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Wednesday

Machine to Give Us Super Brain Powers

Okay, before we get into the machine - superpower bit, you should watch this video on the brain.  It's from TED.  The TED conferences brings some of the greatest minds in Technology Entertainment and Design together to discuss ideas worth spreading. Here's one that lasts about 20 minutes and is given by a brain scientist that almost died. So get comfy and check it out, I think you'll like it.


Don't forget to click the full screen button just below the Youtube logo.
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey

A stroke can shut down part of the brain, but so can a machine.  Allan Snyder (a very smart man that likes to wear a sideways baseball cap) has been experimenting with using a machine to temporarily paralyze parts of peoples brains, allowing the non paralyzed side to make them more creative, or even savant like mathematical wizards.  So this machine wont be able to give us super powers like Superman, but more like a mad genius supervillian.  Of corse if you want to be like Batman you could just get a gym membership and some tights.
The results are limited for now, but we know the brain can let us do amazing things, please click on the graphic below a few times for some fun facts.

Superhuman: the Incredible Savant Brain.
Infographic by Smarter.org

Meet some of the super brains if you like...
Video of  "BRAIN MAN" Daniel Tammet
Video of Orlando Surell got hit in the head by a ball and now remembers EVERYTHING.
Video of musical genius Derek Paravicini
Video of Kim Peek The Real Rain Man

And now, here's Alan Snyder and his machine


Here's another odd little video on Transcranial Magnatic Stimulation or TMS.
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Tuesday

Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt

This shirt is on fire.  It started out with a few comical ironic reviews of the product.

This is a review from Amazon.com, there are hundreds like this.

"This item has wolves on it which makes it intrinsically sweet and worth 5 stars by itself, but once I tried it on, that's when the magic happened. After checking to ensure that the shirt would properly cover my girth, I walked from my trailer to Wal-mart with the shirt on and was immediately approached by women. The women knew from the wolves on my shirt that I, like a wolf, am a mysterious loner who knows how to 'howl at the moon' from time to time (if you catch my drift!). The women that approached me wanted to know if I would be their boyfriend and/or give them money for something they called mehth. I told them no, because they didn't have enough teeth, and frankly a man with a wolf-shirt shouldn't settle for the first thing that comes to him. 

I arrived at Wal-mart, mounted my courtesy-scooter (walking is such a drag!) sitting side saddle so that my wolves would show. While I was browsing tube socks, I could hear aroused asthmatic breathing behind me. I turned around to see a slightly sweaty dream in sweatpants and flip-flops standing there. She told me she liked the wolves on my shirt, I told her I wanted to howl at her moon. She offered me a swig from her mountain dew, and I drove my scooter, with her shuffling along side out the door and into the rest of our lives. Thank you wolf shirt.

Pros: Fits my girthy frame, has wolves on it, attracts women
Cons: Only 3 wolves (could probably use a few more on the 'guns'), cannot see wolves when sitting with arms crossed, wolves would have been better if they glowed in the dark."


Check out Aubrey Plaza in the Twilight - 3 wolf moon parody here.

The Mountain Men's Three Wolf Moon Short Sleeve Tee,Black,Large
Read more of the story here

And dont forget the reviews on these great items.
Zubaz Pants: Green/Gold Zubaz Zebra Pants - SmallTuscan Whole Milk, 1 Gallon, 128 fl ozO500 Otomix Baggy Workout Gym Pants - Scratch, LargeOtomix Baggy Gym Pants (L, Skulls)ZAGGskin Three Wolf Moon Apple iPod 2nd, 3rd GenThree Wolf Moon Beach and Bath Towel #28

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Flying Car $194,000

This car gets 30mpg, and... um.. IT FLIES.  So, that's pretty cool.  It has folding wings and it can fly 460 miles at 115mph.  You can put down your deposits here, if you dare.
Here it is, the Terrafugia in flight.

Flying Cars, Amphibious Vehicles and Other Dual Mode Transports: An Illustrated Worldwide History
Flying Cars, Amphibious Vehicles and Other Dual Mode Transports: An Illustrated Worldwide History Share

Pay $500 to Get Stuck in a Bubble

Click here to buy a gigantic plastic bubble. You can put your kids in here and watch em get frustrated. I'm not too sure about having fun in one of these things. According to the website, you can stay inside "5 to 15 minutes, when used on hot sunny days. And as long as you want if no sun or at night (just change the air every 20 minutes)." If your tweener is sneaking out to see Twilight films past her curfew, there's no need to put them on any type of restriction, instead stick em in here for punishment (just change their air every 20 minutes.)
Testimonials say, "It was so much fun, you feel like a Hamster." Hopefully, the experience is not as annoying as the music in this demonstration video.
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The Meaning of Life, and Four Short Videos.

Once I pondered the meaning of life and new perspectives asking my father to define "Zen" for me, he sat me down and had me watch a documentary with an explanation by Alan Watts.
Alan Wilson Watts (January 6, 1915 – November 16, 1973) was a "stand up philosopher", writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame are also big fans, and they helped to animate some words of wisdom by Alan Watts. Here's a few found on Youtube. See what you think, and please feel free to leave comments below.








What Is Zen?Zen: The Best of Alan Watts [VHS]Zen: The Best of Alan Watts


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Top Three Spider Stories

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Monday

Winnebago Man Trailer


A very good friend of mine just turned me on to this little gem. Being a lover of documentaries and comedy, I can not wait to get my eyes on this one. It's based around Jack Rebney, the internet celebrity that you might have seen on youtube a while back, if not click (NOT SAFE FOR WORK) here to see the video. The original video has been seen by, "20 million people worldwide, and is regarded as one of the first and funniest viral videos." - according to the nice interwebs.

I plan to see this sucka very soon, and will write a review ASAP. For now check out the trailer of... Winnebago Man. WARNING trailer may not be suitable for children or conservatives.
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CG Art that looks like a Photograpgh

Canadian artist Jeremy Roberts has out done himself, using programs like 3D Studio Max, ZBrush, and Photoshop he has created an image that is tough to differentiate from the real thing.  This will be what our video games graphics will look like in 6 years and our movies in 3.  Can't wait. (Click the above image a few times to see in hi-resolution.)

3DS Max 6.0 (Discreet)ZBrush Character Creation: Advanced Digital SculptingAdobe Photoshop CS5
Image from from deviantart.
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Friday

The Art of John Currin

Love him or hate him, here's the art of our own modern day American painter, John Currin.

-Please comment below on how these make you feel.-

John Currin
According to Wikipedia "Currin's ability to paint subjects of kitsch with technical facility met with critical and financial success, and by 2003 his paintings were selling "for prices in the high six figures". Other paintings include slightly distorted versions of renaissance art as well as a series of ugly nudes. So if you decide to run a google image search, you might want to turn on the safe search filter.


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Sync Your Mobile Phone to Despicable Me

Let me first say that I would not be surprised if this film is nominated for the Oscar for best picture.  Despicable Me is a film that can leave you in awe from the technology, make you laugh, and warm your heart to the point of tears.  Not only does it have a fantastic use of 3D, it comes with a new gimmick.  Not that this film needs gimmicks, but if we have the technology, lets give it a go.  This technology mobile app released by Best Buy is called "Movie Mode" and allows most smart phones like the Iphone, Blackberry, Android, and Windows Mobile (If you have a Blackberry on a CDMA network like Sprint or Verizon you are out of luck) to sync their phones with the playback of the movie.  Don't worry it doesn't really do anything during the main part of the film except dim your screen and put it in a vibrate or silent mode.  Once the film reaches its end credits, the app will translate the comical gibberish language of the little green minions.  If you are planning to go see the film, you can download the app here for free.  If you have already used the app, please leave your comments below, we'd love to hear your feedback.

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Thursday

Missy The Cat


From: Shannon Walkley Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.15am To: David Thorne Subject: Poster

Hi
I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing since then so I was wondering if you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.




This is the only photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old. missing on Harper street and my phone number.
Thanks Shan.



From: David Thorne Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am To: Shannon Walkley Subject: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,



That is shocking news. Luckily I was sitting down when I read your email and not half way up a ladder or tree. How are you holding up? I am surprised you managed to attend work at all what with thinking about Missy out there cold, frightened and alone... possibly lying on the side of the road, her back legs squashed by a vehicle, calling out "Shannon, where are you?"


Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it takes to facilitate the speedy return of Missy.


Regards, David.


From: Shannon Walkley Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.37am To: David Thorne Subject: Re: Re: Poster

yeah ok thanks. I know you dont like cats but I am really worried about mine. I have to leave at 1pm today.



From: David Thorne Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.17am To: Shannon Walkley Subject: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,



I never said I don't like cats. Once, having been invited to a party, I went clothes shopping beforehand and bought a pair of expensive G-Star boots. They were two sizes too small but I wanted them so badly I figured I could just wear them without socks and cut my toenails very short. As the party was only a few blocks from my place, I decided to walk. After the first block, I lost all feeling in my feet. Arriving at the party, I stumbled into a guy named Steven, spilling Malibu & coke onto his white Wham 'Choose Life' t-shirt, and he punched me. An hour or so after the incident, Steven sat down in a chair already occupied by a cat. The surprised cat clawed and snarled causing Steven to leap out of the chair, slip on a rug and strike his forehead onto the corner of a speaker; resulting in a two inch open gash. In its shock, the cat also defecated, leaving Steven with a wet brown stain down the back of his beige cargo pants. I liked that cat.


Attached poster as requested.


Regards, David. 





From: Shannon Walkley Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.24am To: David Thorne Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah thats not what I was looking for at all. it looks like a movie and how come the photo of Missy is so small?



From: David Thorne Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.28am To: Shannon Walkley Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,



It's a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space.


Regards, David.


From: Shannon Walkley Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.33am To: David Thorne Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Thats just stupid. Can you do it properly please? I am extremely emotional over this and was up all night in tears. you seem to think it is funny. Can you make the photo bigger please and fix the text and do it in colour please. Thanks.



From: David Thorne Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.46am To: Shannon Walkley Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,



Having worked with designers for a few years now, I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism. I don't come downstairs and tell you how to send text messages, log onto Facebook and look out of the window. I am willing to overlook this faux pas due to you no doubt being preoccupied with thoughts of Missy attempting to make her way home across busy intersections or being trapped in a drain as it slowly fills with water. I spent three days down a well once but that was just for fun.


I have amended and attached the poster as per your instructions.


Regards, David.





From: Shannon Walkley Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.59am To: David Thorne Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

This is worse than the other one. can you make it so it shows the whole photo of Missy and delete the stupid text that says missing missy off it? I just want it to say lost.



From: David Thorne Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.14am To: Shannon Walkley Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster





From: Shannon Walkley Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.21am To: David Thorne Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah can you do the poster or not? I just want a photo and the word lost and the telephone number and when and where she was lost and her name. Not like a movie poster or anything stupid. I have to leave early today. If it was your cat I would help you. Thanks.



From: David Thorne Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.32am To: Shannon Walkley Subject: Awww

Dear Shannon,



I don't have a cat. I once agreed to look after a friend's cat for a week but after he dropped it off at my apartment and explained the concept of kitty litter, I kept the cat in a closed cardboard box in the shed and forgot about it. If I wanted to feed something and clean faeces, I wouldn't have put my mother in that home after her stroke. A week later, when my friend came to collect his cat, I pretended that I was not home and mailed the box to him. Apparently I failed to put enough stamps on the package and he had to collect it from the post office and pay eighteen dollars. He still goes on about that sometimes, people need to learn to let go.


I have attached the amended version of your poster as per your detailed instructions.


Regards, David. 





From: Shannon Walkley Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.47am To: David Thorne Subject: Re: Awww

Thats not my cat. where did you get that picture from? That cat is orange. I gave you a photo of my cat.



From: David Thorne Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.58am To: Shannon Walkley Subject: Re: Re: Awww

I know, but that one is cute. As Missy has quite possibly met any one of several violent ends, it is possible you might get a better cat out of this. If anybody calls and says "I haven't seen your orange cat but I did find a black and white one with its hind legs run over by a car, do you want it?" you can politely decline and save yourself a costly veterinarian bill.



I knew someone who had a basset hound that had its hind legs removed after an accident and it had to walk around with one of those little buggies with wheels. If it had been my dog I would have asked for all its legs to be removed and replaced with wheels and had a remote control installed. I could charge neighbourhood kids for rides and enter it in races. If I did the same with a horse I could drive it to work. I would call it Steven.


Regards, David.


From: Shannon Walkley Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.07pm To: David Thorne Subject: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Please just use the photo I gave you.



From: David Thorne Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.22pm To: Shannon Walkley Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww





From: Shannon Walkley Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.34pm To: David Thorne Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

I didnt say there was a reward. I dont have $2000 dollars. What did you even put that there for? Apart from that it is perfect can you please remove the reward bit. Thanks Shan.



From: David Thorne Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.42pm To: Shannon Walkley Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww





From: Shannon Walkley Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.51pm To: David Thorne Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Can you just please take the reward bit off altogether? I have to leave in ten minutes and I still have to make photocopies of it.



From: David Thorne Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.56pm To: Shannon Walkley Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww




From: Shannon Walkley Date: Monday 21 June 2010 1.03pm To: David Thorne Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Fine. That will have to do.




The above is just one of many bits from Australian humorist David Thorne, one of the few people that can get me to laugh out loud these days.  His work inspires debate as to how much is true, even if they turn out to be "inspired by true events", people don't mind being fooled too much if they are entertained in the process.  He might just be the Blair Witch of funny.  Maybe you have seen his old email that went viral involving this spider.  If you like em, you might want to check out his book, The Internet is a Playground.
 The Internet is a Playground
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