Archive for February, 2007

8 YouTube Videos Featuring Non-Newtonian Fluid Experiments

February 28th, 2007

Non-Newtonian fluids are substances that can act like both liquids and solids, depending on the pressure exerted upon them. Here are some video clips showing experiments people have undertaken to show the various properties of Non-Newtonian fluids. A pool filled with non-newtonian fluid: This clip from a Spanish TV show features very excited people walking […]

9 Films Featuring Penguins

February 27th, 2007

With the win of Happy Feet for Best Animated Feature Film at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, that makes two consecutive years in which a movie featuring penguins has won an Oscar (last year March of the Penguins won Best Feature Documentary). It may seem like the success of March of the Penguins has spawned the […]

My 12 Favorite Signs in Hong Kong

February 26th, 2007

On a vacation in Hong Kong in January, I kept noticing terrific signs that you’d never see in the U.S. I took pictures of a bunch of them, and here are some of my favorites. I’ve seen “Caution: Wet Floor” signs, but never one warning me about a garden hose. Speaking of watering… I thought […]

Seven TV Shows That Died an Untimely Death

February 23rd, 2007

Tomorrow, February 24, is the 18th anniversary of the death of Laura Palmer. (And to think that she was only 17 at the time…gosh, it makes me feel old.) Laura Palmer was, of course, the fictional character around whom the plot of the TV series Twin Peaks revolved. A few minutes into the pilot, her […]

Six and Three-Quarters Ways to Run Windows on a Mac

February 22nd, 2007

“Hello, I’m a Mac…and I’m a PC too.” Yes, you really can have the best of both worlds. Now that Macs run on Intel processors, it’s easier than ever for Windows and Mac OS X to coexist on the same computer. So whatever your biases against the “other” system, just get over it and run […]

32 Edible Insect Foods You Can Buy Online

February 21st, 2007

Entomophagy (literally, “insect-eating”) has been practiced throughout human history and continues to this day. Modern enthusiasts cite the economic and environmental benefits of using insects as a major source of protein in their diet; some even admit to liking the taste. Although I can’t personally vouch for the tastiness of any of the following items, […]

Six (or More) Names for the Day Before Lent Begins

February 20th, 2007

In Western Christian traditions, the period of Lent begins 40 days before Easter, starting with Ash Wednesday. The day before Ash Wednesday is known by a variety of names, and is frequently marked by celebrations, such as the famous Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, and the Carnevale of Venice. […]

2008 United States Presidential Candidates

February 19th, 2007

In honor of Presidents’ Day, here is the current list of Democratic, Green, Libertarian, and Republican candidates for the 2008 US presidential election. For the list of Independent candidates, consult Wikipedia. Note: This list includes only the official candidates, and not potential candidates who may join the race at a later date. Democrats: Joe Biden […]

Six movies in which Eddie Murphy plays more than one character

February 16th, 2007

When I first saw the ads for Norbit, Eddie Murphy’s new movie in which he portrays three different characters, I had a strong case of déjà vu. I thought, hasn’t he just been in a movie where he has more than one role? When I looked into it, I realized that he hasn’t done so […]

15 Absurdly Expensive Things You Can Buy on Amazon.com

February 15th, 2007

I’ve bought all kinds of stuff from Amazon.com: books, DVDs, electronics, kitchen gadgets, and so on. It’s great for those quick, easy purchases, but what if you’ve got money to burn? You’ll be delighted to know that you can put your American Express Centurion Card to good use with any number of extravagant purchases from […]

14 Offbeat Valentine’s Day Movies

February 14th, 2007

If you’re looking for movies to watch with that special someone this Valentine’s Day, I suggest one of these gems as an alternative to the usual “date movie” suspects. These films highlight the sorrows and comedic travails of their quirky heroes and heroines in their search for true love. A Fish Called Wanda: John Cleese […]

11 US College Match-Ups I’d Like to See

February 13th, 2007

I’m not much of a sports fan, but I am intrigued by the nicknames colleges give to their sports teams. Although many are uninspired (e.g., Bears, Beavers, and Bobcats), others provide great fodder for creative visualization, like this list of team match-ups I’d like to see. Meredith College Angels vs. University of the Sciences in […]

Nine Overused Baseball Metaphors on The Apprentice

February 12th, 2007

I followed The Apprentice avidly during its first couple of seasons, but the show has gotten progressively more annoying. Among the things that irritate me most is the fact that the contestants all speak some weird dialect of Business English that seems to consist mainly of clichéd baseball metaphors. Some of the phrases I hear […]

13 Disasters That Didn’t Kill Us on Our Vacation to Indonesia

February 6th, 2007

Morgen and I recently returned from a month-long trip to Indonesia and Hong Kong. It’ll take us a while to sort through all our photos and write about our experiences. But we’ll say this much: we’re alive and well. This despite the fact that before, during, and after our trip, Indonesia has made international headlines […]