Oh, that poor furry bunny. How sad. :(
WorldofWar.net posted an amusing screen shot of a vampiric panda
/. report a Wired News story about a new wave in participatory entertainment with Joke-e-oke. The premise behind Joke-e-oke is that, at some level, everyone wants to be a comedian. It's a form of entertainment software that allows people, momentarily, to realize this ambition while emulating the classic comedy routines of their favorite comedians.
From Rajah Sulayman's Forumpolis thread, he posted a link (click on the link for the game/quiz) to "What Dog Are You?" It says, "There's a dog inside all of us, waiting to be let out. This game is based on a computer called SUKA built in 1975 by Russian scientist Mikhail Volkonsky and now housed in the London Science Museum." There are ten questions to answer and should only take about five minutes to complete.
/. reports a BBC News story on the 'bad behaviour' of e-mail users is helping to sustain the spam industry, a new study has found. According to a survey conducted by Mirapoint (a security firm) and The Radicati Group (a market research company), nearly a third of e-mail users have clicked on links in spam messages. One in ten users have bought products advertised in junk mail.
Now, that is a scary moment/shot in a baseball game for fans. :(
Spamusement! contains poorly-drawn cartoons (nothing dirty) inspired by actual e-mail spam subject lines!
This New York Daily News story says Gauri Nanda, a 25-year-old scientist at MIT's Media Lab, has come up with a gizmo she calls "Clocky" that's designed to get sleepyheads moving. It looks like a roll of toilet paper covered with shag carpeting -- or one of those Tribbles from Star Trek -- with wheels attached at both ends. When the snooze button is pressed, the clock rolls off the table and trundles to a hiding place where it lies in wait for 10 minutes before going off again. And every day it rolls to a different hiding place.
FngSaiYuk showed me an amusing book link for newbies who are interested in playing
Mousey (remove AQFL to e-mail) e-mailed me a funny and awesome 30 seconds television commercial/spot/advertisement of a nice looking Korean woman getting angry with a copy machine. Little, does she know, the copy machine is a robot that can transform!
Solar Death Ray is made of 112 mirrors mounted on a platform 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall. Each mirror is a square roughly 3.5 inches on edge. All these mirrors focus the sun to a single spot 5 feet, 6 inches from the mirror platform. A wooden fork extends from the mirror base to the area near the focus and serves as a mounting point for Solar Death Ray targets. The mirror platform is mounted to the support frame on a pivot that allows the platform to be angled. The whole system is mounted on a set of wheels. The goal of the Web site was to show the results of the targeted items when the solar death ray was used.
According to Yahoo! News story, many schoolteachers, editors and parents profess to be horrified by "Netspeak" -- the distinctive language that young people are using more and more to talk with each other on the Internet. Purists should relax, a panel of experts declared at a recent symposium on "Language on the Internet" in Washington. This rapidly spreading digital dialect of English is doing more good than harm, they contended. "The Internet is fostering new kinds of creativity through language," said David Crystal, a historian of language at the University of Wales in the United Kingdom. "It's the beginning of a new stage in the evolution of the written language and a new motivation for child and adult literacy."
CNET News.com and ZDNet say the tech industry is famous for billion-dollar ideas, but the rewards don't always to go to the inventor. Some of the most important technologies of the past 50 years--the transistor, the relational database and the microprocessor--weren't the slam dunks for their creators that you might expect. Some inventors lost their lead through a lack of insight. Corporate politics sometimes plays a role. More often, the delay of payback is simply the result of poor timing--a reasonable strategy at the wrong time.
Here is a twisted room to confuse party guests with gravity. There are photographs and instructions on how to do your own.