This New Scientist article says young men will try almost anything to be noticed by the opposite sex. But a study of attitudes to risk suggests that the only people impressed by their stunts are other men. Futile risk-taking might seem to have little going for it in Darwinian terms. So why were our rash ancestors not replaced by more cautious contemporaries?
2 Cartoons: FoxTrot's Prediction on Star Wars Episode 3 (Revenge of the Sith) & Overclocked Party in the North Pole...Submitted by ant on Sun, 04/17/2005 - 3:46am. Funny Pictures | General Computing | Hacking/Modification/Cracking | Hardware | Internet/Network | Reading Materials | Sight Seeings | T(elevision/V/elly) (S(serie/how)/Movie/Film)s | Technology
StupidVideos has a funny short computer generation animation titled "Bear vs. Penguin". It shows a penguin that keeps the bear from taking a picture.
In Wired News' Furthermore, Jenny McKeel says "Life doesn't exactly fructify on Montana's 5,000-acre contaminated Berkeley Pit federal Superfund site -- or on the nearby mining area. Hardly any plant life can survive on the acidic crust that pervades the area, and the water is lethal. But that hasn't stopped a mysterious mongrel the miners call "The Auditor" from thriving in the wasteland for more than 15 years. "It's unbelievable how it could live in a place that's supposed to be so toxic," said local veterinarian Ed Peretti. "He's one tough dog." The dreadlocked Auditor, who got his name by always showing up "when you least expected it," survives on handouts from the miners, and sometimes sleeps in a shanty doghouse built for him. "God only knows what he does all day," said one miner. Quipped another, "He's kind of like our mascot, huh."
This Yahoo News! article says across the Washington area, thefts of digital music players are rising, police say, putting Scalenghe and others through the emotional trauma of losing something that has become an increasingly important and personal part of their lives. Victims said they felt the thieves got an illicit glimpse at their musical tastes and even their "souls."
This funny Dilbert cartoon strip shows a victim of identity theft for the pointed hair boss (PHB).
This CNN/Money story says some reality television winners apparently got a brutal reality check this tax season. Daily Variety reported Friday that families featured on the ABC hit show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and Fox's "Renovate My Family" not only are getting their dream homes, but also nightmare tax bills.
Shacknews posted Pinball's Last Remaining Wizard article that is a portrait piece on Gary Stern, president and owner of Stern Pinball, which is the last remaining pinball manufacturer in the world. Yearly, his company produces 10,000 hand-built machines and designs about 3-4 different models. A few of their most recent releases used licensed rights of the Sopranos and The Simpsons. This article is highly interesting read on the sole company keeping the industry alive.
Compfused.com posted a funny link to The Stealth Geek FAQ. A Stealth Geek (SG) is a person who has many of the internal qualities of geekiness yet who does not look or act like the stereotypical geek -- a Stealth Geek is a person of above-average intelligence (often referred to as "a brain") with a deep, almost passionate, devotion to some academic, technological or scientific subject; an interest in science fiction and/or fantasy books, television, movies or comics; a bit of a loner who doesn't always fit in with the mainstream, but who has learned to blend in with the "real world" through behavior and looks. In other words, although they're a geek inside, no one will say, "What a geek!" about them based on an initial encounter.
This CNN story says Japanese car maker, Toyota, is working with Stanford University in the U.S. and Edinburgh-based company Affective Media to create the car that can read your feelings. Toyota has already unveiled a prototype of its Pod concept car, which has headlights that fade from bright to dull and change color to indicate happy, sad or angry moods, depending on how the driver inside is feeling.
Guardian Unlimited's article says the sale of image rights agency focuses attention on lucrative after-life of deceased celebrities. The news this week that Corbis, the digital image company set up by Bill Gates in 1989, has bought a Beverly Hills company which owns the image rights to more than 50 deceased celebrities, has focused attention once again on the entertainment industry's ability to resurrect the dead.
This long New York Times article (10 pages; no registration required) reports the mismeasure of television (TV). One of the great contradictions of modern American life is that almost everyone watches TV while almost no one agrees anymore about what it really means to watch television. True, we know that as spring gets under way, new episodes of "Desperate Housewives", "C.S.I.", "American Idol", (Ant's favorites: "Lost", "24", "Alias", The Simpsons, etc.), etc. will battle for prime-time supremacy in the overnight Nielsen ratings.
CBS News report a modest movement to preserve the phone booth is rippling through state legislatures. To the phone booth's defenders, it is more than a matter of simple nostalgia: It cuts to the roots of social equality, public safety, and common sense.