commandant of Auschwitz, whether he was ever tempted to enrich himself from the inmates, Hoess replied: “What kind of man do you think I am?”
Friday, November 20, 2009
The contest requires that the machines climb 2,953 feet up a cable slung beneath a helicopter hovering nearly a mile high.
SF Gate also has an article on the contest and says the prize was $900,000.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
A new study shows that the facial attractiveness of NFL quarterbacks — as rated by panels of female students who have no idea they're pro athletes — mirrors their athletic ability on the field, regardless of other attributes such as age or ethnicity. Other studies have demonstrated similar patterns with professional hockey and soccer players.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
They can also make an object from a more conventional CAD file.
Note that I haven't actually used this service I just like the idea of it.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Deutsche Bank is believed to own the largest corporate collection in the world, with some 60,000 pieces of contemporary art. UBS owns 40,000 pieces, and JPMorgan Chase 30,000. Combined, that approaches the Museum of Modern Art’s trove.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
You can also add a date if you don't want today's tides:
tides oahu tomorrow
tides kitty hawk 1 January 1969
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
- A servant is held hostage in Washington D.C..
- A maid grabs the wrong briefcase by mistake in a spooky cemetary.
- A mystical shaman discovers a shocking secret in the sewers.
- An abused woman must save the president from terrorists while on Safari in Africa.
- God takes a vacation that goes horribly wrong in a prep school.
- A young man misses an opportunity of a lifetime and ends up betraying his best friend.
- An army chaplain fights for his life in Australia.
- A battle-scarred warrior enters a hot dog eating contest while on a date.
Monday, September 28, 2009
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Monday, September 14, 2009
I don't normally link to the Globe since their articles vanish after a while but I thought I would chance it this time.
Another interesting aspect of the article is its use of the word "gummer" to describe students in grade 9. I don't think I've heard this term since high school and Jen says she's never heard it so I'm wondering if it is a Burlington specific term - or maybe even a MM Robinson term. Maybe there is a Burlington dialect after all.
This startling fact was first noticed by the British actuary Benjamin Gompertz in 1825 and is now called the “Gompertz Law of human mortality.” Your probability of dying during a given year doubles every 8 years.The author goes on to see what the implications of that law is.
If you type in:
it will tell you that the declination here is 13.68deg West.
If you put a date after the location you can also get the declination for other dates. For example the day I was born the declination in Ottawa was 16 degrees West.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Monday, September 07, 2009
The Telegraph has a slide show of WWII British posters. The posters mostly deal with life under the threat of air raids. Some are recruitment posters for the ARP and Air Wardens while others remind people of the dangers of leaving a train in a blacked out station or how to park your car on a blacked out street.
Monday, August 31, 2009
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Friday, August 28, 2009
For example if you type:
next solar eclipse ottawainto the search box on Wolfram Alpha you'll learn that the next solar eclipse visible from Ottawa will be on 20 May 2012 at 7:52pm. It even gives you a nice map showing what areas the eclipse will cover.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Some interesting stats:
- 43% of today’s top sites were started in 1996 or earlier.
- The three “biggest” launch years, from largest to smallest: 1996, 1995, 2005.
Monday, August 24, 2009
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
DropBox is essentially an online file storage service that appears like a normal directory on your computer - the key feature is that you can access a local copy of the files when you aren't connected to the net and they will automatically update on your other machines when you reconnect.
I have been using it lately on my little Dell netbook. I have had problems in the past with files that live on the laptop. I often forget to back them up to the main system and sometimes I update a file on the main computer and then forget to copy it onto the laptop. Now I just keep any files that I might want on the laptop in my DropBox directory.
As an added bonus, if you sign up using this link then both you and I get an extra 250MB of storage.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
When faced with the photograph of the baby people were far more likely to send the wallet back, the study found. In fact, only one in ten were hard-hearted enough not to do so. With no picture to tug at the emotions, just one in seven were sent back.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Then I came across this article by Malcolm Gladwell (author of the Tipping Point and Outliers) from 2004 about SUVs and the feeling of safety. He discusses how the quest for the feeling of safety has lead us away from actual safety (and caused many other problems as well).
Thursday, June 18, 2009
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Friday, June 12, 2009
Follow up: They also have a very nice photo of an F-18 doing the same thing at an air show. The angular cloud is much more noticeable in this one.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
tiltshiftmaker.com is a site that lets you modify your own pictures so that they look like pictures of miniatures or models. The technique is known as tilt-shift photography because of the special camera lens used to achieve the effect "in real life".
Here's a picture of my house modified by the site. It's not as good as some of the examples on the site but it should give you the idea.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I first saw this in an article in the National Post that was sent to me by email. The article was very irritating - especially given how cool the device is. Firstly they seem to think the sixth sense reference has something to do with the movie of the same name. Secondly, I was a bit shocked that someone who writes a pop and culture blog would insultingly refer to someone who develops new technologies as a nerd. Whether an MIT nerd is better than a non-MIT nerd I will leave as an exercise for the reader (assuming there are any).
Slashdot also linked to the video.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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Thursday, April 30, 2009
The restaurant itself is worth a visit if you're in the area and fancy some dessert- and it is near the NY location of the Forbidden Planet. (Here is a review of the restaurant with some pictures.) I had some very nice chocolate cake which came with some fruit, some ice cream and a small flask of raspberry sauce. It was a bit expensive though so you wouldn't want to go everyday.
Monday, April 27, 2009
I've seen 35.6% of the films on the list. You can compare to me here.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The article is from 1980 and quotes someone who trained US Navy airshipmen 50 years before.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I'm not big on poetry but this would be a cool idea for a monument or memorial.
Monday, April 20, 2009
It could but fun for running errands but would probably need a trailer to carry groceries.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The article reminded me of several reasons why I don't work in a trading room anymore.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
There are some demo videos and some preset examples that you can play with. It looks like you can upload your own data if you want to.
Worth checking out. The user interface is extremely well done.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
The mystery woman has been linked by DNA to six murders and a string of thefts in a 15-year spree in three countries.Eventually the DNA was found to belong to a worker at the factory that make the swabs used to gather evidence at crime scenes.
Friday, March 20, 2009
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
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Friday, February 20, 2009
The Autofocus system is similar to Getting Things Done (GTD) in that you write everything down. The difference is that you have one large list that you cycle through rather than a bunch of smaller context specific ones.
There is a video on the linked to page where the creator of the system explains how it works.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
This could be quite handy if it were to catch on in other locations and for different levels of government.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
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Saturday, February 07, 2009
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Monday, February 02, 2009
I was especially amazed at the picture of Villiers street - that's the street that turns up from Embankment tube station, its a pedestrian street except for all the cars. It is always packed with people.
Related: The Big Picture has some great aerial shots of London (though these have people in them).
Friday, January 30, 2009
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The machine tows nearly 800 tons of backup equipment through the tunnel, including trailers for electrical support systems, firefighting supplies and even a lunchroom.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
For example, 5 months ago my light cone reached 58 Eridani.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The only clue to their alter egos might have been the pieces of paper in their pockets – informing any police officer suspicious of their behaviour “to ask no questions of the bearer but phone this number”.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
THOMAS is a powerful brain circuit that releases the neurochemical oxytocin when we are trusted and induces a desire to reciprocate the trust we have been shown--even with strangers.
The key to a con is not that you trust the conman, but that he shows he trusts you. Conmen ply their trade by appearing fragile or needing help, by seeming vulnerable.
The article includes the story of a con played on the author when he worked at a gas station.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
if the read/write head were a Boeing 747, and the hard-disk platter were the surface of the Earth:
- The head would fly at Mach 800
- At less than one centimeter from the ground
- And count every blade of grass
The article is one of those slightly annoying multi-page click throughs.