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Our world is not a conjurer's trick. Knowing how it's done doesn't make the magic go away.

--Jim Huber

25 March 2005

The Chimes of the Long Now are unique chimes for a clock which keeps the time for each day of ten thousand years. The site includes enough MIDI files to keep you listening, day and night, until autumn of 2007. permanent link

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From the Living in a Science Fiction World Dep't: Scientists have recovered soft tissue from inside the femur of a tyrannosaur.

Paleontologists forced to break the creature's massive thighbone to get it on a helicopter found not a solid piece of fossilized bone, but instead something looking a bit less like a rock.

When they got it into a lab and chemically removed the hard minerals, they found what looked like blood vessels, bone cells and perhaps even blood cells...

The finding certainly shows fossilization does not proceed as science had assumed, Schweitzer said. Since the discovery, she has found similar samples of soft tissue in two other Tyrannosaur fossils and a hadrosaur.

The fossil was dug up out of Montana's Hell Creek Formation, a rich source of fossils.

When I was a child, I wanted to be a paleontologist. Reading about this is like being seven years old again. permanent link

Our professionals are trained and qualified to do this by virtue of a twelve month training program, hosted by a grinning and feverish Michael Caine.

--why the lucky stiff

14 March 2005

Does it violate the eBay Terms of Service to sell a time machine, thus breaking the laws of physics (as well as the fraud laws of most nations)?

Hello, I am selling what I believe to be a time machine that was built in the year 2239 by Dr. J. S. Strauss. I found the machine under my house when I was doing remodeling to the bathroom. The machine was hidden in a old rotten wood chest along with some other findings that I believe to be related to the machine like old pictures, letters, ect. I dont know to much about time machines or electronics, but from my observations I believe that the machine might have caught on fire, at some time or another from the looks of the inside, and is now in a non working condition. It also looks like there might be some parts missing on the inside, but I dont know. The time machine itself is not to heavy it weighs 20 pounds and it is 18" high by 23" wide and 11" depth.

From what I put together from all of the findings is that Dr. J. S. Strauss who built the machine in 2239 went into the past to the early 1900's and the time machine broke down or caught on fire or something. From the pictures and letters it looks like he was living in southern california for a while, it looks like he also met some friends and a girlfriend there.

I found the time machine in december of 2004 and I have tried to get it to work but I could not, I even called my best friend who has worked on cars, even he could not get it to work. I know this time machine might be one of the most important discoveries of all time, but if I cant get the time machine to work, then its not worth that much to me, so that is why im selling it on ebay. Also I figured I could get a little extra money so I could finish remodeling my bathroom.

The final bid was $647.59. permanent link

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Is A Miracle of Science still going strong? Yes it is! Does it have a working RSS feed? You bet your cuneiform tablets it does! permanent link

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A dust devil has been seen passing by the Spirit rover.

This week, after more than a year of watching, the Spirit rover captured a wisp making its way across the desolation of Gusev Crater. The disturbance is extremely hard to see, but NBC News space analyst James Oberg says it's possible to make out a flare of kicked-up dust in this image if you look at the hazy part of the plain, almost hidden behind a ridge of the Columbia Hills. You can also catch it out on the center of the plain a few minutes later, as seen here.

The best way to see it is to flip between images for a "now you see it, now you don't" effect. Daniel Crotty has created just such an animated image, and after watching the picture flip back and forth for a few seconds, you should be able to see the dust devil in the distance.

It's possible these small whirlwinds are responsible for cleaning dust off the rovers' solar collectors, thus helping to extend the rovers' missions beyond the original ninety days. permanent link

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Integrity - we've heard of it. permanent link

You're not as stupid as you look, or sound, or our best testing indicates.

--The Simpsons

8 March 2005

I am truly amused - in the sense of having my heart gladdened - by the propeller clock. Other takes on this device may be found here and here. permanent link

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"How boring is life in the Antarctic? People in one group wintering at the South Pole in the 1960s watched the film 'Cat Ballou' 87 times. People in another, after tiring of the westerns, Disney features and pornographic films on hand, spliced the movies together into their own production and adopted a vocabulary based on their creation that was so strange that relief crews arriving in the spring could barely understand them." permanent link

Itís a simple, can't-miss concept, like over-the-counter drugs, under-the-counter pornography, or the steam-powered orangutan.

--Fred Coppersmith

3 March 2005

A Miracle of Science was manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts. permanent link

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Science is more fun when things explode. Proof of this is seen in the amateur experiments with the Box of Truth.

Lessons learned:

1. Sheetrock (drywall) doesn't slow any round down much. If you shoot in the house, walls will not stop any serious round.

2. Twelve pine boards will not stop a .223 round.

3. Shooting stuff is fun.

If you read nothing else, read the page which details their experiments in shooting off locks. Link provided by Noel Tominack. permanent link

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Someone appears to have replaced my reasonable universe with one in which chessboxing exists.

Via Gloria Webber. permanent link

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