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October 13, 2008

As We Delve Ever-Deeper into the 2008 Ig Noble Award-Winning Research into Taiwanese Spermicidal Soda-Douche

Further clarifications from Mojonaut Julia, reporting from the trenches of the 2008 Ig Noble Awards:
The juxtaposition is obviously funny on the face, but as you get deeper into it, it actually becomes a genuinely interesting (at least to me) examination of the difference experimental procedure can have on the result of a study. Deborah Anderson (of BU, and the pro-spermicide side) explained at the Ig Informal Lectures this past Saturday how her study used 5 parts Coke to 1 part sperm, and the Taiwanese study went the other way around (5 parts sperm to 1 part Coke). In that light, neither result is particularly surprising. Furthermore, the BU study focused on sperm motility, whereas the Taiwan study examined the ability of the sperm to traverse a membrane. They're both valid studies, assuming you feel that studying the effects of Coke on sperm is a "valid" use of scientific time and resources.
Earlier reporting: THE IGNOBEL AWARDS 2008 | IN DEFENSE OF TAIWANESE SODA-POP CONTRACEPTIVE DOUCHE RESEARCH *thanks Julia!!!*

How to: Make a kid-safe Lightsaber

Make your own lightsaber!

October 12, 2008

Banjo Used in Brain Surgery -- WITH VIDEO!!!

BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Banjo used in...

How your Bartle-type influences class selection in Warhammer

gamerDNA.com | The Blog -- Does Your Bartle Type/Gender Influence Your Class Choice in WAR?

The Bartle test rates me as almost a pure explorer in games. I like to poke around, figure out the secrets and then once I know how it works I split. The folks at GamerDNA have run some hardcore stats-gathering raids on Warhammer Online and graphed class distribution, sex distribution, and distribution of class by Bartle type.

The chart shows that players that fall into the KILLER bucket on the Bartle test (as in the main reason they play games is to kill other players) by and large favor the Black Orc. While EXPLORERS (like me) favor the Disciple of Khaine (which is eerily enough my main class). SOCIALIZERS favor the Warrior Priest for some reason and ACHIEVERS are all Zealots, which we already knew.

October 08, 2008

First commercial wave-power generators online in Portugal

Pelamis 'wave-snakes' inaugurated as part of world's first commercial-scale wave...

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October 07, 2008

If Only There Was a Miniature Stripper and a Tiny Hasselhoff, Too . . .

This video is sweet for two reasons: 1) soundtrack quotes...

October 02, 2008

FDR was the first president on television

The :30 Second Candidate: Historical Timeline: 1939

In April of 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first president of the United States to appear on television. The setting was the 1939 World's Fair in New York. The appearance was broadcast to a handful of TV sets in the New York area.

FDR had already mastered the medium of his time--radio. His "fireside chats" broadcast across the nation soothed Americans troubled by the hard times of the Great Depression. Radio was a perfect fit for the eloquent Roosevelt, who would have had a much more difficult time hiding the fact that he was confined to a wheelchair in the television age.

The outbreak of World War II temporarily halted the development of television, and it would be more than a decade before the new medium became popular.

October 01, 2008

How To: Make Limoncello

How To Make Limoncello

Note: Dave-o makes a mean lemoncello. And by mean I mean awesome.

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September 30, 2008

Warren Ellis' food experiments

Warren Ellis - Experiments In Food

Sweet Potato & Roasted Garlic Mash

* Roasting garlic

Pull a good length of tin foil. Fold it in half. Fold the edges together, a half-inch or so, to make a seam. Fold it in half again. Fold a seam along the sides, leaving the top open. See what you’ve made? A tinfoil pocket. A shiny silver scrotum from the future. Now get a garlic, a whole head. Find a knife and slice the very top off, so you can see the tops of the individual cloves inside. Put it in the tinfoil pocket.

Open a bottle of beer. Not fucking Budweiser or Labatts — a proper beer, damnit. During this experiment, I used the outstanding Black Adder ale from Mauldons. A good bitter, an ale, an IPA — a proper fucking beer, you know what I mean. Pour some down your throat. Now pour some in the tinfoil. A mouthful or so. Spit your mouthful out into the pocket if you’d like. I mean, it’d be disgusting, but the person you’re cooking for will never know, right? Close up the pocket, so you now have a sealed tinfoil bag full of a head of garlic and (possibly regurgitated) beer.

Sling it in the oven. Your oven is set to 190 degrees C, which is 375F or Gas mark 5. It’s going to be in there for an hour. Have some more beer. Swallow it this time, you freak.

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