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Friday, August 14, 2009



Mathematical Model for Surviving a Zombie Attack

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 05:30 PM PDT

It is possible to successfully fend off a zombie attack, according to Canadian mathematicians. The key is to "hit hard and hit often." Somebody actually did a study on mathematics of a hypothetical zombie attack. So, while we still don't know what to do if a deadly asteroid takes aim at Earth, we now know what to do in case of a zombie attack.

Independent Filmmakers Now Distribute Their Films Themselves

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 05:20 PM PDT

With Hollywood & other film distribution companies uninterested or under-financed, indie filmmakers are increasingly distributing and marketing their films themselves -- including through social media.

Like a complete unknown: Cop doesn't know who Bob Dylan is

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 05:10 PM PDT

The 22-year-old officer asked the 'eccentric-looking old man' for identification papers after stopping him in the U.S. seaside town of Long Branch, New Jersey.Not recognizing his name, the officer ordered him into the back of her police car, driving him back to his hotel to check his story.

The Top 10 Best Comic Book Casting Picks

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 04:50 PM PDT

These ten actors not only gave unforgettable performances, but they achieved the often insurmountable task of bringing the character straight from the pages to the screen like celluloid silly putty.

Non-Alcoholic.... Wait what? [Pic]

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 04:40 PM PDT


How To Properly Remove Elements from a Pic in Photoshop CS4

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Let's face it: no matter how carefully you try to compose your image, in some photos there's something in the shot that just has to go! Here are some key techniques for removing elements from a photograph using cover-up layers and the new live brush preview for the Clone Stamp in Photoshop CS4.

Luckless Predator Only Attracted to Undercover Cops

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 04:20 PM PDT

It's official. There's nobody in the chat rooms but pedophiles and undercover police. A federal appeals court upheld the conviction of an Indiana man whose online efforts to proposition underage girls led him to not one, not two, but three undercover cops, none of whom apparently knew about the others.

2016 Olympics shun baseball and softball

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Well, it's official. The IOC has spoken and it has again reiterated that it wants no part of either baseball or softball in its Summer Games.

Soyuz TMA-11 Is Back Home [pics]

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 03:40 PM PDT

That's a piece of Siberian tundra burning, but why? That's no forest fire but what you see here is a landing site of Russian Soyuz spaceship.

China Pulls Back From Edict On Web-Filtering Software

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 03:30 PM PDT

China's industry minister said installation of Internet filtering software on personal computers was always meant to be done on a voluntary basis by individuals.

What REALLY happened to Twitter

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 03:30 PM PDT

Mirror in the comments.

Major URL Shorteners Unite To Fight Dead Links

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 03:20 PM PDT

After the closure announcement – and then sudden re-opening – of short URL service Tr.im, there's been some uncertainty about the widespread use of short URLs on sites like Twitter (Twitter). How do you know that the URL company won't just start redirecting the links to somewhere else? Or what happens if that short URL provider shuts down?

Elephant Learns To Play The Harmonica

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 03:20 PM PDT

The African elephant already loves music, but has found a new passion after a silver harmonica was accidentally left on the side of the enclosure.

Happy 20th Birthday, Sega Genesis!

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. release of the Sega Genesis, the game console that briefly put Sega on the video game hardware map. Sega shook the very foundations of the newly reborn U.S. gaming industry on August 14th, 1989, when the Sega Genesis made its North American debut in New York and Los Angeles.

New York Times: Why Humans Don't Have Fur

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 02:41 PM PDT

One of the most distinctive evolutionary changes as humans parted company from their fellow apes was their loss of body hair. But why and when human body hair disappeared is a question that has long lain beyond the reach of archaeology and paleontology. Ingenious answers to this question have been proposed.

3 x (Keyboard-Cat-Moon shirt + Digg Employee + Dog)!!!

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Yeah.... this might just be the greatest picture in the HISTORY OF THE INTERNET!!!

Google and Microsoft: The Battle Over College E-Mail

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Georgetown, Cornell and thousands of other colleges are handing their badly strained e-mail systems over to the tech giantsbadly strained email systems over to the tech giants.

APOD: 2009 August 14 - Shuttle and Meteor

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 02:11 PM PDT

In a striking contrast in motion, the space shuttle Discovery, mounted on a massive transporter, creeps toward launch pad 39A at less than two miles per hour, while a brilliant meteor streaks through the sky traveling many miles per second.

Baltimore calls '*****!' on season premiere of "Mad Men"

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 02:00 PM PDT

"Mad Men" returns Sunday night with a business trip to Baltimore. But the keepers of the historical flame in Baltimore, a city that loves its past and can be downright picky about it, says "Mad Men" got the historical details all wrong.

What? That Wasn't Part of the Job Description!

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 01:32 PM PDT

Fiona: But how will you kiss me? -- Shrek: What? That wasn't in the job description!

Google and YouTube: We've Got Movies!

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 01:31 PM PDT

Got a couple hours to kill? Want to enjoy a pleasant blast from the past? Head over to YouTube and check out "Ghostbusters"; which is running at its full length on Google's video site and is prominently displayed on its homepage. YouTube's not-so-subtle message: We're more than just skateboarding cat videos!

Early Humans Used Heat-Treated Stone for Tools

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 01:31 PM PDT

Tool manufacturers know that sometimes you have to heat-treat a material to make it harder or stronger. Ancient toolmakers learned that trick, too. And archaeological research from South Africa pushes back the date of the earliest use of heat treatment at least 45,000 years, to more than 70,000 years ago.

'Hidden Portal' First Tunable Electromagnetic Gateway

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 01:10 PM PDT

While the researchers can't promise delivery to a parallel universe or a school for wizards, books like Pullman's Dark Materials and JK Rowling's Harry Potter are steps closer to reality now that researchers in China have created the first tunable electromagnetic gateway.

Photos from inside an abandoned Titan missile silo

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 01:00 PM PDT

"There are no words to describe being in what is perhaps the world's largest underground missile complex."

Less sex, more TV idea aired in India

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 12:50 PM PDT

On World Population Day this year India's new health and welfare minister came out with an idea on how to tackle the population issue: Bring electricity to every Indian village so that people would watch television until late at night and therefore be too tired to make babies.

Your odds of dying in a plane crash.

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 12:50 PM PDT


A Trip Back To Woodstock

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 12:20 PM PDT

This Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of one of the largest and most celebrated moments in music history: Woodstock. And to honor the music festival that defined a generation, we put together a playlist of the artists that called the little-rural town in upstate New York home for that four-day weekend.

Income Inequality Is At An All-Time High: STUDY

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 12:20 PM PDT

Income inequality in the United States is at an all-time high, surpassing even levels seen during the Great Depression, according to a recently updated paper by University of California, Berkeley Professor Emmanuel Saez. The paper, which covers data through 2007, points to a staggering, unprecedented disparity in American incomes.

How to use math to choose a wife

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 12:20 PM PDT

We all want partners for life, but who should we choose? When does the law of diminishing returns kick in? Some mathematicians have a suggestion.

NASCAR Driver Hits Coyote At 190 MPH (Pics)

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 12:10 PM PDT

Brad Coleman, a driver for Joe Gibbs racing was traveling at 190 mph when he saw a coyote a mere 100 feet away. With no possible way of slowing down to save the creature, the drive ran it over. To his suprise he couldn't figure our where it went.

One old man, four perps, one shotgun = happy taxpayers

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 12:10 PM PDT

The shotgun-wielding owner of a Harlem restaurant-supply company blasted two men to death and wounded another Thursday when they tried to rob him in broad daylight.

Steven Colbert vs. The Blue M&M [video]

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 12:00 PM PDT

On last night's Colbert Report, Stephen shared the amazing news that a chemical in blue M&Ms can heal spinal injuries. Personally, I can attest that it also prevents them. Same goes for quadruple bacon cheeseburgers and whole cans of frosting.

Building an Apple-1 replica from scratch

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 11:50 AM PDT

Got your soldering iron ready? Follow along as we build a working Apple-1 machine just like Woz built back in 1976.

Bryan Singer to Direct 'Battlestar Galactica' Blockbuster

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 11:42 AM PDT

Bryan Singer is attached to direct and produce Universal's big-screen version of "Battlestar Galactica." The deal hyper-jumps the development of "Galactica," for which Universal quietly picked up the movie rights in February from original show creator Glen A. Larson as the lauded Sci Fi series was wrapping up.

Woman Sets Herself On Fire in The Mall of Americas

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 11:00 AM PDT

A woman walked into a crowded Miami mall on Thursday and lit herself on fire as shocked shoppers watched in horror. The unidentified woman walked around the Mall of the Americas while lit and eventually made it out of the mall and into the parking lot, according to witnesses. Several concerned people who saw the amazing and disturbing sight were..

'We The People' overload House Web site

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 11:00 AM PDT

Technical support issued a warning to congressional staff that the site may be slow or unresponsive because of the large volume of e-mail being sent to members.

The Top Smartphone Sellers Worldwide [Infographic]

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 10:50 AM PDT

A Look At The Smartphone Industry's Market Growth

The wrong way to use an automatic door

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 10:30 AM PDT

Warning *No sound* Foolish Pakistani student, mullah katl ud din, breaks electrical door displaying extreme stupidity. This is despite him being an engineering student himself!

Top 11: Things We Remember about Pee Wee Sports

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 10:20 AM PDT

Ah, the glory days. When men were boys, women were girls, and fun was endless. Before work consumed our daily lives, and paychecks weren't our sole source of motivation. Back when grass stains were testaments of hard work, and a clean outfit meant you weren't giving it your all.

Tarantino Terrorized Sleeping Basterd Actors w/ Giant Dildo

Posted: 14 Aug 2009 10:20 AM PDT

Apparently there was a running joke on the set of Inglourious Basterds, whereby if a castmember was caught sleeping, they would get their picture taken with a giant purple dildo, and that giant purple dildo was named Gerry.

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