Friday, February 25, 2005

 

Music: Dr. Mario remix

I had one of the Dr. Mario songs in my head this morning, which made me think about this awesome song I heard once. It is by virt, and is found here:

Dr. Mario - Funky Pills

If you like Dr. Mario, you probably have the songs in your head too. Listen to this for fun, man.

P.S. I know it's Friday, not Thursday.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

 

No Science today

Sorry, folk, I can't think of any science experiments for today. But I do have a story...

I was at a bookstore in a mall yesterday, and while perusing a book, I heard a Russian family talking amongst themselves. The wife was talking to her husband, when she said (in Russian) "What time is it?" I immeadiately looked at my watch and said (in English) "8 o'clock," to which she replied, "Thank you."

After a brief period of silence, she asked "You speak Russian?" I said, "yes." Then she walked away, and I continued looking at my book. That is all. I think she was quite surprised that I could understand her. Normally, I would say that Russians speaking Russian in public places in the United States would not think that anyone could understand them.

Ya vsyo znaiyu.

Friday, February 11, 2005

 

Napolean

I really am sorry to ALL my faithful readers for missing Monday throgh Wednesday this week. I guess I got busy. So you are probably wondering what I would've said.

On Monday, I would've said: "Go and find some of your own garbage, or make a code and have someone decipher it! Do it yourself!"

On Tuesday, I would've said: "Go and conduct your own scientific experiments! GOSH!"

On Wednesday, I would've said: "There are tons of computer applications! Go download one yourself!"

And today, I talk about a picture. Well, maybe I will post a picture. Oh. I got it. I won't post it, but I will redirect you to it. It's like a picture redirection service. This is a pixelfreak poster picture. It is really awesome:

Look! At! This!

Commenters will report on how they did with codes, science, and computer applications.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

 

Music: Pete Townshend, Face Dances Pt. II

Pete Townshend (of the band The Who), sang this song called "Face Dances Part Two" off of the 1982 album "All the Best Cowboys have Chinese Eyes". It is a good song. The meter is 5/4, and it is a quite catchy song. Go find it and give it a listen.

Here is a link to the album information.

Friday, February 04, 2005

 

Pumpkins. Not this time of year. In the autumn. Picture credit to KE.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

 

Metroid Metal

Metroid is a video game. The original came out in 1986 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. There have been many more games made in the Metroid series since then, including one for the Gameboy, one for Super Nintendo, two for Gameboy Advanced, and two for the GameCube.

A guy named Stemage loved the music from the game so much, he made metal versions of the songs. They are really great. When I first heard them about 1.5 years ago, I was enamoured by the quality and the coolity, not to mention the nostalgia of the songs. I also was a long-time fan of the Metroid soundtrack.

So, if you like Metroid and you like metal, you'll love Metroid Metal: www.metroidmetal.com.

My favorite song is the Brinstar theme.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

 

Screenshot of the GIMP

 

Computer Application: The Gimp

If you are interested in an application to manipulate images and photos, then I recommend the Gimp. The Gimp is an acronym for the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is similar to Paint Shop Pro and other graphics applications.

The Gimp is currently at version 2.2.3 and is available for download at gimp.org. It is a cross-platform application, which means it is available for multiple operating systems (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X).

For new users the interface might be confusing, because the Gimp uses multiple windows: one for the tools, one for tool options, one for image layers, etc., one for any other dialogs, and one for each image you are editing. But, the Gimp is completely customizable to make it any way you want. The way I like it is with all the tools and dialogs in one window, but in tabs on the right of the screen, and then a window for each image I am editing.

When you get more advanced using the Gimp, you can also create scripts to perform automated tasks for you. For example, I made a script that resizes the image, puts a border on it, drops a shadow, and makes a background color. Using this program is a joy, and I am very productive with it. Since it is open source, it is constantly being modified and upgraded to be more robust/user friendly/capable of doing more things.

So, give the Gimp a try, my friend! GIMP

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

 

Does a retinal sieve filter myopic slop?

This questioned has intrigued me for quite some time. I decided to take a look at it today.

First lets look at the definitions of the words:
Retinal: Of or relating to the retina of the eye.
Sieve: A utensil for separating the finer and coarser parts of a pulverized or granulated substance from each other. It consist of a vessel, usually shallow, with the bottom perforated, or made of hair, wire, or the like, woven in meshes. See also cribiform cells.
Myopic: 1. unable to see distant objects clearly [syn: nearsighted] [ant: farsighted] 2. lacking foresight or scope;
Slop: 1. Spilled or splashed liquid. 2 Soft mud or slush. 3 Unappetizing watery food or soup.

Okay, so another way of saying Retinal Sieve is perhaps, "an eye that filters finer and coarser parts," and another way of saying Myopic Slop is, "near objects that look like mud," or "muddy objects that are nearsighted."

I am assuming that when sieving something, one would want to separate unwanted substances from wanted substances, so one would prefer to not retain the slop (or myopic slop: nearsighted junk), and keep the farsighted stuff that is clear.

Or maybe the retinal sieve is filtering out the slop of the world characterized by lacking foresight, and prefering the more clear substances, that can plan ahead, think before they talk, etc.

So, I don't think this really answered the initial question, but why should I solve this in ten minutes. No. I should continue to think this over for years. YEARS!

(A prize to the individual(s) who can name where Retinal Sieve and Myopic Slop came from.)

 

Help to solve the garbage from yesterday.

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