Archive - Dec 2007


December 30th


In the light of the American Media Machine, I find this article very disturbing:

When University of Michigan social psychologist Norbert Schwarz had volunteers read the CDC flier, however, he found that within 30 minutes, older people misremembered 28 percent of the false statements as true. Three days later, they remembered 40 percent of the myths as factual.

Younger people did better at first, but three days later they made as many errors as older people did after 30 minutes. Most troubling was that people of all ages now felt that the source of their false beliefs was the respected CDC.

I’m really looking forward to the day when they’ll have a “Top Story” about how eating organic food inside hybrid vehicles causes certain chemical reactions in the food that trigger “bouts of homosexuality”.

December 29th

pin hole glasses

This trick totally works! I was amazed that I could see without my glasses!


December 28th

dreams of flight

This is totally awesome. A retired airlines engineer in India bought himself a decommissioned aircraft, plonked it on his backyard, and now runs what is probably the world’s first static airline. Complete with ticketing, safety instructions and air-hostess-served in-flight refreshments! According to the video below, tickets must cost Rs. 150 but it’s free for poor school children.


December 23rd

experimental success

One Doctor’s Personal Experiment — a story of a Oncologist who beat cancer with her own experimental treatment:

For a scientist, there’s no high quite like having your experiment work. That’s why I’m helping to write a case study about what I’ve gone through to share my success with other doctors. I hope my fight against cancer will inch us closer to a cure.

Somehow, being a computer scientist is a lot easier. Worst case scenario, your computer will crash and you will lose your data. It may take a long time to recover, but there will always be an Undo Button.

On a side note, the aforementioned story is hosted at, which just redesigned their site. It’s one of the cleanest but still classy-looking mainstream news websites out there, in my opinion. Good job, guys!


December 21st


yet another chat:

friend: i was eating lunch solo yesterday
friend: so i decided it was gonna be lunch and a movie
me: :D
friend: (i bought princess bride on itunes a) to have, and b) to have something on the phone)
friend: so win.
me: yeah, it’s like a 4” friend that gives you endless fun
friend: yessir.
friend: and the iphone’s like that too!


December 19th

april fools in december?

From a /. comment:

What have we seen recently?

I’m not sure what the odds are of all these impossibilities happening on the same day. Something’s up, I tell ya.


December 16th

jim bruer on alcohol


December 6th

using the iphone without gloves

Carrying an iPhone in freezing temperatures is quite a task considering that the touch screen interface relies on capacitance, and the only surface that seems to work for that is your skin, or an expensive high-tech glove, which I refuse cave in and buy. I wanted to make my own!

So I embarked on an expedition, taking pretty much everything and sliding it across the screen, in the hope of unlocking the device. Note: some of the things I try shoud not be tried on your iPhone, unless you have a mylar screen on it (I use BodyGuardz). Here are my results:

1. Erasers don’t work.
2. Pencils don’t work.
3. Metal Knives, coins don’t work unless I touch them.
4. Q-Tips don’t work.
5. Plastic pens don’t work.
6. Felt tips don’t work.
7. Sharpies don’t work and stain the screen protector.
8. Silicone skins for the phone don’t work.
9. Wet rags don’t work.
10. Q-Tps dipped in moisturizer don’t work.
11. Q-Tips dipped in resin rubber glue don’t work.
12. Glue sticks don’t work.
13. Cheese sticks don’t work.
14. My Nose works.
15. My Tongue works.

So there you are. Answering the phone when I’m outside bracing the elements now involves a peck and a swipe with my stubby nose. I must say though, flipping through contacts with a lick of my tongue is a gross but effective technique. And it seems like I’m not the only one, there are many like me.

This quest is not over folks; I intend to search on, and report back my results to my beloved readers. Till then, if you see someone trying to smell and lick rectangular glowing objects in their hand, worry not, they’re just trying to make conversation. :)


December 1st

300 spartan apples