Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children
So if you believe in creationism you can't be a good engineer? In the real world, no one really cares what you believe with how the world was made, but rather if you can improve what's here now.
Despite Drop In Piracy, French Music Industry Still In Decline
Let's say I really like one song on an album, not the rest. Twenty years ago, my only choice was to buy the album. That costs, say, $10. Now, I can just by the song itself. That costs me $1.
Do the math.
Compared to 2011, I expect that 2012 will be:
This will be by far my best financial year yet. With the end of the world fast approaching I plan to sell everything I own and then bask in the thousands of dollars I'll take in because of it. Then I'll take that money to a hole in Colorado, bury it, and then dig another hole and live in that. If I survive, the money's all mine and it sets to combat future calamities, but if I go down with the rest of the world, oh well. But the good news is that throughout the whole ordeal, I WILL be solvent.
Smallest space my belongings could fit (unbroken):
the world isn't america.
metric makes much more sense than foots/yards...why did gerald ford try to convert america to metric?
to make it work with the rest of the world.
why are cars LHD?
We won the war, you know.
Two Huge Holes In the Sun Spotted
Give 'em a week and some crackpot's gonna say this'll cause the End Of The World in 2012. These holes have been around forever and now that we know about them, they'll surely kill us all.
Is Algeria Deleting Facebook Accounts?
There's been some form of rioting going on for awhile now in Algeria, so I'm surprised this hasn't happened already, with Tunisia on their border and Egypt only a country away. One would think that the Algerian leaders would realize that killing Facebook won't help, but they're probably so paranoid that the African leaders aren't thinking right (shocker).
The Wikipedia article does a nice job of telling how nuts it is over there right now, with a summary of all the self-immolations happening not so much from "I hate the country" but from "family altercations and love disappointments".
Whatever the case, Algeria is next in line.
Ebooks Finally Included On the NYT BestSeller List
Ebooks are popular enough now that dividing the charts would be like having separate hardcover and paperback lists. I'd actually be curious to see what the stats are for the out-of-copyright books, since anyone can download them for free.
Japanese Build Robot Toddlers
How can you study this kind of thing using robots? No matter what you do, you can't simulate small children well enough to make people act the same around the robot as a real kid. It's a nice concept, but it'll never get anything done except entertain. Plus I bet we'll never hear about this again in the US.
Why the Arduino Won and Why It's Here To Stay
It's cheap and affordable, yet it can do so much. The MakeZine section on it is great and has a ton of cool projects. I don't know why people are wondering what's so great about it, because it's really obvious why it is. When it comes down to it, an arduino is a $15 minicomputer.
Why haven't you bought a tablet?
This poll is actually being used by Apple as a "potential customer poll". Well, you can't fool me, Apple, 'cause I voted more than once!