January 15, 2010

Getting under the animatronic skin

Filed under: Artists, Entertainment, Internet — Jonathan @ 10:41 am

Take a look under the hood of some animatronic creations with robotics film-maker John Nolan. His gallery not only shows off some wild creations but also gives you a peak at what is under their skin. It’s funny how even the cutest creatures look like something out of a nightmare when their skin is removed the reveal a harsh metal skeleton and veins made of wires.

More info: link

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January 14, 2010

Drake Equation explains lack of aliens and girlfriends..

Filed under: Internet, Math — Jonathan @ 11:04 am

The Drake Equation is used to estimate the number of highly evolved civilizations that might exist in our galaxy.  Warwick University’s Peter Backus applies the Drake equation to discover why, exactly, he can’t find a girlfriend. The results are not encouraging. The probability of finding love in the UK is only about 100 times better than the probability of finding intelligent life in our galaxy.

“So,
 what
 this
 means
 is
 that
 there
 are
 10,510
 people
 in
 the
 UK
 that
 satisfy
 these
 most
 basic
 criteria
 for
 being
 my
 girlfriend.
 That
 is
 0.00017%
 of
 the
 UK
 and
 0.0014%
 of
 Londoners,
 which
 doesn’t
 seem
 so
 bad.
 On
 a
 given
 night
 in
 London,
 there
 is
 greater
 than
 a
 1
 in
 1000
 chance
 that
 I
 will
 meet
 an
 attractive
 woman
 between
 the
 ages
 of
 24
 and
 34
 with
 a
 university
 degree.
 Of
 course
 this
 does
 not
 take
 into
 account
 the
 fraction
 of
 these
 women
 that
 will
 find
 me
 attractive
 (depressingly
 low),
 the
 fraction
 of
 these
 women
 who
 will
 be
 single
 (falling
 with
 age)
 and,
 perhaps
 most
 importantly,
 the
 fraction
 of
 these
 women
 who
 I
 will
 get
 along
 with.
 Including
 such
 factors
 would
 greatly
 reduce
 the
 above
 figure
 of
 10,510.
 A
 rough
 estimate
 puts
 the
 number
 of
 potential
 girlfriends
 accounting
 for
 these
 three
 additional
 criteria
 (1
 in
 20
 of
 the
 women
 find
 me
 attractive,
 half
 are
 single
 and
 I
 get
 along
 with
 1
 in
 10)
 at

 26.

 That’s
 correct.
 There
 are
 26
 women
 in

 London
 with
 whom
 I
 might
 have
 a
 wonderful
 relationship.

 So,
 on
 a
 given
 night
 out
 in
 London
 there
 is
 a
 0.0000034%
 chance
 of
 meeting
 one
 of
 these
 special
 people,
 about
 100
 times
 better
 than
 finding
 an
 alien
 civilization
 we
 can
 communicate
 with.
 That’s
 a
 1
 in
 285,000
 chance.
 Not
 great.”

More info + all the math: link

January 11, 2010

Sociology in the age of the internet?

Filed under: Internet, misc., Technology — Jonathan @ 2:41 pm

“This shows Google’s remarkable power as a source of data on a range of human behaviors, emotions, and opinions. It gives us insights into what people might care the most about concerning a given topic. When people search a particular political leader, what are their main concerns? What are people secretly guilty about? For better or for worse, Google’s obsession with collecting and refining data has given us a window into each other’s fascinating and telling curiosities.”

source: link

January 8, 2010

Life In Black And White

Filed under: Internet, misc. — Jonathan @ 2:43 pm

I guess things don’t seem so bad when you look at it this way.. oh, wait.

source: link

Google confirms 1 as the loneliest number

Filed under: Internet, Math, misc. — Jonathan @ 2:38 pm

What was once assumed by many has now been confirmed by the great minds over at Google. The number 1 is, in fact, the loneliest number. .

December 31, 2009

10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling

Filed under: Internet, misc. — Jonathan @ 6:52 pm

“If you put an A in ‘definitely,’ then you’re definitely and A-hole.”

The Oatmeal takes a humorous look at some of the most common (and annoying) spelling mistakes. I hope everyone will read this at least once, whether it’s to correct some mistakes you typically make or just for a little laugh.

More info: link

December 29, 2009

2009 in political cartoons

Filed under: Entertainment, Internet — Jonathan @ 11:20 am

From bailouts to bonuses, cartoonists try to eak some laughs out of a rough 2009.

Full slideshow/source: msnbc

December 18, 2009

Eagle Owl in Flight

Filed under: Internet, misc. — Jonathan @ 2:46 pm

1000 frames per second. Why are owls so bad ass?

The Known Universe

Filed under: Internet, misc., Technology — Jonathan @ 9:04 am

The Universe isn’t that big, right? The American Museum of Natural History just released this beautiful six and a half minute journey to the deepest reaches of the known universe and back. The video starts near snowy Mt. Everest and pulls out and away from Earth to the rest of what we know is out there, with great imagery and distance markers along the way. Pack a small suitcase and get ready for an amazing voyage.

December 11, 2009

Inside Pixar Animation Studios

Filed under: Internet, Technology — Jonathan @ 9:25 pm

Anyone who knows me knows that one of my biggest goals is to work for Pixar Animation Studios; A goal I’m working towards every day. Here is a little peak inside the studios to see what their employees get to deal with every day. Starting Monday, I will be working double time on achieving this goal!

More Information: link

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