Welcome to 2009! This year I resolve to do more things better. (In all the various and interesting ways that sentence can be parsed.)
Meanwhile, a bit of a backlog of links.
- Here’s what happens when you get angry and shout at your hard disks. It makes them perform worse. Via Reddit.
- Consumerist had a *great* start to 2009; they were purchased from Gawker Media (who wasn’t giving them any love due to no company wanting to advertise on the site) by Consumers Union, the publishers of Consumer Reports. It makes sense, is absolutely great, and means more posts like this cheat sheet to strange food expiration date codes.
- For the how-things-work people, here’s a video outlining how the Hibernia Atlantic repairs undersea fiber optic cables. I’d heard about fusion splicers before (they start at $20k and go up from there) which bond broken ends of fiber optic cables; I had no idea they were as automated as the one in this video! Via Reddit.
- Robin Williams is really at his best when doing stand-up comedy.. Via Reddit.
- Like our christmas cards this year, a bit late, but a lovely Hanukah song from My First Earthquake.
- Imperial stormtroopers: they’re just like us. Via Reddit.
- Ice ribbons are a pretty cool looking phenomenon. Via Reddit.
- I am quite amused by the growing pool of Far Side reenactments, via many places now.
- And now, a hen brooding a puppy. Via Reddit.
- Most Mad Scientists may have tired of the scientific method. Via many places.
- This movie of one of Jupiter’s moons disappearing behind the planet is starting to look as good as CGI. Hooray for Carl Sagan’s starting all this by insisting a camera be included on the Viking space probe all those years ago.
- This is an incredibly cool idea for turning any normal monitor into a 3D display.. Still only good for one person, but even when you watch the youtube video, wow.
- From the Life magazine archives on Google, this picture shows something interesting and possibly weird going on at a bowling alley. I can see Derek Flint participating in a sport like that.
And now, a video made possible with inexpensive editing and compositing software, and a man or few with lots of time on their hands, that reminds me of reading USEnet TV-show crossover humor fiction stories fifteen years ago(!?): Star Trek meets Doctor Who: The Christmas Special. Thank you, Reddit and Mind Grapes.