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Cheeseburger-flavored *smoothie* anyone?

Posted in funny, interesting by R Bucao on July 27, 2010

A great way to beat the heat *and* sate your appetite at the same time!

[The New Jamba Juice Cheeseburger Chill Smoothie]

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Close Call: Pilot ejects an instant just before jet crash

Posted in interesting, photo by R Bucao on July 24, 2010

10 Confusing Movies You Gotta See

Posted in interesting, lists by R Bucao on July 20, 2010

I know Inception is the most ‘in thing’ in recent weeks but there are actually a whole bunch of movies out there that are just as mind-blowing.

[Top 10 Most Confusing Films]

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Star Wars Trivia: An Infographic

Posted in design, interesting by R Bucao on July 20, 2010

Yes, the series was spoiled by one named Jar Jar Binks, but heck, Star Wars will always be one of the greatest films of all time. Here are some trivia that wouldn’t be out of place with your prized collection.

[15 Things You Didn’t Know About Star Wars]

Why Aliens Aren’t Among Us

Posted in interesting by R Bucao on February 10, 2010

Night Sky from NASA

Geoffrey Miller’s analysis on why we haven’t met any aliens seems far-out, but it makes sense once you take normal human behavior into consideration. It does have a problem though, because it assumes that aliens think the same as ourselves, a claim that maybe too difficult to verify.

Here’s an excerpt:

I suggest a different, even darker solution to the [Fermi] Paradox. Basically, I think the aliens don’t blow themselves up; they just get addicted to computer games. They forget to send radio signals or colonize space because they’re too busy with runaway consumerism and virtual-reality narcissism. They don’t need Sentinels to enslave them in a Matrix; they do it to themselves, just as we are doing today. Once they turn inwards to chase their shiny pennies of pleasure, they lose the cosmic plot. They become like a self-stimulating rat, pressing a bar to deliver electricity to its brain’s ventral tegmental area, which stimulates its nucleus accumbens to release dopamine, which feels…ever so good.

My take: the jury’s still out on this one.

[Why We Haven’t Met Any Aliens via Seed Magazine]

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Mind-reading Technology in the Works

Posted in interesting by R Bucao on February 10, 2010

Well, it’s not really mind-reading per se, but with the correct equipment and sophisticated software, we now have the technology to ‘read’ what a person is thinking straight from a brain scan.

The whole thing works by first establishing a baseline from a person’s brain. While on an fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging), the subject is made to look at lots of pictures. While this is happening, brain activity is recorded to find out what specific areas of the brain fires up whenever a particular picture is presented. These results now allow a certain amount of predictive power: whenever a brain area becomes stimulated, it means that the person is ‘seeing’ that image in his mind’s eye.

Of course, this isn’t enough to know what a person is really thinking – images don’t always have the same meaning for everyone. But it certainly is in the right direction. (Whether it’s in the right direction ethically is another thing altogether)

[The Quest to Read the Human Mind via Popular Science]

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Lost Generation

Posted in interesting by R Bucao on February 9, 2010

A brilliant idea encapsulated in a simple video. Must watch!

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Floppy Disk Art

Posted in interesting by R Bucao on February 9, 2010
Nick Gentry's "Lander"

Mixed media floppy disk art: Lander by Nick Gentry

Creativity certainly knows no bounds, the latest iteration being floppy disk art. Artist Nick Gentry shows us that this obsolescent form of data storage still has a whole lot more to offer.

[Nick Gentry’s Photostream]

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