Peak Oil just keeps happening!

First it’s peak oil, then the Shell tells us they don’t have as many reserves as they’ve been telling us, then the scientists claim that oil will NEVER run out, and now Kuwait – believed to hold 10% of the world’s oil reserves – claims that they actually… uhm… have only HALF what they thought they did. Way to convince the US to jump to their aid in 1990!

DARPA and USAF going Mach 20

Mach 20 is fast. Really really fast. Probably won’t be manned though!

Demotivators

MOTIVATION. Psychology tells us that motivation- true, lasting motivation- can only come from within. Common sense tells us it can’t be manufactured or productized. So how is it that a multi-billion dollar industry thrives through the sale of motivational commodities and services? Because, in our world of instant gratification, people desperately want to believe that there are simple solutions to complex problems. And when desperation has disposable income, market opportunities abound.

AT DESPAIR, INC., we believe motivational products create unrealistic expectations, raising hopes only to dash them. That’s why we created our soul-crushingly depressing Demotivators® designs, so you can skip the delusions that motivational products induce and head straight for the disappointments that follow!

Great demotivational videos and posters to hang up as well

The ARmy Rumor ServicE

RRSE is the British Army’s UNOFFICIAL centre of military and civil current affairs, news, discussion, humour, jobs, photos and bullshit.

The forums are lively, the blogs are good and there’s some interesting things to find out about how the British Army thinks it’s going with the Army.

Collins Word Exchange

Look up a word in the dictionary, solve anagrams, crosswords, check your scrabble words, and a translator for phone texts and a forum to discuss – words! The slang forum is quite interesting I thought…

Suspended animation

Works on pigs! For at least 2 1/2 hours… well done, maybe we can do this to soldiers on the battlefields?

HASAN ALAM gazes over the cold, motionless body of a pig lying on a stainless steel table before him. The animal has no pulse, no blood, no electrical activity in its brain, and its tissues consume no oxygen. It has been in this state for two-and-a-half hours. It looks dead. “You would think so,” he says, “but you can bring it back.”

GBP 100m lasers

Which can mimic nuclear explosions – necessary due to the test ban treaties. Extreme science in the UK!

ESA And Australian University build Ultra Ion Engine

They last longer and go 4 times as fast as conventional ion thrusters (for spacecraft). The theory behind ion propulsion is also explained quite well in this article. To infinity – and beyond!

Explosion gallery

Stuff exploding and being captured in still life is an artform! Loads more pictures here

Fabric Keyboards

Eleksen makes fabric keyboards – roll up ones with bluetooth for palms, covers for ipods with the controls on the outside and woven into jackets or clothing. The fabric is weather resistant, waterproof, etc – so no more screwing up your delicate machinery, operate it from remote.

Bluetooth Pentesting Suite

Bluediving is a suite that implements attacks like Bluebug, BlueSnarf, BlueSnarf++, BlueSmack and features like bluetooth address spoofing.

Fight Back – kill RFID!

Two methods of defeating RFID:

The easy way – use tape to block the chip

or

The violent way – zap them (plans will be released at some point) using a modified single use camera

National Penis Sizes

Apparently, the French are the biggest Dicks, and the Koreans the smallest – based on a sample size of around 2000…

The study results showed that the average world size penis when erect is 14 centimetres (5.5 inches). The biggest averages were registered in France 16 cm (6.2 in), Italy 15 cm (5.9 in), Mexico 14.9 cm (5.8 in) and Spain 14 cm (5.5 in). In the United States, the average is 12.9 cm (5 in) while in Venezuela is 12,7 cm (4.9 in), and in Brazil is 12.4 cm (4.8 in). The smallest averages were found in India 10.2 cm (3.9 in) and South Korea 9,6 cm (3.7 in).

The ultimate showdown

.. of Ultimate Destiny!

http://ldopa.net.nyud.net:8090/wp-content/uploads/TheUltimateShowdown.swf

They certainly needed a lot of superheroes to defeat Chuck!

You can grab the mp3 here –
http://www.eviltrailmix.com/lemondemon/downloads.html

Instant Balcony II

If you have almost no windowspace, so you can’t use the other instant balcony and if you have a type T personality, then maybe this is the balcony for you.

Grouchy Media

US servicemen in Iraq make movies. And post them on Grouchymedia!

Faster driving <> unsafer driving

The Association of British Drivers calls for the standard motorway speed limit to be raised to 80 mph.

Introduced 40 years ago on 22 December 1965, as a panic measure following a series of pile-ups in fog, the 70 mph limit has never been shown to have reduced accidents.

Yeah! It is safe to drive quickly – especially if you know what you’re doing! I want to take my car to the maximum speed: DAILY!

Viral Marketing

This is when you place an advert somewhere and let people spread the advert themselves: examples are placing a film on internet and other people linking to it, or sending emails with the link in it, or having people attractive to your target audience meeting the audience in bars and after a conversation innocuously talking up the brand you’re promoting, in the hope that that person will not only buy into the brand, but also tell others about the new brand. Red Bull was particularly succesful this way. William Gibson explains the concept well in his latest novel Pattern Recognition.

Anyway, there are two sites out there that chart these marketing campaigns on internet:
Viralchart.com and
ttr2.com

I found this due to the attempt to ban the Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks campaign due to excessive glorification of violence.

Another one that caught my eye especially was the Training films 1 – 3 But there are plenty more there for your enjoyment!

MSNBC Year in Pictures

MSNBC has put some very striking pictures up on their website under 2 galleries: editors’ and readers’ choice.

Unusual technical WWII images

In the Second World War people at home with loved ones spread far away around the world with the forces were fed a diet, often government backed, of “how it works” or “how we will win” technical information leaflets. Very often these would have contained superb cut away and sectioned diagrams, showing the “insides” or as was said at the time “the works!” of the machines that were winning the war for us!

http://www.cyber-heritage.co.uk/cutaway/

SpaceX orbital rocket launch

Today the SpaceX orbital rocket (the first privately financed and cheapest orbital rocket ever) will be launched from the Kwajalein Atoll of the Marshall Islands:

the Falcon 1 rocket will begin its journey to orbit, accelerating to 17,000 mph (25 times the speed of sound) in less than ten minutes. Designed from the ground up by SpaceX, Falcon 1 is a two stage rocket powered by liquid oxygen and purified, rocket grade kerosene. On launch day, Falcon 1 will launch into the history books for several notable reasons:

* It will be the first privately developed, liquid fueled rocket to reach orbit and the world’s first all new orbital rocket in over a decade.
* The main engine of Falcon 1 (Merlin) will be the first all new American hydrocarbon engine for an orbital booster to be flown in forty years and only the second new American booster engine of any kind in twenty-five years.
* The Falcon 1 is the only rocket flying 21st century avionics, which require a small fraction of the power and mass of other systems.
* It will be the world’s only semi-reusable orbital rocket apart from the Shuttle.
* Most importantly, Falcon 1, priced at $6.7 million, will provide the lowest cost per flight to orbit of any launch vehicle in the world, despite receiving a design reliability rating equivalent to that of the best launch vehicles currently flying in the United States.

The maiden flight will take place from the Kwajalein Atoll of the Marshall Islands. The customer for this mission is DARPA and the Air Force. The payload will be FalconSat-2, part of the Air Force Academy’s satellite program that will measure space plasma phenomena, which can adversely affect space-based communications, including GPS and other civil and military communications. The target orbit is 400 km X 500 km (just above the International Space Station) at an inclination of 39 degrees.

Schroedingers Cat

Explained as an epic rhyming poem.

Google sucks at mathematics

Google has a calculator built into its search engine. Apart from the basics it can also be used for unit conversions, etc. Usually I’d say that’s very nice and can be handy considering just about everything has a google query form attached to it these days.

However..

What do you think would be the result of

1 - 0.9 - 0.1

?

Depending on the order of evaluation you’d say either 0 or 0.2, right? Well, you’re wrong. It’s -2.77555756 × 10e17. Because Google says so. Try it.
http://www.google.nl/search?q=1+-+0.9+-+0.1

It gets the answer to 1 – (0.9 + 0.1) right, but anything else is off.

1 - (0.9) - (0.1)
(1 - 0.9) - 0.1

etc.

A mountain full of PhDs and what do you get? A variation on pi = 3.

Superman is a dick

This whole site is a blast, but check out pages like this and this ..

http://www.superdickery.com/

Buy your local rainforest

Not bad – for EUR. 100,- you can buy an acre of Amazon rainforest. You recieve the GPS cooridinates of it, so you can check up on it on Google Earth as well! Save the lungs of the earth – stop them from deforesting your bit of rainforest.

 
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