Dilbert has a current theme on cable companies with their technical support services. See #1 and #2 in this order (more might be added later on like on Sunday after 9:30 PM PST). Dogbert pretty much sums up my experiences with Adelphia. :P
CNN.com reports that Samuel W. Alderson, the inventor of crash test dummies that are used to make cars, parachutes and other devices safer, has passed away at the age of 90 (2/11/2005). He grew up tinkering in his father's custom sheet-metal shop, worked on various military technology and by 1952 had formed Alderson Research Labs. The company made anthropomorphic dummies for use by the military and NASA in testing ejection seats and parachutes. The dummies were built to approximate the weight and density of humans and hold data-gathering instruments.
Yahoo! News' Photos had some nice shots of animals doing crazy things. Here are Ant's favorites:
- #1 -- A participant bites the tail of his bull to urge it to run faster during a bullock cart race on the second day of the rural games, also called the 'Mini Olympics', at Kila Raipur, India.
- #2 -- People watch sheep-fighting to celebrate China's traditional Spring Festival in Huaibei city, east China's Anhui Province.
- #3 -- Mother's tongue : A camel mother sticks her tongue out while standing by her newborn calf 'Joachim'.
Yahoo! News report that archaeologists have begun underwater excavations of what is believed to be an ancient city and parts of a temple uncovered by the tsunami off the coast of a centuries-old pilgrimage town.
Newview, in a Broadband Reports' security forum thread titled Warning on hard drives' security, mentioned Hard Drive Clock. It is an ideal clock for anyone who works with computers, and makes a great gift. All of the internal parts are still present, including the read/write heads and the stepper motor or voice coil that moved them. The heads can be manually moved in and out. Some models will stand on any flat surface, all will hang on the wall.
Image Puzzle (Internet Explorer is a MUST!) is a graphical puzzle divided into 15 stages. Each stage comes with a digital image that contains a text that allows you to get to the next stage. If you manage to solve the puzzle on a stage, erase the current HTML page from the address/URL field. The text is always in written in a clear form, it's just disguised in some way. There are no riddles or such things. The text is always located within the image file. it's never a reference to a place outside this website!
I saw this on KTLA 5's morning news yesterday, but I forgot to look for an online story to post on here.
CNN reports that hot cup of coffee may do more than just provide a tasty energy boost. It also may help prevent the most common type of liver cancer. A study of more than 90,000 Japanese found that people who drank coffee daily or nearly every day had half the liver cancer risk of those who never drank coffee.
Animal studies have suggested a protective association of coffee with liver cancer, so the research team led by Monami Inoue of the National Cancer Center in Tokyo analyzed a 10-year public health study to determine coffee use by people diagnosed with liver cancer and people who did not have cancer. They found the likely occurrence of liver cancer in people who never or almost never drank coffee was 547.2 cases per 100,000 people over 10 years. But for people who drank coffee daily the risk was 214.6 cases per 100,000, the researchers report in this week's issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
This CBC News story says that China has surpassed the United States to lead the world in the consumption of basic food and industrial goods, a study says. The booming Asian country now uses more meat, grain, steel and coal, according to an environmental think-tank's report released Wednesday. The only basic commodity still consumed in greater quantities by Americans is oil, says the report from the Washington-based Earth Policy Institute. The Chinese have even eclipsed Americans in consumer goods, buying more refrigerators, more televisions and cell phones.
The New York Times (no registration needed) report that Dr. Demaine, an assistant professor of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the leading theoretician in the emerging field of origami mathematics, is holding is a hyperbolic parabaloid. It is a shape well known to mathematicians -- or something very close to that -- but he wants to be able to prove this conjecture, but difficullt to do.
TheShadow (remove AQFL to e-mail) sent me an interesting PBS' documentary on how Americans, as seen and heard, through the way we speak. It was premiered on January 5th, 2005, but its Web site was still informative like:
- Words that shouldn't be -- Spambot, cybercat, etc. Are we ruining the language?
- From sea to shining sea -- Exactly how many varities are there of American English?
- What speech do we like best? -- Language expreesses who we are, and who we want to be. It can also unite or divide us.
- What lies ahead? -- Is TV making us sound alike? Will cars sound like men or women? What's ahead for American English?