Daily Archives: 03/06/2005

Papist Nonsense

Did I mention something about science needing all the help it can get? Check out this load of hooey: Legendary Roman stone says pope will live. That’s right – a fucking piece of marble that can foretell the future.

The thing that really worries me is how MSNBC and Reuters take this magic rock hogwash as a factual story. No wonder 90% of the country believes in angels, bigfoot and UFO’s. Here is a completely fatuous story portrayed authentic news.

Dealer’s Choice

Time for a list of random links, points of interest, and things I’ve come across on the web:

  • New Central Japan Airport – It just opened last month. I’m sure I’ll be transiting through the terminal sometime soon.
  • Aichi World Expo 2005 – Speaking of Nagoya, the new airport opened just in time for the 2005 World Expo in Aichi Prefecture, just outside of Nagoya.
  • Textdrive is offering hosting for life – That’s right, one payment and web hosting until either you or the company dies. Very cool. David, this might be something for you to investigate…
  • Learning modern lessons from the Classics – There’s more to Antigone than you might think.
  • Watch stuff get crushed – Man, watch those industrial shredders rip apart a washing machine, a refrigerator, a steel drum full of concrete, a fishing boat, tires, a couch and even scrap metal.
  • New York Public Library Digital Gallery – A vast collection of freely available images taken from the archives of the New York Public Library.
  • ZetaGrid – Following up on the prime number post, here’s a freely available screensaver that uses idle CPU cycles to crunch out zeta functions in an attempt to prove the Riemann Hypothesis.
  • Einstein@Home – If searching for primes isn’t your cup of tea, how about searching for gravity waves?
  • World Year of Physics 2005 – That Einstein Gravity Wave project is part of the World Year of Physics, an attempt to publicize science and scientific research. Seems like science needs all the help it can get lately.
  • Quantum Diaries – In keeping with the Year of Physics, here’s a collection of scientists blogging about their life and science. Interesting stuff.
  • Ten Years of Yahoo! – 100 things from a 10 year ‘netrospective.’ Remember those good old days when Yahoo ruled the web? Take a trip down net-memory lane.

Nanaca Crash

This flash game is certainly weird, but quite addictive:Nanaca Crash. The object is to send this poor schlep hurtling through the air after running into him with a girl on a bike. Once you get the hang of boosts and special power moves, it becomes really fun. You can send that poor guy flying for miles.
Nanaca Crash High Score
And watch out for the “Stop Girl,” unless you can manage her rare but super-duper power boost.

Creepy…

This story is a little stale, but I just came across it tonight: Girl says bones belong to ghost.

A fifth grade girl told authorities that the bones unearthed in her family’s house belonged to a mysterious invisible friend who told her she was chopped up and put underneath the floor.

Shortly after Stephanie Ogden and her parents moved into the mobile home when she was five, the little girl was visited by the apparition, which was friendly but told her horrible story.

The family always thought their daughter saw one too many horror movies – until they pulled up the flooring during a renovation and discovered the bones.

That’s just creepy.

Sleep Debt And Insomnia

Hello, hello. Funny what you turn up when you can’t sleep. U.S. Racking Up Huge “Sleep Debt” says the article from National Geographic. Who am I to argue? My sleep schedule is completely out of whack. I slept until a little after 1:00 p.m. yesterday, and now I’m up all night tonight. Somehow I think it would all straighten itself out if I could just take a nap in the afternoon at work. Then I wouldn’t be so weary, yet cranked up when I get home at night and I could get to bed earlier.

Data Warehousing

Well, it’s going on 5:00 a.m. and I am wide awake. Guess I’m up for the duration here.

I’m up to my eyeballs in a data warehouse project right now, and the last thing I needed to see was some research data showing that 50% of data warehouses fail. Lovely. Kind of feels like that sometimes. The article states that the biggest factor in these failures is poor data quality from the disparate source systems.

More interesting is Donavan McDonough’s blog on the IT Toolbox site. He saw that article too, and he’s started a series of posts on the “12 reasons why data warehousing fails.” I’ll be following this thread as it develops.