Archive for Nerdish Geekage

No! Windows Is Really Secure!

There is not a simple plug-in device that Microsoft has given to law-enforcement to crack your system wide open to gather evidence of all your wrong doing.  Oh wait, yes there is.

Microsoft != Security ???

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Chuck Berry Finally Comes Clean

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The Scourge of DVDs

The threat to your Video Home Entertainment System!  See how there is a better, more innocent technology that is as American as apple pie.  (Linked from the accursed time wasters at Retro Thing)

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Another Time Waster

As if Fail Blog was not enough, now comes Retro Thing.

Retro Thing points to how to build your on ZX80 computer, if you lack a job, hobbies, friends, and family.

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Cats and Engineers, A Natural Combination

Cat aspect ratios, corporal cuddling, cat yodeling, and cat static electricity, a video overview of cats from an engineering perspective:

Next Mr. Fu hopes to see their work on cats with buttered toast strapped to their backs.

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Yes, Interesting, But….

The ESA proposes a long duration study to mimic a 17 month trip to and from Mars. But that is because the eggheads at NASA and the ESA will not look at the real practical solution that would get you there in less then one month, Project Orion! Typical, summed up best by Bruce Willis in Armageddon:

Harry Stamper: What’s your contingency plan?
Truman: Contingency plan?
Harry Stamper: Your backup plan. You gotta have some kind of backup plan, right?
Truman: No, we don’t have a back up plan, this is, uh…
Harry Stamper: And this is the best that you c – that the government, the *U.S. government* could come up with? I mean, you’re NASA for crying out loud, you put a man on the moon, you’re geniuses! You’re the guys that’re thinking shit up! I’m sure you got a team of men sitting around somewhere right now just thinking shit up and somebody backing them up! You’re telling me you don’t have a backup plan, that these eight boy scouts right here, that is the world’s hope, that’s what you’re telling me?
Truman: Yeah.

The days of NASA thinking shit up may have passed.

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A Lawyer To Like

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Replacing Illegal Aliens Legally

With robots, the obvious solution!  If it works in Japan it can work here.

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McCain’s Reply Should Be

To Hillary saying:

We may need to change the way people behave.

McCain should reply in the style of Captain Malcolm Reynolds:

Sure as I know anything, I know this – they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people… better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin’. I aim to misbehave.

That would be bein’ a maverick.

But Hillary is almost right, but what she should have said was, “We need to change the way politicians behave.”

Let’s try doing that at the polls, and the mail box.

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So Bruce Willis Will Be Ready

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Typical Day At The Office


Constructive Feedback

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Cell Phone Goodness

If much goodness can be had with a cell phone, then this is surely one part, Beam it up Scotty.

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Imperial Citizens Must Demand Answers

After paying for not just one, but two Death Stars that were both destroyed, Imperial taxpayers are owed a better explaination than the “Rebel Alliance” myth they have been fed!

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lolCat Filk Song

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Rejected Star Wars Ideas

Somehow I was thinking about Breathed’s RV Catching Net of Dollar Bills. A Taun Taun Suit? Oh, that has some sick possibilities! “Get out! I’m sleeping in here!” “Kid found frozen to death inside oftoy suit. Film at eleven.”

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That’s Strange

Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.
Sir Arthur Eddington

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SLAPSHOT continues to provide links to interesting stuff. In this case, the Monkeysphere. If ever there was an interesting socio-biological idea, this is it. It explains why capitalism works, and socialism does not. It also explains how you end up with socialism in the first place.

It also explains why it was important that the Lawgiver spoke thusly, “Ape shall not kill ape.” (If you have to go to the link for the Lawgiver contact Mr. Fu, you need help)

UPDATE: It was proposed by British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who theorized that “this limit is a direct function of relative neocortex size, and that this in turn limits group size … the limit imposed by neocortical processing capacity is simply on the number of individuals with whom a stable inter-personal relationship can be maintained.”  Hence, Dunbar’s number, roughly 150, a measurement of the “cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable relationships.” Just thought you should know.

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FOGHORN’s Disturbing Font Obsession

Okay, why is it that in reproducing the graphic for the World’s Smallest Political Quiz, that FOGHORN has to use the font from the wonderful Patrick McGoohan happy go lucky television show, The Prisoner?

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Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Robots of War!

The Evolving Paradigms of Human-Robot Interaction is confusing.  Where is Robot B9?  He and Will Robinson are the ultimate in Human-Robot interaction!  Plus the whole armed robot thing is cool.  “We’re not building Skynet.”  Er, yeah, right…..

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FOGHORN the Geek

FOGHORN perpetuates his geek creds:

They are eaten by a grue.

Then they should have carried a can of grue repellent.  Next you know FOGHORN will be walking around saying, “Hello sailor….”

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