Archive for December 2008

SCIENCE!   4 comments

Dr. Free-Ride points out a survey run by the National Academy of Sciences -> what science topics are important to you?

The blurb:

What topics in science, engineering, and medicine matter most to you? The National Academies are interested in developing useful and engaging print and web-based educational materials on the topics that you’d like to learn more about. They invite you to participate in a brief survey. You can find that survey here.

In the 2-minute survey you’ll be presented with a list of topics and asked to select the five that matter most to you. At the end, you can see how your answers compare with the results so far. And you can enter a drawing to receive a National Academies tote bag!

Let the National Academies know what topics you think they should focus on so they can be sure to provide you with materials that are informative and useful. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Interestingly, my five responses rated 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 in the top five responses (as reflected in the current survey results, shown at the end).  Does this mean that I’m in tune with what people want to know?  Or does this mean I’m susceptible to the blandishments of the Liberal Academic Conspiracy?

(that’s a joke, son).

Posted December 23, 2008 by padraic2112 in science

GOD OF THUNDER   Leave a comment

For Corey.

0:47 is where the magic happens.

Posted December 23, 2008 by padraic2112 in noise

Biggest Nerd: Found?   1 comment

This guy at the very least would win honorable mention in any Big Nerd list.  Check this out…

But wait... are those AT-AT legs I see in the background?

But wait... are those AT-AT legs I see in the background?

Why, yes... they *are* feet!

Why, yes... they *are* legs!

Come on, the guy even put in FOOTPRINTS

Come on, the guy even put in FOOTPRINTS

Here’s the full Flicker page, including a truly ridiculous amount of interior detail.

Posted December 22, 2008 by padraic2112 in noise, Uncategorized

I’m… Dreaming… of a…   6 comments

Megan wishes she had a better camera.  Well, I didn’t have the SLR handy, but my old 4 megapixel one did an okay job from the roof of a Caltech building… (edited: large versions available via click)

Clouds for Ann

Clouds for Ann

A More Panoramic Shot

A More Panoramic Shot

Only In Snowcal - Palm Trees and Snow Vistas

Only In Snowcal - Palm Trees and Snow Vistas

Posted December 18, 2008 by padraic2112 in noise

Geekwear   Leave a comment

Nice.

Hoop it up!

Hoop it up!

I think this is my favorite, but Im not sure...

I think this is my favorite, but I'm not sure...

Posted December 16, 2008 by padraic2112 in noise

Password Accepted   1 comment

I’ve been absent from the blogosphere for a few days for two main reasons: I’ve been digging through piles of academic journals looking for references, and the new back end web 2.0 dashboard for wordpress is about as responsive as a pregnant whale.  I’ll pick up the pace this week, I think.

Some current news: your browser is insecure.  You probably knew that already, but it’s worse than you think.  Results of a Chapin Information Services study, from Ryan Naraine on ZDNet’s blog:

That nifty password management feature in your favorite Web browser could be helping identity thieves pilfer your personal data.

Yes, Virginia, Security *is* Important in Design!

Opera scores the best, and they got a whopping 33%, failing 14 tests and passing 7.  F-MINUS.

Posted December 16, 2008 by padraic2112 in security, software, tech

Remember “Damnation Alley”?   1 comment

It’s not the Landmaster, but it’s actually more useful in a large scale disaster…

The Cisco NERV:

Posted December 11, 2008 by padraic2112 in hardware, networking, tech, Uncategorized