I’ve been cleaning out my e-mail, so here’s some gems hiding in there:
Aside from the fact that you don’t dive on oxygen, which is repeated a lot through this article, it’s pretty cool to see painting underwater. FYI, tanks are either compressed air, or Nitrox, a blend of air and nitrogen.
Maddow Blog has a follow up to a story about the lack of parades for vets coming home. Aside from St. Louis (which was entirely citizen-funded), there has not been a parade for any returning troops. But they can put together a parade in two days for Super Bowl champs. Sad.
And speaking of the troops, an artist has done a project entitled “The impact of war on a young person’s face.” Interesting stuff.
Virginia Senator Howell is amazing. When faced with a bill that now (I believe it passed) makes it mandatory for women seeking abortions to get ultrasounds, she proposed an amendment (which barely lost) requiring men to get a rectal exam and cardiac screening if they wanted to get a prescription for ED medication.
I’ve been meaning to post this before, looks pretty awesome:
Interested in SOPA/PIPA and what kicked it all off? Information is Beautiful took a look at the actual numbers, and they are a bit surprising, check it out.
I know some people are excited about this, but honestly, I don’t think they will end up being very good. Hopefully I’m proved wrong, but either way, DC is moving forward with the Watchmen prequel series.
Scientists are working towards making your internal monologue being able to be broadcast. While this will of course help medical technology a lot (think of those in comas, the deaf and those with developmental disabilities), but holy crap, that would be awful if my inner monologue was public. Then again, maybe the people who annoyed me would leave me alone finally.
Remember how Republicans love to campaign against voter fraud, the boogeyman that is not really a problem according to all studies, but it’s a good way to push through legislation that disenfranchises those who tend to vote democratic. But as it turns out, the latest verified case of voter fraud was by a Republican Secretary of State (of Indiana). Oh the irony.
Awesome cover of Adele’s Set Fire to the Rain, and I think I may like this better than the original:
An insulting law (the same type was ruled unconstitutional by the courts in Florida) was taken back, after another lawmaker decided to make it more fair. The law would require anyone applying for public assistance submit to a drug test, and the other lawmaker added a provision making lawmakers submit to the same test. Florida struck it down, since it violates the idea of unlawful search and seizure, but before that happened, through the testing, it was learned that only 2% of those applying for aid in Florida were drug users, compared to 10% of the general Florida population.
Star Wars Uncut was finally released! People from around the world were asked to submit 15 second clips, and the whole movie was pieced together:
An art installation “sees” you walking down the street, scans your face, and pulls up what may be your Facebook and Twitter feeds, photos and even talks to you in what it thinks your voice will sound like. All of this from information we freely put online.
Quick update for everyone. First up, the Last Supper…from Star Wars nerds?
I’m taking away points for not having blue milk on the table.
And speaking of Star Wars, watch this awesome VW commercial:
Morgan Spurlock is trying to reimagine Times Square with no ads. But really, it’s a lot of work. But I imagine some of the touched up images will become ads themselves with creative use of the textures.
I am, also really excited about this game:
And speaking of awesome video games, I am so incredibly excited that this is coming out in five days (I had no idea!):
Google has a new project that uses a Street View type interface, but instead, goes through art galleries. I’ll be checking it out later.
First he didn’t understand how the tides work, now he’s confused about the moon. More proof (like we needed any) that Bill O’Reilly is a fucking retard. And I use that phrase out of respect to Stephen Corbert’s wishes. One of the people in the comments hit it spot on though:
The difference between O’Reilley and a scientist is, the scientist says, “I don’t know, let’s find out.” and O’Reilley says, “I don’t know, therefore God must have done it.”