A Friendly Reminder

Jist in case you forgot, malicious toolbars and extensions try to hijack browsers. As the link says, "As always, practicing skeptical computing is a must. If you see any new toolbar or browser extensions, make sure that you download it from the official web site, rather than from a link in an e-mail or instant message. Skeptical computing isn't just a philosophy, it should be a way of life."

Millions of Voices

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of female preteen voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced: Lance Bass of `N Sync reveals he's gay.

Virtual Doom

Now what you've all been waiting for: you can play Doom from a terminal inside Doom 3.

Voting Locations

It turns out that where you vote affects how you vote: "... voters who cast ballots in a school were slightly more likely to support a sales tax increase to fund education." This is troubling to me, since many people (me included) vote in churches.


If you want to see how close we are at any given time to rolling blackouts here in California, check this out.


I'm shamelessly stealing this link to an awesome Space Invaders simulation from my friend.


This bird is amazing. Watch the video.

Serving the Community

As an occasional martial arts instructor, this quote from Futurama speaks to me: "Hmm. I've been looking for a way to serve the community that incorporates my violence."

Meet Hollywood's Latest Genius - Los Angeles Times

An interesting article about Hollywood executives and their success at choosing films. Los Angeles Times:
The temptation to believe that you or others are causing chance events is so strong that psychologists coined a term for it: the illusion of control. In a classic study, psychologists Ellen J. Langer and Jane Roth recruited Yale undergraduate psychology majors to watch an experimenter flip a coin 30 times. One by one, the subjects watched the coin flips and tried to guess how the coins would land. They found that, although students at an Ivy League university are surely aware that a coin toss is a random event, those who experienced the early winning streaks developed an irrational attitude of confidence that they were 'good' at intuiting the coin toss. Forty percent said their results would improve with practice; 25% even reported that, if in the future they were distracted during the test, their performance would suffer.

Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex

"He's faster than a speeding bullet. He's more powerful than a locomotive. He's able to leap tall buildings at a single bound. Why can't he get a girl?" (Some adult material, may not be worksafe.)