Archive - 2008

March 9th

it's 3am...

From The Hill:

Suggestion for Obama: The next time Hillary uses the recycled red phone ad, counter with one of your own. When the phone rings in the middle of the night, have a woman’s voice, with a flat Midwestern accent, answer it and say, “Hold on” into the receiver. Then she should shout, “Bill! It’s for you!”

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bohemian flowchart

Bohemian Rhapsody, visualized as a flowchart. Also, rap music as charts and graphs. I totally LOLed on the “Walk it out” pie chart. Also also see choose your own adventure books spread out as a DAG.

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March 8th

seeing stars

Erin’s housemate Nate gave us a tour of the UM planetarium.

It was a lot of fun! Nate was controlling the whole thing, and we were shouting out what we wanted to see. Kind of like sitting in a giant hamster ball floating in space, backseat driving the universe through space and time. Good times.

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March 7th

hillary montage

A montage of the probable future president of the USA:

(from danz family via the huffpost)

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February 29th

food fight!

This is pretty awesome:

I like the ending.

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February 27th

diablo cody ftw

Making her 3 year old wish come true, Diablo Cody wins screenwriting Oscar for Juno. Now mothers everywhere will have to take extra time explaining to their teenage daughters why becoming a stripper is not a necessary option for a writing career.

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February 23rd

the pavlovian fox

I just noticed a very interesting pavlovian threat-reward phenomenon happen in a video. While a single anecdotal instance is hardly general proof, but I am quite sure I can come up with many more instances of this. Here’s an analogy of what happened:

Scenario: Homer and Lisa Simpson are trapped in a room with an increasing percentage of helium gas in the air.

Lisa: Dad, my voice sounds funny!
Homer: What? Oh! WHAT THE HELL!! Helium! we’ll suffocate soon!

Mr Burns quickly opens the door and tosses in 50 donuts, and shuts it.

Homer: Oooooooooo, dooooonuuuuuuts.

Now watch this reward algorithm play out in real life:

I like how mainstream news channels are providing Psychology PhD students such large experimental platforms to study and publish papers on.

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February 17th

appu ghar is closing down

India’s first amusement park, Appu Ghar is closing down. This is sad. I admit that many of the rides there were either broken or dated the last time I visited it, but it’s still a big part of my memories, just like every other Delhiite. The land will apparently be used to extend the Supreme Court and Metro Rail facilities. I don’t care for the court, but if the metro folks could just implement a loop) in their train tracks through the place, I would be very happy.

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February 12th

whatever you do, don't get me socks

Just so you know:

Also, this girl is kind of funny.                                                                                                  

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playpumps

We need more of these kind of ideas in the world:

The company has been around for a long time; I remember them starting off with a see-saw based handpump replacement. Glad to see they’re still going strong!

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