Thar she blows me hearties. Below, find a whole mess of links about a variety of subjects. Enjoy!
But first... Went into work for 6:15 am today to finish up a time sensitive project by 9 am. Gah. The whole day went pretty quickly. It's becoming quite busy at the office, with lots of work being generated by the fluctuating grain and fuel prices... Tired now.
While on a walk after lunch today my coworker and I spotted our neighborhood's resident turkey stalking around in the middle of the road at an intersection. It strutted up to the stoplight, cutting in between a stopped motorcycle and SUV, and proceeded to chase the motorcycle when it turned left when the light turned green. It didn't stop there. The evil little creature (yeah, he's great and we all love him) took his time exploring the intersection and kept traffic at a really slow speed while everyone in the area traversing through made room for the turkey. Yeah. It was quite a site.
I didn't find anything about turkeys chasing motorcycles, but here's one out in Ohio that looks just like
our turkey, dangling chest feather and all, chasing a cop... Repeatedly.
And now - on with the posty post!
For the photographically inclined: Bokeh Photograph how-to wiki
. Boke (often spelled bokeh) is a term used to describe images that have a sharply focused subject surrounded by a blurry background.
Speculation on possible voter fraud attempts
is revealed in a 43-page study (PDF)
that reveals the frausters methods:( Read more... )
One solution recommended by the authors: Voters can use the website and call-in line of Election Protection
, a national nonpartisan voter-protection coalition, to get accurate information. And don't forward e-mails about voting procedures, even if they look authentic.
Elsewhere: About 53% of working Americans have had a work-related phone call or email while in the bathroom
. The survey
(commissioned by Nokia) discussed in the article also talks about how the lines dividing work and personal life are also blurring; about 62% of workers have had their personal lives interrupted by work ten or few times each week and vice-versa.
It doesn't stop there, however, another study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project is raising questions about the value of "connectedness" that comes with increased use of the internet and cell phones by families. Sounds just like the stuff done by radio and for television when those two technological devices were marketed to the public. New habits for old, new habits for old!
And what if people are biologically unsuited for (achieving) the American Dream?
Peter Whybrow, head of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior at UCLA paints a disturbing picture of 21st century American life, where behavioral tendencies produced by millions of years of scarcity-driven evolution don’t fit the social and economic world we've constructed. Foremost among Whybrow's targets is the modern culture of spending on credit.
The answers aren't easy, Whybrow goes on to caution — but they do exist. People can think creatively about jumping from the treadmills of bad jobs and unmeetable needs; and even if this isn't always possible, they can teach their children to live modestly and within their means. Urban engineers can design cities that allow people to live and work and shop in the same place. Governments can, at the insistence of their citizens, provide the social safety nets on which social mobility, stagnant for the last 50 years, is based. And we can — however much it hurts — look to Europe for advice. Oh. crabbyolbastard
? He mentions ponzi schemes in relation to the economy. Heh.
"You can think about markets in the same way as individuals who mortgaged their future — except markets did it with other people's money," he said. "You end up with a Ponzi scheme predicated on the idea that we can get something now, rather than having to wait. And it all comes back to the same instinctual drive."
That's right, stagnant for the last 50 years
Neither Whybrow nor you, my reader, should be surprised about there being more to be outraged over with AIG
. It's a take the money and run type of attitude it seems. AIG seems to think it doesn't need to act responsibly nor soberly in the current economic climate.
Further elsewhere: Thousands volunteer to Expose DNA Secrets to the World
. 'No need to ask, I'll tell' mentality gets even more personal.Interruption of regularly scheduled grumblings:
Awwww. Baby giraffe Bonsu! More baby animals here!
On a lighter note: For a little YA reading for the cryptologist ENIGMA - A Magical Mystery by Graeme Base
was just released. Of course, anyone who has read Graeme Base knows that the best parts are below the surface. Each page has its retinue of hidden images, some of which are clues, some visual puns, and some of which are just plain fun. Best of all, Enigma declares that he wrote down all the locations of the missing items, but in a code he no longer remembers. The secret to the code is in the back of the book: a machine with three dials and... well, you see where this is going. Cracking the code adds a whole new layer to the book.
Check out this truly bizarre set of counterintelligence posters some viewable here on Wired's Danger Room
. All of the ones available on the ONCIX website are located here
Okay zombie lovers Dead Space is launching their webisode finale!
As space-zombie videogame Dead Space racks up kudos internet-wide with this week's release of the PC version, parent company Electronic Arts has unveiled the final webisode of No Known Survivors.
For six weeks, No Known Survivors
has been streaming back-stories building out from the game's main scenario. The series is one branch of a multiplatform synergy attack from EA, which also includes a comic book spinoff
(pictured) and a deal with Starz to produce an animated Dead Space movie.
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In politics; as goes Colin Powell, so goes Google
. Rather, Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt.