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Monthly Archives: August 2006

Second to last

Science blog pharyngula has yet another disturbing post regarding attitudes about evolution. The results of a new study, indicates that Americans are lagging far behind (second only to Turkey) the rest of the world in terms of sophistication about (i.e. acceptance of) the theory of evolution. The study suggests that in addition to being uneducated […]


Fascinating interview with Sergio Messina about ‘Realcore.’ Most of here in the states refer to it as homemade or lo-fi porn, as the designation ‘amateur’ has been clearly co-opted by the ‘professionals.’ Messian (who the author refers to as the Margaret Mead of porn) like to study realcore images he finds on usenet. This is very, very NSFW and some of […]

Top 10: Mysterious Diseases covers the top 10 mysterious diseases.

Music Video Elation

MTV’s twenty-fifth birthday came and went with little fanfare. VH1 Classic celebrated by playing the first videos played on the day MTV debuted, and those videos are almost uniformly awful (Talking Heads, Once in A Lifetime is the sole exception in my book.) Everybody knows that MTV doesn’t play videos anymore and hasn’t for so […]

Salaries shouldn’t be secret

The Chief Happiness Officer has an excellent post making a case for salaries being made public knowledge. It’s one of the most insightful things I’ve read on the topic. The post suggests there are three reason why secret salaries are a bad idea: it makes compensation unfair, it frustrates any debate about the topic (as […]

Gallery of strange, wonderful musical instruments

Oddmusic, a site about experimental music, instruments, and musicians, has a wonderful gallery of musical instruments. The pictures and descriptions of the instruments are intriguing enough, but they also post sound samples of the instruments being played. At this site, I had the pleasure of hearing for the first time the hypnotic and soothing sounds […]

High Dynamic Range

By now most of you have already seen it, but on the off chance that you haven’t, check out the linked entry on High Dynamic Range photography. The effects this technique can generate are incredible.

Wikipedia’s Darkest Secrets

Vote for Wikipedia’s strangest entries. For example, the entry on strange units of measurement, including my personal favorite, the Scoville Heat Unit.

I’m not procrastinating

Workfriendly is a useful little tool that makes your browser window and browsed web pages look like Microsoft Word. It could come in handy if you are surfing, say, at work.

Why Recruiters Aren’t Calling You

The New York chapter of the Project Management Institute has a helpful article for you job-seekers out there. Why Recruiters Aren’t Calling You contains some good advice, but also the sad reality.