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!”


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.


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.


March 7th

hillary montage

A montage of the probable future president of the USA:

(from danz family via the huffpost)


February 29th

food fight!

This is pretty awesome:

I like the ending.


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.


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.


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.


February 12th

whatever you do, don't get me socks

Just so you know:

Also, this girl is kind of funny.                                                                                                  



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!