Al Jazeera journalists run a blog

Aptly enough, it’s named “Don’t bomb us” – probably because Washington’s resident chimpansee wants to blow them up because of their annoying habit of reporting on current events in Iraq.

http://dontbomb.blogspot.com/

Most celebs look awful in real life

Magazines, billboards, internet, the television – every day we are exposed to more and more media celebrities. Most of whom make money off of projecting a totally fake, manufactured physical identity. I often find that annoying, to say the least, so articles like this make my day..

The unforgiving clarity of high-definition television has induced paranoia among celebrities obsessed with their appearance.

The technology, soon to become available in Britain, produces images so sharp that even subtle imperfections, usually hidden by make-up or flattering lighting, are brutally exposed.

link

So, for your viewing pleasure,

Celebrities without makeup
More celebs sans makeup
Awful plastic Surgery
Index of celeb candids, excellent!

And a couple of harsh celebrity gossip and news sites,

The Superficial
What Would Tyler Durden Do?
I don’t like you in that way

Scratch repairing car paint

You can, with a Nissan!
Within a week any scratch will have repaired itself – lasts three years…

Predictive maintenance for cars

And planes and any other type of heavy machinery. By putting vibration detectors on the chassis you can tell where problems are occuring and have software tell you where things are going wrong. Neat!

Howto Stream media within your network using VLC

Engadget has a nice feature showing how easy it really is. On any platform.

USAF and Lasers!

A new hand held laser gun for those non lethal applications where you just want to fry people’s eyes out. In conjunction with that weapon that emits ultrasonics that make you want to get away, you could have endless fun!

New Chief of police remebers what police means

The new man of the city in Manchester has decided to not go for making money for the government, but to focus on actually targeting criminals! What a radical idea!
And most surprising of all, he’s doing very very well – more criminals caught and less handgun discharges!

Is smoking really that bad for you?

Well, I’ve been looking for medical proof the past 8 years that smoking really is that bad for you, but have never been able to find it – all I’ve found is conjecture, sensationalism and bad quotes by reverends and law professors. Statistical studies containing only 8 or 12 subjects are bad science, so I’ve looked long and hard for hard science on the matter containing (and I’ve frequently stated I’ll reject many scientific requirements) at least N > 100!
Now you’d think with the witch hunt going on against smoking and everybody just knowing that it’s bad for you (just like we knew the world was flat, yeah?) there’d be plenty on the matter all over the web. I’ve defied plenty of people to find it for me, and after 8 (!!!!!) years someone has found something for me:

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/309/6959/901
(Mortality in relation to smoking: 40 years’ observations on male British doctors
R Doll, R Peto, K Wheatley, R Gray, I Sutherland)

Looking at this study, I found this quite
interesting:

In table I the first 2 columns indicate that he had about twice as
many smokers as non-smokers in the study in 1951. Which is,
coincidentally, about the same ratio of non smoker to smoker deaths by cancers etc
in the table III! Egads – this result is neatly replicated in table
IV.

They then make some pretty pictures, which actually make it look like
there might not be so much difference between smokers / stopped
smokers / non smokers.

The appendix table is interesting, as it shows what a load of bollocks
statistics are:
non smokers seem to almost never die of lung cancer, BUT (especially
considering the ratio of 1:2) they seem to die a lot more than smokers
of ‘other cancers’ at all ages as well as having higher probabilities
of vascular diseases, cirrhosis, ‘other medical’, non-medical deaths.
Finally, it looks like in ‘all causes’ non-smokers (still considering
the 1:2 ratio of the study) die more at all ages, except at 70-74 and
especially at 65-69 (just after they’ve retired!).

So there we go – smoking is actually quite good for you 🙂

Free Physics Textbook

How do objects and images move? Why do animals move? What is motion? […]

This site publishes a free physics textbook that tells the story of how it became possible, after 2500 years of exploration, to answer such questions. The book is written to be entertaining, surprising and challenging on every page. With little mathematics, the text explores the most fascinating parts of mechanics, thermodynamics, special and general relativity, electrodynamics, quantum theory and modern attempts at unification.

Coolest thing I’ve seen all week.

You can download it by chapter or grab the whole 40 MB pdf in one go.

http://www.motionmountain.net/

Bizarre casemod

http://sae.cside.com/sae/kat/pc/ern005/ekana.htm

I’m just glad people like this don’t spend their time trying to put “lasers” on the “moon”.

Machinima

This is the phenomenon of using computer graphics or games to create films – Red vs Blue was famous for this, but since then a whole load of others have gone on with the idea, and Lionhead studios has even released a game that allows you to create your own Machinima films.

Geopolitical news and opinion

Random roundup of political news and opinion sites

  • European Voice

    EU news, Eurocrats, opinions and current affairs. Excellent site for tracking what’s happening in the EU on a political level.
  • Le Monde Diplomatique
  • Le Monde Diplomatique (English version)
    The French version is naturally better (more background, documentation, etc), but the English version is easier to read (for me, at least..)
  • Power and Interest News Report

    The Power and Interest News Report (PINR) is an independent organization that utilizes open source intelligence to provide conflict analysis services in the context of international relations. PINR approaches a subject based upon the powers and interests involved, leaving the moral judgments to the reader.

    PINR, it’s what’s for breakfast.

  • Global Security
    US-based security news site.
  • Jane’s Information Group

18 tricks to teach your body

Soothe a burn, cure a toothache, clear a stuffed nose…

18 tricks…

American Edit

Someone went and remixed Green Day’s American Idiot and threw in the Doctor Who theme, Bush ranting about evil, hip hop, samples from all over and some other random stuff. Although sounding like a recipe for disaster, this stuff actually works. Fire up your iPod and give this one a shot:

http://www.americanedit.net/

eNetIconAppliance Online Internet Fridge

This IRC conversation is a bit old, but it’s the best piece of Internet humour I’ve ever come across – definitely worth reading all the way through!

Cybersex gone awry

With conversations like these you’d think it can’t get any weirder… trust me, it can!

I.F.: My s**t is hard you ready to jump aboard?
1hOttYeVe: oh yea im so wet right now
I.F.: Why you just shower?
1hOttYeVe: no im wet for you
I.F.: Did you ever play with supersoakers when you were a kid? or that gator s**t you would dive and slide down, there was that badass pool at the end of it.
1hOttYeVe: What the f**k are you talking about? You wanna cyber or not?
I.F.: I do! Sorry…I just didnt know why you were wet…then you say your wet for me, and im thinking I didnt even throw water on you…
I.F.: Im sorry lets continue!
1hOttYeVe: alright then…I walk over to you and start kissing your neck and chest
I.F.: I pop like 16 boners
1hOttYeVe: what the f**k!
I.F.: what?

Instant Balcony

Convert your blank faced outside window to an instant balcony – use your apartment space as efficiently as possible!

Turkey Parachuting

Fantastic new sport sweeping the USofA

Hover Chair

Yes! I want a floating 200 pound throne for my huge office!

Life of a pro gamer

For real this guy is making six figures every year since 2000!

Send an e-card

Let ’em know you care..

http://gbehh.com/cards/index_cards.html

So, they’re not your usual trite. inane, sappy e-cards. Next time someone sends you one of those, reply with one of these. That is, if you really don’t want to hear from them again.

Retrieve data off broken harddrives

If it’s borked you can fix it – I’ve opened these things up but never expected to get them to run again afterwards – apparently you CAN transplant the platters 🙂

Death to gray squirrels!

This site will teach you how to become a gray squirrel hunting machine in no time!

SMAW-NE

USMC has a thermobaric weapon at their disposal which collapses buildings and ignites the air. It’s shoulder carried and they’re being a bit quiet about their useage.

The SMAW is a Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon. More info Here.

The NE is the Novel Explosive part. The manufacturers site is a bit quiet, but you can see the other SMAW warheads they sell as well.

Rocketcalc personal supercomputers

Clustered 64 bit computers with up to 16 AMD Opterons in one machine: nice!

 
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