Walt Disney coined the term plussing as a way of making an idea even better. By telling his workers to plus it, even when they think they nailed it, gave Disney that extra edge when it came to quality animation back in the day. Pixar is a staunch believer in plussing their work. And it shows.Link
Photos from blogger / hacker / world traveler / shooter Jake Appelbaum are on display in Toronto tonight at his first-ever gallery show, together with photographer Kate Young. "Something Strange Bends Light Our Way" opens tonight at at the Now Lounge, goes for the next few weeks. Congrats, Jake! Link to show details. Image: a portrait shot by Jake on Kodak EIR infrared film.
The general pattern of maturation, they report in Nature today, is that the cortex grows thicker as the child ages and then thins out. The cause of the changes is unknown, because the imaging process cannot see down to the level of individual neurons.Link
But basically the brain seems to be rewiring itself as it matures, with the thinning of the cortex reflecting a pruning of redundant connections....
One interpretation, (National Institute of Mental Health scientist Judith) Rapoport said, is that the brains of highly intelligent children are more plastic or changeable, swinging through a higher trajectory of cortical thickening and thinning than occurs in average children. The scans show the "sculpturing or fine tuning of parts of the cortex which support higher level thought, and maybe this is happening more efficiently in the most intelligent children," (researcher Philip) Shaw said..
I.Q. scores and measuring intelligence have long been controversial. Brain-imaging studies by Dr. Thompson and the study group have advanced the field by identifying physical features of the brain that correlate with I.Q.
At about US$12, these LOVE / HATE baby mittens are exponentially cheaper than the wearable sculpture for adults blogged here a few days ago.
Perfect for your li'l bundle of Robert Mitchum.
Link to store, via needled.com. And here's an interesting MeFi thread of yore about the origins of the archetypal tat popularized in the movie Night of the Hunter (promo poster below). (Thanks, Susannah!)
Previously: LOVE / HATE knuckle tat gloves
Distancing itself from the more barbaric forms of hair removal, Priciderm, with help from its Quebec ad agency Carte Blance, has launched an S & M themed campaign to promote its seemingly less painful laser hair removal process.Two of the ads use the queasiness of S&M to illustrate hair removal doesn't have to be a painful ordeal. A third execution, gets right to the pint with blood in the sink.Link (Thanks, Reverse Cowgirl!)
The Pentagon plans to detonate 700 tons of conventional high explosives in Nevada in a June 2 test designed to gauge the effectiveness of weapons against deeply buried targets, officials said on March 30.Link to Reuters item via DefenseNews.com. (Thanks, John Parres!)
"I don’t want to sound glib here, but it’s the first time in Nevada that you’ll see a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas since we stopped testing nuclear weapons," James Tegnelia, director of the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, told a small group of reporters.
The test, dubbed "Divine Strake," is sponsored by Tegnelia’s agency and is set to be conducted at the Energy Department’s Nevada Test Site in Nye County, about 65 miles (105 km) northwest of Las Vegas.
As "colorized" is to black and white movies, "dimensionalized" will soon be for conventional footage which is later converted to stereo. Don't know about that "visual cue" part, though -- snip from press release:
IMAX Corporation will use its proprietary 2D to 3D conversion technology to convert approximately 20 minutes of the film into An IMAX 3D Experience (...) The film will be simultaneously released to IMAX® and conventional theatres on June 30, 2006.Link to press release. (Thanks Warren Betts, and thanks for the correction Mike Stubbs)
During select sequences of the film, a visual cue designed by Singer will indicate when audiences should put on and remove their IMAX 3D glasses.
Reader comment: Stella says,
I was walking around CompUSA today and noticed a Nascar branded laptop: Link. First they take a step into the meat industry and now into computer technology... What's next?Duhhh, laptops made out of beef that go 200 miles an hour, that's what!
Reader comment: Stacy says,
How about some hearty NASCAR russet potatoes to go with your NASCAR meat? Link.
Reader comment: "j" says,
Here's a NASCAR chainsaw. Just two weeks ago i toured the factory where some of the components of this puppy are made. The other people on the tour all agreed with me that it seemed a bit, um, odd. Or like someone was really stretching a brand name. Frighteningly enough, we were informed that the product sold as fast as they could make them. It's an odd kind of synergy, in a way, i mean, i can really picture NASCAR fans buying and using the hell out of a chainsaw. Call me a generalist, but it's true.
Reader comment: Paul says,
How about a NASCAR "slow cooker" for all of the NASCAR labeled meat and potatoes you find? Link.
Reader comment: Brandon says,
Don't foget the NASCAR romance novels! Link.
A single chapter of Warren Ellis' graphic novel Transmetropilitan #8: Another Cold Morning has been scanned and posted online by a fan. On his blog, Mr. Ellis responds:
Since it’s one chapter out of sixty, and no-one’s trying to earn money off it, and I amLink to the scanned excerpt, and you can buy the real deal here. (Thanks, shahryarrakeen)
lazybenign, I choose not to release the throatfucking hounds of hell upon the criminal Internets pirate responsible.
Only three things are certain in life. MySpace, Taxes, and Death.Link (Thanks, Matt!)
If you have a MySpace account and you die, this is where you will end up.
MyDeathSpace.com memorializes deceased MySpace users and picks up where a regular obituary leaves off.
Click the MySpace Deaths link at the top to view the latest MySpace Deaths!
This may be the first time in history that Sir Richard Branson has gazed unfavorably on a pair of supersized tits. According to that stalwart of truth and accuracy in reporting, the Sun, women who've had breast augmentation surgery may be banned from Virgin Galactic flights over fears their implants may explode in microgravity.
Cabin pressures on parabolic flights and in space flights are lower than on regular airplane flights. Snip:
More than 157 people have paid $200,000 each to zoom 400,000 feet above Earth on the Virgin Galactic space "shuttle." Spokesman Will Whitehorn said yesterday that the trip would be safe for 80 percent of people.
(Ed note: Wait, does that mean Whitehorn believes 20% of Virgin Galactic clientele have fake tits?)
He told London's Sun newspaper: "We've discovered there may well be issues with breast augmentation. We're not sure whether they could stand the trip -- they could well explode."
Image: at left, an artist's rendition of a Virgin Galactic craft (courtesy Virgin Galactic). At right, a snip from a COOP drawing. Her rack, however, is real.
Reader Comment: This report is bogus, serves me right for linking to the Sun. Dustin Miller says,
The almighty Mythbusters done busted that myth. And they subjected the poor silicone baggies to a near complete vacuum! Link
Reader Comment: Steve says, "Related to your richard branson reference:"
Richard Branson's Aussie sex romp video -- A new viral ad for Virgin's finance arm features boss Richard Branson splashing about in a spa tub sex romp. But will it make you sign up for a Virgin home loan?
The patients in the study at six U.S. hospitals included 604 who were actually prayed for after being told they might or might not be; another 597 patients who were not prayed for after being told they might or might not be; and a group of 601 who were prayed for and told they would be the subject of such prayer.Link to Reuters article, Link to the paper in the American Heart Journal (Thanks, Jason Tester!)
The praying was done by members of three Christian groups in monasteries and elsewhere -- two Catholic and one Protestant -- who were given written prayers and the first name and initial of the last name of the prayer subjects. The prayers started on the eve of or day of surgery and lasted for two weeks.
Among the first group -- who were prayed for but only told they might be -- 52 percent had post-surgical complications compared to 51 percent in the second group, the ones who were not prayed for though told they might be. In the third group, who knew they were being prayed for, 59 percent had complications.
After 30 days, however, the death rates and incidence of major complications was about the same across all three groups, said the study...
UPDATE: My brother Mark best summarized what several readers have pointed out: "Maybe they were praying to the wrong god!"
Radiohead fan and media designer Matt Smithson cooked up a fantastic little video for the song "Fitter Happier," off the album OK Computer. The tune features a sort of computer-drone voice, and Matt's video unfolds along a series of pages in an imaginary, vintage tech-product manual. It's perfect. Link to video on manvsmagnet.com. (via ateaseweb)Reader comment: -C- says,
Seeing the post on the Radiohead video reminded me of one that a teacher I had in college did in 2000. A very different interpretation. It was and is still a beautiful piece. Link, go to the bottom of the page and choose either quicktime or wmv.
Court TV is currently casting for on-air talent for Takedown 2 (see below). We’re looking for con artists, magicians and experts in the area of street hustling, sleight of hand and other street cons. Must have some connection or expertise to one of these areas. Please no actors.Link (Thanks, TV Guy)
Takedown 2 SM: In this exciting new series, the con is on! A team of talented former con men and women led demonstrate some of the cleverest cons of all time, offering tips on how to avoid getting conned.
We just hit our 50th episode with Larry Lessig. We caught up with him at the first Creative Commons Salon in SF a few weeks ago. Other recent interviews include Jimmy Wales, Caterina Fake, Bram Cohen, Anil Dash and several pieces from SXSW. One of my recent favorites is the Adaptive Path 5th anniversay episode where we pose the question "What is Adaptive Path?". Many internet rockstars provide a range of answers that probably won't show up in any official Powerpoint presentation.Congrats, Eddie and Irina! Link
I think he should have started a video blog, instead. I'd subscribe to his RSS feed. I think he'd have no trouble attracting many times more visitors in that medium.
Eisner interviewed former Imagineering head and Applied Minds cofounder Bran Ferren during Tuesday's debut -- that's really interesting stuff, IMO. I might not stop my life to sit in front of a tv set at 6/9PM on a Tuesday night to watch the show every week, but I wouldn't miss a download. Link to Reuters article.
Also, CNBC effectively has no web presence. CNBC.com redirects to moneycentral.msn.com, which doesn't include any teaser content for network shows. I can't find any online promotion for Eisner's show (or others) anywhere, period. <shrugs>.. Okay, here's the recently-launched CNBC site -- it's pretty thin, though. With such vast resources of financial data through MSN at their disposal, I don't understand why this isn't a lot more content-rich. Image: screengrab from video at MSNBC.com.
I've been a reader for a few months now and I like how you follow-up disturbing stories with pictures of unicorns. I have a unicorn painting here in my office that I thought you might enjoy, two unicorns running through outer space.
Link to full-size snapshot of "Unicorns in Space Black Velvet Painting" on Yetter's office wall.
Marge: Well, I studied art, and this guy's got a real gift.
Warden: You kiddin'? Look -- [shows another painting] he painted a unicorn in outer space. I'm asking you: What's it breathin'?
Warden: Ain't no air in space.
Homer: There's an air-in-space museum.
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Ear wax is there for a reason. It has antibacterial properties as well as preventing dirt and bugs from going further into your hearing system. Excess earwax is pushed naturally to the opening of the ear canal, where it is washed away, pushed out as the cerumen glands secrete more wax and also by epithelial migration as your skin goes through its replacement cycle.
From the Mayo Clinic: "Never attempt to dig out excessive or hardened earwax with items such as a paper clip, a cotton swab or a hairpin. You may push the wax farther into your ear and cause serious damage to the lining of your ear canal and even to your eardrum." Wanna go deaf? Stick a bobby pin in your ear. See herefor what it looks like when you've been packing that stuff in for a while.
Even if you don't do that, simply scratching or abrading the skin in the ear canal provides a protected growth site for fungus -- the dreaded swimmer's ear. I had this once when psoriasis broke up the skin in my ear. You don't want it. Also, removal of impacted ear wax, from pushing it further down in the ear, is inevitably very painful.
Now there are a VERY FEW people who have excessive wax secretions and need to have it cleaned out every now and again. The solution to that is a few drops of mineral oil to soften up the wax and, a day or two later, a bit of warm water or hydrogen peroxide squirted up the ear canal.
And for god's sake, don't stick a candle in your ding dang ear. Ear wax cannot be sucked out by a candle. There are easier ways to set your head on fire.
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I use the word "instantiate" because the older word "manufacture" has the wrong etymology. Manufacturing literally means making something manually, with hands. Somehow the old term drifted into new use for a machine process that likely should have been radically renamed, like "mechafacturing." We lost that opportunity for clarity. In Shaping Things I'm trying to convince people that it's possible to approach physical possessions in an entirely different way than we do today. Tomorrow, they're no longer jealously guarded physical rarities that are hard to replace, they are hard copies whose histories and support processes are in continual flux.Link (Thanks, Kyle!)
This is the first time complete and total access to original tracks with remix and sampling possibilities have been officially offered on line. In keeping with the spirit of the original album, Brian and David are offering for download all the multitracks on two of the songs. Through signing up to the user license, and in line with Creative Commons licenses, you are free to edit, remix, sample and mutilate these tracks however you like. Add them to your own song or create a new one. Visitors are welcome to post their mixes or songs that incorporate these audio files on the site for others to hear and rate.This is one of my favorite records of all time. This is so freakin' cool. Link (Thanks, jason b)
Reader comment: Andrew Tonkin says,
Yes, that's very good news about the Byrne & Eno reissue & multitracks. One disappointing note - the haunting, original vinyl track "Qu'ran" is still nowhere to be seen. IIRC it was offensive to Muslims, was yanked from the vinyl and never made it to the original CD. Perhaps some vinyl-enabled BB'er might digitize and post this rarity, to the delight of the album's fans?
Reader comment: SoftwareDave says,
Qu'ran is on my copy of the CD (and of course the original vinyl...) - I'm listening to it right now. Maybe it's coz I'm in the UK.
Reader comment: E.W. Brenner says,
here is a link of interest to people who are fond of the song "Qu'uran."
Class. Pure class. That’s what the entire catalog oozes, and the cover does a brilliant job setting the mood. Because nothing says “alluring, tasteful lingerie” like something that resembles a grocery store circular from Red Owl, a series of arrows that point in the direction of detumescence, and a woman who looks like her head’s covered by a cross-dressing squid.
Link (Thanks, Coop!)
American journalist Jill Carroll, who was abducted in Iraq nearly 100 days ago, is free. Link.
David Cook, Washington bureau chief of The Christian Science Monitor: "She was released this morning, she's talked to her father and she's fine." Link.
Best wishes to Ms. Carroll, and to her friends and family, who must be ecstatic today.
Jeff Tynes, Jill's pal and former colleague, tells BoingBoing
Jill is safe and inside the protected Green Zone in Baghdad. She's spoken to her family, saying she was well and the she was treated well. She said she was not sure why she had been abducted. We are all just overwhelmed with joy. Was it Katie's appeal that led to this release? We aren't sure, but the timing seems to suggest that's the case. Whatever the reason, our Jill is released! We just can't wait to see her home again!
Link to post on Natasha Tynes' blog. The direct link to all Natasha's posts on Jill is here. (Thanks, Jeff Tynes, Glyn Wintle, and the
dozens hundreds of BoingBoing readers who wrote in with this great news)
"This is like Y2K except this one is really happening," said university IT spokesman Steve Tally.Link
Currently, most Indiana computer users set their PCs to a special "Indiana East" setting -- Eastern time that doesn't spring forward every April. Starting this April, however, they'll change their PCs to Eastern Daylight Time. The few who observe Central time set their computers to Central, and will also make the switch. Tally predicts the changeover will create havoc with the widely used Microsoft Outlook calendar application. When the time changes, he said, appointments will still be listed according to the old Indiana East time. The calendars of Central time Outlook users, in turn, will continue to list appointments according to Central time.
Update: Mark sez, "I happen to be an IT manager for a philharmonic orchestra in Indiana and the changeover is going to cause massive problems for anyone who uses outlook as a calendar. By the time this is all said and done, it's going to end up costing businesses in this state a lot of time and money. Perhaps the greatest irony is the fact that our governor pushed the change under the premise that it was going to increase revenue in the state. I've been actively encouraging fellow IT professionals in my area to contact the governor and give him an idea just how much the change is costing their company in money and man hours."