Friday, August 25, 2006

Need a new way to remember the 8 planets in the solar system?

Use this mnemonic of the first letters to remember the order of the planets in their new configuration (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune):

My very exotic mistress just showed up naked.

(Could've been said by Prez Clinton, eh?! )

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Definition of OCD

A Stanford Medical research group advertised for participants in a study of obsessive-compulsive disorder. They were looking for therapy clients who had been diagnosed with this disorder.

The response was gratifying; they got 300 responses the day after the ad came out.

All from the same person.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Who Are YOU A Fan Of?

Two boys in Boston were playing basketball when one of them was attacked by a rabid Rottweiler. Thinking quickly, the other boy ripped a board off a nearby fence, wedged it into the dog's collar and twisted it, breaking the dog's neck. A newspaper reporter from the Boston Globe witnessed the incident and rushed over to interview the boy.

The reporter began entering data into his laptop, beginning with the headline: "Brave Young Celtics Fan Saves Friend from Jaws Of Vicious Animal." "But I'm not a Celtics fan," the little hero interjected. "Sorry," replied the reporter. "But since we're in Boston, I just assumed you were."

Hitting the delete key, the reporter began "John Kerry Fan Rescues Friend From Horrific Dog Attack." "But I'm not a Kerry fan either," the boy responds. The reporter says, "I assumed everybody in this state was either for the Celtics or Kerry or Kennedy. What team or person do you like?"

"I'm a Houston Rockets fan and I really like George W. Bush", the boy says.

Hitting the delete key, the reporter begins again: "Arrogant Little Conservative Bastard Kills Beloved Family Pet."

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, um, uh, what's next??

The number of planets around the Sun could rise from
nine to 12 - with more on the way - if experts approve a radical new
vision of our Solar System


Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Batteries Exploding All Around You? Try Aluminum!!

Found some articles about using aluminum (or aluminium for you Europeans) combined with air to support fuel cells. Most are old (early 2000's), but here's a fairly technical, more current article about using this process.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

"Creative Evolution"? Protect the Kids' Futures Instead!

The people determining the curriculum of our children in many states
remain scientifically illiterate. And Kansas is a good case in point.

(Need a NYTimes login? Check here.)

Friday, August 11, 2006

New Writings from Archimedes Revealed

Check out the scanning of the Palimpsest. Be sure to check out the video of the scanning and of the project's background.

Quite fascinating, especially if it reveals new mathematical theories and formulae!

Coolness: NASA Shuttle Wing Video

Most interesting, about 3 minutes into it.


Thursday, August 10, 2006

XM 64 - The Groove . . . Is Groovy!

Hadn't listened to this station before. GEE! Listen to what I've been missing. Right now, my favorite song You're Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else by The Jones Girls has just come on. Plus they've been playing some disco from back in the day!! It bills itself as old school R&B. Definitely highly recommended as a new favorite station.

XM 64 - The Groove

73.5% Increase in Fat Babies?!

And medical folks say it's raising alarms. I WOULD HOPE SO!!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Why Can't They Just Increase the Minimum Wage?!?

Geez, all this jockeying for position. Give the people a break. Damn Republicans. Bring back the Dems.