Archive for January, 2008

Is nothing sacred!?

January 29, 2008

Apparently they’re remaking sci-fi classic “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (based on Harry Bates’ short story Farewell to the Master).
With Keanu Reeves as Klaatu! I mean, come on!
Does Hollywood have any originality left?


Sued for user-generated content

January 29, 2008

Via Overlawyered:
Apparently Subway has sued competitor Quiznos over a contest held by the latter, inviting people to make and submit their own advertisments for Quiznos, arguing that the user-generated videos contain false statements and depict Subway in a “disparaging manner.”
Overlawered post
Original New York Times article

Happy Birthday, Thomas Paine

January 29, 2008

Thomas Paine was born 271 years ago today. Despite being the author of the single, best selling work in the entire 18th century in America (Common Sense), and a passionate advocate against tyrrany who spent much of his life poor and imprisoned, he is not nearly mentioned enough when people speak about the founders of the USA.
(I personally enjoyed reading The Age of Reason.)

Rufus doesn’t feel acid

January 29, 2008

Via PLoS Biology, an article on the unique insesitivity to certain forms of pain, most notably that caused by acids, in the naked mole rat, Heterocephalus glaber:
Selective Inflammatory Pain Insensitivity in the African Naked Mole-Rat (Heterocephalus glaber)
Park TJ, Lu Y, Jüttner R, Smith ESJ, Hu J, et al.
PLoS Biology Vol. 6, No. 1, e13 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060013

You don’t need a pack of wild horses to buy a stairway to heaven.

January 29, 2008

Title is via “The Dr. Phil Random Quote Generator.”

The World’s Smallest Trophy…

January 29, 2008

…is being offered by the American Physical Society as part of the prize in their “Nanobowl” video contest. The details are here.

And speaking of military technology…

January 28, 2008

rail guns!!!

An interesting paper

January 28, 2008

I’m reading this interesting, albeit long (at 117 pages) paper on the ethics of autonomous military robots.

The paper is:
Ronald C. Arkin, “Governing Lethal Behavior: Embedding Ethics in a Hybrid Deliberative/Reactive Robot Architecture,” Technical Report GIT-GVU-07011. (pdf)

Sorry for the delay…

January 28, 2008

I wanted to figure out how to hide a portion of a post (due to spoilers) before posting my review of Cloverfield.

Click for review (spoilers)

Happy Birthday…

January 28, 2008

Today, Legos turn 50. They remain one of my favorite childhood toys.