Friday, October 22, 2004
- Thank you to Still Haven't Found... for mentioning my December 2003 post on Sgt. Andreas Pogany - if you're looking for the full posting, you can find it here.
- What a farkleberries search result looks like on Google's Arab Emirates page:
- Scientists are making headway in creating a prosthetic memory implant for the human brain:
"The team expects it will take two to three years to develop the mathematical models for the hippocampus of a live, active rat and translate them onto a microchip, and seven or eight years for a monkey. They hope to apply this approach to clinical applications within 10 years. If everything goes well, they anticipate seeing an artificial human hippocampus, potentially usable for a variety of clinical disorders, in 15 years."[via Boing Boing]
- Do you ever feel like throwing a vase during a quarrel, but hate cleaning up all those messy shards? Well, the Do Break Vase is made just for you! Throw it at walls, furniture, wrongheaded spouses - and it doesn't shatter, but only cracks, becoming more beautiful with every lover's spat. [sensoryimpact.com, via Kottke]
- Through Winamp Radio, I've discovered this little gem: www.magic-radio.com, a French streaming 80's pop-funk channel that's jammed with delicious forgotten Eurotreats, many that never crossed the Atlantic.
- Another interesting, if more American-sounding, retro-80's choice is BOB 102.3 FM; however, BOB's actually Canadian, hailing from London, Ontario. I wonder if BOB plays Gary O', Nick Gilder, the Spoons, or The Box?
- Heard on CSI Season 1 episode "Table Stakes":
WARRICK: Ooh! Chicago bankroll.If you haven't heard the term, a 'Chicago bankroll' is a $20 bill wrapped around a bunch of singles, made to look like big wad of cash. It's only worth about $30, but it's intended as a distraction in case one is mugged: pull the fat roll of "$20's" out of your pocket, toss it several feet away from you, and run. I guess the logic is that a mugger would rather have a wad in hand than two in the bush. Wait, that came out completely wrong...
SHIBLEY: This guy's not from out of town.
WARRICK: No, that's just a term. Old school.
- From the Truth is Stranger Than Fiction files: speaking of CSI, this news story is strangely similar to the plot of the abovementioned episode, where a stranger moves into a vacationer's home while they're away in Greece! Except in the CSI episode, she didn't actually go to Greece, only to return to find someone was taking over her life; in the show, the woman was murdered and fed to her pet piranhas.