The Cameramail idea was from the creator while working on a mail-art project for school. He saw a document with an impressive number of odd forms of correspondence between their two addresses in upstate New York. One of the last experiments displayed on their site was a camera attached to a postcard and plastered with stamps. Taking a good idea and running with it, he began to mail cameras to various locations.
This News@Nature.com article reports warm eyeballs allow swordfish to see prey faster in the murky depths. Zoologists have answered the intriguing question of why swordfish keep their eyes warm while the rest of the body remains resolutely cold-blooded: it's all the better to see their prey with.
Yahoo! News' story says a study, published Monday, found that people who sleep less tend to be fat, and experts said it's time find if more sleep will fight obesity. Monday's study from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk covered 1,000 people and found that total sleep time decreased as body mass index -- a measure of weight based on height -- increased. Men slept an average of 27 minutes less than women and overweight and obese patients slept less than patients with normal weights, it said. In general the fatter subjects slept about 1.8 hours a week less than those with normal weights.
This New York Times article say monitoring telephone conversations is intended to track the performance of call center operators, but the professional snoops are inadvertently monitoring callers. Most callers do not realize that they may be taped even while they are on hold.
I just saw this funny photograph on NONAGS today:
Now, that is a huge boulder.
This Yahoo! News article says rats can use the rhythm of human language to tell the difference between Dutch and Japanese, researchers in Spain reported Sunday.
Broadband Reports mentions Declan McCullagh's editorial (CNET) where he believes everything is a-ok in the world of broadband, and people concerned with falling global rankings are over-reacting. "FCC figures released last month show that 94.3 percent of U.S. ZIP codes have high-speed lines available to them," he writes; though as we've pointed out, the FCC considers one home in a zip code with broadband to mean that entire zip code is "serviced".
SFGate.com's article says it seems as if single men are discovering what single women have known since ancient Egyptian times: Cats are worthy of worship. At least unmarried British men say so, in a recent survey conducted by Cats Protection, a leading animal welfare society in the United Kingdom. And judging by the delirious worship that single men I know lavish on their kitties, I'd like to think American men -- those brave enough to stand up and be counted -- feel the same way.
Viral Videos & Ads posted new videos today. Four of them were funny to me:
- Wow, I need to get this toothpaste if it makes my teeth that bright!
- Best Buy says to turn off your friggin cellular phones or else this happens. I saw this in a movie theater once, but I don't remember where.
- IKEA suggests that you change your furnitures before you do naughty stuff.
- I wonder if I can get women with this method. [grin]
BBspot lists the top 11 geek break up lines.