Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Take that Evolution!

(This post is not about the evolution/creationism debate. Maybe another time).

If nothing else, Stalin was a creative thinker. Apparently in the 1920's he got this great idea to build a new army of super-humans by crossing humans with apes.
"I want a new invincible human being, insensitive to pain, resistant and indifferent about the quality of food they eat."
According to the article,the experiments failed, and the scientist in charge was jailed for five years as a result.

But I disagree. It didn't fail, it just took longer than expected to create the prototype.

Sunday, December 18, 2005


I hardly watch SNL anymore, not because I go out on Saturday or anything, but last night's was hilarious. I turned it on because the stupendous genius Jack Black was hosting and caught this classic as a bonus: Lazy Sunday

I also recommend this movie: Man Dancing

More Firefox Extension Fun

It's that time again to offer some more great extensions for Firefox to help everyone waste even more time on the web. If you missed the first list, here's a link.

1. Blogger Web Comments - I think the name is a little confusing, but the tool is undeniably entertaining. This little extension will put up a small window in the lower right corner of your browser with a list of Blogger-hosted blogs that have referenced the site you are currently visiting in a post. Try going to your own blog site and see who has been writing about you.

2. FasterFox - The name is fairly self-explanatory. The extension basically took all of the Firefox config tweak guides out on the Internet and integrated them all into an easy-to-use extension. The default settings usually show some noticeable improvement in page load times, and for those of you with ADD it has a timer that runs in the status bar to let you know whether it took a 1/2 second longer than usual to load your homepage.

3. FoxyTunes - FoxyTunes integrates music player controls into the status bar of the browser so you don't have to go through the laborious task of hitting ALT-TAB (or F9 for Mac fans) to change tracks. Though the name suggests iTunes only (at least it does to me), FoxyTunes is compatible with WinAmp, iTunes, Yahoo Music Engine, foobar2000, Windows Media Player, Musicmatch, and many others.

4. Fire FTP - I'm not sure how many of the 3 people who read this blog use FTP, but if you do, Fire FTP is damned convenient. It has most of the features of full-install FTP clients, but integrates right into the browser (opens from Tools menu). I highly recommend this if you use FTP a lot.

5. Download StatusBar - Nice replacement for the download window. Downloads show up in the status bar, and a mouse-over shows details on each file.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Technology is awesome

Ok so this is just cool (and maybe a little disturbing).

Researchers developed emotion recognition software and applied it to the Mona Lisa to determine whether she was really smiling or not. The software determined that she was 83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted, 6 percent fearful, and 2 percent angry.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

And then there's the snot

Why I hate finals:

1. Not remembering anything at first, then remembering too much and running out of time.
2. Hand cramps. In the same category, middle finger callus.
3. Blue books.
4. Little tiny desks that can't hold the test, your booklet, and a cup of coffee.
5. People who sit next to you during the final that have never sat next to you the entire semester. I need a one desk buffer!
6. The professor who reads the newspaper the entire time.
7. Your pencil gets dull, or breaks off 15 times, and the eraser gets smudgy and so does the paper.
8. Realizing that you spent hours memorizing 30 flashcards for what turns out to be 4 identifications.
9. Essay questions. All.
10. Getting a runny nose halfway through that is too small to snork up but too big to ignore. Fighting the entire 90 minutes with that same snot because you don't want to use your sleeve. I hate that.

One down, four to go.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

This place is collecting dust....

I've noticed there have been a couple of comments added to our most recent post that express some disatisfaction with the lack of posting here. At the moment, all I can offer is an apology to our throngs of fans (you both know who you are), and pledge that we will be returning in a couple of weeks when the semester is over.

For the moment, go here for some stick-figure videos (it's better than it sounds).