LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It's a girl — again — for the Duggars. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar welcomed their 17th child, and seventh daughter, into the world Thursday.
Fiction: If you fall into quicksand, you’ll be sucked under and die.  
Fact: You’ll only sink up to your waist.  
 
Fiction: Sitting too close to the TV will ruin your eyes.  
Fact: It causes fatigue but no permanent damage.  
 
and so on..
ATHENS, Greece--While many countries block off some Web sites, China has long drawn heightened scrutiny because of the breadth and sophistication of its Internet censorship.  
 
Which is why it came as a surprise on Tuesday when a Chinese government official claimed at a United Nations summit here that no Net censorship existed at all.  
 
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Chinese government official: In China, we don't have software blocking Internet sites. Sometimes we have trouble accessing them. But that's a different problem. I know that some colleagues listen to the BBC in their offices from the Webcast. And I've heard people say that the BBC is not available in China or that it's blocked. I'm sure I don't know why people say this kind of thing. We do not have restrictions at all.  
 
funniest thing i've read in a while. is today the chinese equivalent of april fool's day or something?
SÃO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, Oct. 1 — It had been an uneventful, comfortable flight.  
 
With the window shade drawn, I was relaxing in my leather seat aboard a $25 million corporate jet that was flying 37,000 feet above the vast Amazon rainforest. The 7 of us on board the 13-passenger jet were keeping to ourselves.  
 
Without warning, I felt a terrific jolt and heard a loud bang, followed by an eerie silence, save for the hum of the engines.
Hotel Bed Jumping HQ
Posted by blarp in strangely funny 11 years ago
When we walk into a hotel guestroom for the first time there are elements that we form an opinion on immediately. Many will agree that the bed is the biggie. We always want the room to have a sweet bed.  
 
This Site Celebrates Hotel Beds. And we poke fun at them too.
dj BC presents
Posted by blarp in entertainment 11 years ago
New mashup album from dj BC featuring the Wutang Clan vs New Orleans jazz, swing, zydeco, etc. Enjoy!  
 
From the guy who brought us The Beastles.  
 
[free music]
With a very little effort, you can take existing photographs of everyday scenes and make it look like they're actually of miniature models. It doesn't take much to fool the mind of the viewer, but there are a few basic rules you can follow to help convince your audience that they're looking at a railway set rather than the real world; see the section on picking the right photo at the bottom of this page. You'll need a copy of Photoshop CS or later to follow this tutorial.  
 
neat pool of these pictures on flickr
TIME.com: 50 Coolest Websites
Posted by blarp in the biz 11 years ago
How do we select our finalists? We evaluate hundreds of candidates—some suggested by readers, colleagues and friends, others discovered during countless hours of surfing. Many of this year's choices are shining examples of Web 2.0: next-generation sites offering dynamic new ways to inform and entertain, sites with cutting-edge tools to create, consume, share or discuss all manners of media, from blog posts to video clips.
Researchers at Akishima Laboratories (Mitsui Zosen), working in conjunction with professor Shigeru Naito of Osaka University, have developed a device that uses waves to draw text and pictures on the surface of water.  
 
The device, called AMOEBA (Advanced Multiple Organized Experimental Basin), consists of 50 water wave generators encircling a cylindrical tank 1.6 meters in diameter and 30 cm deep (about the size of a backyard kiddie pool). The wave generators move up and down in controlled motions to simultaneously produce a number of cylindrical waves that act as pixels.  
 
link to the blog since the article is in japanese..
The Wolfram Integrator
Posted by blarp in blinded by science 11 years ago
The Wolfram Integrator is an online version of the Mathematica integration package. Solve integrals from calculus 2 (integral calculus) with ease!  
 
i hope my students don't find out about this..
Illustrated guide to making a ring out of a quarter. End result looks kinda cool.
ORIENTATION  
 
My Apartment’s vast expanse of unfurnished space can be daunting at first, and its population of one difficult to communicate with. After going through customs, you’ll see a large area with a couch to the left. Much of My Apartment’s “television viewing” occurs here, as does the very occasional making out with a girl (see “Festivals”). To the north is the food district, with its colorful cereal boxes and antojitos, or “little whims.”  
 
from shouts and murmurs in april
HDR (high dynamic range) pictures from Iceland - truly beautiful colors, not to be missed!  
 
See also a nytimes article on HDR photography and a HDR photoset of NYC.
Like many amateur photographers, Joe Dejesus posts his photos online and compares them to the work of others on the photo-sharing site Flickr. At some point last year, a number of landscape photos caught his eye with their vibrant tones and colors.  
 
Their secret was a software technology known as H.D.R., for high dynamic range photography. And Mr. Dejesus quickly became one of its practitioners.  
 
“You can get different combinations of colors you cannot achieve with photos,” said Mr. Dejesus, who lives in Granada Hills, Calif., and posts his work under the pseudonym Kris Kros at www.flickr.com/photos/kros. “You can easily come up with something that looks like a painting.”  
 
H.D.R. is one of many digital darkroom techniques catching the fancy of amateur photographers. With the rising popularity of digital single-lens reflex cameras and more powerful personal computers has come a growing interest in visual experiments.  
 
(Also be sure to check out the links to tutorials and examples provided in the article.)  
 
This technique can produce some truly stunning pictures. For some pictures of NYC, check out link #111689, and for some pictures of Iceland, see link #116950.
cliptip
Posted by blarp in entertainment 11 years ago
Music video blog featuring mainly non-mainstream, indie artists. Insightful commentary. Updated daily.  
 
Me likey.