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Monday, May 31, 2010

Japan Day NYC: June 6, 2010—?????????????? ???(Yay! It&

Japan Day NYC: June 6, 2010—?????????????? ???(Yay! It’s my birthday!)

For real, this year’s Japan Day falls right on my birthday.  That’s about as perfect a present as a Japan-o-phile like me could get!! Get wait to go!!

Click the map above to learn more about the events, click here to read more about Japan Day NYC or just check out the site: JapanDayNYC.org (beware of the auto-playing video!)

I’ll be sure to post pics and video of my experience there—I think I’m going to go crazy a bit and get some kabuki make-up done.  That should be fun, huh? :)

You Are What You Bleed

You Are What You Bleed: Japanese Bloodtyping - Infographie and Phlebotomist.net

I was always curious why the Japanese seemed quietly obsessed about blood types. This chart makes it all clear—?????, Phlebotomist.net!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

And here’s EPISODE 10 of the 666cast! In it I go over some stuff I’ve been blogging about, including SAD REALITY #1!! And as a special bonus, you get SAD REALITY #2, as well! SPECIAL BONUS: No sound of me doing the dishes in the background this week! YES! Please subscribe to the feed. What do you think?

And here’s EPISODE 10 of the 666cast!  In it I go over some stuff I’ve been blogging about, including SAD REALITY #1!!  And as a special bonus, you get SAD REALITY #2, as well!


SPECIAL BONUS: No sound of me doing the dishes in the background this week! YES!


Please subscribe to the feed.


What do you think?

The Power of Branding Vs. Common Sense: learn how most of us spend 80% too much for drugs with zero benefits.

The Power of Branding Vs. Common Sense: this chart shows how most of us spend 80% too much for drugs with zero benefits.


Fight the BRAND. Buy generic and stop making the rich richer.


via: http://www.pdviz.com/the-rip-brand-vs-generic-drugs


brandvsgenericsThe Power of Branding Vs. Common Sense: this chart shows how most of us spend 80% too much for drugs with zero benefits.

Sad Reality #1: Corporations ARE Government and Government is made of the Corporations

Obama Won’t Want To Read This (via underpaidgenius):



Bob Herbert, An Unnatural Disaster

The oil companies and other giant corporations have a stranglehold on American policies and behavior, and are choking off the prospects of a viable social and economic future for working people and their families.

President Obama spoke critically a couple of weeks ago about the “cozy relationship” between the oil companies and the federal government. It’s not just a cozy relationship. It’s an unholy alliance. And that alliance includes not just the oil companies but the entire spectrum of giant corporations that have used vast wealth to turn democratically elected officials into handmaidens, thus undermining not just the day-to-day interests of the people but the very essence of democracy itself.

Forget BP for a moment. When is the United States going to get its act together? Will we learn anything from this disaster or will we simply express our collective dismay, ignore the inevitable commission reports (no one pays attention to study commissions), and bury our heads back in the oily sand?

President Obama said on Thursday that his administration was “moving quickly on steps to ensure that a catastrophe like this never happens again.” Well, he can’t ensure anything of the kind. And, in fact, his corporate-friendly policy of opening up new regions for offshore drilling (that policy is only temporarily halted) will all but guarantee future disastrous spills.

The U.S. will never get its act together until we develop the courage and the will to crack down hard on these giant corporations. They need to be tamed, closely monitored and regulated, and constrained in ways that no longer allow them to trample the best interests of the American people.


The catch? Our government IS the corporations.  Thanks to the way politicians and government appointees just rotate in and out of their positions and back again, we forget that the what we’re asking is for the very people we want to be regulated to regulate themselves.  Think about Dick Cheney moving from the Reagan/Bush admin to Halliburton and then back to the Bush/Cheney admin.  Think about how Treasury Sec under Bush, Hank Paulson, just before becoming the Treasury Sec, WAS THE CEO OF GOLDMAN SACHS.


How the hell do we let this go on?  Because the reality is, we don’t have a democracy.  If the big corps want something done they either buy lawmakers or swap them out with their own people.  This is the major problem with our system—We The People aren’t understanding that everything we are told are lies—deliberate obfuscations meant to trick us into thinking things are being done when they aren’t and have no hope of being done because the system is rigged.

A little-known, but enormously significant, demographic development has been unfolding south of our border. The fertility rate in Mexico—whose emigrants account for a majority of the United States’ undocumented population—has undergone one of the steepest declines in history, from about 6.7 children per woman in 1970 to about 2.1 today, according to World Bank figures. That makes it roughly equal to the U.S. rate and puts it at what demographers call “replacement level,” the point at which women are having just enough babies to sustain the current population. In coming years it’s expected to dip even further. Other countries in Latin America have experienced a similar drop, though not as sharp. All of which means that the ranks of those “invading” hordes are thinning—rapidly.

A little-known, but enormously significant, demographic development has been unfolding south of our border. The fertility rate in Mexico—whose emigrants account for a majority of the United States’ undocumented population—has undergone one of the steepest declines in history, from about 6.7 children per woman in 1970 to about 2.1 today, according to World Bank figures. That makes it roughly equal to the U.S. rate and puts it at what demographers call “replacement level,” the point at which women are having just enough babies to sustain the current population. In coming years it’s expected to dip even further. Other countries in Latin America have experienced a similar drop, though not as sharp. All of which means that the ranks of those “invading” hordes are thinning—rapidly.

Arian Campo-Flores on why the illegal immigration issue might not be an issue for much longer (via newsweek)


Wow… so Mexicans are getting the clue that their country isn’t a good place to raise kids—or they’re realizing that it’s too expensive to raise more than one or two.  Either way, I can’t help but wonder if they’re not functioning as a canary in the mineshaft.


I love that metaphor because warnings are what we need—in this case, I think our economy is descending even more—without anyone in leadership being willing to face it.  They say that the first to be hurt in a recession are the poor, well, in North America, it doesn’t get any more poor than Mexico.


Are we next?  Because too many people are talking about recovery, I’d say yes…

Love Thy Neighbor? Not If He’s Different

Love Thy Neighbor? Not If He’s Different

friendlyatheist:



posnonrel:



freethinkersalon:



ryking:



stfuracists:




“In a new study drawing on nearly a half century of data, a team of researchers report that religious adherents in the United States — especially fundamentalist Christians — are more inclined than agnostics to harbor racist attitudes toward blacks and other minorities.” (submitted by therodentqueen)






Interesting study. Go check it out.



It’s all about fear.  Whether it’s the fear of God or the fear of The Other, anyone seeking to lead you is probably trying to scare you into letting him. 

Hulu - Vanguard: Missionaries of Hate - Watch the full episode now.

Hulu - Vanguard: Missionaries of Hate - Watch the full episode now.

friendlyatheist:



As faith leaders ramp up a campaign to sign the “Uganda Declaration” to challenge state-sponsored violence against LGBT people in Uganda, Malawi and in 80 other countries, CURRENT TV’S VANGUARD media will premier “Missionaries of Hate,” a one hour documentary that exposes “ The American Architects of Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill”– evangelicals who export a message of hate to Uganda—and many other places in the world.



Sounds lovely. More reasons to challenge accepted wisdom that Christians are all about love and tolerance.  Think Mother Theresa was a saint? I wonder how she would have reacted toward a gay man. 

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything simply on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find anything that agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything simply on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find anything that agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
The Buddha (via hayakawajunpei) (via rainbowhill)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

OLPC--the non-profit that inspired the world to innovate, has given up on innovation. A sad thing, indeed.


New XO-3 Announced: Just a Marvel Moby Tablet, Re-branded (Yawn)


Posted by Wayan Vota on May 27, 2010


Marvel’s $100 Moby tablet

Back in the day, One Laptop Per Child was innovative with its technology. It came up with a low-cost, durable, Open Source laptop for education when no one else would. And in bringing the XO-1 to market, it changed the technology industry.

That OLPC is now long gone.

In its place, we have a shell of a company. They don’t do software anymore - that’s spun off to Sugar Labs. They don’t do deployments anymore - that’s the country’s responsibility or OLPC Foundation (whatever that is). And now OLPC has just given up on hardware innovation.

via olpcnews.com

Hit up that link for more info about the “new” XO-3.

Back in November of 2005 I blogged for the first time about OLPC and their proposed “$100 laptop” that they wanted to sell to developing nations. Two years later I was among the first in the world to order my own XO-1 laptop, which sadly had doubled in price, but hey, who thought they could really do $100? The point is, I’ve been a fan of the OLPC effort from day 1. However, after getting my XO-1, I discovered a few hardware flaws and found myself underwhelmed by the choices made by the guys behind OLPC and came to the conclusion that they’d lost their way.

The good news is that untold numbers of kids in developing nations have benefited from having access to these computers. The bad news is that all that made OLPC different from any other charity organization (innovation, vision and the belief that technology can make a positive difference) is gone—not because any of those differences didn’t serve them, but because they chose not to embrace those differences.

As Wayan Vota, the guy behind OLPCNews.com, said in the above quoted post: “It is sad news for all of us that remember that original OLPC. The OLPC that could push an industry create a whole new form factor overnight - the netbook.”

It’s true, back in 2005, all that we had that was vaguely netbook-like was the UMPC—which was just a really small laptop with current specs. OLPC had the balls to suggest that computers didn’t need all the bells and whistles to be tools of learning (or even perfectly reasonable tools for any number of things). They were right—so right that an entire new genre of laptop came into being.

Hell, I wonder if we’d even have the iPad if it weren’t for OLPC and their XO-1.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Teachers to Lose Job After Splashing Atheist with Holy Water

Teachers to Lose Job After Splashing Atheist with Holy Water

thereisnogod:



goodreasonnews:



crossmenjeff:



Two teachers at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach are in danger of losing their jobs after a March incident in which they allegedly doused an atheist teacher with holy water.




Keep your fucking religion to yourself.



Talk about shoving your religion in somebody else’s face! I thought the preacher on the subway earlier tonight was annoying.


But lose their job?  Weeeell, I guess only because of the totally unprofessional behavior—but not for the religious part.  Wrongthinking isn’t punishable, but lame behavior toward a co-worker is.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The coolest use of Augmented Reality EVER: iPhone app that shows you the past as you walk through the present

Strolling Through 19th Century London TodayAugmented reality might be the future, but my favorite application of it yet transports you far into past. StreetMuseum—an iPhone app from the Museum of London—overlays four hundred years of historic images on today’s city streets.

StreetMuseum makes creative use of Google Maps and geo-tagging to show users how London used to look. You can use it to check out pictures and info about nearby historic locations, which is has more of a straightforward walking tour feel. But the fun starts when you’re actually standing in front of a location in the database. That’s when the AR “3D view” kicks in, with views that may look something like this:

via gizmodo.com

Years ago, while visiting Washington DC for research for a novel series, I picked up a book called “On This Spot in Washington DC.” It was this amazing book that allowed you to look up exact addresses of anywhere in DC and read about what happened on that spot. I’d find myself in front of an interesting building and I’d pull out the book and read about what happened there. I could even hold up some of the pages in the book and match pictures to what modern day looked like.

So, it’s so COOL that they’ve adapted augmented reality technology to do this! I am so jealous that London gets this, though—like the gizmodo post notes: we need one of these for NYC!! Hell, every major city in the world could use one of these!

Oh and versions of these apps for non-iPhones would be nice, too. Knowledge should be universally available, kids!

Monday, May 24, 2010

"Zuckerberg needs your data..."

“Zuckerberg needs your data. His business is built upon it. The most important thing to understand about Facebook is that you are not Facebook’s customer, you are its inventory. You are the product Facebook is selling. Facebook’s real customers are advertisers. You, as a Facebook member, are useful only because you can be packaged up and sold to advertisers. The more information Facebook can get from you, the more you are worth. In response, a FB spokesman told me: “I’m sorry you feel that way.”

Lyons, on Facebook (via newsweek)

But isn’t this the same with any ad-supported service? MySpace? GMail? Etc?  Hell, even advertising on the old TV is built this way. It’s our behavior that is the product.

All that said, I wonder if most people understand this dynamic.  No one is getting “free hosting services” for their pics and status updates—they are getting hosting services in exchange for their pics and status updates.  Maybe not the literal content, but the behavior patterns behind the content is sold to advertisers.  How else are these sites supposed to remain “free”?

Proof God is a fuck-up.

friendlyatheist:



fuckyeahevolution:



99.9% of species that ever lived are now extinct.


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(source)




I’m imagining a Jerry Lewis kind of of god up in heaven insisting: “I MEANT TO DO THAT!”

Zuckerberg’s Law of Information Sharing

Link: Zuckerberg’s Law of Information Sharing

newsweek:
soupsoup:

“I would expect that next year, people will share twice as much information as they share this year, and next year, they will be sharing twice as much as they did the year before,” he said. “That means that people are using Facebook, and the applications and the ecosystem, more and more.”

Call it Zuckerberg’s Law.


We think sharing is great! Except maybe not so much when you’re being pushed to do it by large corporations whose business model depends on convincing you to not value that information you’re sharing as much as advertisers do.

Yeah, for me this has always been about control, not privacy.  I’ll share what *I* want and keep private what *I* choose.  Thanks.  Facebook has just proven that we need to question what we post to any network.  Like anyone else’s bottom line is different from Zuckerdouche’s?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Episode 9 of the 666cast is UP! Featuring a rant against BP & it’s progressively worsening oil spill. Listen! I know, I know, BP is such an easy target! But what are ya gonna do? They deserve so many more attacks than they are getting—and that’s just what I get into in this week’s 666cast. There’s a sad reality as to why our leaders aren’t calling for Tony Hayward’s head on a platter… Please subscribe to the feed. What do you think?

Episode 9 of the 666cast is UP! Featuring a rant against BP & it’s progressively worsening oil spill. Listen!


I know, I know, BP is such an easy target! But what are ya gonna do? They deserve so many more attacks than they are getting—and that’s just what I get into in this week’s 666cast. There’s a sad reality as to why our leaders aren’t calling for Tony Hayward’s head on a platter…


Please subscribe to the feed.


What do you think?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Apple starting to exhibit symptoms of CCS (Cocky Company Syndrome)?


The most telling thing to me was Google’s tone toward Apple at the event. Instead of pretending to still be an Apple ally, Google today basically threw down the gantlet and admitted that it’s engaged in total war with Apple.

And unlike other Apple rivals, like Adobe, Google execs weren’t huffing and puffing and wringing their hands about Apple’s bad behavior. No, instead, Google was mocking Apple. Making fun of it. Laughing at it.

The Android OS is already outselling iPhone OS in the United States. Now it’s blowing past Apple in terms of the technology it’s delivering.

Yes, Apple still has a larger installed base. I was a little shocked recently when an Apple spokesbot responded to the news of Android’s outselling iPhone OS by reciting the old chestnut about Apple’s having more phones out there.

I was shocked because it’s a familiar line, one that I’ve heard countless times in my 20-plus years covering technology. But I’ve only ever heard it from companies that are doomed, and in total denial about it.

Lyons, on why he’s switching to Android

via newsweek.tumblr.com

Yeah, I gotta be honest. I love Macs, but I hate my iPhone. Oh, sure, I love a lot of the things it does, but I hate what it makes me do. Mainly, it makes me use iTunes, it forces me to put up with the “closed garden” and it makes me deal with some seriously odd GUI choices (no custom wallpaper?), in short, everything that makes the iPhone a uniquely Apple device is what I hate about it.

There’s also the weak-ass battery (the real reason Apple won’t let it support Flash, I suspect) as well as being chained to AT&T, no tethering (at least in the US), no… well, you get the picture. If I had more time in my day, I’d make up a list of things wrong with the iPhone.

Sure, I’ve hacked my iPhone, but you know what? I shouldn’t have to.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I love how the new iTunes Store ToS is *35* pages...



I love how the new iTunes Store ToS is *35* pages on the iPhone! Like ANYbody’s really going to read all that! Does it really need to be *that* long?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Episode 8 of the 666cast featuring a rant against our leaders, both elected and paid for! Yep, in this week’s 666cast, I take to task the folks who are leading us. Whether elected or not, they have a responsibility to do the right thing to keep society and the people who live in it safe and moving forward. However, none of the guys at the top are doing it. Whether it’s Obama or the bankers or the head of BP, we’re getting screwed big time and our society is in trouble because of it. Please subscribe to the feed. What do you think?

Episode 8 of the 666cast featuring a rant against our leaders, both elected and paid for!


Yep, in this week’s 666cast, I take to task the folks who are leading us.  Whether elected or not, they have a responsibility to do the right thing to keep society and the people who live in it safe and moving forward.  However, none of the guys at the top are doing it.  Whether it’s Obama or the bankers or the head of BP, we’re getting screwed big time and our society is in trouble because of it.


Please subscribe to the feed.


What do you think?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Why do so many people believe in God? It's how they were raised.

sardonyxmemoirs asks:
Logic and practical reasoning obviously point to the unreliability of deism, but the thing bothering me is how and why so many people cling to it blindly. How can millions of people be so unreasonable? What do you think drives them and convinces them NOT to be an atheist?

Thank you for your time reading this and more power.



One word: Indoctrination.


“For those who stubbornly seek freedom, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination. These are easy to perceive in the totalitarian societies, much less so in the system of ‘brainwashing under freedom’ to which we are subjected and which all too often we serve as willing or unwitting instruments.”
-Noam Chomsky


Religion is taught uncritically to children from birth. It is as simple as that. At least I think so. People’s religious beliefs are nothing more than a simple geographical accident (as seen here).



via friendlyatheist.tumblr.com


This is why we all need to question everything about ourselves. You never know when something you’ve done your entire life will suddenly seem amazingly stupid/wasteful/odd/hurtful.


Everything we know we’ve learned from someone else or from our own personal experience and none of it should be blindly trusted. Out intellect is what makes us different from the other animals. Use it to better understand yourself and your actions. Don’t trust your parents or the media or your friends or the government to decide what is right for you, because ultimately, your life is your responsibility to live.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Here it is! The 666cast #7, THE CHRISTMAS EPISODE! (So, it’s late and May, whad’ya expect? We’re CONTRARIAN!) Yep, it’s been a long time coming—an other episode of the 666cast, that is—not the Christmas Episode. In this episode I explain why this is so late, why this Christmas episode is here now, and of course, how I don’t understand how you can know there is no Santa Claus, but still believe in a God. Oh, and there’s also some stuff in there about Christmas being co-opted by capitalism to help make Christmas an economic issue. Please subscribe to the feed. Enjoy! Also: what did you think of the podcast or anything I said?

Here it is! The 666cast #7, THE CHRISTMAS EPISODE! (So, it’s late and May, whad’ya expect? We’re CONTRARIAN!)


Yep, it’s been a long time coming—an other episode of the 666cast, that is—not the Christmas Episode.  In this episode I explain why this is so late, why this Christmas episode is here now, and of course, how I don’t understand how you can know there is no Santa Claus, but still believe in a God.


Oh, and there’s also some stuff in there about Christmas being co-opted by capitalism to help make Christmas an economic issue.


Please subscribe to the feed.


Enjoy!  Also: what did you think of the podcast or anything I said?

Friday, May 7, 2010

Rather than killing off the netbook...

Nick Farrell, in the dramatically titled “Why Apple might regret the Ipad,” in the Inquirer.

So…yeah. Even if you accept that cannibalizing yourself is by definition a bad idea, I’d like to do a basic arithmetic check here.

Let’s say that we’re talking about 1,000 iPad buyers. 24% of them — 240 people — purchased a bare bones iPad ($500) rather than, say, a bare bones MacBook ($1,000).

Loss to Apple from iPad sales? 240 * $500, or $120,000 

But wait — that’s only 240 of our 1,000 people, which means that we’ve got 760 people for whom that iPad purchase was not eliminating an Apple laptop purchase.

Bonus to Apple from iPad sales? 760 * $500 = $380,000

Apple’s top line bumps up by around a quarter of a million dollars.

The horror, the horror.

(via whitneymcn)

I still think the iPad will end up a bit of a joke in the long run. Once current iPad-owners work out how much less useful the thing is compared to a netbook or a laptop, word will get around.

Just my ¥2, of course.  I could be wrong.

SciAm.com reports on radio made from a carbon nanotube


Holy crap, this is AWESOME. From a March 2009 article preview on ScientificAmerican.com:


Key Concepts

  • Nanotechnology has demonstrated more hyperbole than substance for many years—and the “nano” label has been applied to items ranging from motor oil to lipstick.

  • One of the first true nanoscale machines is a radio that can play songs such as Eric Clapton’s “Layla” and the theme from Star Wars.

  • A single nanotube in this device performs the function of multiple components in larger radios. The nanoapparatus may ultimately find uses in drug delivery devices, prosthetics or explosives detectors.


  • …the nanotube radio, invented in 2007 by physicist Alex Zettl and his colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley, performs a set of amazing feats: a single carbon nanotube tunes in a broadcast signal, amplifies it, converts it to an audio signal and then sends it to an external speaker in a form that the human ear can readily recognize. If you have any doubts about this assertion, just visit www.sciam.com/nanoradio and listen to the song “Layla.”



    via sciam.com


    Forget an iPod Nano!! I want an actual nanotube music player!


    Sadly, if you listen to the sample the sciam.com article preview gives us, you can hear that the nanotube radio has nothing on even those crappy ear buds Apple includes with iPods. However, imagine having one of these microscopic radios IN your ear. You could just leave it there and constantly be listening to music… but how do you change the station? Looking at the diagram, it doesn’t look like there are controls—what if that station changes format to country/western??  UGH—or WORSE: a station that runs Glenn Beck’s show!!


    Hm, I think I’ll stick to my old 5g iPod for now, thanks… still pretty damn awesome start!  Make it Bluetooth compatible and you’ll have something that’s amazing and will be something people will actually want to use.


    Diagram nicked from: a slideshow at sciam.com.

    More Facebook "Fun" making it tempting to Stop Facebooking... (not that I was that active, anyway)


    Facebook Glitch Brings New Privacy Worries


    By JENNA WORTHAM
    Published: May 5, 2010


    On Wednesday, users discovered a glitch that gave them access to supposedly private information in the accounts of their Facebook friends, like chat conversations.


    Not long before, Facebook had introduced changes that essentially forced users to choose between making information about their interests available to anyone or removing it altogether.


    Although Facebook quickly moved to close the security hole on Wednesday, the breach heightened a feeling among many users that it was becoming hard to trust the service to protect their personal information.


    “Facebook has become more scary than fun,” said Jeffrey P. Ament, 35, a government contractor who lives in Rockville, Md.


    Mr. Ament said he was so fed up with Facebook that he deleted his account this week after three years of using the service. “Every week there seems to be a new privacy update or change, and I just can’t keep up with it.”



    via NYTimes.com


    This has been my attitude toward Facebook for, what feels like, years now. These latest problems, a Gizmodo rant I posted about the other day, and, quite honestly, the stories of others who share the same “can’t keep up” feelings as myself, are making me consider leaving Facebook. Or at the very least, emptying all of my content from them and no longer posting there. Thanks to Rohit Khare’s post over at TechCrunch today, I’ve learned that there are a few ways to leave Facebook.


    I’m sick of this sheeple mentality from other folks who just roll with the tide and put up with anything just because something is convenient. Facebook is NOT convenient when every few months they move everything and change the ToS. Speaking of Facebook’s Terms of Service, did you know Facebook is trying to make violations of it’s ToS a crime??


    I think I smell this week’s EFFYOU.

    Thursday, May 6, 2010

    Cat Cafes in Japan



    Sea of Shoes: Cat Cafes
    Somehow while searching for restaurants to check out I stumbled upon a list of Tokyo's 'cat cafes'. Here 1000 yen will buy an hour's worth of petting with the cafe's kitties. Since 2008 more than a dozen of these cat cafes have opened in Tokyo. Some of these cafes have as many as twenty five cats on staff. One of these cafes stays open until 5:30 AM.

    Yeah, I can see how these would be popular. We're too stupid to have these in the US.

    "Pay to pet a cat?? That's ridiculous!"

    It actually makes perfect sense. Keeping cats as pets is way more expensive than ¥1000! I should know, I've had at least one cat for nearly my entire life.

    Hit up the Cat Cafes post on SeaOfShoes.typepad.com for more pics and words about one cat cafe the blogger experienced firsthand.

    Wednesday, May 5, 2010

    It turns out that the legendary inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla...

    “It turns out that the legendary inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla (1856 to 1943) predicted mobile phones in 1909. In an interview with the New York Times (pictured below), published in Popular Mechanics, Tesla states that “It will soon be possible, for instance, for a business man in New York to dictate instructions and have them appear in type in London or elsewhere. He will be able to call from his desk and talk with any telephone subscriber in the world. It will only be necessary to carry an inexpensive instrument no bigger than a watch, which will enable its bearer to hear anywhere on sea or land for distances of thousands of miles.”

    -Nikola Tesla predicted mobile phones in 1909 - Recombu

    Nikola Tesla is history’s best kept amazing secret.  It’s a crime how little we hear about this guy.  Sure Edison may have invented the light bulb but without Tesla, only the rich could afford to light their homes with them.

    Tesla created Alternating Current—that’s the stuff that comes out of your wall outlet.
    Yeah, Tesla rocks.


    This is not a difficult concept. (But it is.)


    thereisnogod:



    friendlyatheist:



    iamheathen:seacakes:goodreasonnews:babylonisburning:


    strangesymmetry:jambos6:steampunkanachronism:waifsworld:


    thepoliticalpartygirl:(via smart-tart)




    I’m pro-choice, but sadly abortion IS a difficult concept and comparing a human to a tree, a dress or a chicken belittles those difficulties *and* provides fuel for the idea that we pro-choicers look at abortion like we look at making an omelet.


    This is a great argument for folks who agree with you, but for minds you’re actually hoping to change? It only hurts our cause.

    Monday, May 3, 2010



    kidrobotrules:




    In an effort to raise money for anti-smoking charities, Kidrobot has named the month of May, National Stop Smorkin’ Month. We will give 10¢ to charity for each new Twitter follower it gains this month.  There will be awesome sales, a ton of prizes and some wacky contests, all meant to raise awareness of the risks of smoking. Stay tuned for a new series of Monger animation shorts and watch Labbit slowly die of cancer as he chain smokes all month long.


    Not only are we donating to charity, you can also enter to win a black Labbit stool by following @kidrobotrules and tweeting #stopsmorkin. We will draw a winner from everyone, once we reach 26,000 followers (less than 700 to go). So get involved, retweet and save lives.



    There’s something awesome about using cigarette-smoking toys in an anti-smoking campaign.


    It’s like diet soda or something…

    "The iPad, a gorgeous device for displaying content, has become something of a metaphor for the hermetic kingdom of Apple. A seamless device that can’t be opened, it has no apertures for input and is animated mostly by purchases from Apple."

    "The iPad, a gorgeous device for displaying content, has become something of a metaphor for the hermetic kingdom of Apple. A seamless device that can’t be opened, it has no apertures for input and is animated mostly by purchases from Apple."



    newsweek:
    gillianmae:
    jennydeluxe:
    As usual, @carr2n nails it.


    Thing is, this isn’t just a metaphor for Apple. This is how most media companies view their ecosystem, as a closed space in which they create content and people pay to consume it. Of course, that’s not how the Web works, and while closed systems can work in the short term, or in niche applications, the long-term trend is toward openness and interaction as the place where the big audiences (and, hopefully, big profits) happen.

    Meh, it’s already been Jailbroken—*now* it’s open! ;)

    Still, a touchscreen netbook running Win7 with a mifi or a 3G USB stick is a more logical, economical choice for the same money.  That’s what I’m going to buy (as soon as I have the money).

    UPDATE 20110823: Earlier this year I picked up myself an Asus T101MT.  It's great, I love it and only started considering an iPad 2, recently, after learning the BBC's iPlayer was going to be available for the iPad--for free.

    Scientists working at Edinburgh University have discovered...

    “Scientists working at Edinburgh University have discovered a way of transmitting wireless data through lightbulbs, an invention that could revolutionise the way we receive the internet.”

    The Herald, 2 May 2010
    Scottish Enterprise are backing the development of the new technology through Proof of Concept funding. There will be a prototype built next year.

    (via glasgow-effect)