Computer code that sent the astronauts to the moon. There’s some funny in it, too.
The birth of the webcam: It had to do with a coffee pot in 1991.
Tired of Twitter’s squelching your opinions? Now there’s GAB.IE. It works in a similar way, but without the threat of being sent to #TwitterGulag.
Parking a Porche in Vancouver.
The Moral Machine [via] tests your base values in hypothetical situations involving a driverless vehicle. Do you run over the dog to save the ducklings? Apparently I like to run over animals to save humans more than most, and I prefer to save more lives.
Chevrotain is not a gasoline additive, but it’s apparently good eatin’ in some parts of the world.
Glemie Beasley is still The Coon Man. [Related story with links here.]
Cool wire-frame animation: counter-rotating equilateral triangles create a 3D rotating equilateral pyramid.
Here’s another classic: A Complete List of Things Caused By Global Warming (with links).
This Day in Jazz Age Music. There’s some great stuff in there.
[Top image: Baja Moon found here.]
The Eyes of God, Prohodna Cave, Bulgaria.
By the way, tonight’s full moon is a Blue Moon, as in “once in a…”
[Found in here. For those of you who were awaiting The .Gif Friday Post, it’ll return next week. Promise.]
Mike Collins, Jim Lovell & I [Buzz Aldrin] got a behind the scenes look at the Orion capsule being built at Kennedy Space Center. Like our bunny suits?
I shouldn’t have to tell you who these guys are or what they did, but all three have titanium cojones.
Lovell’s book “Lost Moon” is a can’t-put-down white-knuckle read, and was the basis for the excellent movie “Apollo 13.”
[Image and Aldrin’s caption found here.]
P.S. Tonight’s full moon is a “supermoon.”
The Sand Castle, 1977, Co Hoedeman [via].
Loud, piercing and sharp… a whistle is hard to ignore. But whistling languages are in danger of dying out. But residents of Kusköy on the Black Sea coast still communicate by whistling.An ee sounds higher than an ah. Consonants are distinguished by changes in pitch over different intervals of time. Eskimos communicate with whistles; so do indigenous people in the Amazon, and in Europe shepherds keep boredom at bay and communicate by whistling to each other. But the world’s 70 whistling languages are slowly becoming extinct. Kusköy in Turkey is defending the tradition.
And because last night was a full moon, with a partial penumbral eclipse that no one noticed, we have these:
Dub Side Of The Moon
Jazz Side Of The Moon
David Gilmore’s acoustic version of “Breathe”
Nat King Cole’s version of “Blue Moon,” and this:
I’m not sure if Harpo was self-taught, but I know that some items in his Wikipedia entry are contradicted by Groucho’s Autobiography. The story I recall (that means “I seem to remember but I’m too lazy to research it”): there was a dispute with a theater owner where the brothers were perfoming. Harpo was pissed, said he hoped the place burned down. It did, and Harpo vowed never to speak on stage again. I don’t know if it’s true, but I recall (again, that means “I seem to remember but I’m too lazy to research it”) that’s what Groucho claimed.
Have a great weekend, folks.
Posted by: qwertymkonji
Maybe this is related to the sun spot solar cycle? Maybe different magnitudes of “disturbance” (ala torsion field effect and electromagnetism) have something to do with it as well.
Posted by: Jenny
my cat has been acting weird and I looked at the sky and saw that it was a full moon so I looked this up And read that they could get hurt.
First he was at the door meowing so I let him out I thought it was a animal but there was no animal near.He is still at the door meowing five min. later And he bit me but he hasn’t bit me in two years.
Posted by: Amy
My dog was acting crazy last night…really hyperactive.
I checked today and it was a full moon last night, then I looked this up.
I will certainly keep an eye on him now around the time of a full moon as he has epilepsy and I dont want him to do anything that could trigger a fit.
Posted by: Irene
God,I was walking my dog,and we sat ’cause i really really wanted to watch the moon(have some kind of addict) ,and my dog suddenly turned around to the moon(it’s full moon)..His eyes started to sparkle,and the thing that freaked the sh*t out of me – he started to nod to the moon . After that he was looking at me strange..
I do not understand.That have never happened before.
[Image with comments posted verbatim from here.]