Cool Stuff

Gorgeous Light Art

February 8th, 2010

I don't know that I have a lot to add to this, so I'll just link and run:

This is not Photoshop: 50 incredible examples of light painting.

Japanese Tea Drink Ad

April 26th, 2009

I thought this was hilarious.

Pachebel Rant

November 5th, 2008

I actually saw this a while back, but I stumbled across it and figured I share it in case anyone hasn't wondered why so much pop sounds the same.

Dr. Horrible

July 20th, 2008

Check it out before it's gone!

Homeless James Bond

May 7th, 2008

This is exactly the kind of thing I wish I had time to do.

The Art of Thinking

December 11th, 2007

I found this article about biases in our thinking to be really interesting. I'm sure reading this it's not hard to come up with situations where these biases came into play in a decision. Of course, tjhe end of the article says that even knowing about these biases does little to mitigate them, but given my own overconfidence in my abilities, I think I'm better off for being aware of them.

7 Stupid Thinking Errors You Probably Make

Breakfast Cat

October 21st, 2007

Just in case it was not evident, or has not been previously stated, I hereby reserve the right to be easily amused.

breakfast cat

From the Good News Desk

October 8th, 2007

Another link and run, I'm afraid, but here's an interesting read from the Wall Street Journal's opinion page: Clear-Eyed Optimists. It discusses how from several measurements, life on Earth may actually be getting better, not worse, and that for all of the proclamations of doom-sayers over the years, it isn't all going straight to Hell in a handbasket.

That's encouraging to hear, though it would be nice if it were a little bigger news than it is. One could make the argument that the negative news spewed by our corporation-controlled, fear-mongering media is to blame, but that would be taking a positive story in a less-so direction, so we'll just hold that thought for now.

What is the Monkeysphere?

September 30th, 2007

Go read What is the Monkeysphere?. It takes maybe ten minutes, and it's really funny and insightful.


September 21st, 2007

I just read an interesting article on CNN, If you see it, you'll eat it. According to a study, having food --especially snack foods- convenient and visible will cause you to eat them until something causes you to stop.

The article basically said that if you make healthier snacks more convenient than junk food, you'll favor those simply because it requries less effort. I'm not sure that it is quite as simple as the study suggests, but it's interesting in any case, and at least true in some cases. I remember when I worked in Waukesha and Pam would put out a jar of Twizzlers on the back table. They were close enough that I would notice them and close enough that it only took a moment to grab one, and I would graze on them throughout the day. The candies that she put on her desk in her office, on the other hand, I would avoid simply because while I knew they were there, I didn't see them and they were further away.