Treesort
Posted by gbaker in destinations 11 years ago
My wife and I almost stayed here while visiting the Oregon Caves last year but we only saw signs and got a little lost while trying to find it. It looks pretty cool and no one I've talked to really knows about it.  
 
It looks like they get booked up though.
Apostrophe Protection Society
Posted by gbaker in vices 12 years ago
The Apostrophe Protection Society was started in 2001 by John Richards, now its Chairman, with the specific aim of preserving the correct use of this currently much abused punctuation mark in all forms of text written in the English language.  
 
I put this one under "vices" because there are some people "ahem - Fluffy" that seem to have quite the vested interest on this topic.  
 
Playstation 2 Settlement
Posted by gbaker in the wired 12 years ago
This website was established to inform you of proposed settlements of lawsuits concerning the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system (“PS2”) models 30001, 30001R, 35001, 39001, 39010, 50001 and 50010. This website will be updated periodically. The lawsuits are currently pending in the United States (in the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo) and Canada (in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice). Listed below is summary information related to the settlements  
 
A question and answer site about the lawsuit and how to put yourself in the running to benefit or to opt out of the class action. I guess they're already talking settlement agreements.  
 
For USA and Canada  
 
This is the first I've heard of it!!
Largest Computational Biology Simulation Mimics Life's Most Essential Nanomachine  
 
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have set a new world's record by performing the first million-atom computer simulation in biology. Using the "Q Machine" supercomputer, Los Alamos computer scientists have created a molecular simulation of the cell's protein-making structure, the ribosome. The project, simulating 2.64 million atoms in motion, is more than six times larger than any biological simulations performed to date
Is It OK To Fetishize Cookware?
Posted by gbaker in vices 12 years ago
This article is for all you culinary types here at LF. This guy has way too much passion for his cookware IMHO but after thinking about how much my wife payed for the cookware she recently bought...I wonder...  
 
A good read, it definately had me laughing.
Professor Richard Winpenny, of the School of Chemistry and a team of international researchers, have discovered a new method which could hold the key to creating the first practical quantum computers.  
 
If built, quantum computers would be the most powerful computers ever made, with speeds millions of times faster than the average PC for some calculations. These speeds would be valuable in factoring large numbers, and therefore extremely useful for encrypting information.  
Space buffs with an artistic flare are being invited to enter a "Postcard from Venus" art contest, linked to the launch next Wednesday of a European Space Agency (ESA) probe targeting the planet named after the Roman goddess of love.  
 
First prize in two age categories - 17 and younger, 18 and older - is an all-expenses-paid trip to the European space operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany in April 2006, when the probe is due to arrive at its destination.
Bloggers, beware:  
 
Those photos on your website could be fodder for a lawsuit.  
 
Stock photography companies like Getty Images Inc. and Corbis Corp. are using high-tech tools to crack down on Web site owners who try to use their photographs without paying for them.  
Oxygen may be necessary for life, but it sure gets in the way of making hydrogen fuel cheaply and abundantly from a family of enzymes present in many microorganisms. Blocking oxygen’s path to an enzyme’s production machinery could lead to a renewable energy source that would generate only water as its waste product.  
 
Numerous microorganisms have enzymes known as hydrogenases that simply use sunlight and water to generate hydrogen-based energy.
Researchers said Saturday they have used stem cells collected from the amniotic fluid surrounding fetal lambs to grow windpipes, and then implanted the tissue back into the fetuses while they were still in the womb -- a breakthrough that could lead to ways to repair congenital defects before birth.  
 
Mission Don Quijote
Posted by gbaker in blinded by science 12 years ago
The current scenario envisages two spacecraft in separate interplanetary trajectories. One spacecraft (Hidalgo) will impact an asteroid, the other (Sancho) will arrive earlier at the target asteroid, rendezvous and orbit the asteroid for several months, observing it before and after the impact to detect any changes in its orbit.
This is a collection of humorous pictures some new some old that have been around on the net.  
 
I found it interesting to peruse the images collected in one place, so I'm sharing.  
 
Some images may not be safe for work. No nudity that I could find but never-the-less...
All Hallow's Eve
Posted by gbaker in current events 12 years ago
Allright, I'm going to put one out there since it is October and all. Informational link on the origins of the celebration and collaboration of different cultures that go into the traditions or rituals if you will.
Anti-evolution attacks on the rise
Posted by gbaker in gods 12 years ago
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…"  
-- From the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution  
 
part 4 of a 4 part report gives a history of court cases and precedents set listing the different guises of creationists and the different angles they've come at the issue with.  
 
I honestly didn't know how relentless this pursuit has been.  
Over two centuries ago, John Adams spoke eloquently about the need to let facts and evidence guide actions and policies. He said, "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." Listen to those words again, and you can hear John Adams speaking to us now about Iraq.  
 
Secretary O'Neill says: "Everything Tenet sent up to Bush and Cheney about Iraq was very judicious and precisely qualified. The President was clearly very interested in weapons or weapons programs – and frustrated about our weak intelligence capability – but Tenet was clearly being careful to say, here's the little that we know and the great deal that we don't. That wouldn't change, and I read those CIA reports for two years," said O'Neill.