Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How Stuff Works: Dancing Squid

Discovery Networks Explains the famous “Dancing Squid” video. Thanks to this rather eerie video, thousands of people were creeped into learning more about the basic chemistry of life just because they saw this squid “dance”.

And no, it did not feel even the tiniest amount of pain. You can’t if you don’t have a brain. Or a head for that matter.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Why Kyle and Jackie O always seem to have listeners (bummer).

Finally I have a bee in my bonnet worth writing about.

Kyle Sandilands: Massive Cunt (I love that word).

I have always wondered why Kyle Sandilands and Jackie “O” still have a job. But before I go on to examine some of the reasons, let me just have one last crack at pushing these turds into unemployment.

Sign the petition to push Kyle Sandilands (and his sidekick Jackie) out of his job. Instead of hitting his employer, which has failed in the past, this time the online community is targeting the money. You only need to watch The Wire to know thats where the shit is at. Sponsors of Kyle’s program a pulling their ads in droves (check the petition for the latest withdrawls). The latest figures say Southern Cross Austereo (Kyle’s Employer) has lost around $8 million in advertising money.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Industrial robot love fest.

A while back I was asked by my boss to look into automating a few processes on a production line using industrial robots. I had to present my findings in a super boring meeting which I wont replicate here. You should thank me.

What I discovered while I was doing my research was the story of the Kuka KR500 industrial robot. Capable of lifting 500kg like it was nothing, the KR500 was Kuka Robotic’s highest selling robot a few years back. I could watch the KR500 do its day job endlessly and never get tired of it…..

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Domestic Violence Incident Reports Should Stay Out of The Media

A few days ago in The Drum I encountered an article calling for increased media coverage of domestic violence incidents.

One of the first tasks for a journalist working an early morning shift is to “do emergencies”. That means ringing the police, fire and ambulance services and asking “what’s happened overnight?”

The police offer a shopping list of incidents: a car crash here, a petrol station hold-up there and some booze bus results for good measure.

The reporter will often ask about some activity they’ve noticed on the police scanner, or heard about elsewhere, and the reply will come: “Oh, that’s just a domestic”.

Somehow, because those magic words have been uttered, we journalists hesitate.

Much like the reporting of suicides, the rough rule is not to report “a domestic” unless it was somehow exceptional

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Awesome DIY #8 Cool Paper Plane.

The reason this paper plane caught my eye was that the nose was folded in exactly the same way my father taught me to fold it when I was about 5 years old. He taught me the art of folding the perfect paper plane during a rare period of mental stability which to this day is one of the few happy memories I have of him.

I have never forgotten how to do it and have never seen anyone else construct a paper plane in the same way since. The nose at least. Granted I haven’t really looked. That said, my father’s paper plane never had a tail like this one does.

They fly GREAT :-)


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Awesome DIY #7 Hover Shoes!

What’s a million times better than an awesome DIY?

Convincing your friends a fake DIY is real.

Watch it carefully one more time. This needs a second viewing because nothing is in there by accident…


Monday, August 22, 2011

Higgs boson watch: A minor setback.

I had not intended to start a Higg boson watch, mainly because there was a bandwagon involved, but this was such a great illustration of the role statistical analysis plays in particle physics I couldn’t resist. I attempted to explain this, hopefully with some success, in my recent blog post about particle accelerators. If you are not sure how this whole particle accelerator/collision business works I recommend you start with reading the aforementioned blog post before continuing.

A couple of weeks ago it was looking hopefull that scientists were starting to see hints of a particle in the 120-140GeV range. This is the proposed energy (mass and energy are largely interchangable in particle physics) of a Higgs boson based on results so far. I mentioned at the end of my particle accelerator blog post that much more testing and further statistical analysis would be required before scientists could be confident about what they have found.

Well they’ve done that now and it isn’t looking nearly as good.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Awesome DIY #6 Combustion engines are harder to build than you think.

Here is someone attempting to build a single cylinder combustion engine. He isn’t terribly successful, but by the end you develop a real appreciation for the complexity of even the simplest reciprocating combustion engines.

The failures made me laugh :-)


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Some stuff about particle accelerators you didn’t know which will make you awesome at parties. Promise.

I’m a hit at parties. I’ve discovered that nothing will win you friends faster than the inside gossip on particle colliders. Seriously!

OK. Maybe you don’t go to the kind of parties I do. Don’t worry, what I’m about to share with you will get your foot in the door. Cause I know you’re dying to get in.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Fuck you Miranda Devine. My father was a cunt. I wish my mother had been a lesbian.

Ok, I’m a teensy bit late on this so now I am really just hopping on a bandwagon already groaning under the weight of several thousand atheists, homosexuals and atheist homosexuals.

Tom Ballard of tripleJ fame has already covered the topic nicely.

I’m really only posting about this so that I can add a personal angle that cannot be used to interpret the greater situation at all. Selfish, aren’t I!

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