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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Zombie Yoga

The invite said "Bring a Yoga Mat - Dress Like a Zombie." When filmmaker and Boing Boing pal Jason Wishnow set out to create a trailer for Scott Kenemore's new book "The Zen of Zombie : Better Living Through the Undead" (yes, people make video trailers for books!) a vision came to his brrraiiiiinns. Why not gather 100 people in a Brooklyn park, dress them as zombies, and film them all doing yoga? There's no inner peace like undead inner peace.

So today on Boing Boing tv, in honor of Halloween, we've produced a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Jason's Zombie Yoga trailer. Watch out for flying guts when they do "downward decapitated dog" or "corpse pose." (Music by T.bias.)

via Boing Boing

Happy Halloween

Tis my favorite holiday of the year! Have a great Halloween!
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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Halo 3 Insane Jumps Video

I know many of you may not be huge Halo fans but I am so....

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

ZombieCon 2007

Now this is really cool! On last Saturday, October 10th around noonish, about 200 people dressed up as Zombies and gathered in Manhattan for ZombieCon 2007. The Zombies invaded bars and shopping centers on their trek around the city. Here is a video I found on YouTube of ZombieCon 2007

Now I have a question: If I set something like this up in Denver who would do it?

Geek Trivia: Flying by the (ejection) seat of your pants

How can eight feet of data cable potentially save the U.S. government about $2 billion? Well, when that data cable actually allows NASA to remotely pilot a damaged space shuttle down from orbit -- rather than just letting it burn up on reentry -- you wonder how the space agency went 25 years without including this particular piece of equipment on all space shuttle flights.

From the first Space Transportation System mission (STS-1) launch on April 12, 1981 to STS-114's launch on July 26, 2005, this contingency system wasn't in place. The cable connects the manual flight controls to a mid-deck system that lets ground controllers pilot the shuttle remotely. This jerry-rig is necessary because the space shuttle's design has never allowed for unmanned recovery from orbit.

To be fair, space shuttle Discovery's STS-114 flight was the first shuttle mission following the Feb. 1, 2003 loss of the shuttle Columbia. In addition, it was the only one since the Columbia disaster not to include the remote control cable.

It was the loss of Columbia that compelled NASA to rethink its orbital emergency procedures. While the space agency has always had a number of so-called abort modes for dealing with problems during shuttle launch and landing, problems during the actual orbital portion of the mission -- such as damage to the shuttle that would preclude safe reentry -- have become a greater focus since heat shield failure claimed the lives of Columbia's final crew.

That's where the STS-300 series comes in. The Space Transportation System mission 300 series is the group of missions that happen if and when a space shuttle becomes disabled in orbit and can't risk manned reentry.

In those cases, the crew goes from the damaged orbiter to the International Space Station, and an emergency launch of another shuttle occurs in about 40 days. (The ISS has enough oxygen and supplies to handle its crew plus shuttle refugees for about 80 days.)

Every mission following the Columbia loss has had an STS-300 parallel mission planned and prepared in tandem, though all of them have the same basic "wait it out on the ISS" profile. One of the space shuttle program's final missions, however, is not STS-300-compatible, calling for the creation of the unique STS-400 mission, which harkens back to the seat-of-your-pants rescue plans in place before the ISS was in orbit.


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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Designer Eyepatches for the Pirate in us all!

Just in time for Halloween! Check out these eyepatches for your everyday glamorous needs!

via Designer Eyepatches

This Sushi is too fresh for me!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Sequel Rumors

Edgar Wright says that if they make a Hot Fuzz sequel the title will probably be Hot Fuzz 2: Pigs in the City.

Bruce Campbell announced that Image Entertainment is releasing My Name is Bruce in select theaters and on home video in 2008. The movie follows B Movie Legend Bruce Campbell as himself, as he is mistaken for his character Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy and forced to fight a real monster in a small town in Oregon. But the big news is that a sequel is already in the works called My Name Is Still Bruce. I’m down.

via slashfilm

Sweeney Todd Second Trailer - A little bit more bloody

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Anatomy of Levi's

Being medical and anatomy fan that I am I found these Levi's advertisements pretty siiick!

Via Street Anatomy

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Boba Fett Hoody

A pretty sweet hoody from Marc Ecko for all you Star Wars and non Star Wars fanatics!

Via The Goat

Monday, October 15, 2007

Camo Toilet Seat

Hide your ass in this foxhole and drop bombs at your leisure!

via Camo Shop

Friday, October 12, 2007

Super Tiny Toilet

Winner of the Most Bizarre award at the International Conference on Electron, Ion and Photo Beam technology. Finally a cleaner solution for houseflies and bacteria everywhere.

Via The Raw Feed

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Toilet House

A toilet shaped house makes pooping more fun and cozy than ever before!

Via Neatorama

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Geek Trivia: Shedding some (laser) light

This week, we start by dispelling a Geek Trivia myth: Albert Einstein did not win a Nobel Prize for his theory of relativity.

Yes, everyone's favorite patent clerk did win a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, but the award specifically cites his paper on the photoelectric effect -- one of four papers that Einstein published during his "Year of Wonders" in 1905. The other three papers are on Brownian motion, special relativity, molecular dimensions, and energy-mass equivalence.

(Bonus trivia: Einstein's 1905 paper on special relativity, which specifies the unique breakdown of Newtonian mechanics at velocities near the speed of light, does not contain the famous E=mc2 equation; this appears in the energy-mass equivalence paper. While there's a close connection between relativity and E=mc2, the terms aren't interchangeable.)

Although we Geeks are fans of both special and general relativity, let's not be so quick to dismiss the photoelectric effect, people. Besides introducing physicists to the concept of the photon -- which Einstein refers to as energy quanta -- his paper on the photoelectric effect laid the groundwork for the eventual development of the laser. Every time you rip some BitTorrent feeds to your DVD+RW burner or use the barcode scanner at the self-checkout line, you can thank Uncle Albert.

The term laser didn't exist when scientists produced the first coherent beam of electromagnetic radiation in accordance with the quantum principles Einstein describes in the photoelectric effect. The precursor to the laser is the maser, which used microwaves instead of visible frequencies of light.

Charles H. Townes built the first working maser at Columbia University in 1953. When he began working on a maser using visible light in 1957, he referred to the proposed device as an optical maser.

In the same year, another Columbia University grad student began theoretical work on a visible-spectrum maser, which he called a LASER (note the capitalization). This student's later published works brought the term laser into the public consciousness.


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Monday, October 8, 2007

Donut Baconator

The best part of waking up is Folger's in your cup! the Donut Baconator with some ketchup!

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Via College Humor

Sunday, October 7, 2007

All Natural Circumnavigation completed!

Jason Lewis just completed a 13 year muscle powered circumnavigation across the world. Using will power and strength, Lewis crossed the globe by foot, bike, rollerblade, paddling, pedal boat and more to complete this amazing expedition. What a bad bad mother!! For full details of this crazy adventure visit Expedition 360.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Sweeney Todd Trailer

I have been waiting for this trailer for quite sometime now and it makes me even more excited....

Thursday, October 4, 2007

8-bit Tie is finally here

For last April Fools Day, ThinkGeek posted a new product which was an 8-bit tie that had the whole tech industry buzzing. Unfortunately this tie was just a joke but because of the response that they got they decided to actually make it. So here it is....

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Geek Trivia: World-class achievement

On Oct. 5, 1995, astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz announced the discovery of the first confirmed planet orbiting a star other than our own sun. (This is a day known in the Trivia Geek's household as "The Day Star Trek Came True.")

As a result, the terms extrasolar planet and exoplanet came into somewhat more general usage -- namely because TV news journalists started saying them. In the past dozen years, more than 200 suspected or confirmed exoplanets have found their way onto the list of known celestial objects.

Most of these planets have one thing in common. They're massive enough to exert enough gravitational pull that their parent stars wobbled (the actual technical term) in noticeable and predictable patterns, making the inference of planetary bodies around the stars a matter of straightforward if complex mathematics.

How massive is massive? Well, as a sort of astrogeek shorthand, we measure most exoplanet masses as factors of the mass of Jupiter, 1.8986 x 1027 kilograms -- or roughly 318 times the mass of Earth. For example, Mayor and Queloz's discovery was a planet orbiting the star 51 Pegasi and weighed in at more than 0.47 Jupiter masses (MJ). Of the 29 currently confirmed extrasolar planets, the average mass is roughly twice that of Jupiter. The most massive exoplanet confirmed to exist is XO-3 b, which weighs in at a whopping 12 Jupiter masses.

The largest exoplanet ever discovered, however, is not the same as the most massive, which should clue you in to some of the inherent astronomic weirdness surrounding the entire planetary discovery enterprise.

Planet TrES-4 is 1.7 times the diameter of Jupiter -- about 120,000 kilometers wide -- but weighs in at just one Jupiter mass. That averages out to an absurdly low planetary density -- around 0.2 grams per cubic centimeter -- or roughly equivalent to balsa wood. TrES-4 is such a lightweight that scientists can't figure how it stays together, especially since the planet is bleeding a comet-like tail across its orbital path as its atmosphere escapes into space.

Every new planet discovered brings its own unique mystery to the table, and such has been the case since exoplanet discovery first started -- three years before Mayor and Queloz found 51 Pegasi b. It began with a planet so weird that some almost refuse to acknowledge it as a traditional planet, which is why the Mayor/Queloz discovery is so much more famous.


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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Life Size Zombie Pets

I think everybody's house could use a Zombie or two in it and now you can do it for only $399 each.
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Check out the whole series at My Pet Zombies