Tuesday, July 12, 2005
- "There's no Christmas like a home Christmas...": Suzette tips us to this delightful New Jersey holiday ornament, styled to look just like Taylor® Ham and cheese on a hard roll. Mmm.
- So this is what people do in Alaska in their spare time.
- Something about this sports story struck me as familiar - and then I realized, "Yes! Park Myung-hwan is the second coming of Cabbage Head!"
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's love for cabbage - the key ingredient in its national dish, kimchi - apparently doesn't extend to the baseball field. The Korea Baseball Organization ruled that wearing cabbage leaves inside a baseball cap constitutes as an "alien material" that may disrupt a game, the organization said in a statement.We all know how distracting cabbage on a ballfield can be. Make Buddy Cole Slaw, not war?
The decision came after Doosan Bears pitcher Park Myung-hwan's cap fell off twice in a game last Sunday, revealing frozen cabbage leaves. He was using the vegetables to keep his head cool and no measures were taken at the time. "What will we do if another team argues that because the cabbage leaf fell just as the pitcher was pitching, the batter got confused?" league rules committee chair Heo Koo-youn said, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.
- Scientific American: researchers find a strange link between Parkinson's disease treatment and compulsive gambling
- We've seen them in nearly every science-fiction movie, and the buzz is on the military's new frontier of directed-energy "ray gun" weapons:
For years, the U.S. military has explored a new kind of firepower that is instantaneous, precise and almost inexhaustible: beams of electromagnetic energy. "Directed-energy" pulses can be throttled up or down depending on the situation, much like the phasers on Star Trek could be set to kill or merely stun. Such weapons are now nearing fruition.
...[t]he hallmark of all directed-energy weapons is that the target - whether a human or a mechanical object - has no chance to avoid the shot because it moves at the speed of light. At some frequencies, it can penetrate walls.
A separate branch of directed-energy research involves bigger, badder beams: lasers that could obliterate targets tens of miles away from ships or planes. Such a strike would be so precise that, as some designers put it at a recent conference here, the military could plausibly deny responsibility. [keep reading article in WIRED]
- A page with links to currently available NPR podcasts
- According to today's released results of a recent Salary.com and AOL survey, while both male and female American workers waste about 2 hours per day on non-work-related activites (*cough cough*), bosses tend to incorrectly assume that female employees waste more time than men. [via feministe]
- There's something inexplicably creepy about Bobby Neel Adams' "age maps" portrait series, where two monochrome images of an individual (one as a child, and one as an adult) are aligned along a "tear axis" to produce a surreal, time-shifted composite. [via Boing Boing]
- A video retrospective of the long-lost late 1970's-early 1980's music genre, Yacht Rock [Quicktime movie, via Panopticist]