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Monthly Archives: May 2010

AFP reports “GUATEMALA CITY — Torrential rains and flooding unleashed by Tropical Storm Agatha have killed at least 40 people in Guatemala, authorities said Sunday.” A side view of this sink hole can be seen in the AFP article’s associated slide show. Read More »

UPDATE: Finally, with some successful experimentation under my belt (and some tasty food as well), I torched a steak …

Caption: The Steak, destined to become medium rare: Slow roasted in the BBQ with hood down around 300˚F (148˚C) for about 25 minutes until the internal temperature reached 140˚F (60˚C) — turned once — then turbo blasted for a few seconds to improve caramalisation. Then rested and carved. Moist and tender, less grey layer than usual for me, but I’d like to reduce that even more — by cooking slower at a lower temperature I think. More experiments are welcome required. Read More »

Bo’s “We the People …”, the first runner up to this year’s Congressional Arts Competition. Here congratulated by congressman Steve Israel at Hecksher park today …

Links: Huntington Public Schools headline Brindley Honored in Congressional Art Competition

P.S. The Huntington High School gifted First Lady Mrs Michelle Obama with a copy of this work when she invited the high school’s fashion students to Washington, D.C. to participate in the events surrounding the donation of her inaugural gown to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Researchers find that after hooking up to your car’s diagnostic port they can interfere with its operation. Like disabling the brakes. Hmmm, imagine what you might be able to do with an Arduino and some deliciously malicious code. Just kidding.

Suggested reading: Network World’s Car hackers can kill brakes, engine, and more: Hackers develop a program called CarShark to access a car’s Controller Area Network (CAN) system.

It’s not often that a real physical object presents istself, when viewed at the correct angle, as an amazing optical illusion — as well as this one does. Well done Koukichi Sugihara!

My nephew Mark writes “Jackie myself and Nikki took a day trip to The Tsitsikamma National Park. We took a good hike up the hill towards Stormsriver mouth.”

“We found this ‘railway sleeper’ bench right at the top, on a landing where everybody in both directions would rest. In most cases they were all panting and gasping for breath. Jackie and I both Laughed as we thought of dad in the same situation.”

“So I decided to place the plaque right there in the middle of the bench, with a great sea view and a solid flow of people. Though it was rather fitting.” Read More »

Listen online to the two part vintage CBS radio broadcast of Aldus Huxley’s Brave New World narrated by the author himself.

Part One | Part Two

A: Phloem bundles (pronounced “flom”).

This question is my quickie test of how good a new search engine is. On launch Bing and Cuil didn’t know the answer in the first 3 pages of results (I didn’t look deeper).

UPDATE Aug 5th, 2011: When I searched DuckDuckGo — the answer was at the top of the results, in fact most of the listed results on the first page hit the mark. I’ll be switching to this engine for a while to see if it holds up against Google over time.

Suggested reading Wikipedia’s entry on the Banana | Chiquita’s Q&A

Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) Secretary-General Andre Visagie threw his toys out of the pram during in a Africa360 studio interview with Chris Maroleng. Interesting enough. But then DownSouthSA mashes up the video with MC Hammer’s Can’t Touch This. Funny!