Monday, March 14, 2011

Perspective On The Japan Earthquake | Patrick McKenzie | Kalzumeus | 13 March 2011

Perspective On The Japan Earthquake | Patrick McKenzie | Kalzumeus
Japan's disaster preparedness 'one of the triumphs of human civilisation'. Millions survived because system worked perfectly. Even the nukes held up well. 'Every engineer in this country should be walking a little taller this week'

Stunning New Footage Of Incoming Tsunami

Stunning New Footage Of Incoming Tsunami:

As per the BBC, newly emerged footage shows the force at which the tsunami struck Japan's coast. In the fishing port of Miyako, in Iwate prefecture, boats
were overturned, while video from Kamaishi city shows cars being dragged
down city streets by the water. Footage courtesy of TV Asahi.

And even more disturbing, courtesy of EscapeKey:


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Horror: Before and After Pictures of Quake Zone

You can donate to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

Horror: Before and After Pictures of Quake Zone: From CNN, via Ace.

If you have a couple of bucks to spare, you can donate to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund

Monday, March 07, 2011

The next star wars battle has begun...

They are currently fighting in space. So begins the next round of battles with the second launch of the X-37B unmanned space plane March 5th.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Watch the last Discovery launch live - now!

Watch live streaming video from spaceflightnow at

Watch the live stream of the Discovery launch scheduled for 4:50pm EST today.

Video: Sanicole Airshow 2010 Evening Display in 60 Seconds

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Video: A Day Made of Glass... Made possible by Corning.

h/t TheoSpark

Is a U.S. Nuclear Revival Finally Underway?

Is a U.S. Nuclear Revival Finally Underway?:

The first new nuclear reactor ordered in the U.S. in roughly three decades is beginning to take shape in the red clay near Augusta, Ga. Southern Co. and its partners have dug 27.5 meters down into that soil to reach bedrock and are now filling up the hole to provide a stable foundation for what is likely to be the first of a new generation of reactors in the U.S.: two new AP-1000 models at the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant that stand next to two older pressurized water reactors, which came online in the 1980s. [More]

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

T-Shirt Worthy

Pure awesomeness...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Blogging at Doubletapper

In what I would call a promotion in my blogging career (yet the pay is still the same), I started co-blogging at Doubletapper. I'll repost excerpts here, but for the full thing, check out Doubletapper's awesome blog.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Inspirational Beer Fridge

This video was an inspiration to me, and even brought a tear to my eye. It was so beautiful.

(via Gizmodo: thank you, thank you, thank you.)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

X-Men - stop whining!

The immutable Frank J at IMAO rants (with a point) against the X-Men and their whining:
One thing, is the constant whining about how discriminated against they are, and you know how much everyone loves it when heroes whine! “People are so mean to us mutants! People say they don’t want their kids in the same school as mutants just because we’ve blown up classroom’s six or seven times!” So while we’re expelling kids for just drawing a picture of a gun, we’re supposed to feel bad that most people don’t want mutants around them who can touch things and cause them to explode.
And know who blows stuff up all the time and whines constantly about being discriminated against? Radical Muslims.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The sky's the limit.

When you were a kid, your parents said you could do anything. Listen to your kid-parents. You actually can do anything.

Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, team member of Expedition 24, on board the International Space Station. Floating in the cupola, she is wistfully gazing out on the Earth just a day before leaving space to come home once again. (via: Bad Astronomy)

Friday, December 17, 2010

I have seen the future, and it is now.

Augmented reality iPhone applications have historically been nifty ways of viewing information, but has been nothing more than just cool. That is, until now. Word Lens is a new app which actually, well, augments reality. It translates stuff you see through your camera, but live. Watch this video. In it you will see the future, which you can buy today on iTunes.

(via Gizmodo)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Digital Irony - Wikileaks Edition

In an astonishing display of Digital Irony (or should I say Chutzpah?) the man responsible for the publishing of hundreds of thousands of major diplomatic secrets, which have almost definitely cost lives, and whose secrets may yet start wars, has asked in court to keep his home address secret...

Maybe it's Digital Karma?

From The Daily Mail via JammieWearingFool:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tried to hide his bail address from the public in an astonishing move for the man responsible for leaking thousands of diplomatic secrets.

Assange's lawyers argued that the location - a 10-bedroom stately home - should not be disclosed on grounds of privacy during yesterday's hearing at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court.

But the move was dismissed by District Judge Howard Riddle, who ruled not to reveal the address would conflict with Assange's commitment to open justice.

The judge insisted the address - Captain Vaughan Smith's Ellingham Hall on the Norfolk/Suffolk border - was read out in open court as usual.

What Missile Crisis?

President Kennedy and Secretary of Defense McNamara. (Wikipedia)

Elder of Ziyon remembers the news tidbit from two weeks ago regarding Iran installing medium range missiles in Venezuela, and asks a poignant question:
Why isn't this story on the front page of every major US newspaper?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A man cured of HIV

The poor dude had both cancer and HIV. After the aggressive treatment for the leukemia, a funny thing happened:

The treatment Brown underwent was aggressive: chemotherapy that destroyed the majority of his immune cells. Total body irradiation. Finally, a risky stem-cell transplant that nearly a third of patients don't survive—but that appears to have completely cured Brown of HIV.

Doctors were savvy when they chose a stem cell donor for Brown. The man whose bone marrow they used has a particular genetic mutation, present in an incredibly small percentage of people, that makes him almost invulnerable to HIV. With Brown's own defenses decimated by treatments, the healthy, HIV-resistant donor cells repopulated his immune system. The initial indications that the virus had abated were promising. But only just now, having taken no antiretroviral drugs since the transplant, and following extensive testing shows no signs whatsoever of HIV, have his doctors given the official word:

He's cured.

Where is the siege?

Gaza under siege
(pic from here, by way of Israellycool)

The following was quoted inside of a great article about Gaza by Barry Rubin.
"There are a slew of products here, and beautiful restaurants. Is this the Gaza we have been hearing about?" asked a Sudanese official arriving there, as quoted by the Palestinian news agency Maan. "Where is the siege? I don't see it in Gaza. I wish Sudan's residents could live under the conditions of the Gazan siege."
(hat tip: Power Line)