Archive for April, 2009

Police, Hugs, & Helmets

April 28th, 2009 No comments

Police in Demark giving cyclists hugs and helmets. Awww…

I’m still not going to wear one. Why not? ‘Cause I’m an adult and can decide things for myself.

On a related note: New Scientist: Bicycle helmet laws could do more harm than good.

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The New Yorker: Brain Gain

April 26th, 2009 No comments

The New Yorker: Brain Gain

On neuro-enhancing drugs, such as off-label use of Ritalin, Adderall, or Modafinil. Balanced, raises lots of ethical questions. It will be fun to hear objections to this over a cup of coffee….

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Steve, Don’t Eat It!

April 22nd, 2009 No comments

A legendary “gross food” blog called Steve, Don’t Eat It! The entry on him eating “Beggin’ Strips” (bacon flavoured dog treats) is a classic.

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India: Goat Fetus

April 22nd, 2009 No comments

Not for the feint of heart. From the “Rare Foods” collection at National Geographic.

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Taiwan: Bull Penis Soup

April 22nd, 2009 No comments

Not for the weak of stomach…. from the “Rare Foods” section of the National Geographic collection:

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No Eye Contact “Glasses”

April 22nd, 2009 No comments

In case you want to look at a male gorilla and not piss him off, where these:

No Eye Contact Glasses

No Eye Contact Glasses

Apparently they give these away at the Rotterdam Zoo, after a woman was attacked by their Western Gorilla.

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Human Powered Smoothie Maker

April 21st, 2009 No comments

How much power can a human generate on a stationary bike? From the looks of this video, by a True Believer, not much. The smoothie isn’t even smooth (watch the lumps at the end):

A whopping 1.8 kilowatt-hours a month. Less than 50 cents worth of electricity.  US$230 worth of equipment.

Fart, meet windstorm.

David Butcher – Pedal Powered Generator

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Malcom Gladwell: How the SUV Ran Over Automotive Safety

April 15th, 2009 No comments

Malcom Gladwell: How the SUV Ran Over Automotive Safety

Interesting counter-point to the “bigger is safer” mantra that suggests SUVs are safer than smaller cars.  The comparison between an Chevy Trailblazer and a Porsche Boxter is a bit silly, though.

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Bonnie Bassler at TED 2009: Discovering Bacteria’s Amazing Communicatio System.

April 14th, 2009 No comments

Bonnie Bassler at TED 2009: Discovering bacteria’s amazing communication system.

“Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria “talk” to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry — and our understanding of ourselves.”

Great speaker.  18mins short, as TED presentations usually are.

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Drug Decriminalization in Portugal – A Success

April 13th, 2009 No comments

In 2001, Portugal decriminalized all drugs, including cocaine & heroin.  Of course, many said this would be a terrible failure, but 8 years later it’s considered a success.

Summary, PDF, and MP3 file

Although there are many problems with deciminalization, this is a clear example that moving away from criminalization doesn’t automatically lead to increased problems.

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